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Self-Storage Development and Zoning Activity: January 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 January 2021.

All Storage, which operates more than 50 facilities in Oklahoma and Texas, opened new locations in Fort Worth and Prosper, Texas. The Fort Worth facility at 9760 Blue Mound Road comprises 211,955 square feet in two four-story buildings. The four-story Prosper facility at 920 W. Frontier Parkway comprises 133,575 square feet. It’s near the Frontier Estates and Light Farms neighborhoods.

All Storage also received approval for additional developments in Fort Worth and Plano, Texas. The Fort Worth project on Summer Creek Drive will comprise 230,000 square feet and offer covered RV spaces. The two-story Plano development at Charles Street and Plano Parkway will comprise 180,000 square feet. Both are expected to be complete by summer 2022.

Big Tex Self Storage, which operates four facilities in Houston, is building a seven-story facility on the site of a former church. The structure at 730 E. 11th St., which once housed Resurrection Life Fellowship, was demolished last month. The church relocated several years ago due to disrepair of the structure, according to Big Tex owner Bobby Grover. Construction will begin in March and is expected to be complete within a year. Founded in 2005, Big Tex is a privately held partnership with a portfolio of more than 400,000 square feet of storage space.

The Lower Towamensing Township, Pa., Zoning Hearing Board approved a use variance that’ll allow owner James Zaspel to expand the 8,000-square-foot Blue Mountain Storage and Rentals, which he recently acquired. Zaspel intends to add two buildings comprising 10,000 square feet as well as perimeter fencing and an electronic access gate. Scheduled to begin this spring, the project still requires plan approval and building permits from the township as well as permission from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to widen the driveway. Zaspel also plans to change the business name to Blue Mountain Self Storage.

Canyon Properties Inc. intends to build a condominium self-storage facility in Wichita, Kan. The region’s Metropolitan Area Planning Commission approved an amendment to the community unity plan that’ll allow the project to move forward. Self-storage is a conditional use for the six parcels along Greenwich Road that comprise the 7-acre building site. The approved change will also allow an increase in maximum building coverage and gross floor area to around 16,000 square feet per parcel.

The Huntsville, Texas, City Council approved a conditional-use permit, clearing the way for Crabbs Prairie Storage. The facility in the 1300 block of Highway 75 N. will comprise 94,000 square feet in seven single-story buildings and five other structures ranging from 4,500 to 5,500 square feet.

Ron Gagliano is developing Agave Storage in Mesquite, Nev. The 2.4-acre parcel on Agave Road will contain two retail spaces measuring 2,700 square feet and 1,200 square feet, and nine 900-square-foot garages intended for customers seeking a “man cave,” Gagliano said. It’ll also include 33 outdoor vehicle-storage spaces, power in each unit, and a wash station and dump area for RVs. The facility is expected to open in spring.

Development and real estate firm InSite Property Group, the parent company of SecureSpace Self Storage, received approval from the planning commission to move forward on a vacant lot bordering the Los Angeles River in Long Beach, Calif. The three-story facility proposed for the triangular parcel just north of Interstate 405 Freeway will comprise 152,745 square feet. The site will also contain a 2,153-square-foot carwash and vehicle storage. Based in Redondo Beach, Calif., InSite is an integrated developer, builder and operator of commercial real estate. It has more than 30 stores operating or under construction.

InSite also intends to build Rancho Penasquitos RV/Mini Storage on a 9.9-acre site in San Diego. The newly permitted project will comprise 109,700 net rentable square feet in 1,370 units and 115 boat/RV spaces. InSite recently acquired the property from Pardee Homes.

Iron Gate Storage, which operates eight facilities in Portland and Vancouver, Wash., has opened a conversion project in Washougal, Wash. The 5-acre property at 321 C St. formerly housed Boise Cascade, a supplier of building materials. Iron Gate purchased the site in 2017 and transformed three of its buildings into traditional self-storage and vehicle storage. A fourth building was demolished, and a new structure was constructed in its place. Founded in 1988, Iron Gate is co-owned by Glen Aronson and Kim Vine.

The Lawrenceville, Ga., City Council has denied a request from Lawrenceville Hand Properties LLC to allow outdoor vehicle storage at its facility at 420 Grayson Highway. The operator sought to bypass requirements for covered storage and security fencing, suggesting a landscaping buffer as an alternative. The council insisted outdoor storage shouldn’t be seen from the right-of-way.

U.K. self-storage operator Lok'nStore Group PLC received approval to build a five-story facility in Bournemouth, England. The council rejected the application in 2018 due to concerns about the size of the building proposed for Castle Lane East. Though the revised plans garnered an objection from councilperson Lawrence Williams, the project received approval. Founded in 1995, Lok’nStore builds, buys or leases large warehouses or industrial buildings and rents storage units to customers on a weekly basis. It operates 36 self-storage facilities in Southern England.

MySpace Self Storage resumed demolition of a former Crank’s Banquet Center & Lounge site in Warren, Mich. The company acquired the property at 27900 Hoover Road in October 2018, under the name Hoover Road Storage Center LLC, and received site-plan approval last year; but title issues and a problem with a parking easement initially caused delays. The coronavirus pandemic hit shortly after the company began demolishing the structure, causing further postponements. The company originally planned a mixed-use project that was to include a coffee shop. It has tentatively planned for construction to begin in April, with completion expected by March 2022. MySpace operates four facilities in Michigan.

Printworks Mill Storage opened in Greensboro, N.C., in a converted denim mill. The multi-level facility at 1702 Fairview St. formerly housed Printworks Mill. It comprises 53,000 square feet in 545 units. It’ll be managed by Storage Asset Management, a property-management and consulting firm

Quintet Capital Group LLC is constructing a mixed-use facility in Arcola, Texas, that’s expected to open in the fourth quarter. Nearly 5 acres of the 10.8-acre site off Texas State Highway 6 will house a 100,000-square-foot building containing 800 units. The second phase planned for the remaining acreage calls for the development of restaurants and office spaces.

Shurgard Self Storage Europe SARL, the European affiliate of U.S.-based real estate investment trust Public Storage Inc., intends to build a new facility in Bow, London. Expected to open in late 2021, the building will comprise 85,000 square feet in 1,500 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.     

Shurgard also received a building permit for a new location in Düsseldorf, Germany. Expected to open in late 2021, the building will comprise 4,500 square meters in 650 units.

Shurgard also opened a new location in the Barking area of London on Jan. 9. The newly constructed, seven-story facility comprises 74,000 square feet in more than 1,100 units.

Storage Authority LLC, which operates owned facilities and franchises in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey and Texas, added three new franchise developments to its pipeline. The ground-up projects are in Florida, Georgia and New Jersey. One of the franchisees already owns its parcel and is pursuing a zoning change. Another made its first land offer. Co-founded by Marc Goodin and Scott House, Storage Authority launched its business model in 2015. The company also offers consulting services and facility-manager training.

TAC New Rochelle LLC, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Montar Group, received approval to move forward with a project in New Rochelle, N.Y. The company purchased the property at 54 Nard Placeozzi last year for $7 million. It plans to demolish an existing structure and construct a four-story building comprising 129,000 square feet and a two-story building of 12,000 square feet.

Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc., which operates more than 1,700 self-storage facilities across North America, intends to convert a former Kmart in La Crosse, Wis. The retail space at 2415 State Road closed in September 2017. It was acquired by E&S La Crosse LLC in December 2018 and remains vacant. Kmart is leasing the property as it goes through the approval with the city. Established in 1945, U-Haul operates more than 68 million square feet of storage space in North America.

Sources:
The Progress, New Deluxe Storage Facility Coming To Mesquite
The Leader News, 11th Street Church Demolished for Storage Facility
The Columbian, Vancouver-Based Storage Chain Expands Into Washougal
AJC, Lawrenceville Says No to Outdoor Storage at Self-Storage Facility
Daily Echo, Self-Storage Warehouse Will Be Built in Castle Lane Near Tesco
Fort Bend Independent, Groundbreaking Ceremony for Self-Storage Facility in Arcola
Press-Telegram, Long Beach OKs Plans for Self-Storage Facility Near LA River, Despite Community Pushback
PR Newswire, StorCo Self Storage Converts Large Retail Superstore into a Smart Storage Facility with Nokē Smart Locks
News U.S., New Rochelle IDA Approves the Construction of Self Storage
La Crosse Tribune, Former Kmart May Become a U-Haul Facility
Macomb Daily, Former Warren Crank’s Location Set to Be Turned Into Storage Facility
The Item, Huntsville City Council OKs Crabbs Prairie Storage Facility
TNOnline.com, Lower Towamensing Storage Center Expanding
Wichita Business Journal, Records: Self-Storage Facility Headed to Empty Central, Greenwich Property

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