Storage building gets OK after developer tweaks look

A few weeks ago, the Ripon Plan Commission balked at the design of a proposed storage building that would serve as the first thing people will see as they approach Ripon along Highway 44.

Too ugly, members argued.

Last week Wednesday, after a thorough examination of the business park’s covenants and a few design tweaks, the Plan Commission was much more accommodating.

It unanimously approved a site plan for Ripon Storage LLC, which plans to construct a 42-unit storage building adjacent to Highway 44, at the intersection of Gateway Drive and Seelig Way.

Not present, and therefore not voting on the measure, was Bill Hoch, the most outspoken critic of the proposal at the July 31 Plan Commission meeting.

“I think this is a poor use of this property,” he said at the time, suggesting that a storage building is not the right use of a property that is essentially the doorway into the Ripon community along the busy Highway 44 corridor.

The property is a small, triangular-shaped parcel at the corner of the city’s business park.

The property was sold earlier this year to Ripon Storage by the city of Ripon, which owns the business park property.

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