After a delay of a few weeks, the Suwanee City Council on Thursday approved regulations that will allow a self-storage facility near I-85 in the Gateway area.
The council, at a special called meeting before Thursday's workshop, unanimously approved both the rezoning and the special use permit that will allow construction at 341 Sawmill Drive. The two-acre lot is located behind a Chevron station nearest I-85, and now contains a vacant building.
Owner Amburgy Properties of Duluth will construct and operate the new facility, under the Storgard name. Construction is expected to begin about February 2013 and could be completed by the end of the year.
The council had delayed a vote on the project in September. Council members Doug Ireland and Kevin McOmber had requested additional information about the design of the storage center. They noted that light industrial projects were not in compliance with the city's long-term planning efforts for that area.
However, the initial recommendation by city staff and the feeling of some council members was that the project still would be an improvement for the Gateway area. Reviving the struggling area near I-85 is a high priority with city officials and residents.
Tony Amburgy of Amburgy Properties attended Thursday's meeting. He noted that his company already operates six Storgard facilities in Gwinnett, including in Sugar Hill and Norcross.