A 122,000 square foot storage facility may soon be going up on currently vacant land in northeast Albuquerque.
The project represents just one more sign of a robust local and national self-storage industry, an industry that analysts increasingly define as recession proof.
Guardian Storage, which currently has five such facilities up and running in the metro area, comprising more than 375,000 square feet, wants to build a three-story, indoor storage structure on the site.
Members of the Oso Grande Neighborhood Association say the project, which will be located between the John Roberts Dam and the Oso Grande Park, is inappropriate for the area.
They specifically argue that it will increase traffic, harm wildlife, and alter the current open space views of the site.
The Albuquerque-based Consensus Planning, which specializes in urban design and planning services, among other things, is the landscape architect for the facility.
If the project receives city approval, construction could begin sometime this summer.
By Garry Boulard
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