Swing and a miss: The Los Altos Batting Range at 9501 Lomas NE in Albuquerque, NM, has struck out after 35 years, a victim of baby boomers developing sore shoulders, arms, backs and knees, as well as increasing competition from indoor ranges.

Owner Dick Mann, 68, plans to spend $300,000 to replace it with the 100-unit ABQ Self Storage on Lomas within a few months. For those that still need to re-create their youth with an outdoor batting practice fix, Mann will keep operating Sluggers on Montgomery.  Source: Albuquerque Journal

Planned

Brockton & Main LLC of Provo, UT, plans to convert the former Micro Wire headquarters at 120 North Main St. in Brockton, MA, into a 75,000-square-foot self-storage facility. Brockton & Main, which is managed by Patagon Ventures, bought the building for $2.6 million. Micro Wire, which occupied the building for 21 years, moved to an 18,000-square-foot site at 5 Mear Road in Holbrook. Source: The Enterprise

Vernon Township, PA, supervisors approved a new self-storage facility at 14458 Conneaut Lake Road. Robert Pitts, who owns 26 acres at the location, plans to put up two buildings of 20 storage units each, and the buildings would be about 1,200 feet from Conneaut Lake Road. Pitts also said he would consider two more buildings in about a year “depending on how things go.”  Source: The Meadville Tribune

The Wildomar, CA, Planning Commission approved the Smith Ranch Self Storage project that is planned for the southwest corner of Smith Ranch and Clifton Keith roads. The eight-building project would have a combined 172,398 square feet of space on a 9.75-acre parcel. Building A would have office space and a visitors’ waiting area, plus 6,598 square feet for 106 units. Buildings B-H will offer 1,195 units, plus 66 RV spaces in the back.  Source: Valley News 

The proposed Smith Ranch Self Storage in Wildomar, CA.

The Historic Printworks Mill in Greensboro, NC, comprised of industrial buildings that went up starting in 1913, has fallen on hard times since its 1977 closing. But Madison, WI-based Alexander Co., which has restored other historic sites nationwide, plans to renovate the mill to include 80,000 square feet of self-storage, 217 multifamily apartments, indoor and outdoor community spaces, and 9,000 square feet of retail space. The Greensboro City Council recently named the Mill a Guilford County Landmark. Source: WFMY News 2

A rendering of the proposed revamp of the old print works factory in Greensboro, NC, which is expected to include 80,000 square fee of self-storage.

Here is aerial footage of what the factory looks like today:

Under construction

Life Storage will manage a $10 million development in Oro Valley, AZ, where 1784 Capital Holdings LLC of Scottsdale, AZ, just broke ground. The self-storage facility will have 807 units and four stories (one below ground), including a 3,800-square-foot retail office suite for lease. Completion is planned for the end of 2018. Located at 11061 N. Oracle Road, it’s within the Steam Pump Village Shopping Center, next to a Holiday Inn Express and behind a Quik Trip convenience store. 

1784 Holdings has broken ground on construction of this 807-unit facility in Scottsdale, AZ.

Completed

Corunna Self Storage will open April 1 at 2900 E. M-21, west of Escott Road, in Caledonia Township, MI. Joe Newton and his wife, Linda, co-own the company. Source: The Argus Press

Atlantic Self-Storage, which opened at 2400 Palm Valley Road in Nocatee, FL, is now fully operational. Ash Properties Inc. operates the facility. Nocatee is near Jacksonville. Source: Ponte Vedra Recorder

Overcash Demmitt Architects designed this recently opened Extra Space Storage in Charlotte, NC.

A new Extra Space Storage-operated facility, designed by Overcash Demmitt Architects of Charlotte, NC, has opened at 4601 South Blvd. in that city. The three-story building has 99,984 square feet and 706 units. Premier Storage Investors LLC of Memphis, TN, is the owner and Edifice Inc. was the contractor.  

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Bruce Goldberg