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 Design Study: Working With Small Land Parcels, by Mako Steel Inc.
Situated on a skinny parcel of just 1 acre, West Coast Self Storage in Costa Mesa, Calif., needed serious pizzazz to gain notice in the crowded neighborhood. ...More
Self-Storage Design Study Using Complex Materials, by Capco Steel Inc.
A-AAAKey Mini Storage No. 43 in San Antonio features a complex melding of colors, textures and materials to create an eye-catching exterior appearance. Capco Steel Inc., a steel supplier and erector of metal buildings, RV and boat storage, provided the steel, panels and ...More
City Council Rejects Proposed Self-Storage Facility in Chippewa Falls, WI
A proposed self-storage facility in Chippewa Falls, Wis., was rejected this week by the city council. The developers asked for an empty block along Dutchman Drive to be rezoned from multi-family units to commercial property, but the council denied the special-use permit ...More
Kutztown, PA, Gets Its First Self-Storage Facility
Kutztown Self Storage celebrated its grand opening May 10, becoming the first self-storage facility to open in the borough of Kutztown, Pa. ...More
City Denies Menards Self Storage Conversion Project in Janesville, WI
The Janesville, Wis., planning commission denied Menards Self Storage’s request for a conditional use permit to convert its former retail building into a self-storage facility. The commission rejected the proposal by a 5-1 vote. ...More
The Lock Up Self Storage to Build Facilities in Wheaton, IL, and Bonita Springs, FL
The Lock Up Self Storage is building new self-storage projects in Wheaton, Ill., and Bonita Springs, Fla. The Wheaton facility will be located next to the Main Street Marketplace and comprise 81,543 square feet. The Florida project is already under construction and features ...More
Is Your Market Ready for New Self-Storage Development? Factors to Consider Before Buying Land
With increasing land costs and escalating city and county building requirements, self-storage developers are getting more creative at finding sites on which to build. This article outlines considerations for acquiring a parcel for self-storage. ...More
Self-Storage Design Study: Inventive Use of Space, by Janus International
When Christopher Zupsic of Portland-Pacific LCC, a private real estate investment firm, decided to turn an empty building in downtown San Francisco into a self-storage facility, he turned to Janus International for help in designing some very creative spaces. StoragePro of ...More
Residents Oppose Proposed Self-Storage Facility Near Cedar Park, Texas
Two proposed development projects, including a self-storage facility, have drawn the ire of subdivision residents near Cedar Park, Texas. Residents have collected more than 600 signatures on a petition designed to stop two separate developers from building a gas station and ...More
Westy Self Storage Tops Off Steel Work on Facility Expansion in White Plains, NY
This week Westy Self Storage placed the final steel beam on the expansion to the company’s White Plains, N.Y., facility. The steel work was topped off five months after breaking ground. The 600 tons of structural steel will add nearly 70,000 square feet to the existing ...More