News From Around the World
Facility Plan to Save Historic Mill
After standing empty for three years, a historic mill in Manchester, England, is being revived as part of a mixed development that includes self-storage, industrial units and a gym. Mile End Estates is refurbishing Bolton’s Swan Mill—once the biggest spinning mill in the world—in a multimillion-pound project, according to a recent article in The Manchester Evening News. The buildings originally opened in 1904-05, and the development scheme for the 4.75 acre site is extensive and long-term. The company, which was set up to buy and restore the mill, is also planning a project in Liverpool and looking for similar investments.
Canadian Tire Building Converts to Storage
In Milton, Ontario, a former Canadian Tire building could be turned into a self-storage company, reported The Canadian Champion. At a September meeting, town officials reviewed a proposal that calls for the building to be expanded to 9,295 square meters and divided into 894 interior self-storage units. The units would be individually alarmed and climate-controlled, ranging in size from 2.5 to 18.5 square meters. Balmoral Group Development Corp. applied for a zoning bylaw amendment to change the site from highway commercial to a site-specific employment zone.
Storage Goes on Stage
An original play called Self-Storage was performed at the Vancouver, British Columbia, Fringe Festival in September, according to Straight.com. The work received fairly good reviews. The main character, who lives in a storage unit, is quoted as saying, “I’m not afraid of life. I just don’t know what to do with it right now.”
Big Yellow Expands
Big Yellow Self Storage has expanded into West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, according to a Sept. 19 report in The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. The company, which has 35 sites across the south of England and Wales, spent £7.5 million on a store at Gelderd Road, Leeds.