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  • On the Web
    Check out web-exclusive features available at, including fantastic freebies! Every month, ISS offers an array of online reader perks. Read more... ...More
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Basics for the First-Time Builder
    My grandparents traveled to their home in South Dakota in a covered wagon, but my daughter has never seen a day when a cell phone was not readily available to call anywhere on the planet. What a dynamic world we live in! Even the self-storage industry has experienced ...More
    September 1, 2007 Donna May Posted in Articles, Development
  • Mixed-Use Development
    As a land use, self-storage has historically stood alone on its sites. But as the industry matures, owners and developers are finding new opportunities in mixed-use developments that incorporate other land uses. There are several reasons why this trend is increasing. The ...More
    September 1, 2007 Ariel Valli Posted in Articles, Development
  • Insurance Insights: Meth Awareness
    Methamphetamine (meth) is a highly addictive stimulant that can be injected, snorted, smoked or ingested orally. It is also used as an appetite suppressant. The drug is easy and cheap to produce, and the ingredients create toxic by-products. The Office of National Drug ...More
    September 1, 2007 Randy Tipton Posted in Articles
  • A Superior Site Layout
    Finding the ideal site for your self-storage project—one that boasts visibility from the road, easy access and the proper zoning—may seem like the hardest part of the development process. However, difficult decisions arise after you find your land, too. Now it’s time to ...More
    September 1, 2007 Jamie Lindau Posted in Articles
  • The Highs and Lows of Multi-Story
    The self-storage industry is growing up—literally. The construction rate is staggering. The demand for in-town property continues to grow, yet land is at a premium. So it’s no wonder storage developers are fully embracing the concept of multi-story facilities in major ...More
    September 1, 2007 Amy Fuhlman Posted in Articles
  • Site Selection Makes or Breaks the Deal
    Selecting the correct site for a self-storage facility is the most important decision an owner has to make. Let me repeat: Selecting the correct site for a self-storage facility is the most important decision an owner has to make. Why? Because everything else depends on it. ...More
    September 1, 2007 Terry Campbell Posted in Articles, Development
  • Product Showcase: Automated Locker Retrieval
    When you send a boomerang flying, it returns right back to its point of origination. The same holds true for Boomerang, the self-storage automation system. Confused? Hold on to your hat, because you’re about to enter the next dimension of self-storage. It’s called Automated ...More
    September 1, 2007 Drew Whitney Posted in Articles, Technology
  • From the Editor
    Back in the ’90s, my husband and I built our first house. Oh, the lessons we learned! Every step of the way, it seemed we’d take a tumble, regain our ground and begin again unsteadily. Subcontractors missed items on bids and reported for the job on dates long past original ...More
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • A View From the Street
    The “build it and they will come” philosophy only works when written into a movie with Kevin Costner luring scores of fans to his “field of dreams.” But the days of constructing a successful self-storage facility on some unused portion of Uncle Joe’s land are over. If you ...More
    September 1, 2007 Neal Gussis and Minh Tran Posted in Articles, Development