The Roll Up: California ice rink slated for self-storage conversion

Bruce Goldberg
Published May 11, 2023

Gateway Ice Center, the last permanent indoor ice rink in California’s Central Valley, may be converted into a self-story facility. San Francisco-based Baco Properties has proposed to convert the Fresno-based facility into storage, expanding its existing facility next door. Ariel Valli of Valli Architectural Group in Aliso Viejo filed a conditional-use permit application on behalf of Baco, pertaining to about 8.5 acres. The architectural group specializes in storage facility design. The permit calls for building two single-level storage buildings with a total of nearly 44,000 square feet and building a 103,000-square-foot RV/boat storage area. Baco operates Security Public Storage, with 51 facilities in five states. If the approvals go through, the site could be operational by summer 2024.

Source: KMJ NOW


U-Haul is bringing a retail, moving and self-storage facility to 4.03 acres of land at 1109 Kendall Road in San Louis Obispo, CA. U-Haul Moving & Storage of San Luis Obispo is scheduled for completion in 2025. Preliminary plans call for a multistory building with at least 700 indoor units with climate-control options, plus a separate warehouse for portable moving containers. The store will include trailer and truck rentals, boxes and moving supplies, towing equipment and more. The company expects to hire 15 employees for the new site. Source: PR Newswire 

In Arizona, the Oro Town Council turned down a request to build a self-storage building and a vehicle-storage business in Mercado del Rio, a commercial development north of Pusch View Lane and west of Oracle Road. The vote was 5-2 against. Johnson Development Associates, based in South Carolina, is the applicant and sought to build a 101,000-square-foot, 30-foot-tall two-story building with 887 units and about 900 square feet of office space. Also, the vehicle-storage portion would have room for 52 RVs. Source: Explorer 

True Storage, based in Manchester, NH, bought a 3.67-acre lot for nearly $1.4 million at 55 Loon Hill Road in Dracut, MA. Mansard, a real estate firm based in Andover, put the deal together. The Planning Board has approved the project site plan, which calls for three stories, and granted a special permit for a self-storage, mini-warehouse facility. Source: The Sun

Bruce Goldberg

Bruce Goldberg is a freelance writer and editor based in Denver. He worked in newspapers and magazines as both a business writer/editor and sportswriter/editor for 35 years.

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