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.
Self-Storage Construction Underway in Littleton, Mass.
Arenhall Corp. has begun construction of Littleton Storage Solutions, a 500-unit, 76,960-square-foot self-storage facility at 509 Great Road in Littleton, Mass. The facility will consist of a three-story, climate-controlled building and other single-story buildings. The ...More
Residents Oppose Self-Storage Development in Michigan
Residents in Lyndon Township, Mich., expressed concerns last week about a proposed self-storage development they believe could have a negative impact on the area. The township’s planning commission tabled a request on Feb. 16 for a special-use permit from Ronny Hamama. The ...More
Multi-Story Self-Storage Project Proposed for Haverford, Pa.
The planning and zoning department in Haverford, Pa., is considering a variance request from Argus Properties Inc. for the development of a three-story facility. ...More
U.K. Private-Equity Firm Ducalian to Develop Self-Storage Venture
Private-equity firm Ducalian has launched a new self-storage venture by acquiring a warehouse in Littlehampton, West Sussex, England for about $1.9 million (£1.2 million). ...More
Learning to Build a Self-Storage Business—Literally and Figuratively—at the ISS Expo in Las Vegas
When it comes to developing a self-storage business, there's much more than the physical plant to consider. Where and how you build your facility is critical, of course; but once the site is built, you enter the vital lease-up phase, where you grow your customer base and ...More
Self-Storage Developer Derrel’s Mini Storage Fights City Council Over Fees
Derrel’s Mini Storage has asked the Clovis City Council in California to reduce its development fees. Representatives from the self-storage company told city council members last week that some of the fees, including those for water and sewer, are excessive. ...More
New Braunfels Storage Opens in Texas
New Braunfels Storage recently opened in New Braunfels, Texas. The 77,000-square-foot facility has 534 self-storage units and is located on the frontage road of Interstate 35. The multi-story facility features traditional and climate-control storage. ...More
Convenience, Additional Space Drive Self-Storage Industry Growth in China
The self-storage industry in China continues to flourish as residents and business owners realize the benefits and convenience of storing their personal and commercial goods. While Chinese residents are renting storage to free up space in their homes, entrepreneurs are ...More
Medical Marijuana at Washington State Self-Storage Facility Concerns Residents
A-1 Heated Storage in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., has found itself at the center of a medical-marijuana debate. Neighbors are expressing concern that the facility, which is allowing tenants to store and grow dozens of legal pot plants in 26 units with access to water and ...More
Stafford Storage Sees the Light: Saving Energy and Money With LEDs
Stafford Storage of Connecticut prides itself on going the extra mile for customers. That's why its owners decided to create a green facility and reduce the property's impact on the environment. The company takes a responsible approach to ensure its business decisions and ...More