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Sunderland, MA, Self-Storage Owners Build Sugarloaf Sister Site

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Rick and Julie Strong, owners of Sunderland Self Storage in Sunderland, Mass., are building a second facility in the city. Sugarloaf Storage on Amherst Road will include six to nine buildings containing approximately 175 units on 4.5 acres, according to the source.

“I’ve been working on the project just over three years. We broke ground a few months ago, and we should be done by mid-November,” said Rick Strong, who first presented the project to the city zoning board of appeals in July 2014. A special permit was granted a year later and included nine stipulations covering site drainage, lighting and egress, and prohibiting outside storage. In addition, the buildings must feature muted colors to match the nearby Sunderland Elementary School, the source reported.

The Sugarloaf site is approximately one mile from the Strong’s original storage property at 5 Clark Mountain Road, which contains 190 units. The couple decided to open a second facility after turning away about 250 people seeking storage every spring. “When you tell that many people there’s no storage available, you’ve got to do something about it,” Rick Strong said.

The Strongs have opened other businesses in the area, including 10 Bridge Street Cafe and Restaurant and the former New 2 You Family Boutique thrift store. Julie Strong also owns Cocktails in Paradise Travel.

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