Last summer, Have You Heard? reported that Francis Hitschmann hoped to bring a new storage center to almost 5 acres at 6008 W. 29th St. North, which is west of Hoover Road.
After what could charitably be called an extensive rezoning process, Superior Self Storage of Wichita is under construction.
“It was obviously very long and strenuous, but it’s relieving to get it to go through,” Hitschmann says.
He says residents of nearby Barefoot Bay opposed the business.
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“We kind of went back and forth with that,” Hitschmann says.
He says he agreed to go “above and beyond the normal zoning” requirements to fit into the neighborhood. He says that includes installing some particularly nice landscaping in the front of the business.
“So it doesn’t just look like a bunch of metal buildings sitting next to million-dollar homes.”
The first phase will be 238 units in 14 buildings.
“This will only take up 3 acres,” Hitschmann says.
There will still be 2 more acres to develop later.
The city changed the address to 5800 W. 29th St. North to be more in line with other addresses there.
Hitschmann says there will be a variety of units, some of which will be climate-controlled, for any kind of storage. That includes larger units for RVs and boats. He says there are a lot of lakes in the area.
“There’s really not a whole lot of larger-size storage.”
The first units should be ready by January.
Hitschmann, an engineer, says one of the most vocal opponents to his project came to visit him at the site and introduce himself.
He says the man said his opposition wasn’t personal and basically said that if they were to be neighbors, they might as well get along.
“He was just an incredibly nice guy.”