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LifeStorage Converts 60s-Era Building Into Self-Storage Facility in Harwood Heights, IL


Chicagoland self-storage provider LifeStorage recently converted a 1960s one-story building into a two-story self-storage facility in Harwood Heights, Ill. The facility at 7125 W. Gunnison opened July 27 and has more 159,000 square feet of space. It was developed by Cobalt Commercial Construction LLC, a Barrington, Ill.-based construction company. The facility is near the newly renovated Harlem Irving Plaza Mall, within one mile of Interstate 90 and 15 minutes from downtown Chicago.

Construction on the self-storage conversion began in October, and was led by construction manager Steve Osborne. “The location for this storage facility is ideal, with shopping, transportation, restaurants and entertainment adjacent to the site,” he said. “We think it will prove to be a convenient location for self-storage customers.”

The new facility features ample parking and 686 storage units, as well as fully furnished office suites on the second floor with a separate entrance and lounge/kitchen area. A large retail office with a modern fireplace and Starbucks coffee will be offered. The LifeStorage facility will also feature a 32-foot-wide drive-through loading area with access to large contractor and commercial units. Tenants can access climate-controlled storage units via keypad access from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.

“We’re excited to open another Chicagoland storage facility to better serve our customers,” said Michelle Wright, director of operations for LifeStorage. “This new facility in Harwood Heights is at a great location with plenty of features we think our customers will appreciate.”

LifeStorage has 32 locations nationwide, including many in Chicago, and has provided self-storage since 2002.


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