Development

The development of a self-storage facility generally begins with a comprehensive market analysis of the proposed project area. New owners and/or developers will usually hire a third-party specialist to conduct a detailed feasibility study, which will identify market demographics and other key metrics to determine the viability of self-storage in a particular location. Once a site is chosen, an engineer and architect are hired to design a self-storage facility that will maximize the investment in the land, including the site layout and unit mix. The developer, builder and/or owner may need to meet with local residents and the planning and zoning board to discuss the community impact of the project and the aesthetics of the individual buildings, including landscaping, building height, door color, etc. Owners might consider a multi-story building to maximize their footprint, or converting a building from another use to self-storage to widen their options.


  • Forecast '03
    While they may not have an all-seeing crystal ball, the industry experts who shared their predictions for the upcoming year with Inside Self-Storage do know a thing or two about the business. They are self-storage consultants, presidents, CEOs and all-around gurus. Here's ...More
    January 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Development, Finance
  • Overbuilding
    AS WE ALL KNOW, EVERYTHING HAS IT'S CYCLE, and self-storage is no exception. The only surprise is the self-storage upswing has lasted so long. Many operators will say the cycle is not over yet, and we are happy to agree with them. Others, however, are beginning to feel the ...More
    December 1, 2002 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Development
  • Storage USA Franchise Program
    Inside Self-Storage recently had the opportunity to interview Ed Ansbro, vice president of Franchising For StorageUSA (SUSA). Following are his comments on the company's program, how it is growing, and what it can do for self-storage developers in all parts of the country. ...More
    November 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Development, Finance
  • U.K. Self-Storage: Big Money Makes Even Bigger Money
    IN A RECENT ARTICLE, I WROTE ABOUT THE EUROPEAN SELF-STORAGE ENTREPRENEUR'S DREAM or probable reason for investing in self-storage—to build it up and sell it. In September, Norman Galbraith and Alistair Jack realized their dream with the sale of their nine-site ...More
    October 1, 2002 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles, Development
  • Conversions
    Converting a bus station to self-storage-roof, fascia, parking and paint. Since the real estate crash of the late 80s and early 90s, conversion of real estate from an absolute use to one of renewed activity has been a challenge to all owners. Whether it is an old mill ...More
    September 1, 2002 Dan Curtis Posted in Articles, Development
  • Building Multistory: A Case Study
    There has been a tremendous increase in the number of multistory self-storage facilities. In the past, multistory facilities were generally conversions of existing buildings that were no longer being used for their original purpose. However, more and more multistory ...More
    September 1, 2002 Tom Berlin Posted in Articles, Development
  • Municipal-Use Approval
    In any land-development project, the journey from concept to completion involves a multitude of disciplines. Financial feasibility studies, design requirements, land-use and zoning ordinances, construction contracts, real estate law and transactional law all come into play ...More
    September 1, 2002 Nicholas Jodhan Posted in Articles, Development
  • A Winning Team
    There is something very motivating about a success story. A quick trip to any local Barnes & Noble (or an evening viewing of "Biography" on the A & E channel) will verify there is no shortage of stories documenting the lives of people from Warren Buffet and Bill ...More
    September 1, 2002 Mike Parham and Jeff Eckols Posted in Articles, Development
  • Self-Storage in the U.K. and Europe: From Planning to Reality
    Generally, someone wishing to open a self-storage facility engages the services of an architect, who will do the design work that creates a facility according to specified requirements (and incorporates as much of his artistic flair as he can get away with—he is an ...More
    September 1, 2002 Graham Lomax Posted in Articles, Development
  • Site Design and Unit Mix
    Too often, the words "site design" and "unit mix" are used in a single phrase referring to one activity or used interchangeably as if they were the same thing. This is not so. Think of site design as "site planning" and unit mix as "unit-mix formulation." Both affect the ...More
    September 1, 2002 Victor Lopez Posted in Articles, Development