The LifeStorage self-storage facility of Mokena, Ill., has been chosen as a recipient of the 2011 Beautification Award bestowed by the Mokena Community Affairs Commission. The facility is one of 32 businesses to win the award out of a pool of more than 700.
Created in 1997, the award is given each year to homes and businesses that are well-maintained, colorful and enhance the beauty of the village. For the selection process, volunteer judges are assigned sections of Mokena. They make two passes during different seasons, selecting three winners for each section that represent and embody the spirit of the award.
Facility managers Kelly Butt and Corey Tolbert attribute their win to hard work and maintaining the appearance of their facility, particularly through their landscaping service. “Our landscaper company, CNC Lawn Care Inc., has maintained the property for two years and keeps everything looking fantastic. We have a variety of seasonal plants that keep the facility colorful year round,” said Butt, who has worked at the facility for 19 months. Mokena is one of LifeStorage’s newest locations.
The self-storage facility has been working diligently since April to improve its appearance beyond the seasonal flora, adding new paint, signs and even a new gate, said Tolbert. “I’m happy that we have been able to present our company in a good light, and honored to be one of the few selected for this award. I hope that the Beautification Award will help our reputation and be proof that LifeStorage cares about quality,” Tolbert said.
The 2011 Beautification Award ceremony takes place Sept. 29. It includes a video presentation, and businesses receive certificates and yard plaques.
LifeStorage was founded in 2002 by Jean Jodoin and Christopher Barry. The company owns and operates 18 self-storage facilities throughout the Chicagoland area.