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Self-Storage Facility Proposed for Vacant Retail Building in South Bend, IN


A self-storage conversion project has been proposed to fill a vacant retail building in South Bend, Ind. The proposed 120,000-square-foot facility would fill the former Steve & Barry’s store at 605 N. Hickory Road. The site was also previously a Target location.

The St. Joseph County Area Plan Commission will consider zoning-change requirements related to the project on May 20.

The facility would feature indoor units. “It'll be laid out so that it will be climate-controlled areas for people to store items,” said Michael Danch, president of Danch Harner & Associates, a local surveying, engineering and planning firm that is working with the Florida-based applicant. “Depending on what they want to do, some people don't want to go to just the typical mini-warehouse facility; they've got to have a climate-controlled facility, where the temperature stays constant and doesn't have an effect on a lot of the material or anything that they want to store.”

The existing building was built in 1970 and sits on a 10.61-acre lot, according to a real estate listing on LoopNet. The property was ordered into auction by the title-holding bank, according to the website.


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