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Stay Over Storage in Price George, Va., Braces for Competition and Triumphs Over Obstacles

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Facility Features

The 75,000-square-foot facility has 517 leasable units―373 climate-controlled and 144 traditional. All roll-up doors are pre-painted galvanized steel, as well as the architectural standing-seam roofs and cupolas. Interior units and hallways are of structural-steel construction. Motion sensors were mounted in drop-in ceilings to automatically control interior lighting.

The first unusual thing one notices about Stay Over Storage is the overall layout of the site. Storage buildings are typically positioned side by side, but this facility’s footprint is a U-shaped “fortress-type” layout, so named because the buildings are connected to protect the interior premises. This precludes the necessity for security fencing, except at the open end, where wrought-iron fencing and a gate completely enclose the property.

Next, the exterior of the buildings catch one’s eye due to its innovative use of brick veneer over metal stud walls and glass. The structures resemble an upscale office complex or retail center.

Other features and amenities rarely seen in storage facilities and unique to this market are:

  • Timer magnets that control the duration of door openings to and from the climate-control buildings. This allows tenants to keep building doors open for the entire time they’re moving in and out of their units rather than have to open and close them on each trip.
  • Motion sensors mounted in drop-in ceilings that automatically control interior lighting. These eliminate the need to cut lights on and off when entering or exiting buildings.
  • All-concrete floors sealed with clear coat. This helps to provide a more dust-free environment for customers and their personal items.

Also in the planning stages are additional services such as secured document storage, document conversion to CD and document-shredding. In addition, the site offers retail products for sale in the office and the free use of a move-in truck for new tenants.

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