Premier Storage LLC, a Minneapolis-based self-storage operator, has submitted a proposal to convert a 67,000-square-foot warehouse in St. Paul, Minn., into a storage facility. Located near a new apartment complex featuring artist lofts, the structure has previously been used by an electric-utility company as well as a brewery and restaurant, according to the source. The conversion would require a special-use permit, and the St. Paul Planning Commission's zoning committee is expected to address the project on Thursday.
The former Schmidt Brewery warehouse at 543 James Ave. would feature all indoor, climate-controlled storage units. Neighboring developments have been supportive of the plan because of the low impact self-storage facilities have on noise and pollution, Todd Jones, founder and principal of Premier, told the source. “We think it’s a good use of the building,” he said.
Premier has an agreement to acquire the site from former brewery owner Bruce Hendry, the source reported. Premier has previously developed or owned about 40 self-storage facilities in Arizona, California and Minnesota. It currently operates seven Minneapolis Storage Centers locations in the Minneapolis area.