A gleaming white, brand-spanking-new building doesn’t sound like an eyesore — until you drive by 5400 S. Cedar St. and see the monstrosity towering over the neighboring one-story retail spaces. It’s a new storage facility for the U-Haul Self-Storage company that took over the former K-Mart department store behind it.
The city’s new form-based building code is partially to blame because it requires new construction to be located at the very front of the lot, making this large building seem even bigger and more out of place. Viewed from the south, it blocks at least one sign for a business on the north.
The construction was approved under a rezoning measure passed by the City Council on Dec. 14, 2020. Third Ward Councilmember Adam Hussain said he “knew it would be a disaster” when approved.
“It’s nothing like they promised,” said Hussain, who opposed it. Council Member At-Large Carol Wood and Second Ward Councilmember Jeremy Garza also cast no votes on the rezoning.
Reached Tuesday morning, a manager for the facility said, “We’re not talking to you about this. You can talk to our marketing company.” She then hung up.
Byrum & Fisk Communications, which represented the property during rezoning, did not have any contacts for the owners, Dianne Byrum said in an email Tuesday morning.
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