In Buckley, more storage units on 410, beer and wine downtown

Wood, Wine, & Whimsy got their alcohol license Feb. 12.

Wood, Wine, & Whimsy will soon be serving alcohol — if it hasn’t already — as its name suggests. Photo courtesy Wood, Wine, & Whimsy

Wood, Wine, & Whimsy will soon be serving alcohol — if it hasn’t already — as its name suggests. Photo courtesy Wood, Wine, & Whimsy

More storage units along the highway and plans for another beer-and-wine option in downtown Buckley recently received the blessing of the city’s Planning Department.

The more ambitious of the projects calls for a now-vacant lot along the highway to be converted to a self-storage facility. An interesting twist is that the project proponent, Soundbuilt Homes, included “retail options” as part of the formal request.

The parcel in question fronts state Route 410, is just inside the city boundary at Mundy Loss Road and is adjacent to an existing self-storage business. A sandstone “Welcome to Buckley” sign sits along the highway in front of the acreage.

The application had gone through the permitting and review process during 2018 and, in mid-January, was the topic of a public hearing involving the city’s hearing examiner. A final “notice of decision” was signed by City Planner Leticia Wallgren on Feb. 11.

A second project winding its way through Buckley offices was a request to add beer and wine sales at an existing downtown business. Making the proposal were Jilie and Joseph Rego on behalf of Wood, Wine and Whimsy, 754 Main St.

A public hearing was conducted Feb. 5 and the hearing examiner determined “the request for a conditional use permit to allow a drinking establishment” should be granted. The decision was signed Feb. 12 by Assistant Planner Evan Lewis.

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