Windham, Maine, is experiencing a rush of self-storage projects. Three proposals for new facilities or expansions to existing properties have been presented to the city’s planning board since June. The projects vary in size, from 20 to 100 units, and are all along Roosevelt Trail, which is where the majority of the city’s seven storage facilities are located. The new projects are undergoing the initial site-plan review, according to the source.
Kevin Bosworth, owner of the 118-unit JMC Self Storage at 964 Roosevelt Trail, submitted a proposal on July 25 to develop Little Mountain Self Storage & Retail on a vacant site at 968 Roosevelt Trail. The project would consist of three buildings comprising 16,250 square feet of self-storage as well as a 4,750-square-foot retail building. The undeveloped land is in a wooded area on a steep hill across from the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham.
Bosworth hired a marketing consultant to assess demand for self-storage in the city. The market “definitely can’t support three new facilities,” he said, adding that he still planned to move forward with his project. “We’re established, we’ll have a leg up,” Bosworth said. The other two proposed projects are by C&E Enterprises LLC and Fielding’s Oil Self Storage.
Self-storage is popular among Windham’s summer residents, said Jim Higgins, owner of Apple Tree Self Storage and Lakes Region Self Storage, both of which have been in business for about a decade. The facilities also have a number of customers who are students at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, he said.
Self-storage development is a way to use undeveloped land in the community, said Tom Bartell, executive director of the Windham Economic Development Corp., which assists developers with site location and the city’s approval process. Windham’s growing population also make it a logical place for new storage development, Bartell added.
Founded in 2012, JMC Self Storage also owns facilities in Auburn, Brownfield and Portland, Maine.
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