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Self-Storage Development and Zoning Activity: June 2021

Update 6/16/21 – 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 June 2021.

A&M Plaza LLC is facing opposition from community members in its quest to build Carl's Self Storage in Freehold Township, New Jersey. During a recent planning meeting, residents expressed concerns over the proposal, which calls for the removal of more than 250 trees from the 2.5-acre lot near Three Brooks Road and U.S. Route 9, claiming the vegetation acts as a noise barrier. Plans call for two single-level storage buildings, with one containing 15,900 square feet in 109 units. The other, at 5,100 square feet, would include a manager’s office and studio apartment in addition to providing storage for the owner's personal automobile collection. A public hearing is scheduled for July 15.

Self-storage owner Matthew Cooke, who owns Apple Country Storage in Henderson County, North Carolina, intends to build Crab Creek Mini Storage on a 9.5-acre lot in the same area. The 125,728-square-foot project at 547 Crab Creek Road would require a special-use permit because the property is zoned as residential. Cooke’s proposal includes plans for some open space, a gated entrance and buffers along some borders of the property. Still, the land is across the street from several homes, which has prompted opposition from community members. Residents created preservecrabcreek.org, a website seeking donations to help fight the project, arguing the storage facility will negatively impact property values while increasing traffic and crime. The Henderson County Zoning Board of Adjustments will review the application for the special permit on July 28.

Creekside Properties Development Inc. intends to convert a former machine shop and neighboring land in Fenton Township, Michigan, to a mixed-use project including a coffee shop/bakery and self-storage. The company wants to split off 1.1 acres of residential land at 11394 Torrey Road and combine it with the parcel at 11428 Torrey Road to create a 4-acre lot, which is the minimum requirement for self-storage in a C-3 district. The zoning of the siphoned property would need to be changed to general commercial. Business owner Adam Shoemaker initially acquired the properties with the intent to remodel the existing structure for use as a Jeep- and truck-customization business in the rear while renting out the front of the building. After meeting Alisa Antonangeli and working a rental agreement for the coffee shop, Shoemaker decided to pursue self-storage for the back of the building instead. The board of trustees held a public hearing and first reading on the rezoning request on June 7. A second reading and vote is scheduled for June 21.

Garver Development Group LLC opened its self-storage conversion project in Pikesville, Maryland. The two-story, drive-through facility at 1315 Greenwood Road offers 136,000 rentable square feet, including 36,000 square feet of indoor vehicle storage, plus 420 square feet of outdoor vehicle-parking spaces. Built in 1946, the industrial building operated as Port City Press until 2018. It’s now a net-zero structure with a rooftop solar-panel array. The project was supported by a $3 million Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy loan originated by MD Energy Advisors. It’ll be branded and managed by Self Storage Plus, which operates 53 facilities in Maryland, the Virginias and Washington, D.C. Based in Baltimore, Garver specializes in adaptive re-use, corporate-headquarter relocations, multi-family and senior housing, and self-storage.

Marble Arch Homes received zoning approval to build self-storage on the former driving range and parking lot of Blackbird’s Cave, an amusement park in Bayville, New Jersey. The facility would be constructed on 8.71 acres fronting U.S Route 9 and comprise 91,260 square feet. It would also include 22 outdoor vehicle-storage spaces.

Metro Storage LLC, which operates more than 140 self-storage properties in 14 states under the Metro Self Storage brand, built and opened a new facility in Randolph, New Jersey. The three-story structure at 353 Route 10 contains 838 units. It’s Metro’s seventh location in the state. Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., the operator specializes in the acquisition, development and management of self-storage facilities in Brazil, Central America and the United States.

Real estate development firm Midwest Expansion Cos. intends to convert a former Shopko store in Suamico, Wisconsin, to a mixed-use project including self-storage and retail. The property at 2320 Lineville Road would comprise 415 self-storage units, plus 20,000 square feet of retail in two spaces on the frontage. The village board approved an amendment to its Urban Edge planned development district on June 7 that’ll allow storage units inside the building. Project conditions include the prohibition of exterior storage units as well as the storage of non-electric, motorized equipment and vehicles. The developer will also have to install high-definition security cameras equipped with infrared light and a minimum of 45 days of video-storage capacity. Midwest acquired the property last year out of bankruptcy. It estimates the cost of storage construction at $750,000. Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Midwest specializes in residential, retail and self-storage development throughout the state.

Moove In Self Storge is expanding a facility it recently acquired in York, Pennsylvania. Expected to be complete early next year, the project will add more than 65,000 rentable square feet to the Richland Avenue location. The property will be managed by Investment Real Estate Management LLC, a division of Investment Real Estate LLC, a provider of brokerage, construction, development and management services to self-storage owners and investors since 1998. Moove In operates more than 30 facilities in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. It’s a participating regional operator of National Storage Affiliates Trust, a Maryland real estate investment trust specializing in self-storage.

One Stop Self Storage opened in Dayton, Ohio. The newly built facility at 535 E. Third comprises 54,781 square feet. It’ll be managed by Absolute Storage Management (ASM), a self-storage owner and property-management firm that operates 137 properties in 16 states.

SureStore, which operates eight locations in England, is building a new location in Ashton-under-Lyne, a town in Greater Manchester, England. The four-story facility off Rayner Lane will comprise 50,000 square feet. Triton Construction is the general contractor. The project is the second of several collaborations between the two companies. SureStore has five other projects in planning or under development. It aims to operate 20 stores nationwide within 18 months.

Vermilion Shores LLC intends to convert the former Morning Journal newspaper building in Lorain, Ohio, to a mixed-use development including self-storage and a can-labeling center. The storage units would be placed in the northern section of the building at 1657 Broadway, while the beer-can labeling would be placed in the southern portion. As part of preliminary approvals, the Lorain City Schools Board of Education approved a community-reinvestment-area tax abatement for the structure, which would provide a 12-year tax reduction on improvements, estimated at $1.45 million. The building would eventually have a manager and up to 15 employees with an annual payroll of $312,000, and generate income tax payable to the city of about $7,800. The city council will have final say on the tax agreement and development. The project would also require a zoning change to allow the storage units. Local architect Gary Fischer is the project designer.

West Seneca Self Storage is seeking approval to expand in West Seneca, New York. Facility owner Chuck Haring wants to add a total of seven buildings—five now and two sometime in the future—to his 4-acre property at 1711 Union, which already contains nine storage buildings. Five of the single-story structures would be built on a parking lot east of the existing structures, while the other two would be on the west side of the property and east of the office, according to plans by Andrew Terragnoli, a civil engineer with Studio T3 Engineering PLLC. Each building will vary in size, with a total addition of 12,900 square feet. West Seneca offers drive-up and vehicle storage.


6/4/21 – 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 June 2021.

A&A Self-Storage Ltd. is looking to expand its facility in Islington, London. Plans include adding a new floor containing 6,703 square feet of storage plus distribution space to its four-story property at 43-53 Brewery Road. The company also intends to revamp the back of the building to create a larger loading bay. The project was put on hold two years ago over concerns that the addition could reduce daylight for the residential building across the way. The planning committee supports the new application, noting the 30% of lost daylight doesn’t warrant a refusal.

Amy’s Attic Self Storage, which operates eight facilities in Texas, has opened a new location in Waco, Texas. The three-story facility at 1821 S. New Road comprises more than 100,000 square feet. Founded in 2004, Amy’s Attic also operates sites in Belton, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Killeen, Morgan’s Point Resort, Salado and Temple.

Officials in Mequon, Wisconsin, extended a tax incremental district (TID) to allow Blue Ribbon Storage III LLC to convert a vacant industrial building to self-storage. The project at 10448 N. Port Washington Road will comprise 700 units, 15 of which will be reserved for RV storage. The developer will add an interior second story and remodel the exterior. Under the terms of the TID, which was created in 2012, taxes on the base value of the property, before renovation, will continue to be earmarked for city, school district and other entities. Funds from property improvements will be put toward the renovations, not taxes. The projected value of the storage facility is $6.45 million, with annual tax revenue expected to be about $98,000. Blue Ribbon won’t receive money for the renovations if it doesn’t complete the project or pay its annual tax bill. It also won’t receive funds if the property fails to meet required incremental values. Blue Ribbon is affiliated with Blue Ribbon Management LLC, a Milwaukee-based real estate development and investment company with interests in self-storage.

The Box Self Storage opened a new facility in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The four-story facility comprises more than 140,000 square feet and includes coworking space. The project’s energy use will partially be offset by onsite solar panels. The property is within the Dubai Multi-Commodities Center free-trade zone. Established in 2007, The Box operates more than 30 facilities in the UAE.

Cascade Self Storage completed construction on a new facility in Grants Pass, Oregon. Built on 7 acres at 2450 N.W. Vine St., the property comprises 143,815 rentable square feet in 708 units and several covered, vehicle-storage spaces. The company will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 26 in conjunction with the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce. Cascade operates three other self-storage facilities in Oregon.

Horizon Drive LP is developing a three-story self-storage facility on newly annexed land in Fairfield, California. The project for the parcel south of Horizon Drive and west of Clay Bank Road will comprise 75,000 square feet.

In a joint venture, Live Oak Capital Partners, Lumpkin Development and MacArthur Holdings are developing a four-story self-storage facility in Stuart, Florida. The project at 700 S.W. Federal Highway will comprise 110,000 square feet in 860 units. Once complete, it’ll be managed by self-storage real estate investment trust CubeSmart. The builder is DC Construction, with Iberia Bank providing the financing. Based in Atlanta, Live Oak is a developer and real estate investment firm. Lumpkin develops and operates self-storage, retail and industrial real estate in the Southeast. MacArthur is a real estate business based in New York City.

Lock Stock Self Storage expanded its location in the Whitegate Light Industrial Estate in Wrexham, Wales. The project added 70 units, bringing the site’s capacity to 250,000 cubic meters of storage space in 130 containers. It also included new fencing and electronic gates to allow 24-hour customer access. The facility opened in 2003. Lock Stock also opened a two-story facility in February in Sandycroft, Wales, on which it intends to add eight, 1,280-square-foot office spaces on the second floor. Founded in 1999, the company specializes in container storage. It operates 22 facilities, mostly in Wales.

Midwest Indoor Storage (MIS) intends to convert a former Sears location to self-storage in the Southport Shopping Center in Mason City, Iowa. The city council approved several ordinance changes that, in principle, pave the way for project approval. Among the changes were the removal of a limit on the number of self-storage facilities in the city and a requirement that storage businesses be less than 35,000 square feet. The proposed project would be 55,000 square feet. If approved, it’ll be the first for MIS in Iowa. Based in Rochester, Minnesota, MIS operates six locations in the state.

Par II Storage intends to build a self-storage facility in Tallahassee, Florida. The four-story building at 1391 Timberlane Road will comprise 104,000 square feet. The site is zoned as an activity center, which the city designates for community or regional commercial activities close to multi-family housing and office centers. The project is expected to be complete in about 12 months. The developer acquired the property in March for $1.65 million. Based in Largo, Florida, Par II specializes in self-storage development projects in the Southeast.

Quinlan Development Group LLC (QDG), a privately held real estate investment and development firm, is constructing a self-storage facility on a 1.6-acre parcel at 16-09 and 16-17 Route 208 in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Slated to open in the second half of 2022, the three-story building will comprise 123,000 gross square feet in 1,084 units. Bank OZK provided the $17 million loan.

QDG is also working with city officials in South Orange, New Jersey, on the design for a project at Lackawanna Place and Valley Street. Company representatives shared updated plans during a May 25 meeting that included members of the design and review board. The three-story facility will feature mixed metal materials, brown brick and large windows. The renderings also include a movie screen on the side of the building that faces Founders Park. The developer plans to incorporate the design board’s feedback, then resubmit its plans. Founded in 1971 and based in New York City, QDG has built, renovated or invested in more than 36 properties including offices, mixed-use rentals, luxury condominiums, retail, and three self-storage facilities in Northern New Jersey.

Say Hey LLC is building Verdi Executive RV and Boat Storage in Reno, Nevada. The facility on Interstate 80 will comprise 278,000 square feet in 530 covered vehicle-storage spaces, two dump stations and a rinse rack. In addition, it’ll offer 20-amp electrical service, portable-storage units, a business center and a dog park. The first 170 spaces are expected to open this fall, with the remainder available next spring. The project is being designed and built by Frank Lepori Construction Co. and Gabe Wittler of Odyssey Engineering. Baja Construction Co. Inc. is providing the engineering and canopies, with owner Robert Hayworth as consultant. Moe Kruger, senior loan officer for Live Oak Bank, secured the loan.

The Signorelli Co. opened Valley Ranch Self Storage in Porter, Texas. The three-story, 100,400-square-foot facility at 21910 Valley Ranch Crossing Drive comprises 750 units. It’s part of Valley Ranch, a 1,400-acre master-planned community Signorelli is developing. Founded in 1994 and based in The Woodlands, Texas, the real estate development company specializes in commercial, mixed-use and residential projects in Oklahoma and Texas.

Stein Investment Group (SIG), an Atlanta-based private real estate investment firm that operates the Space Shop Self Storage brand, is seeking permission to convert the shuttered Park 12 Cobb Cinemas in Cobb, Florida. The county’s planning commission was expected to review the proposal for 2925 W. Frank Gordy Parkway this week. The two-story movie theater comprises 250,000 square feet on a 5.1-acre lot. In addition to converting the building’s interior to climate-controlled storage, Stein plans to add a 33,800-square-foot storage structure. The land is owned by Georgia Theatre Co., a regional theater chain. County staff have recommended approval. Founded in 2012, SIG operates more than 20 facilities in six states.

Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc. is converting a former Kmart store in Florence, South Carolina, to self-storage. The building at 2020 W. Evans St. was built in 1968 and vacated in 2017. U-Haul acquired the 124,426-square-foot structure in April. Once the renovation is complete, it’ll offer more than 700 indoor units.

U-Haul is also set to open a new moving and self-storage center in Erie, Pennsylvania. The facility at 2255 Downs Drive comprises 55,805 square feet including 748 storage units. The company will host a grand-opening event on Saturday. The site is one of three new U-Haul locations in Erie. Established in 1945, U-Haul owns and manages more than 66.7 million square feet of storage space nationwide.

The William Warren Group (WWG), a privately held real estate company that operates the StorQuest Self Storage brand, opened a new location in Walnut Creek, California. The four-story facility at 2870 Camino Diablo is its 12th in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1994 and based in Santa Monica, Calif., WWG acquires, develops and manages more than 200 self-storage facilities in 16 states.

An unidentified developer intends to build Sunnyside Self Storage in Happy Valley, Oregon. The three-story facility at 16576 S.E. Sunnyside Road will comprise 60,125 net rentable square feet in 601 units. It’ll also include a half basement. The site is in the central business district, less than a half-mile from city hall. The developer recently acquired the site from a Washington-based limited liability company.

An unidentified developer intends to construct a nine-building self-storage facility on 5.64 acres in Manteca, California. The property at 2430 W. Atherton Drive would comprise 123,357 square feet in 844 units. It would border a sound wall separating it from homes to the south and west. City requirements call for 27 parking spaces, of which three would need to be dedicated to clean-air vehicles, and two electric-car charging stations. The planning commission is expected to review the project on July 15.

New Sources:
Ashbury Park Press, 'Our Biggest Noise Barrier': Freehold Township Self-Storage Would Chop Down 250 Trees
The Buffalo News, West Seneca Self-Storage Firm Plans Expansion
IndeOnline, Zone Change Paves Way for Former Massillon Kmart to Become Indoor/Outdoor Storage Center
Jersey Shore Online, Blackbeard’s Driving Range to Become Public Storage Facility
Multi-Housing News, Adaptive Reuse Self Storage Facility Opens in Baltimore Suburb
PR Newswire, Metro Storage LLC Opens New Self Storage Facility in Randolph, NJ
PR Newswire, Self Storage Plus Opens Their First Drive-Through Storage Facility
Morning Journal, Former Morning Journal Building to House Storage, Beer Can Label Business
Press Times, Former Suamico Shopko to Be Used for Indoor Mini-Storage
The Business Desk, Construction Firm Wins £2.7M Contract With Self-Storage Company
Tri-County Times, Coffee Shop, Self-Storage Coming to Torrey Road
WLOS, Mountain Citizens Band Together to Fight Contentious Crab Creek Storage Facility Proposal

Previous Sources:
Daily Republic, Fairfield Council Agrees to Annex Land for Storage Center Into Facilities District
GMToday, 700 Storage Units coming to Mequon’s South Side
Islington Gazette, Developer Seeks to Extend Brewery Road Storage Block
KIMT3 News, Mason City Council Approves Mall Development Deal, Ordinance Change for Storage Project
Manteca Bulletin, Self-Storage With 844 Units Planned on Atherton Drive
Multi-Housing News, New Jersey Self Storage Facility Breaks Ground
PR Newswire, Sustainability Impact: U-Haul Reuse of Vacated Kmart to Benefit Florence
PR Web, New Storage Units Available for Rent in Waco Texas
PR Web, Walnut Creek Make Room for Awesome with StorQuest Grand Opening
REBusiness Online, Joint Venture to Open 860-Unit Self-Storage Facility in Stuart, Florida
REBusiness Online, Signorelli Opens 750-Unit Valley Ranch Self-Storage Facility in Porter, Texas
ROI-NJ, Construction Starts on $17 Million Fair Lawn Self-Storage Facility
StreetInsider, Grand Opening Saturday: U-Haul Introduces Newest Store in Erie
Tallahassee Reports, Market District to Get 100,000 Sq-Ft Self-Storage Project
Tap Into Soma, Developers, South Orange Inch Closer on Design for Self-Storage Facility at Valley, Lackawanna
Wales 247, Self-Storage Giant Doubles Size of Wrexham Site After £150K Revamp
Yahoo News, Developer Proposes Storage Facility for Shuttered East Cobb Theater

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