Please, no black velvet portraits of Elvis or dogs playing poker.

After two hours of discussion about the First Amendment and maintenance, the planning commission in Chino Hills, CA, delayed until Dec. 18 any action on a proposed indoor self-storage facility that proposes to put large pieces of artwork on the walls that face the entrance to the city.

The vote was 4-1, with the one “nay” from a commissioner that cited similar artwork on buildings in Europe.

The city could choose 20-by-15-foot, mural-style art pieces that reflect Chino Hills themes, said developer Nancy Bane, president of Sorsirs Inc. Lights would illuminate the artwork at night.

The pro-delay commissioners didn’t want to ignore the advice of a city attorney that said the First Amendment would prevent Chino from controlling the content of the artwork. They also were concerned about maintenance of the artwork and the possible consequences if the current owner sold the facility to someone that dislikes the murals.

Bane noted that the art would be changed every 10 years or so and be well-maintained.

A debate over murals has delayed approval of a new storage facility in Chino Hills, CA.

If you’ve read this far, please note that the new storage facility would have 128,149 square feet of rentable storage space in a three-story building. It would be located at the southwest corner of Soquel Canyon Parkway and Fairfield Ranch Road, east of the Chino Hills Hotel.

The facility would also include a 2,000-square-foot co-working area that’s aimed at millennials. The area will include copying, packaging and shipping services, cubby units for inventory storage and a glass-enclosed conference room. Common areas will have window seats, tables and chairs; snacks, soft drinks, coffee and tea will be sold. Source: Champion Newspapers


A new self-storage facility is coming to 625 Grand Ave. in Ridgefield, NJ, with 152,000 square feet and 1,220 units in a five-story building. Talonvest Capital Inc. arranged more than $5 million of equity via its exclusive relationship with Clark Investment Group for Integritas Partners. Talonvest also negotiated $13.6 million of construction financing on behalf of the partnership. Tom Sherlock, Jim Davies, Erich Pryor and Terra Hendrich made up the Talonvest team.

Diamond Point Development LLC will break ground on two new facilities in Georgia. The development group will start construction on a new 700-unit facility at 3900 Cascade Road in Atlanta, GA in March 2019, followed in April by a similarly-sized facility at Highway 54 West and Brandywine Boulevard in Fayetteville, GA. Both facilities are expected to open in the spring of 2020 and be managed by a professional third-party management firm.

Baltimore, MD-based Poverni Sheikh Group obtained a $9.4 million acquisition and construction loan to build a 950-unit CubeSmart facility in District Heights, MD. The financing was arranged by Eastern Union Funding.  The facility will be located at 7618 Marlboro Pike with construction scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2019.

Poverni Sheikh Group plans to bring this facility to District Heights, MD after obtaining a $9.4 million loan. 

210 Self Storage Worcester has been proposed to the planning board in Worcester, MA. It would have two three-story buildings, 180,000 square feet, cost between $13 million and $14 million, and be built at 210 Southwest Cutoff, between Junior’s auto Sales and USA Marine. Eddie Santon owns the project and hopes to start construction in March 2019 and complete it in March 2020.  Source: 

In Minnesota, the Apple Valley City Council approved a self-storage project proposed by Reliable Mini Warehouses of Apple Valley. It would be located at the northeast corner of Upper 147 Street and Evendale Way, and have six buildings with a total of 52,100 square feet. Source: Hometown Source

U-Haul soon may own a former K-Mart store on East State Street in Rockford, IL. K-Mart filed for bankruptcy this year, and the Rockford site is part of a bundled deal that needs approval from a bankruptcy court. If approved, the site would become a full-service U-Haul Store with indoor self-storage, truck and trailer rental, and a retail showroom. Source: 13 WREX TV

The Northland Community Council voted 14-1 to have a self-storage business replace a closed Giant Eagle store at 1000 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH. The store has been closed since March 2017. The self-storage proposal includes two outparcels for retail in the parking lot that fronts Dublin-Granville Road. RCG Ventures LLC, a privately funded real estate investment group, backs the proposal.  Source: ThisWeek Community News

A self-storage project has been proposed – documents suggest StorQuest is involved – for 6045 W. Marginal Way SW in West Seattle, WA, currently home to a landscaping materials yard. It would have four stories and approximately 109,700 square feet, plus 16 parking spaces. West Seattle has two other self-storage projects in the works on Harbor Avenue SW.  Source: West Seattle Blog 


The Hampshire Cos. opened two self-storage facilities: a three-story, 110,532-square-foot site with 828 units at 1240 Chester Pike in Crum Lynne, PA, and a four-story, 93,353-sf location with 745 units at 59 Leverington Ave. in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Hampshire has completed 33 self-storage projects since 2012, and these are its fourth and fifth developments in the Philadelphia area. Extra Space will manage both facilities.

This facility in Crum Lynne, PA is one of two recently completed by The Hampshire Cos.

Extra Space Storage was chosen to handle leasing and property management for a new climate-controlled storage facility that’s opened in Goose Creek, SC. Miller-Valentine Group recently finished construction of a three-story, 90,000-square-foot building at North Rhett Avenue and Red Bank Road. Coastal Storage Group of Charleston was a project partner. Source: Post and Courier


R.D. Kanniard Homes Inc. withdrew its application to build six one-story self-storage buildings with a total of 214 units at 1195 Hill Road following opposition by area residents at a Boxborough Planning Board meeting in Boxborough, MA. The plans also called for fencing, 25 parking spaces and drainage. Overall, it would have taken up 30,075 square feet on 4.16 acres. Source: Wicked Local 

Bruce Goldberg