Three small properties that have been nicknamed “piano keys” were approved for sale by the Downtown Investment Authority’s Strategic Implementation Committee in Brooklyn, a neighborhood of Jacksonville, FL.

“Piano keys” refers to their small size and nearness to other thin sites.

One of the properties is a 0.08-acre site near Elder Street and Myrtle Avenue South. IP Nuvo Jacksonville LLC, which owns a 0.73-acre property fronting Myrtle Avenue South, has made an offer on the site, with plans to build a self-storage facility. Florida Valuation appraised the property at $16,000. The site was acquired through a tax deed in 2007.
Source: Jax Daily Record 


In Virginia, the York County Planning Commission approved a proposal to turn a closed Farm Fresh supermarket into a 93,000-square-foot self-storage facility. The building is at 455 Merrimac Trail. The Adams Property Group LLC of South Carolina had asked for a special-use permit from the county. Next, the county’s Board of Supervisors will vote on the proposal. The Adams Property Group indicated that the Farm Fresh parking lot could become home to retail shops facing Merrimac Trail. Source: Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

A vacant grocery story near Williamsburg, VA could become a self-storage facility.

In Arizona, the Scottsdale Planning Commission voted 4-3 on Nov. 8 to approve the Bell Group Self Storage’s amended application for a new self-storage facility in north Scottsdale. Residents opposed the original application at an Oct. 25 meeting. The applicant agreed to a reduced height of 18 feet, leading to the commission’s later approval. The facility will be two stories high and have 106,224 square feet. The site has been vacant for 18 years. There are five storage facilities within five miles of the Bell Group’s site. Source: Scottsdale Independent

U-Haul plans to convert a building in downtown Dayton, OH into a storage facility.

U-Haul plans to convert a downtown building at 360 S. Main St. in Dayton, OH, into a self-storage facility. U-Haul plans to close its purchase of the building from McDay Ltd. on Dec. 12. The building has 83,000 square feet and is near U.S. 35, next to McDonald’s and Community Tissue Services. Source: Dayton Daily News


Compass Self Storage has opened its newest facility in the Pittsburgh MSA.

Compass Self Storage opened a new self-storage facility with 51,688 net rentable square feet at 2404 Nicholson Road in Sewickley, Pa. It’s Compass’ second location in the Greater Pittsburgh market. Compass Self Storage LLC is part of Amsdell Companies, based in Cleveland, OH. Amsdell has owned and operated over 500 storage centers in 27 states.

Bruce Goldberg