Brooklyn area to get new self-storage facility next year

A new self-storage facility will be located in Brooklyn near I-95.

A new self-storage facility will be located in Brooklyn near I-95.

More than a year after approval by the Downtown Development Review Board, a new self-storage facility is under construction at the site of what was once Knauer’s Hardware in the Brooklyn area.

The Nuvo Company, with headquarters in Winter Park, Florida, plans to build a 5-story, 91,700-square-foot self-storage unit at 340 Myrtle Avenue between Elm and Elder Streets.

The DDRB approved the company’s application in September 2016 and an initial permit was granted Aug. 23, 2017 to clear the 0.73-acre site. A construction permit for over $6 million was approved Nov. 3, 2017.

The application requested a deviation for height, exceeding the 45-foot limit under Residential Medium Density (RMD-C) zoning by 20 feet. The DDRB approved the application and the deviation, but included a few conditions such as locating the retail entrance on Myrtle Avenue and providing a 6-foot wide sidewalk, and considering a one-way drive from Elder Street to allow for additional greenspace around an existing tree.

The preliminary drawings and information submitted indicate that the project will have a stucco façade and will include decorative metal awnings, fencing, and niche landscape plantings. The development will include a small parking lot with a drop-off and loading zone located between the rear of the structure and I-95.

Although The Resident reached out Nuvo for a project completion date, there was no response as of press time.

The location for the new self-storage facility is the former site of Knauer’s Hardware, which burned down in 1956 after a Robert E. Lee High School graduation night prank involving the late Hoyt Axton, went wrong.

Axton allegedly threw a flaming torch through the window of  the hardware store, then left Jacksonville shortly thereafter with a $23,000 judgment hanging over his head. The remains of the hardware store were demolished in 1998.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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