The third time may be the charm for a self storage facility in Cold Spring off of Salmon Pass after two previous attempts to get one built in 2018 and 2020.
The Cold Spring Planning and Zoning board approved the stage one plans for a self-storage facility in the city behind the Newport Elks Lodge at its Dec. 14 meeting.
Hilltoppers LLC, located in Cold Spring, is looking to build seven storage buildings approximately 15 feet tall. Site access would be off Salmon Pass, which connects to Martha Layne Collins Boulevard.
Stage one plans include a 400-square-foot office with five parking spaces and roughly 37,000 square feet of rentable storage space. The plans also call for the property to be gated with a six-foot fence.
Hilltoppers LLC said a self-storage facility is necessary for Cold Spring and the Highland Heights area due to the many apartments, condominiums, and dormitories in the area. They noted that the site has good central access to Cold Spring, Highland Heights, and Northern Kentucky University for residents to store their belongings.
Campbell County Planning and Zoning Director Cindy Minter said the site is currently zoned for a neighborhood shopping center, and it is a tight space at three acres. The shopping center that houses Kroger would be north of the units and an apartment complex would be to the west of it.
Minter said the site is very challenging with things like gas line easements and electrical transmission easements going across the property.
“You’re not going to find a lot of uses that want to be creative on this site,” Minter said.
The storage of boats, recreational vehicles, and other similar types of equipment will be prohibited.
Minter said a schedule of development was not provided, but said this is a simple development, and didn’t expect it to require long stages.