Crews are working to get a future Ample Storage center built along Sunset Avenue just east of the Little Easonburg road sign.
Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Farris told the Telegram of the construction, “That’s a sign of growth. That’s just, bottom line, is a sign of growth in the community.”
Rocky Mount Planning Board records show the panel in December approved preliminary documents for the future Ample Storage, which is going to be a mini-storage business on an approximately 12-acre site between Mayfair Drive and Halifax Road.
The planning board records state the location is going to have eight buildings, to be constructed in two phases.
The developer is Lampe Management Co., which is based in Smithfield.
Lampe provides full service management of storage facilities in the Carolinas and Virginia, as well as in Florida.
A map online shows most of Ample Storage’s centers are in the Research Triangle region, the Triad region and the Richmond, Va., area., but the map also shows centers serving the Wilson, Greenville and Goldsboro areas.
As for what is going on at the future Ample Storage off of Sunset, Farris said he believes sometimes people need extra storage space, either because they have downsized from living decades in a traditional house or have relocated to one of the restored former mill houses at the Rocky Mount Mills development.
Overall, Farris said, “When I see bulldozers, dirt moving, dust flying in the air, concrete being poured, steel coming out of the ground — man, I get excited.
“And we’re seeing a lot of that now,” Farris said. “Gee whiz, that’s a thing of beauty to me.”
The future Ample Storage also is along a busy route.
The latest state Transportation Department data shows the average daily traffic count at 13,000 on the part of Sunset just west of Halifax and the average daily traffic count at 21,000 on the part of Sunset just west of Winstead Boulevard.
And the future Ample Storage is going to be located east of the future Interstate 95-Sunset Avenue interchange.
State transportation officials have told the Telegram the interchange is going to be complete by November 2023.