After a lengthy discussion, both across the dais and from within the community, the Oro Valley town council unanimously gave the green light for a storage facility at Steam Pump Village on Wednesday, March 15.The council removed a prohibition against indoor mini-storage facilities at Steam Pump Village, following the lead of the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Conceptual Design Review Board, and approved an architectural concept and parking standards for the proposed facility.The current PAD for the site was adopted in 1996, at which time self storage facilities were not permitted. According to town documents, the commercial center has undergone multiple amendments and changes over the years, though the most relevant to the ordinance discussed by council was in 2011, when mini-storage was specifically prohibited. Other developments within Steam Pump Village include a QuickTrip gas station and convenience store, Pima Federal Credit Union, The Children’s Museum Oro Valley, a Holiday Inn Express and the BASIS school complex. The town’s general plan designates the property as “Community/Regional Commercial.”The proposed 107,000 square foot, three-story building would include 80,000 square feet for a storage facility, as well as 3,800 square feet on the bottom floor designated for separate mixed retail and office use. Because of the different types of spaces, town planning manager and planning and zoning administrator Bayer Vella called the proposed building a “unique project” if approved by council.“When the applicant came in and asked if, on this site which is tucked behind the [QuickTrip] and not the best location for the original intended use, to see if self storage would be possible, our first reaction as staff was, ‘no, it’s prohibited use,’” Vella said. “We focused on the words. The intent of the (plan) was to make sure and reflect the common perception of self storage as being not fitting of a high quality development; the rollup doors, the long linear expansive spaces, big rectangles, very basic barebones architecture. So we challenged ourselves and we challenged the applicant: are there design solutions to make this work?”After more than a year of work between town staff, developer 1784 Capital Holdings and RKAA Architects, Inc., Vella said that the site—owned by Diamond Ventures in partnership with Evergreen Devco Inc.—has found a suitable design. That design includes architectural elements which create an appearance of an office building, Vella said, including colors and materials similar to those already in use within Steam Pump Village, metal awnings, lighting standards, faux windows and modified building articulation.
When many of us think of Cheryl Ladd we think of her solving crimes as one of Charlie’s Angels, or her role in last year’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson.” What many of us do not realize is the former actress, model and singer is an avid golfer out there doing good. Ladd was on hand for the Tucson Conquistadors Classic to host a clinic, as well as raise awareness for cataracts. Ladd fell in love with the sport from day one, though she admits she, like most new golfers, struggled at first. After three years of marriage Ladd’s husband proposed they go out and golf. Although he had never invited her out before, the two hit the links, ironically enough at a golf course right across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot where she filmed Charlie’s Angels. “I was just dreadful, but I cracked a couple of drives, and was hooked,” Ladd said. She jokes that she specifically uses the term “cracked” because she was hooked from the start.Within a week she had her own set of clubs and two weeks later they purchased a condo on a golf course. “I just fell mad in love,” Ladd said. “All of our free time was spent on the sport.”