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Self-Storage Development and Zoning Activity: April 2021

The global self-storage development pipeline continues to be extremely dynamic. Inside Self-Storage regularly covers new projects being planned and approved as well as zoning and other municipal issues. Following is activity taking place in April 2021.

A-Affordable Storage will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 21 to celebrate the opening of a boat/RV-storage facility in Weatherford, Texas. The property at 6704 Mineral Wells Highway includes 201 covered spaces, 20 garage-style units and a variety of other parking spots. It’s the sixth ground-up development for the company, which operates seven self-storage facilities in North Texas, with four more locations scheduled to open this year. Three other projects are in the early phases of development, according to owner Mitch Breeden.

U.K. self-storage operator Big Yellow Group PLC is building a facility on a 0.8-acre site in Epsom, England, just south of London. The company purchased the property for £6.5 million. Once complete, the project will be 56,000 square feet. Big Yellow Group operates 101 self-storage locations in the United Kingdom under the Big Yellow Self Storage and Armadillo Self Storage brand names, with most concentrated in Greater London and Southeast England.

Bow City Storage opened in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The six-story facility at 10th Ave. S.W. is west of downtown. It has four heated, drive-in loading bays and is fully climate-controlled. The locally owned and operated company is managed by a team of Calgarians who previously owned and managed a national self-storage portfolio.

Brookwood Properties LLC, which operates 53 self-storage locations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, opened a new site in New Orleans. The three-story facility at 10301 Interstate 10 Service Road comprises about 115,000 square feet in 915 climate-controlled units. It’ll be managed by real estate investment trust (REIT) Life Storage Inc. Rosehill Construction LLC was the general contractor. Kaufman Design Group was the architect.

Business owner Kirk Durham Jr. received zoning approval to develop a self-storage facility along Richard Road in Lexington, N.C. The project will be built on 1.7 acres owned by Robin G. Mikles and comprise up to 13,000 square feet of self-storage and a 150-square-foot office building. Large evergreen shrubs will be planted along the street to serve as a visual buffer.

Self-storage owners Adam and Mason Flippen opened Flippens Secured Self Storage in Post Falls, Idaho. Built on 6.87 acres at 208 Creative Way, the facility comprises 188 boat/RV- and vehicle-storage units with electric garage-door openers. Unit doors are 14 feet wide, and drive aisles are 70 feet wide. The owners are father and son.

Property owner Barry Holbrook of BSH Properties LLC intends to convert multiple vacant buildings to self-storage in the South City area of Memphis, Tenn. The $4 million Lucky Storage project at 325 G.E. Patterson Ave., 334 St. Paul Ave. and 543 S. 4th St. would fill a city block and comprise about 50,000 square feet of climate-controlled space. The existing warehouses are built on 3.2 acres. The development requires a variance to allow self-storage as a use. The board of adjustment is scheduled to consider the application on April 28.

Life Storage received approval to build a two-story facility in San Antonio. Expected to break ground in June, the project at 2300 Broadway will contain 40,404 square feet in 394 units. Designed by Dallenbach-Cole Architecture, it’ll incorporate requirements by the San Antonio River Rio Overlay District and the Westfort Historic District. Based in Buffalo, N.Y., Life Storage operates more than 900 self-storage facilities in 31 states and Ontario, Canada.

A joint venture between Live Oak Capital Partners LLC, Lumpkin Development LLC and MacArthur Holdings LLC began construction on a self-storage facility in Davie, Fla. The four-story structure near the intersection of Davie and Stirling Roads will comprise 85,000 square feet in more than 625 units. It’s expected to open next spring. DC Construction Associates will serve as general contractor. IberiaBank is providing debt financing. The facility was designed by Kenneth Carlson Architects and Thomas Engineering. Lumpkin operates 4 million square feet of commercial real estate in Alabama and Georgia. Family-operated MacArthur builds, owns and operates hotel, multi-family, office, retail and self-storage. Based in Atlanta, Live Oak Capital has acquired, developed and sold more than $100 million in commercial properties.

Construction is underway for LuxeLocker Boat & RV Storage in Boise, Idaho. Once complete, the facility at 7373 S. Federal Way will comprise 107,023 square feet. The units will be 14 feet wide with depths of 40 to 60 feet, and an average size of 700 square feet. The property will also offer cleanout stations and wash bays. It’s being built by Forge Building Co., a self-storage building contractor based in Boise. Ian Franklin, senior project manager, is the general contractor.

The owners of Maple Leaf Self Storage in Pere Marquette Township, Mich., received approval to build a second facility in the city. Oak Leaf Self Storage LLC at 110 S. Jackson Road will contain three 40-by-240-foot buildings comprising a total of 28,000 square feet. It’ll be designed similarly to the facility at 125 S. Pere Marquette Highway. The project will be built by Heirloom Carpentry & Construction.

REIT Public Storage Inc. is building a five-story facility in Baltimore. The project on the 1500 block of Ridgely Street is near an existing Public Storage facility at 1415 Russell St. Expected to be complete this winter, it’ll contain 940 units. The 1.14-acre parcel was originally being developed by NorthPoint Development, which operates the Beyond Self Storage brand. Public Storage acquired all but three facilities in NorthPoint’s portfolio earlier this year. Based in Glendale, Calif., Public Storage has interests in 2,504 self-storage facilities in 38 states, with approximately 171 million net rentable square feet.

Pawtucket, R.I., officials are considering two self-storage developments. SAFStor Real Estate Co. LLC intends to build a facility at 602 Mineral Spring Ave. near the city’s waste-transfer station. The site is somewhat limited due to the presence of wetlands and grade changes. It’s in an area near San Antonio Way that officials want to see upgraded aesthetically. City planners are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the project on April 20. Another project has been proposed by WSP II Pawtucket LLC, which wants to convert a former medical building at 555 Prospect St. The company acquired the 76,000-square-foot building in September for $1.45 million.

Save It All Self-Storage LLC is facing opposition in its quest to build a self-storage facility on a 12-acre parcel in Port Charlotte, Fla., behind a substation for Florida Power and Light (FPL), which owns the property. The land is along an old canal, south of Cochran Boulevard, and visible from U.S. Highway 41. Though Charlotte County Commissioners voted 4-1 to move the proposal forward, commissioner Chris Constance urged community members to oppose the development because of the trees on the site and possible future land use as a park. James Herston, the engineer representing the storage operator, told the commission the developer would attempt to retain the vegetation along the bank of the canal to avoid soil erosion. The property is zoned commercial but also earmarked as “parks” under the city’s future land-use zoning. Thomas Muller, who lives in the neighborhood, wrote a letter to FPL and met with about 30 community members, who agreed they would rather the land be designated a park, not for commercial use. Commissioner Joe Tiseo pointed out that the parcel is zoned for commercial, and the commission can’t override it.

Shurgard Self Storage Europe SARL, the European affiliate of U.S.-based Public Storage, is looking to develop a new facility in the Paris market, and has already signed a land-purchase agreement for a property. Expected to open in 2022, the building will comprise 5,200 square meters in more than 700 units. Shurgard operates 244 self-storage facilities comprising 1.2 million net rentable square meters in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Spartan Investment Group (SIG), a real estate investment company that specializes in self-storage and residential investments, intends to expand a storage facility it recently acquired in Huntsville, Texas. Built in 2004 at 20 F.M. 1791 Road, A Space Place Self Storage comprises 50,094 square feet. The four-building expansion would add 41,475 square feet. The Huntsville Planning Commission recommended approval for the project last month, with SIG agreeing to increase screening and landscaping along public right-of-ways, among other conditions. The city council was scheduled to hold a public hearing to discuss the project on Tuesday.

Storage Inns of America, which operates 10 facilities in Ohio, has begun a $2.2 million expansion of its facility in Dayton. It’ll add 44,000 square feet to the 120,000-square-foot site at 6400 Bigger Road. The new climate-controlled units will be available this fall. Storage Inns of America operates facilities in Beavercreek, Centerville, Dayton, Huber Heights, Miamisburg, Moraine and Troy.

The Jefferson County, Mo., Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-2 on March 25 to recommend against a zoning change that would allow Jay and Diana Volsey to build self-storage across from the Raintree Plantation subdivision. Checkered Flag Storage would be built on 13.47 acres in the 6000 block of Highway B. The three adjoining lots are zoned residential and currently hold two homes, one of which is occupied and another that would be demolished. The development would include 14 storage buildings and 60 uncovered boat/RV spaces. The project is supported by the Raintree Plantation Property Owners Association but faces opposition from nearby residents. Some planners and residents objected to the project over traffic-safety concerns, citing the facility’s proximity to a curve in the road. The county council, which has final say on the zoning request, is expected to review the project this month.

Real estate developer Dan Wagner intends to build Gravois Self-Storage in Sappington, Mo. The 120,000-square-foot project would be built on 4.7 acres at 11411 and 11431 Gravois Road in unincorporated St. Louis County. Planners voted unanimously to recommend the project in March but included several conditions, including architectural review. Officials stipulated the facility must include fenestration on at least 35 percent of the building front and the first 100 feet along both sides of the structure. The remainder of the building should feature brick veneer, stone or another approved material. Window embellishments must be part of the architectural review. Other conditions include decorative perimeter fencing and landscape buffering in the front and back of the property. The site houses an automotive business and offices, along with a single-family home. The structure proposed by Wagner would appear as two stories in the front but single story in the back. The project must still be approved by the city council.

Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc. converted a building in Framingham, Mass., that once housed Sanofi Genzyme, a biotechnology company. The facility at 15 Pleasant St. Connector comprises 93,088 square feet in 636 indoor climate-controlled units. Established in 1945, U-Haul owns more than 66 million square feet of storage space.

West Coast Self-Storage Group, which operates 80 facilities in California, Oregon and Washington, opened a new location in Burien, Wash. The facility at 1625 S.W. 114th St. comprises 103,870 square feet in 1,000 units. It also contains 34 uncovered vehicle-storage spaces. Designed by Stephen Bourne, an architect with the firm Site + Plan + Mix LLC, it was developed by Salmon Creek Self-Storage LLC and built by JPR Construction.

Waukesha, Wis., officials will consider a proposed mixed-use development next week that would convert a former Kmart at the Sunset Crossings strip mall to self-storage and separate retail space. The unidentified developer has requested a Planned Unit Development (PUD) amendment that would allow self-storage in the 60,000-square-foot vacant structure. The project would comprise 53,5000 square feet of self-storage and two 2,500-square-foot retail spaces. The building’s façade would be remodeled to reflect the three storefronts. Planners will consider the PUD amendment on Tuesday, while the common council will review it on Thursday.

Sources:
Call Newspapers, County Sets a Precedent for Storage Units to Look Better; Gravois Up First
Call Newspapers, Gravois Road Storage Site OK’d for Zoning by Panel
Coeur d'Alene Press, Flippens Self Storage Opens in Post Falls
Daily Memphian, Ice Cream Business, Self-Storage, Orleans Station Among New Zoning Cases
Dayton Daily News, Dayton-Area Self-Storage Company Starts $2.2M Centerville Expansion
GM Today, Waukesha Common Council to Review Self-Storage Use at Sunset Crossings
Leader Publications, P&Z Turns Thumbs-Down to Storage Facility Near Raintree Subdivision
Ludington Daily News, Storage Facility Coming to P.M. Township
Morningstar, Big Yellow Group Buys South West London Site for GBP6.5 Million
Newswire, Bow City Storage Opens 24/7 Secure Access, Fully Climate Controlled Facility Near Downtown Calgary
PR Newswire, Brookwood Properties Opens New Self Storage Facility in New Orleans, LA
PR Newswire, Now Open: 636 Storage Rooms Ready at U-Haul of Framingham-Southborough
Sharecast, Big Yellow Buys 'Prime' Epsom Site for £6.5M
Southbmore.com, Public Storage Adding Second Facility Near Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Sun Port Charlotte, Neighbors Plead for Woods Over Self-Storage
The Dispatch, New Self-Storage Facility to Be Built in Lexington
The Item, Huntsville to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Storage Facility Expansion
The Valley Breeze, Self-Storage Facilities Proposed in Pawtucket

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