Update 10/28/22 – The Acme Township, Michigan, Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to approve the mixed-use conversion project proposed by Strathmore Real Estate Group despite continued public opposition. The former Kmart will be repurposed with self-storage and warehouse space in the back and middle of the structure, while the front portion will house indoor pickleball courts, a fitness center, a coffee shop and other uses. Structures with 186 apartment units will be developed outside the two retail buildings.
9/2/22 – The Acme Township, Michigan, Planning Commission voted to recommend the mixed-use conversion project proposed by Strathmore Real Estate Group despite some public opposition. The self-storage and warehouse components drew the most attention from residents and officials, with planners limiting warehouse hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It’s unclear if that restriction will also apply to self-storage customers.
There was also discussion about potentially reducing the amount of self-storage space from 35,800 square feet, though it appears that won’t happen after a planning consultant warned that swapping storage space for more retail would require more parking and could then affect one of the apartment buildings. In the end, planners were reportedly happy to allow more self-storage if the site gained additional green space.
The township board of trustees still has final say over the project.
4/27/22 – 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 additional activity taking place in April 2022.
Apple Self Storage, which operates 42 facilities in Canada, opened a new location in Toronto. The facility at 20 Research Road was converted from the former Dorothea Knitting Mills textile plant, which was vacated in 2016. The historical building was also used during World War II to manufacture radial dials for Allied forces. Images documenting the history of the structure by photographer Peter MacCallum are on display at the facility. Founded in 1975, family-owned Apple also operates properties in New Brunswick, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.
Gary Bass, who owns A Bay Storage in Alexandria Bay, New York, received approval to build Drop Zone Storage in Watertown, New York. Plans for the west side of County Route 202 include three 30-by-150-foot structures containing 84 units. In addition, an 800-square-foot office and a warehouse will be constructed on the 5-acre site. Bass also owns Thousand Islands Fitness Center in Alexandria Bay.
Bogart-Sinatra Development LLC intends to build a self-storage facility on a 1.78-acre lot in Amherst, New York. The $2.5 million project at 321 Commerce Drive would comprise 164 units in four single-story buildings. The planning board has recommended approval. Owners Eric Bogart and Michael Sinatra acquired the property in November from a family trust for $180,000. If the project is approved by the town board, it’ll be the business partners’ second self-storage development. Construction is expected to take about a year. The facility is designed by Lewiston, New York-based Advanced Design Group.
Bring Self Storage intends to build a four-story facility in Seymour, Connecticut, with a footprint of 24,986 square feet. The project at 109 River St. would require the property to be rezoned from general commercial to a C2 district. A public hearing on April 14 was extended in part because planning and zoning commissioners are waiting on a pending decision from the Inland Wetlands Commission. During the hearing, a neighboring cemetery expressed concern about the project’s retaining walls, but the developer is willing to work on a resolution.
The Lakeland, Florida, City Commission rejected a zoning request from Cogent Capital Management, which hoped to build a 102,675-square-foot facility at 2575 Harden Blvd. The 4.33-acre parcel property is zoned residential. Before the vote, Nicole Blajan, the company’s president of acquisitions, said they were willing to omit the vehicle parking, reduce the building size from three stories to two, and meet with nearby homeowner associations to address their concerns. The 5-2 vote came after a discussion about storage not being the right fit for the property, which would abut four residential neighborhoods. Cogent has developed 4 million square feet of storage, industrial and multi-family properties nationwide.
Huber Group LLC intends to develop a self-storage facility in Rockingham County, Virginia. The project at the intersection of Rockingham Park Way and U.S. Highway 33 would comprise about 88,000 square feet between a two-story building and four other structures. The site would also include 22 vehicle-storage spaces. The project requires the approval of a special-use permit by the board of supervisors.
Real estate developer Johnson Development Associates intends to build a three-story self-storage facility on about 1 acre in Gastonia, North Carolina. The property at 3010 Riverwood Parkway would comprise 112,000 square feet in 852 units. The project would require a zoning change, which city planners recently recommended. Now the city council is expected to review it on May 17. If the proposal is approved, construction could begin in the fall and is expected to take about a year. There’s some residential opposition, specifically to the building’s 45-foot height. Based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Johnson owns commercial and industrial properties including self-storage, multi-family rental communities and single-tenant industrial space.
Life Storage Inc., a self-storage real estate investment trust and management company, received planning approval to build a facility in Palm Coast, Florida, despite resident opposition. Plans for the parcel off Airport Road and Hunter’s Ridge Boulevard include 102,000 square feet across three stories. The property is near a housing subdivision and zoned industrial with self-storage as an allowed use. Nearly 20 people spoke against the project during the public hearing, and a petition to stop it was signed by 400 residents, according to the source. The proposal will need final approval from the county planning commission. Based in Buffalo, New York, Life Storage operates about 1,100 self-storage facilities in 35 states. Its portfolio of owned and managed facilities comprises more than 78.6 million square feet.
Ontario Super Storage Inc. is seeking approval to expand its existing facility in Harriston, Ontario, Canada. Plans involve adding 5,000 square feet of storage to the 13,200-square-foot site in the Harriston Industrial Park. The company is looking to purchase 0.9 acres from the city for $31,850. City officials were expected to finalize the sale agreement this week. The park has about 12 acres of undeveloped land.
The Inverness, Florida, City Council unanimously approved a zoning change that will allow developer Robert Sharpe to move forward with a proposed self-storage project. The vacant lot at 703 Southerly Ave. once housed a strip mall but was zoned as low-density/residential, even though the properties immediately surrounding it were zoned commercial. No one from neighboring residences opposed the change.
Buddy Stallings and Chuck Tyson are building Cardinal Maxi Storage on a 4-acre parcel in New Bern, North Carolina. Expected to open by the end of the year, the first phase at 4146 MLK Jr. Blvd. will include 17,000 square feet of storage in 19 units. The second phase will add 1,000 square feet in eight units. The large units are aimed at commercial storage renters. Stallings is the founder of Titan Aviation Fuels. Tyson is the mayor of Trent Woods, North Carolina, and owner of Tyson & Hooks Realty Inc. and Tyson Management Co., which specializes in real estate sales and property management.
Store & Secure opened a new self-storage location in Poole, England. The three-story facility at 498 Blandford Road comprises 40,000 square feet in more than 500 units, including shipping containers. Owners Lucy and Sophie Maidman named the building “Joyce House” in honor of their mother, who died in 2020. Founded in 2010, Store & Secure also has facilities in Basingstoke and Bournemouth, England.
Strathmore Real Estate Group is seeking to convert a former Kmart store and adjacent Tom’s Food Market in Williamsburg, Michigan, into a mixed-use property that’ll include self-storage, residences, retail and office space, warehousing, and a fitness center. The properties at 6353 and 6455 U.S. Highway 31 N. comprise 22 acres. Self-storage units and warehouse space would be built in the grocery building. The planning commission approved a pre-application for the project this week, allowing the developers to submit more detailed plans. Based in East Lansing, Michigan, Strathmore specializes in acquisitions, real estate development and management, sales and leasing.
Stuf, a startup business that partners with commercial-property owners to convert unused space to self-storage, has added two locations in Eagle Rock and Glendale, California. Stuf is offering 1,100 square feet of storage on the first floor of a residential building at 3821 W. Ave. 43. The property is owned by Six Peak Capital. The second site at 335 Pioneer Drive contains 5,700 square feet of space in the parking garage. The building owner is DivcoWest.
Business owner Dan Van Treese received approval to add self-storage as well as office and retail suites to a mixed-use project he’s developing in Greenfield, Indiana. The proposal for Fields Business District at 1615 Fields Blvd. includes 22 climate-controlled self-storage units and three spaces designed for commercial renters. They’ll be outside the property’s security fencing and include storefronts and restrooms. City planning officials rejected part of the original plan that sought to add restrooms to six of the climate-controlled spaces within the fence, which would require a higher level of safety construction, said planning director Joanie Fitzwater. The business park is anchored by a two-story office building Van Treese moved to the site a year ago.
West Ridge Storage LLC is seeking zoning approval to build a two-story facility in Gainesville, Georgia. Plans for 891 West Ridge Road include a 101,000-square-foot climate-controlled building. City officials recommended approval to change the property’s zoning from regional business to light industrial. The proposal will be considered by the Gainesville City Council on May 3.
Wilbur Road Self Storage LLC received a building permit to expand at 1710 N. Wilbur Road in Spokane Valley, Washington. The $1.3 million phase-three project will add a two-story, 21,600-square-foot building comprising about 120 units. The work is expected to be complete this summer. A phase-four expansion is planned for 2023.
WMG Rockville Owner LLC is converting a 52,811-square-foot industrial building in Rockville Centre, New York, to self-storage. The company purchased the 1.16-acre parcel at 117 N. Long Beach Road for $5.5 million. WMG is an affiliate of Florida-based Miami City Self Storage, which has developed 4 million square feet of self-storage in New York and Washington, D.C., and 1.5 million square feet in South Florida.
A development proposal for Marlboro, New Jersey, by Yankee Investments LLC was rejected after a 4-3 vote by the zoning board. The plan for 142 Amboy Road included three single-story storage structures and a single-story flex-space building. The members who voted against the project wanted more restrictions on the storage business, for example, limitations on the type of truck that would be allowed on the property. They also expressed concern about the types of companies that would occupy the flex-use building. Steve Cattani, an engineer for the developer, noted the structure could potentially be used by small businesses. Yankee has the option to return with a revamped plan, according to Ron Cucchiaro, an attorney for the board.
An unnamed developer is seeking permission to build a mixed-use project in Braden, Florida, that’ll include self-storage and retail. Plans for the 8.15-acre property call for the construction of a three-story, 120,000-square-foot self-storage building and a commercial outparcel for retail. The property is west of 30th Street East and south of 44th Avenue East. It’s owned by B & H Cattle Co., which previously used the parcel for cattle grazing.
4/14/22 – 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 additional activity taking place in April 2022.
The Jackson, New Jersey, Zoning Board unanimously approved a plan by 4 Hope Chapel Road LLC to develop a three-story self-storage facility at the intersection of Hope Chapel Road and E. Veterans Highway. The board granted several waivers in approving the project. A rendering of the facility indicates it will be overseen and branded by real estate investment trust (REIT) and third-party management firm Public Storage Inc. The intersection also includes a gas station, liquor store and other retail.
Apopka Self Storage opened in Apopka, Florida. The facility at 2106 Plymouth-Sorrento Road comprises nearly 100,000 square feet in climate-controlled self-storage as well as vehicle storage. Bryan May is the property manager, and Justin Mohabir is the assistant manager. RLJ Management provides third-party management for the site. Founded in 1984, RLJ also oversees residential housing in 11 states.
A joint venture between Columbia Pacific Advisors LLC and Wegman Cos. Inc. intends to convert a former Gander Mountain store in Tonawanda, New York, to self-storage. The project at 880 Young St. would comprise 72,764 square feet in 450 units. The plan includes seven exterior units and vehicle storage. The project was recently recommended for approval by the planning board. Wegman is in the process of buying the property. This will be the partnership’s 16th self-storage development. Based in Seattle, Columbia specializes in alternative real estate investments. Based in Rochester, New York, Wegman is a real estate development and investment firm that also builds residential and senior-living properties.
Compass Self Storage LLC, a member of the Amsdell family of companies, reached the 100-property milestone with the opening of a newly built facility in Orlando, Florida. The multi-story building at 203 Neighborhood Market Road offers more than 81,000 net rentable square feet of climate-controlled and drive-up storage. Headquartered in Cleveland, Compass operates properties in 15 states, including 30 in Florida.
Go Store Self Storage Ltd. intends to expand its facility in York, England. The addition at Monks Cross Drive would add 102 square meters of storage space in 10 units. The company’s application also seeks to install 256 rooftop solar panels, which would provide 99.85 peak-kilowatt power. Go Store has a second location in Kettering, England.
Metro Storage LLC, which operates the Metro Self Storage brand, opened a new location in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The facility at 501 King Georges Road comprises 98,300 rentable square feet in 1,167 units. It contains a multi-story, climate-controlled building and two single-story structures offering drive-up units. Metro is a privately owned, international company specializing in storage acquisition, construction, development and management. It operates more than 85 facilities in 12 states.
Mount Ridge Farms, a family-owned and -operated wholesale fruit farm, is building a self-storage facility in Elizabeth Town, Pennsylvania. The company purchased the property at 2000 Main St. last year for $1.14 million from restauranter Salvatore Caretti. Demolition of a building that once housed the Clearview Diner was completed in February. Slated to open this summer, the new business will offer 240 storage units. Mount Ridge operates a 650-acre apple and peach farm in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The company began building and operating self-storage to create supplemental income, according to Blake Slaybaugh, vice president.
Schulman Properties is building a self-storage facility in North Miami Beach, Florida. The 1.33-acre site at 15699 W. Dixie Highway has been approved for a seven-story building comprising 163,660 square feet in 1,081 climate-controlled units. The developer purchased the vacant property in a federal Opportunity zone last year for $5.25 million. Pacific Western Bank provided the $17.84 million construction loan to Dixie Storage SPE, an affiliate of Las Vegas-based Schulman Properties, which develops industrial, hotel, multi-family, office and retail properties.
Shurgard Self Storage Europe SARL, the European affiliate of U.S.-based REIT Public Storage, is developing a new site in Versailles, France. Expected to be complete in early 2023, the facility will comprise about 5,000 square meters in 750 units. Shurgard has 43 locations in the Paris metro area, with three other developments underway that’ll add 14,000 square meters to its footprint. The company operates 256 self-storage properties comprising 1.3 million net rentable square meters in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
True Storage, which owns seven facilities, intends to convert a former charter school in Jacksonville, Florida, to self-storage. The two-story, $1.5 million project at 4751 Walgreen Road would comprise 65,298 square feet. There are two buildings on the 6-acre property, which was acquired by four limited-liability companies in September 2021 for $3.25 million. The general contractor for the project would be Manchester, New Hampshire-based Contractor Construction LLC. Based in New Hampshire, True Storage focuses on ground-up construction and conversion projects. It’s owned facilities are operated by third-party management companies.
Water Valley Storage in Water Valley, Alberta, Canada, received approval to expand. The $250,000 addition at 30 29441 Range Road 52 will comprise 4,500 square feet in 30 units. The owner agreed to several conditions, such as repositioning security lights to reduce ambient light and matching the color of the new units to the existing ones.
4/1/22 – 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 2022.
1900 E. Adams LLC of Valencia received approval to build Nabers Self Storage in Tehachapi, California. Plans for the 4-acre parcel at 101 Industrial Parkway include 102,815 square feet in 900 units. The facility will be built near the future Caltrans Maintenance Substation, which the city approved in December.
3D Land Group Inc. intends to build a self-storage facility in Pawley Island, South Carolina, but neighbors oppose owner Dan Stuckey’s application to rezone the parcel from residential to commercial use. A recent hearing before the Georgetown County Planning Commission was deferred after 30 people showed up to voice opposition to the project. Residents object to the outdoor-storage component, which would accommodate boats and RVs. They also raised concerns that requests to rezone residential property is part of an ongoing pattern targeting African-American communities. Stuckey’s attorney, Dan Stacy, indicated he’s willing to meet with neighbors to discuss their concerns. The parcel is along Noble Place, a private road that’s part of an ongoing prescriptive-easement lawsuit over right-of-way that was filed in September 2020. Stuckey acquired one of three lots on the street in April 2021.
American Brothers Realty Inc. is seeking permission to build a four-story mixed-use project in East Brunswick, New Jersey, that would include self-storage and retail space. The 3.7-acre property at 1069 Route 18 S. currently houses a shuttered Chinese restaurant. The developer is requesting a building height of 41 feet, roughly six feet over what’s permitted in the zone, which allows retail but not self-storage. The proposal also includes 110 parking spaces when only 95 are required.
Ty Johnson intends to build a 300-unit self-storage facility in Galesburg, Illinois, on the site of the Econo Inn motel, which burned down in 2009. Johnson agreed to purchase the property at 1475 N. Henderson St. if the city approves a special-use permit, which is required for the project to move forward. Vacant since 2010, the lot is zoned for general business. The development-review committee has recommended permit approval. The planning and zoning commission will review the special-use request on April 12. Elsewhere in the city, Johnson is converting the former Econofoods grocery store to self-storage and construction-equipment rentals.
Life Storage Inc., a self-storage real estate investment trust (REIT) and management company, purchased a 1.8-acre parcel in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on which it plans to build an 80,000-square-foot self-storage facility. The company paid $12.55 million for the property at 5109 Robinhood Village Drive. It’s the largest of the three outparcels in The Village at Robinhood community shopping center. The sellers are 5109 Robinhood Village LP and 5109 Robinhood Village Partners LP. Based in Buffalo, New York, Life Storage operates about 1,100 self-storage facilities in 35 states. Its portfolio of owned and managed facilities comprises more than 78.6 million square feet.
U.K. self-storage operator Lok'nStore Group PLC completed construction on two locations in Warrington and Wolverhampton, England. The projects on Winwick Road and Pantheon Park, respectively, were finished within two weeks of each other by general contractor MCS Group. Founded in 1995, Lok’nStore operates about 40 self-storage facilities, mostly in Southern England.
Menards, a Wisconsin-based home-improvement chain that also builds and operates self-storage, received approval to build a facility in Marshall, Minnesota. The vacant property at 1211 Clarice Ave. is near one of the company’s home-improvement stores. Plans include 558 units and 78 vehicle-storage spaces.
Menards is also seeking approval to expand its storage facility in Milwaukee. The company converted the former Pick 'n Save supermarket at 8120 W. Brown Deer Road in 2017. The $3 million expansion would add 246 vehicle-storage spaces on the 3-acre lot. Menards operates nine storage facilities in Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Onshore LLC opened its second Los Lunas Self Storage facility in Los Lunas, New Mexico, a suburb of Albuquerque. The property at 290 Los Morros Road is in the Los Morros Business Park, on the west side of the city, which is experiencing growth. The company is looking to expand its self-storage footprint to meet new demand created by companies like Amazon and Meta Platforms Inc., which have local operations. Los Lunas Self Storage is locally owned and operated.
Shurgard Self Storage Europe SARL, the European affiliate of U.S.-based REIT Public Storage Inc., opened a facility in Lagny-sur-Marne, France, a Paris suburb. The three-story building at 63 Rue Jacquard comprises 59,201 square feet in 800 units. The company operates 43 properties in the Paris region and has three projects underway.
Shurgard is also contracted to buy land in West Berlin on which it intends to develop a 5,000-square-meter self-storage facility comprising more than 800 units. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2023. Shurgard has six locations in Berlin and 24 in Germany. It also has three other development projects underway in Germany, two of which are scheduled to be complete this summer. The company operates 256 self-storage facilities comprising 1.3 million net rentable square meters in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Abraham Slilaty intends to build a seven-story self-storage facility in Tucson, Arizona. Grant & I-10 Storage near Grant Road and the Interstate 10 freeway would comprise approximately 100,000 square feet in about 1,000 units. Project approval is expected by year-end. Construction would take about 12 months to complete. Slilaty has developed four other self-storage facilities in the city. He's being assisted in this endeavor by Bill Alter of Rein & Grossoehme Commercial Real Estate in Scottsdale, Arizona.
StoragePro Management Inc., which operates nearly 100 facilities in the Western United States, opened a location in Fairfield, California. The 5-acre property at 475 Lopes Road contains five buildings comprising 131,000 square feet in 930 units. GC Construction and Development Inc. served as the project’s general contractor.
Storage World LLC is demolishing most of an existing self-storage facility in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, to clear way for a new, multi-story building comprising about 87,500 square feet. The company will raze the rental office and six of the original buildings at 201 N. Wyomissing Blvd., which were built in 1979. Storage World purchased the property in 2003, and the project is expected to be complete by spring 2023. Founded in 1998 and based in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, the company owns 11 facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Record Eagle, Acme Approves KMart Reuse
Record Eagle, Acme Planners Recommend Kmart Reuse
UpNorthLive, Acme Kmart Development Plan Moves Forward
App.com, Marlboro Self-Storage Facility Plan Rejected in Split Zoning Board Vote
Bradenton Herald, Here’s What’s Going in Aa New 3-Story Building Proposed Next to Manatee Charter School
Daily Reporter, Self-Storage to Join Moved Office Building
Flagler Live.com, Proposed Self-Storage Facility in Hunter’s Ridge Draws Sharp Opposition as It Heads to County Commission
Gainesville Times, A 101,000-Square-Foot Self-Storage Building Could Be Coming to This Spot in Gainesville
Guelph Today, Storage Company Expanding in Harriston Industrial Park
LKLD Now, Zoning Change for Grasslands Self-Storage Facility Nixed But Not Dead
Long Island Business News, $5.5M Deal Clears Way for RVC Self-Storage Project
NNY 360, Plans for Route 202 Storage Facility Approved
Sun Journal, New Maxi Storage Facility to Be Placed on Vacant Clothing Store Property in New Bern
The Ticker, New Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Acme Kmart, Tom’s Buildings
Citrus County Chronicle, Inverness Council Changes Land Use/Zoning to Usher in Self Storage Facility
Daily Echo, Storage Unit Business Store & Secure Opens New Site in Poole
Gaston Gazette, Riverwood Parkway Self Storage Development Received Mixed Feelings From Gastonia Residents
Journal of Business, CHAS Plans New Health Care Training Center at Iron Bridge
The Buffalo News, Bogart-Sinatra Team Plan Self-Storage Facility on Amherst's Commerce Drive
Voices News, Seymour Commission Opens Public Hearing on Application
Daily News-Record, Supervisors to Consider Fee Changes, Storage Facility
PRWeb, Apple Self Storage Preserves the Heritage of One of Toronto’s Historic Buildings
Global Newswire, Compass Self Storage Opens State-of-the-Art Storage Center in Orlando and Celebrates 100 Store Milestone
Jacksonville Daily Record, True Storage to Convert Walgreen Road Building
Lancaster Online, Former Clearview Diner Demolished Near Elizabethtown to Make Way for Self-Storage Units
Mountain View Today, Mountain View County Council Approves New Storage at Water Valley Business
Shore News Network, Self Storage Facility Approved at Busy Jackson Intersection
South Florida Business Journal, Self-Storage Facility Breaks Ground in North Miami Beach With $18M Loan
The Apopka Chief, Self-Storage Ribbon Cutting
The Press, York Storage Firm Applies for Expansion
WGRZ, Gander Mountain Store to Become Self StorageDaily Republic, StoragePRO Opens New Facility in Fairfield
Independent, Menards Plans to Build Self-Storage Units in Marshall
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, A Former Supermarket Near Milwaukee's Northridge Mall That's Now a Storage Center Would Be Expanded Under Proposal
Patch, Retail & Self-Storage Proposed at East Brunswick Restaurant Site
Tehachapi News, Commission Approves Capital Hills Project and New Storage Facility
Winston-Salem Journal, Self-Storage Group Pays $12.5 Million for Shopping Center Outparcel
Coastal Observer, Neighbors Oppose Plan for Storage
Insider Media Limited, MCS Group Completes Self-Storage Facilities
MarketScreener, Shurgard Purchases Land in Berlin
PR Newswire, Los Lunas Self Storage Not Afraid to Fight for New Business as Meta, Amazon Now Expand Ops in NM
The Register-Mail, Developer Has Idea for Site of Burned Down Hotel. The Plan Would Require a Special Use Request