Francis Hitschmann is hoping to bring a new storage center to almost five acres at 6008 W. 29th St., which is west of Hoover Road.
“It’s a little different than your typical self-storage community,” says Hitschmann, an engineer with Murfin Drilling.
There are several private lakes in the area – including a lake community where Hitschmann and his family live – and he says he’d like to have a place for his neighbors to store their boats and watercraft among other things.
“I just kind of see the demand, and I hear neighbors talking,” Hitschmann says.
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While some of the neighbors might like the storage, some others have concerns about the entire property being zoned limited commercial – some of it already is – with a conditional use permit for storage.
“Through the whole process, we’ve got a lot of good feedback from them,” Hitschmann says of neighbors. “Each time we go back to the drawing board.”
He says he has some industry experts helping him with the project, which would include an initial three acres of development.
“On top of that, my wife and I live in the neighborhood,” Hitschmann says. “We’re here to stay. … We want the facility to be nice.
He says security will be a top priority.
“We want it to be a good fit for the community.”
The zoning request goes before the planning commission on Thursday. The Wichita City Council would have to give final approval.
If approved, Hitschmann says he’ll call the business Superior Self Storage of Wichita.