Finding prime locations for self-storage development can be a significant challenge. In this Sounds of Storage podcast, architect Peter Stuhlreyer discusses how mixed-use projects can help owners and builders gain favor with municipalities, plus advantages/drawbacks and design considerations.

April 23, 2021

Finding prime locations on which to build self-storage has become increasingly difficult. To win zoning approval, some developers have had to explore mixed-use projects that bring in other business uses to gain favor with municipalities. This can be particularly true in zoning districts where self-storage isn’t a permitted use.

In this informative “Sounds of Storage” podcast, Inside Self-Storage (ISS) Contributing Editor Tony Jones speaks with architect Peter Stuhlreyer about the prevalence of mixed-use projects in the industry and the types of supplemental business uses that work well in such developments. Stuhlreyer also discusses advantages and drawbacks to the mixed-use approach as well as important design considerations.

Peter Stuhlreyer

Stuhlreyer is chief architect for Designhaus LLC, an Auburn Hills, Mich.-based firm that provides professional architectural services as well as interior and landscape design to self-storage and other business sectors. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, he’s designed more than a half a billion dollars’ worth of commercial, multi-family and self-storage construction, including facilities for many well-known national self-storage brands. He spent his early career in New York City, working with a multi-disciplinary architecture firm, HLW International, where he participated in projects for companies such as Bayer Pharmaceuticals, The Bank of Tokyo, The Port Authority’s World Trade Towers and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Duration: 7 minutes, 49 seconds

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