Update 2/12/19 – Benchmark has opened its new facility in Hartland, Wis. The property contains five buildings comprising 47,000 square feet of storage.
“For storage, it is very important to be close to your clientele, and [Highway] 83 is such a great artery between Delafield and Hartland,” Hafemann said. “It's a clean and safe building. It doesn't look like your traditional storage facility.”
Hafemann and Kahle both work full-time jobs but saw a need for storage in the area. “Our motto is to find under-serviced aspects in communities, and we noticed there were no new storage facilities in the area. We decided this was a great resource for the community,” Hafemann added.
10/10/17 – Benchmark Secured Storage of Hartland LLC is building a new self-storage facility in Hartland, Wis., near a commercial park and close to Wisconsin Highway 83. Managing members and lifelong friends Doug Hafemann and Aaron Kahle have raised $1 million of the planned $1.2 million needed to construct and operate the business, according to the source. The money came from a private-equity fund that included the members’ investment. The project will also include financing from First Bank Financial of Oconomowoc, Wis.
Construction will begin this month, with completion expected in the spring.
The property at 840 Rose Drive will contain a three-story main building as well as four single-story structures comprising 47,685 square feet of space in 399 climate-controlled and drive-up units. It’ll also include a retail office, conference room and loading area. Security features will include access-code entry, perimeter fencing and video cameras. The site will be open daily and offer extended hours to customers.
Kahle’s business, Kahle Builders LLC, is the general contractor on the project. Bill Conine, senior project manager with Perspective Design, is the project manager. Once the facility is built, Hafemann will operate it.