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A monstrous garage able to accommodate 20 recreational vehicles is under construction in a rural Washington State neighborhood as a local builder hopes to capitalize on a growing need for storage.
According to the Daily Herald, Everett, a 14-foot-by-36-foot space will run $35,000 in the RV garage.
“People continue to buy toys and have no place to put them,” said Dave Johnson of DB Johnson Construction, who is building the 276-foot-long facility. “There is a market.”
RVs, boats and ATVs can clutter a driveway on suburban postage-stamp lots, annoying neighbors, Johnson said. He’s even applied to build another 3,000-square-foot garage on the same land.
“I don’ t believe there’s a trend; I don’t believe anybody is doing them besides us,” Johnson said.
Even so, local officials feared such huge buildings were becoming a trend, taking advantage of what they called a loophole in county rules.
That perceived loophole was recently closed by the local county council, which adopted emergency rules to bring scrutiny to garages larger than 1,800 square feet – about the size of a six-car garage.
Prior to the change, county rules allowed garages to be built on residential property without standards, county chief planning officer Linda Kuller said.
“There were no limits or standards on the size,” she said. Twelve garages larger than 4,000 square feet were built under county rules last year; four of them were larger than 9,000 square feet.
Rick Rice, whose property faces Johnson’s garage, said there was no warning the building was going up. Rice objects to the large structure next to his house because he feels it’s a commercial activity in a residential neighborhood.
Johnson said the county’s effort to restrict these kinds of buildings interferes with the market that has emerged to solve people’s space needs.
“It’ll put a stop to a lot of people’s business, and it’s cutting into ours and other people’s property rights,” Johnson said.