Shipping containers would be the storage unit of choice if the father-son duo of Todd and Tyler Leinbach succeed in building a self-storage business in southern Forsyth County in North Carolina.

“What we have found is that people are moving to Forsyth County faster than they ever have, so a lot of storage facilities are at full capacity,” Tyler Leinbach told the Winston-Salem Journal, “That’s because they specialize in small storage units.”

Each container would offer enough space, he said, to store a full household. The owners also would focus on companies that often need more space for items such as extra inventory.

Neighbors near the site oppose the plan because of concerns about possible environmental impacts and other issues.

The Leinbachs have requested that about 3.2 acres be rezoned from residential to general business-limited zoning. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners remanded the proposal back to the City-County Planning Board on Dec. 20. The Leinbachs have the land they wish to rezone – owned by Gerald Byerly and William Byerly – under contract. The next step is for the planning board to consider a new rezoning request from the Leinbachs. Source: Winston-Salem Journal


Real estate developer Thomas Burke has proposed a four-story, 80,000-square-foot storage facility in Glenmont, NY, in the Albany region. It would be located on a piece of land between Route 9W and the New York State Thruway. It would include 18 storage spaces for boats and RVs and be built on 1.8 acres on Chamberlain Street. The Town of Bethlehem Planning Department has seen plans for the project; the planning board has not. Source: Times Union

In Ohio, the Lorain Planning Commission voted 4-0 to ask the City Council to change the city zoning code to allow a “self-service mini storage facility” and a “climate controlled self-storage facility.” The commission also favors allowing the former in B-2 and B-3 business districts and the latter in B-3. Outside storage would not be allowed in either case. Projects have been mentioned for storage units at Oberlin Avenue and Meister Road, and on Cooper Foster Park Road. Source: The Morning Journal 

FourStore LLC of Clemmons, NC, is building a self-storage facility at Providence Road and Allison Woods Drive, adjacent to Rea Farms, in Charlotte, NC. It will have 106,000 square feet and 800 storage units. Also, it will have the unique feature of looking like a four-story building from the outside, but with seven stories inside, as required by a rezoning stipulation, according to Overcash Demmitt Architects. It’s expected to open in the first quarter of 2019.

Overcash Demmitt Architects designed this 7-story facility coming to Clemmons, NC, but it is appears as if it is only four stories tall.

All Storage has bought a site at the southwest corner of I-35 and West University Drive/US Highway 380 in Denton, TX. It plans to build and manage a four-story, 168,000-square-foot self-storage building with 1,268 units that would sit next to the 400-acre mixed-use development of Rayzor Ranch. The company has 37 facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and 51 sites overall.

The City Council in Kirkwood, MO, is considering Nolan Real Estate Interests LLC’s request to repurpose a former Shop ‘n Save grocery store into a two-story self-storage facility, and include room for retail businesses—a proposal rejected earlier by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Nolan would use some of an 8.6-acre site at 10461 Manchester Road for EZ Storage. The grocery store has 122,000 square feet on about 3 acres; the plan calls for adding a resident manager’s apartment and 7,500 square feet of retail to the first floor. Also, it includes a parking lot in the back for use by the Audi Kirkwood dealership at 10239 Manchester Road, and plans for a multi-tenant retail building and a restaurant with a drive-thru. The city council meets in late January. Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A planning commission will consider Jason Marko’s application for a zoning amendment that would allow building a self-storage facility at 44 Peters Road in Troy, OH. The property sits on 1.117 acres. The building would have 6,600 square feet of space. Source: Troy Daily News

Property owner Preston Smith and his company LeConte Holdings LLC want to build a small self-storage facility on a U-shaped, 2.4-acre plot at 9608 Westland Drive in Knoxville, TN. The Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission approved the plan in October, but the Knoxville City Council referred it back to that entity, as an amendment to the Southwest County Sector Plan allowed commercial use only recently. The MPC meets Jan. 10. Source: Knox News 


This recently converted self-storage property will be operated by CubeSmart.

EquiCap Commercial’s Jesse Luke and Scott Rihm, with the company’s Self Storage Advisory Group, closed a certificate of occupancy deal for the recently completed self-storage facility at 5317 W. Burnham St. in West Allis, WI. CubeSmart will manage the facility, which has 80,688 square feet. The facility was converted from a former warehouse. EquiCap had the exclusive listing for the property and is based in Saint Charles, IL. Buyer and seller information was not released.

Bruce Goldberg