‘Garages of America’ Needs Special Permit

Real Estate

Garages of America Frisco | Image by Garages of America

Garages of America (GOA), a luxury self-storage company for car and motorcycle enthusiasts, is eyeing a new location in Frisco to keep up with the high demand for its services.

The company, which offers fully-customizable garages for sale, currently operates a location at 6767 All Stars Ave. in Frisco.

According to the company website, customers who buy a garage from GOA receive all the benefits of commercial real estate ownership, including a deed and title insurance. The company’s locations in Dallas, Carrollton, Plano, Allen, Frisco, Roanoke, and Lakeway are currently all sold out, making the Frisco expansion a top priority for GOA.

City council members are expected to vote on GOA’s proposed expansion, which will require a specific-use permit and an alternative compliance standard for a mini-warehouse/self-storage facility, according to Community Impact.

If the city council grants the specific-use permit, GOA will be allowed to build a three-story garage facility, beyond the maximum 40-foot, two-story self-storage buildings typically allowed in Commercial-1 zoning, according to a report by Frisco’s Development Services Department.

The proposed development site is on the northwest corner of Frisco Street and Research Road, according to Community Impact.

GOA is looking to build five buildings in total at the site, including four freestanding garages, which ultimately call for 126,100 square feet of space, according to the report from the Development Services Department. The property owner has already signed a development agreement for the site.

Frisco’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted on a specific-use permit for the project at a meeting back in December, recommending approval of the permit in a 5-1 vote, according to Community Impact.

Commissioner Steve Cone was the lone vote against the permit, arguing that he “does not believe that Frisco should allow self-storage units in nonindustrial zoning and that close to the toll road.”

Despite the commission’s recommendation for approval, council members can vote to deny it or recommend further review, according to Community Impact.

While it is unclear whether Frisco’s city council will allow the development to proceed, the speed at which the permitting process unfolded left Dallas in the dust.

As previously reported in The Dallas Express, Frisco implemented a new streamlined permitting process that allows the workflow to move quickly, unlike in neighboring Dallas, where a serious permitting backlog and administrative missteps by Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax have harmed the City’s reputation among developers.

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