City council voted 6-0 May 20 to not give SecurCare Properties II, LLC., the opportunity to demolish and rebuild a storage facility at 8457 Roswell Road which includes 58,501 square feet of storage space, 1,447 square feet of office space and a vacant apartment unit.

The city’s planning commission recommended 5-1 April 17 that city council approve the rezoning, which would have allowed for a new facility with a colonial facade, 92,111 square feet of storage space and 2,560 square feet of office space.

However, the Sandy Springs Overlay District does not permit a storage facility at that location, and it will continue operating under its original Fulton County commercial business district zoning.

Council members said they wanted the illegal apartment removed. It was occupied by a security guard before SecurCare bought the property.

Michele Battle, attorney working for Atlanta-based Nelson Mullins and representing SecurCare, reminded the council the facility “has existed for 25 years and will continue to exist for another 25 years.”

“I must say that I’m perplexed… this is certainly not the position that was taken a few weeks ago at the planning meeting,” she said. “There is nothing in the Sandy Springs overlay district that would prohibit us from continuing to operate that facility, and you all are aware of that. Actually, by doing this we would be improving the situation, not making it worse.”

Stan Jones, of the Huntcliff Subdivision, told the council his neighborhood’s homeowner’s association had unanimously voted to oppose the rezoning.

“We feel that these changes should not be allowed because we feel that it is in opposition to the Sandy Springs overlay that was applied to our section of the road,” he said.