This post is an archive of self-storage development news from February 2021. For the latest news, check out the latest edition of The Roll Up column here.

Development news from 2/17/2021:

The Carbondale, CO town board approved the new Carbondale Center Place mixed-use development near Colorado Highway 133 and Main Street. This will include a three-story expansion of the Sopris Self-Storage business. The project will replace the 30,000-square-foot Sopris Shopping Center, including an adjacent self-storage facility to the east. The Board of Trustees will consider final approval of the project on March 23. Source: Post Independent

Planned

Rapid Building Solutions LLC will convert the closed Beach Boulevard Kmart into a drive-thru self-storage facility at 5751 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville, FL. The project, which will have 125,632 square feet, one story and 800 climate-controlled units, will cost $3.36 million. Storage Units Jacksonville LLC, led by Winter Garden-based Rapid Building Solutions, paid $3 million in January 2020 for the former Kmart plus two smaller properties on 8.16 acres at northwest Beach and University boulevards.  Source: Jacksonville Daily Record

Also in Jacksonville: The city issued a permit Jan. 14 for Ash Construction LLC to build a three-story, 101,900-square-foot building for Atlantic Self Storage at 773 Mill Creek Road in Arlington. The cost will be $759,228. In addition, the city is considering a permit application for a four-story, 107,200-square-foot Atlantic Self Storage project at 11969 Beach Blvd. at Meadowbrook Boulevard that would cost almost $3.3 million. Source: Jacksonville Daily Record

In Framingham, MA, a nearly 6-acre downtown parcel was sold and will be turned into a 127,000-square-foot self-storage site at 71 Bishop St. It will have a three-story building plus three one-story structures. The site is the former home of the Dennison Co.’s downtown campus. The building was demolished in 2018. Public Storage will manage the property, which is expected to open in early 2022. Source: Patch.com

Construction begins March 15 for a two-building, 13,200-square-foot expansion of Watson & Taylor Self Storage at 11712 N. Lamar Blvd. in Austin, TX. The $1.23 million project is scheduled to be finished by Oct. 15. FOW North Lamar LLC is the owner and Bowling Schork Design Co. LLC of Bentonville, AR is the design firm. Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

An unidentified developer has purchased a development site in Tucson, AZ. The site at 1760 W. Irvington Road and sits on 3.2 acres, has 98,000 net rentable square feet and will have about 1,100 units.The site was listed for $15 million. Life Storage will be the manager. Bill Alter of Rein & Grossoehme Commercial Real Estate LLC represented the seller. Source: Rein & Grossoehme Commercial Real Estate

Completed

Bulldog Self Storage, which has 95 heated units and 8,246 net rentable square feet, has opened on the first level of Cambridge Place apartments in the Stanwood Camano Village shopping center in Washington state. West Coast Self-Stage Group of Everett, WA, manages the facility. Source: Stanwood Camano News

Development news from 2/10/2021:

A new self-storage facility is proposed at 71 Bishop St. in Framingham, MA following Marcus & Millichap handling the sale of Framingham Development Opportunity, which has 5.74 acres about 16 miles west of downtown Boston.

The project would have 80,000 net rentable square feet, with 717 climate-controlled units and 213 non-climate-controlled in phase one.  The brokerage firm did not disclose the identity of the buyer.

Nathan Coe, Brett R. Hatcher and Gabriel Coe, investment specialists for Marcus & Millichap, marketed the property on behalf of the seller, a limited liability company, and also represented the buyer. John Horowitz, broker of record, helped close the deal.

Planned

Strategic Development Group purchased a 1.75-acre site that’s the former home of New York Boiler on Route 309 in Lansdale, PA. It has a 30,000-square-foot building on it, which the buyer will convert into a 70,000-square-foot self-storage building. The three-story project will have more than 500 units. Storage Contractors of York, PA will design and put up the new building. 180 Self-Storage LLC will manage the facility.

PREIT (Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust) has executed a lease for a 90,000-square-foot self-storage facility at the Mall at Prince George’s in Hyattsville, MD. Poverni Sheikh Group LLC will develop the site, its 10th self-storage project in the Mid-Atlantic. It’s expected to open in Q1 2022.  Source: Chain Store Age

Ventana Capital wants to build a six-story, 144,000-square-foot self-storage facility at the southeast corner of 16th Avenue and Pearl Street in Uptown Denver, CO (pictured above). The first floor would have storage units and about 4,000 square feet of retail or office space to rent out. President and CEO Darwin Horan said Ventana has finished three self-storage sites, most recently a Public Storage in nearby Lakewood, CO. Source: BusinessDen 

U-Haul bought the former Southern Illinoisan newspaper production building and is converting it to a self-storage building at 710 N. Illinois Ave. in Carbondale, IL. It’ll be called U-Haul Storage of Carbondale and have a one-story building with 48,106 square feet and about 400 indoor units. Climate-controlled units will be available. Source: PR Newswire

The William Warren Group seeks to build a four-story, 77,594-square-foot StorQuest Self-Storage facility at 22 Jersey Ave. in Tenafly, NJ. The developer is asking variances from the Planning Board, which will consider them on March 10. The property currently is home to a two-story, 25,000-square-foot building, with tenants Island Pools and Log Cabin Auto Repair.  Source: northjersey.com

In Georgia, the Braselton Planning Commission plans a Feb. 22 public hearing to talk about a permit for a self-storage facility. The meeting will be held at the Braselton Police & Municipal Court site, 5040 Highway 53. The facility would have 95,000 square feet and three stories, and face Green Street/Ga. 53 and Cherry Drive. Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A self-storage facility of nearly 61,000 square feet has been proposed for 7038 Spout Springs Road in Gainesville, GA. It would have space for seven buildings, including a 2,000-square-foot office structure, plus parking for boats and RVs. Source: Gainesville Times 

Self-storage would be part of a mixed-use project that would include retail and apartments near Boise Towne Square in Boise, ID. RGJ Cole Road, Kai Pacific, and South Beck and Baird Landscape Architecture applied to build a five-story building at Cole Road and Denton Street, and to include self-storage in part of the ground floor. Source: Boisedev.com

Under construction

Bob Copper of Self Storage 101 is building a fourth location for Copper Safe Storage, this one at 1500 Tedescki Drive in the Lakeshore area of Birmingham, AL. The $6 million project will have about 544 units, some being climate-controlled, and 70,000 square feet. There also will be 70 to 80 parking spaces for RVs and boats. It is expected to open in the first quarter of 2021. Copper also has locations on Cahaba Valley Road, McCalla Road in Bessemer and Highway 25 in Harpersville. Source: Birmingham Business Journal 

Completed

Foundry Investment Group and ADEVCO Corp. finished building a three-story, 73,000-square-foot, 716-unit climate-controlled self-storage facility at 605 Cohen Walker Drive in Warner Robins, GA. Life Storage Inc. will manage the facility. Griffco Design/Build Inc. was the general contractor. Source: Life Storage Inc.

Development news from 2/3/2021:

More than 3,000 people signed an online petition opposing a proposed seven-story Big Tex Storage facility on 11th Street near Studewood in Texas’ Houston Heights. It would be one of the tallest buildings in Houston Heights. The project includes demolishing a 1930s church that also was formerly a movie theater.

“As a city with no zoning, we need stronger neighborhood protections,” wrote City Councilmember Abbie Kamin. “While some areas in the Heights have protections through financial districts, historical landmarks, or lot and setback restrictions, the lack of zoning leads to situations like this.”

Big Tex operates storage facilities in Houston, River Oaks, Garden Oaks and Montrose.

“As a life-long Houstonian, I recognize the importance of our properties being an integral part of the unique and diverse neighborhoods they serve,” Bobby Grover, president of Grover Ventures and the developer behind Big Tex Storage, said in a news release.

Source: Click2houston.com

Planned

DXD Capital purchased a 1.7-acre land parcel on West Sahara Boulevard in the Lakes neighborhood of Las Vegas, NV. The self-storage investor and developer plans to break ground in the second quarter on a multistory, 1,100-unit climate-controlled facility it expects to open in Q1 2022. Public Storage will operate it. DXD made the acquisition through its fund, DXD Self Storage Fund I, which it started in September 2020; it is raising $50 million and closed the first round in November.

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Pinnacle Peak is coming to 7300 E. Adobe Drive in Scottsdale, AZ after U-Haul bought a former metal scrapyard. The business will offer indoor climate-controlled units, truck and trailer sharing, U-Box portable storage containers, hitch installation and a retail showroom. Source: PR Newswire

The former Yarington’s Funeral Home at 10708 16th SW in White Center in Seattle, WA, will become a self-storage facility. The developer, WA SS 16 Ave 20 LLC of Miami, FL, filed a notice with the Washington State Department of Ecology, saying that runoff from construction work would go into nearby Mallard Lake. Source: WestsideSeattle

City officials approved a site plan for A-Metro Self-Storage in Guilderland, NY. It will go where the former Governors Motor Inn was located. The company wants to develop three climate-controlled buildings (one of 6,100 square feet and two others of 10,075 square feet); an 8,700-square-foot drive-up self-storage building; two RV storage canopies, each with 12 stalls, and more. Source: The Altamont Enterprise

Completed

Public Storage opened a three-story, 1,101-unit, 125,000-square-foot self-storage facility at 2055 Hayes Road in West Houston, TX. Triad Construction Inc. was the general contractor. Source: REBusiness Online

SSG Development finished building a 986-unit, 123,000-square-foot self-storage property at 540 Hillside Ave. in Needham, MA. Westport Properties Inc., which owns the US Storage Centers brand, will buy and manage the facility. Its market areas include Newton, Needham Heights, Babson Park, Wellesley Hills and Needham Junction. Source: PR Newswire 

Self-Storage of Texas, located at 158 FM 766, opened in Cuero, TX on Jan. 21. Leland Krauser, John Kolb and Jay Kolb are the owners of the climate-controlled facility. Besides storage units, it also offers indoor and outdoor parking spaces for RVs and boats. Source: Victoria Advocate

Legislative

In Ohio, the Parma City Council has approved two ordinances regarding new developments, related to zoning and new business regulations – about one year after approving a six-month moratorium on self-storage facilities. “ … from this point forward, any new facility looking to come into Parma  would have to have a one-mile buffer from an existing self-storage facility,” said Erik Tollerup, Parma Community services director. Source: Cleveland.com

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