Sometimes this industry just quacks us up.

Brookhaven Town officials in Moriches, on New York’s Long Island, have approved a zoning change for a site that is the former home of a duck farm that also was used as an illegal dump. The land is filled with debris as well as nitrogen deposits from decades of duck effluent piling up.

The new facility would have seven self-storage buildings plus a 20,400-square-foot outdoor storage area on 9 acres on Barnes Road, south of Sunrise Highway.

The officials also said if the property is not cleaned up, they might withdraw approval of the zoning change. They also want the owner to pay a $477,750 mitigation fee to buy other properties for open-space preservation.

Source: Newsday


U-Haul plans to build 1,000 self-storage units at the site of the former Hardie-Tynes Co. complex at 800 28th St. N in Birmingham, AL. Hardie-Tynes was founded in 1895 and made large-scale engineered industrials parts. U-Haul closed the acquisition in August 2017. Besides the new storage units, it will offer truck and trailer sharing, professional hitch installation, moving supplies and more.

“The whole downtown area is being revitalized,” said Scott Fall, president, U-Haul Company of Central Alabama. “Old office buildings are being turned into housing and the Central City neighborhood is booming. We are excited to be a part of this beautification effort.”

U-Haul has announced plans for a contemporary self-storage facility at 800 28th St. N. following its recent acquisition of the history-rich former Hardie-Tynes Co. complex. 

CubeSmart will operate a new self-storage facility, owned by OR Bend Self-Storage LLC, that’s being built in Bend, OR. It will have approximately 800 units at 2705 NE Fourth St. The three-story building will have 107,756 square feet. Source: The Bulletin

Colliers International secured $9.1 million in financing from Brookline Bank, on behalf of Prospectus LLC, to build a self-storage facility in Stamford, CT. The 906-unit site is scheduled for completion by year-end. The location is at 432 Fairfield Ave., about 10 minutes from downtown Stamford. Source: Commercial Property Executive

In California, the Santa Maria City Council will allow a storage facility to be built at 1265 W. Betteravia Road. Applicant David Pick will put up a Great American Self-Storage facility on 7.9 acres there. Plans call for a mini warehouse plus 11 buildings of self-storage for a combined 110,000 square feet and 513 storage units. The project includes wine-storage areas. Source: Noozehawk

Developer David Pick obtained approval to build this facility in Santa Barbara County, CA.

Under construction

The Carlsborg Self Storage facility at 292 Business Park Loop in Sequim, WA, will add 45 units to its existing 180—which are fully leased out—following approval from the Jamestown S’Kallam Tribe Economic Development Authority. They’re tentatively scheduled for completion by May 1. Source: Sequim Gazette


Miami City Self Storage opened a new, 1,000-unit facility in Miami at 409 NE 36th St. It’s the sixth self-storage site the company has built in South Florida. The seven-story facility has 77,500 square feet and is located a few blocks from the busy Wynwood and Miami Design District areas. CubeSmart is managing the site.

“We were originally attracted to this site because of its proximity to Miami’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods,” said Jay Massirman, a MCSS partner. “We purchased the site three years ago but are now looking very selectively in South Florida for additional projects.” The company plans to develop more than 1.5 million square feet in South Florida.

MCSS Self Storage completed its 6th Florida development with this location in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.

CubeSmart will manage the newly built self-storage facility at 6000 W. Touhy Avenue in Chicago for owner Bloomfield Capital. The 981-unit facility takes up 65,000 square feet. Also, Athletico Physical Therapy is a tenant in the building. Source: Commercial Property Executive

Public Storage opened a three-story self-storage facility in Huntersville, NC, a suburb of Charlotte. Located at 10219 Bryton Corporate Center Drive, it has almost 900 units. Source:

Development news

The City Council in Yonkers, NY, may expand the areas where self-storage companies are allowed. Proposed amendments to the zoning code would allow such facilities in retail corridors, such as Central Park and McLean avenues, with the caveat that there be ground-floor retail, with the self-storage business on an upper level (industrial and warehouse areas would be exempt). The Planning Department proposed the amendment partly because a property owner on Central Park Avenue wanted to place self-storage in a strip in that retail corridor. Source: Lohud

Bruce Goldberg