Real estate developer Highlands at Cedar Downs LLC has opened Raceway Heated Storage in Auburn, Wash. The race-themed self-storage facility comprises 108,885 square feet in four buildings. Features include a “Herbie the Love Bug” replica Volkswagen on top of the management office and a tower patterned as a checkered flag, according to the source. The project was constructed on 6 acres at 30402 132nd Ave. S.E. and also includes a retention pond.
The development took 17 months to complete, partially due to wet, wintry weather. The site environment of glacial till and silty sand was determined unsuitable, forcing local contractor Donovan Bros. Inc. to import a large quantity of dirt. The company also installed quarry-spall roadways and implemented erosion-control measures, the source reported.
Easement requirements also forced the storage buildings to be reduced by 10 feet, prompting a redesign. A planned two-story building was changed to four floors to reach the targeted storage capacity.
The property is listed on the Urban Self Storage website. Founded in 1987, Urban operates a portfolio of more than 60 facilities in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. Its portfolio comprises more than 3.2 million net rentable square feet.
Daily Journal of Commerce, Raceway Heated Storage