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Self-Storage Development and Zoning Activity: August 2022

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 August 2022.

All Purpose Storage, which operates 65 self-storage facilities in the Midwest and New England, and Patriot Holdings LLC, a Las Vegas-based real estate development and investment firm, are converting a former drive-in movie site in Bennington, Vermont. Plans for 271 Northside Drive include seven buildings comprising 61,400 square feet of storage in 400 units. The estimated $2.7 million project will break ground this summer.

Alpaca Self Store LLC intends to build a 90-unit facility in the North Hall area of Gainesville, Georgia. The company wants to rezone 5.6 acres at 4151 Nopone Road near the North Hall Community Center and Park from agricultural-residential to a planned-commercial district. If approved, the project would include covered boat/RV storage.

Billeaud Cos. opened GuardianStore at 501 W. Fairfield Drive in Broussard, Louisiana. It’s near a mixed-use development and other commercial businesses. The company also operates a boat/RV self-storage facility in town. Family-owned and -operated since 1872, Billeaud specializes in developing commercial real estate and owns more than 800,000 square feet of office and retail space.

Larry and Nancy Bordine intend to develop a self-storage facility in Long Lake Township, Michigan. The property on Denali Drive would offer up to 44 “deluxe storage units” ranging from 750 to 1,250 square feet. Traverse City, Michigan-based True Blue & Associates would serve as general contractor. Planner Leslie Sickterman indicated she’ll recommend approval of the project with several conditions, including no outdoor storage, no washing or repair of vehicles on site, and that the project be built in one phase.

Carefree Covered RV Storage completed its renovation of the former BTR Boat & RV Storage in Wylie, Texas. Built on 11 acres, the $6 million project at 3830 Parker Road comprises more than 195,000 square feet in 518 RV-storage spaces, plus two wash bays and a dog park. It’s about a mile from a sister self-storage facility. Carefree also operates two locations in Arizona. It’s a division of Business Property Trust LLC, a real estate investment firm. Founded in 1999, it also operates the Bargain Storage brand.

Candice and Stanley Clark received approval from the Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, Board of Supervisors to rezone the rear of their property at 1170 Fairfield Road. The change to a mixed-use zone from medium-high density residential could allow for a future self-storage development as long as supervisors also grant a conditional-use permit. If their plan is approved, the Clarks expect to sell the land to Brian Redding of LTP Rentals, which operates two self-storage facilities in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Home Sweet Home Moving & Storage Co. is seeking approval to convert its warehouse in Wainscott, New York, to a self-storage facility. The company has used the warehouse since the mid-1960s, but now wants to add 443 storage units. Under the design by architectural firm Frank G. Relf, the structure’s footprint wouldn’t change, but the gross floor area would nearly double. Planning-board members expressed concern during a July 13 meeting about the building size, suggesting the developer demolish part of it. They also said a storage facility could lead to traffic congestion. Traffic engineer Aaron Machtay countered the board’s concerns by noting self-storage is the smallest generator of traffic when compared to other potential uses for the property. The developer agreed to resubmit the plan following revisions.

Marble Arch Homes is developing a self-storage facility on part of the former Blackbeard’s Cave Family Entertainment Center in Bayville, New Jersey. Plans for 136 Atlantic City Blvd. include five single-story buildings containing 600 units. The structures will be built on the former golf driving range.

C. Sam McGee wants to rezone a 1-acre tract at 5086 Hog Mountain Road in Flowery Branch, Georgia, so he can complete a self-storage development across 8 acres. The developer has already started grading more than 6 acres adjacent to the lot. If added to the project, the resulting facility would comprise 96,000 square feet of self-storage and 22,000 square feet of boat/RV space. The site would include four two-story buildings.

Mlab International LLC is seeking permission to build an eight-story self-storage facility in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami. The developer submitted the proposal to the urban-development review board for the property at 760 N.W. 21st St. Plans include 103,819 square feet of storage and 2,138 square feet of ground-floor retail. The project was designed by Blitstein Design Architects. Canadian artist Marin Mitrasinovic will paint a mural on two sides of the building. The facility would be managed by self-storage real estate investment trust Public Storage Inc. Mlab principals Luis Farjardo and Ricardo Ordonez purchased the property for $875,000 in 2020.

Shurgard Self Storage Europe SARL, the European affiliate of U.S.-based REIT Public Storage Inc., is building a new facility in West London. Expected to open in 2023, it’ll comprise approximately 6,600 square meters in about 1,200 units. Shurgard has 41 locations in the London metropolitan area. The company operates 257 self-storage properties comprising 1.3 million net rentable square meters in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

SmartStop Self Storage REIT Inc. and ARCO/Murray Design Build completed construction on a new facility at 16618 Bothell Everett Highway in Mill Creek, Washington. The property comprises 36,720 square feet in one three-story and two single-story buildings. SmartStop is a self-managed real estate investment trust that operates an owned and managed portfolio of 172 self-storage facilities in Canada and the United States. Its properties comprise approximately 13.4 million rentable square feet. ARCO/Murray provided engineering design, permitting and construction on the project.

Space Source Inc. is seeking zoning approval to build a facility in Eureka Township, Michigan. Plans for the vacant 4.49-acre parcel at 6090 S. Greenville Road call for 298 units. The planning commission unanimously voted to schedule an Aug. 17 public hearing to discuss the special-use request and official site plan. If approved at this stage, the development can move forward, as consent from the township board won’t be required. Founded in 1996, Space Source has a portfolio that includes car washes, retail space, mobile-home communities and residential properties. It operates two Secure Storage locations in Byron and Hudsonville, Michigan.

U Hold the Key opened a self-storage facility on a .75-acre lot in South Tyneside, England. The Wilson Street location can hold up to 100 shipping containers. Founded in 2001, the company operates 13 self-storage facilities, mostly in Northeast England. It’s a division of the Parsons Containers Group of Companies.

Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc. is building a new self-storage facility on 4.12 acres east of U.S. Highway 98 in Daphne, Alabama. Slated to be complete in 2024, the three-story building will contain 700 units. Preliminary plans also call for a separate warehouse for the company’s U-Box portable-storage containers.

U-Haul is also developing a self-storage facility in Princeton, Texas. Plans for the undeveloped 8.83-acre property at Boorman Lane and U.S. Highway 380 include a four-story building offering 750 units. The facility is expected to be complete in summer 2024.

Finally, U-Haul is expanding its facility in Amarillo, Texas. Dallas-based Mycon General Contractors Inc. is constructing a three-story building on a 4-acre parcel at 5316 Canyon Drive, which already contains several single-story buildings. Expected to open in December, the addition will offer 83,000 square feet of storage space in 781 units. Mycon has completed more than 1.4 million square feet of storage and has several projects in the works. Established in 1945, U-Haul owns 75.1 million square feet of storage in 876,000 units.

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ARCO/Murray, Arco/Murray Completes Another Self Storage Project in The Pacific Northwest
Bdaily, U Hold The Key Expands Into South Tyneside With New South Shields Site
Bennington Banner, Large $2.7M Self-Storage Facility Going up Off Northside Drive
Connect CRE, New Self-Storage Facility Going Up in Amarillo
Daily News, Mini-Storage Facility Proposed for Vacant Lot on M-91 North of Greenville
East Hampton Star, Planners Say It's ‘Too Much Building’ for Wainscott Site
Gettysburg Times, Zone Change Sets Stage for Possible Storage Facility
PR Newswire, Real Estate: U-Haul Reveals Plans for Store in Princeton by 2024
PR Newswire, U-Haul to Produce Jobs, Self-Storage With Land Acquisition in Daphne
PRWeb, Carefree Covered RV Storage Opens Third Location, First in Texas
South Florida Business Journal, 8-Story Building Proposed in Allapattah Area of Miami
The Acadiana Advocate, Billeaud Companies to Open Storage Outlet in Broussard
The Ticker, New 49-Home Subdivision, Self-Storage Facility Planned for Long Lake Township
The Times, Proposal for 44 Townhomes in North Hall Neighborhood Returns to Planning Board

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