Fine arts storage facility established on Route 7

There’s room available for owners of paintings and sculptures to store their precious art.

A portion of the existing south building at 901 Ethan Allen Highway, which The Silicon Valley Group previously occupied, will be converted into a climate-controlled “fine arts” storage facility.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to approve the conversion on Tuesday, April 9.

Paul DiNardo, the project’s manager, said the facility will have a controlled temperature and humidity level “ideal for art collectors looking to store their work.”

In addition, the building will be a secured storage facility that can only be accessed by appointment.

“There will be general storage in the building, but in the art storage section, our focus will be art safety,” he said.

Although no armed guards will be on the property, Mr. DiNardo said owners should not worry — their art will be protected by a four-level security system.

Inside the facility, there will be a room for display that will be accessible only through a scheduled appointment.

“The showroom is about 30 by 30 feet and there’s nothing in there except four walls,” Mr. DiNardo said. “This can be used for art owners to show their art to prospective buyers or for owners to simply come and observe it.”

He added that the showroom will not be open to the public and is “not a gallery.”

There will be one small office on site, which will be opened from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., he said. There will be four employees working at the storage facility.

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