Storage of America LLC (SOA), which operates seven self-storage facilities in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, has received approval to apply for a special-use permit, allowing the company to build a new location in Rock Island, Ill. The property at 2832 5th St. is currently zoned industrial and doesn’t permit self-storage. The council’s decision to allow the application doesn’t guarantee it’ll be granted, according to the source.
Another zoning request by SOA was rejected last fall by the Monroe, Mich., City Council based on a recommendation from the planning commission. The council suggested the company and its developer, McKenna Development LLC, pursue a planned-unit development in its quest to convert the former La-Z-Boy Inc. furniture-manufacturing facility at 1284 N. Telegraph Road. SOA was seeking a zoning change from general commercial to light industrial to allow self-storage.
Founded in 2003 and based in Indianapolis, Storage of America has 10 locations under development, according to its website. It uses a vertical-integration model, in which 12 wholly owned subsidiaries perform most of the design, planning and construction on its projects.
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