Sunapee Planners Approve U-Haul Rental

The Sunapee planning board approved adding U-Haul truck rentals to Philip and Linda Johnson’s property usage at 1158 Route 11 in Sunapee. At the July 16 planning board meeting, Phil Johnson said they’d be picking up the rental dealership previously operated by Northstar Storage, also located on Route 11.

Linda Johnson, who has operated Ideal Properties real estate sales from the 1158 Route 11 location for 13 years, told she thought it would be “a good match.” They expect to be operating the dealership by the end of the month. Phil Johnson operates Auto Agent car sales, as well. Previously, the Johnsons ran an electronics business from the Muzzey Hill location, up from the Georges Mills firehouse.

According to the planning board minutes, the Johnsons could use 50% of their existing display area for truck parking, up to five to six vehicles. Trucks would be rented and returned to the location, which has “good” visibility “up and down” the highway, according to Johnson. A change in signage to advertise the U-Haul rentals may occur. The board unanimously approved the application subject to no additional lot coverage.

Other U-Haul truck rental sites are in Claremont, Charlestown, Andover and Lebanon, according the company website.

To view Sunapee planning board minutes, visit the town website. The board usually meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the town hall meeting room; meetings are open to the public.

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