Self-storage facility planned near Shaw’s

Self-storage facility planned near Shaw’s

At right, an overhead view of the proposed site for a new self-storage facility on Douglas Avenue. At bottom, a sketch of the proposed facility.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Owners of property near Shaw’s Supermarket off Douglas Avenue are planning a self-storage facility featuring eight buildings and a small office building.

The nine planned buildings from Johnston-based applicants Douglas Avenue Associates and U.S. Development II LLC, under the Carpionato Group, would cover a total of 40,000 square feet on about 4 acres of property, or 176,191 square feet, at 1204 Douglas Ave., according to a master plan application before the North Providence Planning Board.

A garage-type building on the property now, covering 2,940 square feet, would be torn down if the plan is approved, said Town Planner David Westcott.

“It has been vandalized and reportedly was occupied by squatters,” he said. “It is a concrete block building of little merit, and few, if any, will mourn its passing.”

The applicants are seeking a zone change from commercial general/commercial village to manufacturing limited to allow for the facility. The Town Council would need to amend the comprehensive plan for the town to recommend rezoning the site to manufacturing limited and then change the property zoning to manufacturing limited.

“Self storage is not allowed in the commercial village or commercial general zones,” said Westcott.

The property has an odd shape, said Westcott, as it's roughly 700 feet long but only has about 100 feet of frontage on Douglas Avenue. The driveway to Shaw’s is not a public road and doesn’t count as frontage.

The owners are also asking the Zoning Board for a variance from 30-foot rear setback to a 5-foot setback, putting the facility closer to Shaw's, and a special use permit to authorize storage in a manufacturing limited zone.

The North Providence Planning Board will hold a public hearing and review the company’s master plan application during its meeting on April 12 at 6 p.m. in council chambers at Town Hall, 2000 Smith St. Members will rule on that application, and provide advisory opinions to the Town Council and the Zoning Board.