Offices, Self-Storage Coming to Route 30 and Old Lincoln Highway
The project will include a new turning lane and traffic light.
The earthmoving equipment near Lancaster Avenue and Old Lincoln Highway is clearing the land for a new office building.
The site will become the corporate headquarters for CubeSmart, a NYSE-listed self-storage company formerly known as U-Store-It. The new building in East Whiteland will consist mostly of class-A office space for the 160 employees currently working out of the Wayne office, but a portion of the building will be used for self-storage.
Township manager Terry Woodman explained in an email that the development will include a couple of traffic changes. A right-hand turn lane will be added on eastbound Route 30 approaching Old Lincoln Highway, and a new traffic light is planned for the intersection of Old Lancaster Road and Old Lincoln Highway.
Some residents of the nearby neighborhood, General Warren Village, have voiced concerns about traffic, water runoff and light pollution. They also said they were not properly notified about the project.
At a public hearing in May—during which developer Eli Kahn requested the minimum number of parking spaces be decreased—some homeowners said they hadn't had a chance to voice concerns about the project before it was approved.
Andrea Schran was among the residents who took issue with the "accessory to office use" zoning that allowed for self-storage. She and others worried that the site would have unattractive signs advertising self-storage, and that customers would park boats and vehicles on the property and access the facility on weekends and at night.
The township manager said that there would be no outdoor storage and such signage was not allowed per the zoning designation. Kahn reiterated that the building will look like an office building, not like a self-storage facility.
Kahn added that CubeSmart will own the property, not lease it, and the tax revenue will benefit the township.
The township had at one time tried to acquire the property and turn it into a township park, but the cost was prohibitively expensive, supervisor Virginia McMichael said.
[Edited 11/13/12 8:50pm—Removed comments from supervisors Virginia McMichael and John Mott that were likely referencing a parking change in the plans, not the project overall.]