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Self-Storage Development and Zoning Activity: July 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 additional activity taking place in July 2021.

1784 Capital Holdings LLC is seeking zoning approval to build a three-story self-storage facility in South Brunswick, New Jersey. Plans for the vacant 5.7-acre lot at 14 Deerpark Drive include 118,772 square feet of interior storage. The developer has also requested a variance for outdoor vehicle storage. Founded in 2013 and based in Scottsdale, Arizona, 1784 Capital acquires, develops, constructs and owns self-storage.

Tom Gandee, owner of All Seasons Self-Storage in Edenton, North Carolina, received permission to convert a former Boys & Girls Club in the city to a 182-unit self-storage facility. Gandee purchased the 7.94-acre tract at 1100 N. Oakum St. for $180,000. Though the plan faced some opposition from residents and one council member, the site is zoned for industrial warehouse use, which allows self-storage. Gandee opened All Season in 2008 with 179 units.

Jack Dougherty, owner of Allied Group Holdings, is seeking approval to build a mixed-use project in St. Petersburg, Florida. Plans for 4311 34th St. S. in the Skyway Marina District include a self-storage facility comprising 95,000 square feet in 750 units. Once complete, it’ll be managed by Life Storage Inc., a self-storage real estate investment trust (REIT) and management firm. The development will also contain an eight-story residential building with 400 units, a 4,500-square-foot restaurant, a 2,400-square-foot bank with a drive-thru, and a 900-square-foot office. The property is adjacent to the 245-unit Marina Walk apartment complex, another Allied project under construction. Dougherty has the 8-acre site under contract with the owner, California-based Maximo Plaza Inc., pending project approval from the city. The St. Pete Development Review Commission was expected to review the proposal on July 7.

Brookwood Properties LLC, which operates more than 50 self-storage facilities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, opened a new location in Kenner, Louisiana. The three-story facility at 1529 32nd St. comprises 107,050 rentable square feet in more than 1,100 climate-controlled units. It’ll be managed by Life Storage and branded under its name.

Diamond Point Development is looking to tear down the former sales office and warehouse for fuel-distribution company Red-Kap in Schenectady, New York, and build a three-story self-storage facility containing 700 units in its place. The purchase of 1806 Erie Blvd. also includes the adjacent vacant lot, but the company has no plans to develop it as this time. The site plan was expected to be reviewed by the Schenectady Planning Commission this week. If approved, construction will begin this fall, with the facility opening next summer. It’ll be managed by Life Storage. Diamond Point is led by principals and brothers Aaron and Jason Sommer, Schenectady natives. Based in Atlanta, the company has developed seven self-storage facilities and has additional projects in Massachusetts and New York.

Guardian Storage, which owns 31 facilities in Colorado and Pennsylvania, is seeking approval to build a new location in L. Macungie Township, Pennsylvania. Plans for 4440-4478 Cedarbrook Road include construction of a three-story facility comprising 120,000 square feet. Established in Pittsburgh in 1987, Guardian operates 20 locations in the greater Pittsburgh area and 11 in Colorado.

Real estate investor Martin Lucibello received approval to build a six-story facility in Jersey City, New Jersey. The project at 300 Thomas McGovern Drive in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood will contain a subterranean garage, a first-floor office and 2,350 units. Designed by Louis Vandeloecht, vice president of GMA Architects Inc., it’ll feature a variety of materials including white corrugated-metal panels and two styles of cement to create a multi-textured appearance. Once complete, it’ll be managed by REIT Public Storage Inc.

John Francis of Portage Industrial LLC is looking to add two self-storage structures to his Greenville, Michigan, facility, North Greenville Self Storage. The property at 6910 S. Greenville Road opened in 2017 with six buildings. Francis hopes to construct a 2,200-square-foot building now, then add a 1,900-square-foot structure in a year or two, according to Robert Berends, senior project manager for Nederveld Inc., the engineering firm designing the additions. The planning commission will vote on the request following a July 22 public hearing.

Ripon Parallel Self Storage received site-plan approval last week to construct a facility on two parcels in Ripon, California. Plans for the 3.24 acres along Parallel Avenue include 48,950 square feet in 255 units. It’ll contain 32 10-by-10s, 211 10-by-20s, 11 10-by 30s and one 10-by-25 space, plus an office.

Greg Orput of Roc Inc. received approval from the planning commission to convert two former retail stores in the Park Place Shopping Center in Palatine, Illinois, to self-storage. Plans for the property at 1311 to 1329 N. Rand Road include construction of 80,000 square feet in up to 200 units. Orput and his partner are in discussion with U-Haul International Inc. to rent the space, he said. U-Haul has a truck-rental business on Dundee Road near the shopping center. They’re also prepared to approach other national self-storage brands. The village council will consider the proposal in early August.

Joseph Giardino of Rose Industries received approval to build a self-storage facility in Amsterdam, New York, on a 6.3-acre undeveloped property he owns. The parcel at 115 Maple Ave. is off New York State Route 30. Plans include four buildings, with three measuring 30-by-150 feet, and one 20-by-150-foot structure. The facility will be modeled after Giardino’s self-storage business, Best Value Storage at 133 Route 67.

Shurgard Self Storage Europe SARL, the European affiliate of U.S.-based REIT Public Storage Inc., is converting two building in Paris to self-storage. The first, northwest of Central Paris, will comprise 53,820 square feet in 800 units. The second, in southwest Paris, will have the same square footage in 750 units. Both are expected to be complete at the end of 2022. Shurgard operates 40 locations and has five other projects underway in Paris. The company offers 1.2 million net rentable square meters in seven countries.

George Kays, owner of Smyrna Self Storage in Dover, Delaware, purchased 10 acres for $1.08 million for future business expansion. The vacant lot off U.S. Route 13 is 18 miles south of Kays’ 250-unit storage facility in the Smyrna Mart shopping center. Opened in 2000, the existing self-storage facility is family-owned and -operated.

Springville Self Storage LLC opened in Springville, Alabama. The facility at 145 Walker Drive is climate-controlled and offers 24-hour access.

U-Haul is seeking zoning approval to convert a former office building it owns in Rockville, Maryland, to self-storage. The property at 1355 Piccard Drive is currently in a mixed-use employment zone. This type was eliminated as a permitted use in 2019 by the council, and now requires a conditional use. The site must also adjoin property that allows for heavy industrial use. The planning staff is opposed to the change, suggesting the conversion is large enough to make it a principal use, rather than “in conjunction with” an existing principal use. The Rockville Planning Commission discussed the proposal at its July 14 meeting. Established in 1945 and based in Phoenix, U-Haul owns and manages more than 72 million square feet of storage space nationwide.

The developers seeking rezoning approval to build a storage facility in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, have been asked to alter their plans. City staff presented the request to the Moncton City Council last week but recommended the council not proceed. They called the parcel at 1888 Mountain Road “not in an ideal location” for self-storage. The facility would be behind a strip mall and near several homes. Bill Budd, the city’s director of planning and development, suggested the developers scale back the plans for the 73-unit facility. A revised site plan is expected for the public hearing on Aug. 16.

Sources:
919 The Bend, Proposed Self-Storage Unit Must Scale It Down
Catalyst, Developer Plans to Build Mixed-Use Project in Skyway Marina District
Chowan Herald, Town Approves Self-Storage Units at Former B&G Club Property
Daily Herald, Self-Storage Center Proposed for Vacant Portion of Palatine Shopping Center
Delaware Business Times, Smyrna Self-Storage Company Buys Land Near Dover
The Daily Gazette, Self-Storage Facility Proposed on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady
The Daily News, North Greenville Self Storage Making Plans for Expansion
Manteca Bulletin, Ripon Planners Will Consider A 255-Unit Mini-Storage Tonight
Manteca Bulletin, Ripon Planners OK 225-Unit Self-Storage Along S. Parallel Ave.
My Central Jersey, South Brunswick to Consider Plan for Three-Story Self-Storage Facility
PR Newswire, Brookwood Properties Opens New Self-Storage Facility in Kenner, Louisiana
Recorder News, Self-Storage Facility Planned in Town of Amsterdam
Rockville Nights, Rockville Zoning Change Would Allow Self-Storage Use at Office Buildings in Mixed-Use Employment Zones
St. Clair Times, Springville News: Springville Self Storage Is Now Open
The Patch, New Storage Facility Proposed in South Brunswick
Tap Into Jersey City, Planning Board Approves Public Storage Facility Near Liberty State Park
WFMZ, Lower Macungie to Review Solar Field, Self-Storage, Townhouses

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