The development of a self-storage facility generally begins with a comprehensive market analysis of the proposed project area, followed by assembling a strong team, and working with municipalities to meet zoning, design and code requirements. Owners might consider a multi-story building to maximize their footprint, or select a mixed-use project to widen their options.

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