The Roll Up: Former school to become self-storage facility

Bruce Goldberg
Published May 17, 2023

A shuttered elementary school that is more than a century old will soon find new life as a self-storage facility. The Erie Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved a variance to allow a self-storage facility to operate at the Irving School, 2310 Plum St., east of Washington Park in Pennsylvania. The Erie School Board is now clear to approve the sale of the 60,600-square-foot building to Erie-based Secured Storage. Company owner Dan Fiore had to get a variance as a condition for the school district to consider a sale. The school district has been trying to sell the elementary school named after author Washington Irving and built in 1897, since the district closed it in 2012 because of declining enrollment.

Source: Go Erie

Also in Pennsylvania, if the Bristol Township Council approves two large self-storage warehouses, it would increase the number of storage units in the township by 1,800. A developer wants to build a self-storage facility with two billboards on a 3.57-acre of land in the township. The township’s planning commission recommended that the city council approve Bristol Pike Storage LLC, a 121,392-square-foot, four-story self-storage facility with up to 900 units. The company hopes to build at a wooded site along Route 13 near the Pennsylvania Turnpike/I95 area in Bristol Township near Green Lane. Two 1,200-square-foot billboards at the property would face the Pennsylvania Turnpike/I-95 area. The second proposed facility also would go up along Route 13. Source: Levittown Now

HeyRay Self Storage at 13394 Highway 7 in Halton Hills in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada has submitted plans to build three self-storage buildings and expand four of the existing structures, with some work to be done on a neighboring land parcel. Ray Chesher owns HeyRay. Town staff will submit a report with a recommendation to approve or deny the expansion to a future council meeting. Source: Halton Hills Today

The Horsham Township Council in Hatboro-Horsham, PA unanimously approved the development of the old Joseph’s Catering property on Horsham Road into a self-storage facility. It would be built at 901 Horsham Road where Josephs Catering stood, next to Hatboro Horsham High School. The proposal is for a three-story, 120,000-square-foot building, sitting on 5.68 acres. There will be 16 parking spaces in front. It’s not known when construction would begin or when the project would be completed. Source:

Danbury, CT businessman Joseph Putnam seeks to add three self-storage buildings to a 7-acre property on the same end of a block where two similar facilities are open for business and a third has been approved. The site is near the Bethel border. Putnam’s property on Green Pasture Road is across the street from Prime Storage, which he developed and sold, and Safe and Sound Storage. A 1.5-acre site that was approved in 2022 for a 59,000-square-foot self-storage facility lies between the two self-storage sites. Source: News Time

Coconut Creek, FL officials approved a self-storage facility called Sentry that has 120,164 square feet, as well as a Sprouts Farmers Market and a Cali Coffee, to be built at the southwest corner of Coconut Creek Parkway and Lyons Road. Strada CC Development will be the developer. The starting date was not announced. The new entities would go next to a Regions Bank, Walgreens and a three-story medical office. Source: Tap Into Coconut Creek

Under construction

A CubeSmart self-storage facility is nearing completion at 41-47 East 21st Street in Manhattan’s Flatiron District in New York City. Developer Mequity Cos. bought the property from The Zucker Organization for $32.3 million in March 2019. The project includes the conversion of a four-story, 50,000-square-foot parking garage into a storage facility. Equity E. 21st Owner LLC is the owner and Park East Construction is the general contractor. Source: New York Yimby


Marion Self Storage opened a new facility at 1377 Marion Waldo Road in Marion, OH. It has 71,018 square feet of leasable space across 656 temperature-controlled units. It’s located at the corner of Barks Road and Marion Waldo in the former Sears building. It will serve both professional and commercial customers. Source: Storage Asset Management

Arcland Property Co. and Chesapeake Real Estate Group opened a Self Storage Plus at 4210 Parliament Place in Lanham, MD. It has thee stories, 129,800 square feet and 1,035 climate-controlled units. The site is a mile from the Capital Beltway. This is the 41st facility for Arcland, which develops and owns self-storage locations in the mid-Atlantic region. Self Storage Plus will manage the property. A $12.9 million construction loan from Summit Community Bank was involved. Source: Multi-Housing News 

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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