Craig Faulk will get his expanded storage facility after the Bellevue City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to approve a rezoning, but only after Faulk made significant concessions to a group of residents.
Milt’s Mini Storage, at the intersection of Chandler and Cedar Island roads, will extend south into a wooded area that consists of 8.64 acres of treed, wildlife-inhabited land. Homes on the west side of the acreage will now neighbor six new storage sheds. Homeowners had objected the expanded facility would intrude deep into their neighborhood, destroy wildlife habitat, reduce property values, add to flooding problems and create an increase in crime.
The extension won the backing of council members after Faulk made several adjustments and concessions. They were:
• Parking at the southern end of the development — the portion that reaches most deeply into the neighborhood — will be eliminated.
• The entire south end will remain green space, with a water detention basin installed that will be no more than 3 feet deep.
• A second water detention basin will be installed at the north end of the facility, also no deeper than 3 feet.
• No fence will be installed around the south basin in order to encourage the free movement of wildlife.
• All trees around the perimeter of the site will remain, unless they interfere with construction.
• Trees at the south end will also remain in place, subject to the same condition.
The compromises were enough to win unanimous support of a council meeting where Council members Don Preister and Kathy Welch were both absent.
In other matters, council members:
• Introduced two ordinances. The first would rezone land southeast of 48th Street and Capehart Road where the Boyer-Young Development Company plans to build the Belle Largo housing subdivision. The second would move City Council meetings from 6 p.m. Mondays to 6 p.m. Tuesdays in order to give council members more time to study informational materials pertaining to the council agenda. Public hearings on both ordinances will be held at the Jan. 28 session.
• Set the weekend of April 6 as the date of a Celtic festival to be held at Haworth Park, from 7 a.m. to sunset both days. It is the second consecutive year that the regional festival, which focuses on Scottish-style highland games, has been held in Bellevue. Much of last year’s festival was disrupted by poor weather.
• Granted permission for the private Bellevue Farmer’s Market to use Washington Park Saturdays from May 25 through Sept. 7 from 6:30 a.m. to noon.