QUEENSBURY — Plans for more than 100 new storage units large enough for boats and RVs received unanimous approval from the Queensbury Planning Board Tuesday.
Plans submitted by G&G Boat ‘N’ R.V. Storage, L.L.C., owned by Mike Giovanone, also the founder and president of Concord Pools headquartered in Saratoga Springs, call for construction of two self-storage buildings on a 4.1 acre tract at 74 Big Boom Road.
The first of two long rectangular buildings will span 27,942 square feet, enough space to accommodate 49 units. The second building will span 32,527 square feet, enough to accommodate 55 units. Both will be designed for RVs and boats. They units will range from 14x38 feet to 14x45 feet. To get an idea of the size of the two buildings, the Hannaford supermarket on Quaker Road measures roughly 60,000 square feet.
The site was previously used to stockpile soil. The project calls for use of porous pavement for stormwater drainage. On Tuesday a subdivision also was approved to merge a third lot with the two. Planning Board approval is required for modification of an already approved subdivision.
Giovanone told Planning Board members he has a 160-unit storage facility on Route 9P by Saratoga Lake that houses a mix of antique and vintage cars, boats RVs and more.
He explained that this type of business isn’t “a typical storage facility.”
The security has to be very tight.
“Every square inch is video monitored and recorded,” Giovanone said.
The area is fenced and the gates are computerized.
“We know what time you come in. We know your license plate number and whether you were smiling when you came in,” Giovanone said.
The business already received approval for a Concord Pools location there, however, Giovanone told the Planning Board that project was moved back after the swimming pool industry “just came off one of the worst winters it’s ever had in history.”