Entrepreneur Carves Out Cavernous Underground Self-Storage Facility in Kansas

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Plans are even in the works for a “doomsday resort.” The Vivos Group in Del Mar, Calif., wants to use part of the cave for the Vivos Survival Shelter & Resort. For a $99 monthly membership fee or a one-time charge based on the size of a recreational vehicle, a member will be able to park an RV underground indefinitely during catastrophes, natural disasters and nuclear wars, and live in it with a year’s worth of supplies (costing $1,500 per person). The plan envisions space for 1,200 RVs and 5,000 people.

Even during non-apocalyptic times, members will be able to use the Vivos Resort and its many proposed amenities for up to 90 days  per year. Those include a skateboard park, survival classes, field games, a restaurant, a kitchen, and a lounge and spa. The deal isn’t finalized yet, Cullins said, but negotiations are underway.

An Underground Town

Self-storage may never be as glamorous as a doomsday resort, but it’s still going to be a consistent revenue source for Citadel’s underground space, which offers climate-controlled storage for a price that most people pay for outside units. Storage rooms start at $35 a month for a 5-by-10. High-security storage in the same size starts at $75 monthly. Citadel offers caged storage, and storage for boats, RVs and other vehicles.

“We bring the boats inside and take them out when customers need them,” said Brent Donaldson, facility supervisor. “All the customer has to do is hook [it] up and leave.”

As he zipped around the cavern on a motorized golf cart, Donaldson remarked that the space is like a small town. He and another maintenance staffer clean concrete floors with street sweepers, do a weekly check on 28 sump pumps (to pump out groundwater during heavy rains), maintain a gas-fired dehumidification system, and keep an eye on ceiling-crack monitors previously installed by Army engineers.

Cullins said the storage facility started with 10 10-by-10 units and a couple of high-security units, with more under construction. Right now, about 46,000 square feet of the cave is taken up by equipment from a local foundry.

Annual costs for utilities, mowing, environmental upkeep and two maintenance employees run about $300,000, Cullins said. “This facility takes a large amount of money to operate and keep in usable condition,” he added.

Deb Hipp is a freelance writer in Kansas City, Mo. She writes for The Storage Facilitator, SpareFoot.com, SelfStorage.com and other websites, as well as her own Tales from the Bark Side blog. She enjoys working with animals and is involved in the Kansas City, Mo., animal-rescue community. Read the original article here.

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