David Johnston, owner of Downtown Self Storage in Huntsville, Ala., was recently named 2018 Downtown Advocate of the Year by Downtown Huntsville Inc., a company that specializes in city revitalization through events, promotions and redevelopment initiatives. Johnston received his award on Jan. 12 during a breakfast ceremony in the atrium of Propst Arena, according to the source.
Johnston was honored for tailoring his storage business to host retail-business incubators on the first floor of the multi-story facility at 100 Jefferson St. N. Launched in 2014 as part of an initiative known as the Clinton Row Project, Johnston designated six storage units to serve as business incubators.
"David has been doing downtown redevelopment and downtown advocacy for a long, long time," Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, said during the ceremony. "But what's been really exciting is David's support in this newest effort, including the Clinton Row Project. That was a really out-of-the-box thing to do. We won an International Downtown Award because of that. That type of stuff only happens when you have partners with open minds and embrace creativity."
Awards were also presented for Downtown Event of the Year and Downtown Project of the Year. Winners were selected through an online poll conducted on new website AL.com.
Downtown Self Storage was founded 19 years ago in a building that previously housed a furniture store and a dealership for farm equipment.