U.S. Storage Depot, which operates 37 facilities in Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin, is converting a former JCPenney department store in Oshkosh, Wis., to a mixed-use property that will include self-storage and office space. The Oshkosh Common Council was scheduled to vote this week on the operator’s application for a conditional-use permit. If approved, it’ll be the company’s third location in the state, according to the source.
The property at 2175-2185 S. Koeller St. in Aviation Plaza has been vacant since the store closed in April 2015. The storage operator plans to add 370 climate-controlled units to the 62,000-square-foot building, according to CEO Ronald Hagen.
“Self-storage, as a whole, is a type of business that is community-friendly,” Hagen said. “We’re community-friendly because we don’t create any noise. We don’t create a lot of traffic. Once the place is open, you might have 15 to 20 people maximum a day.”
Of U.S. Storage Depot’s properties, 19 were conversions of vacant buildings, the source reported. The company is based in Titusville, Fla.
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