They’re worried about appearances.

Venture Storage Group LLC of North Carolina had hoped to invest more than $6.5 million to build an approximately 105,000-square-foot, three-story self-storage warehouse at South Peak on 3.1 acres near the intersection of Virginia 419 and U.S. 220, in Roanoke, VA.

But the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 against a special-use permit for the project at its Feb. 26 meeting.

The building was to sit along South Peak’s front retaining wall, an area of high visibility. But supervisors cited concerns about the project’s scale along a hillside perch, and also questioned if it met the goals for the gateway development.

“I am not prepared to abandon those goals,” said Jason Peters, supervisor, Vinton District. He said self-storage didn’t fit in with the long-term vision for that location.

Earlier, the Roanoke County Planning Commission voted 4-1 against a permit request for the same project. Source: The Roanoke Times

Planned

Citadel Self Storage is going to be built at the former location of Lexington’s Movie Tavern at 133 North Locust Hill in Lexington, KY. The $1 million building will have 55,000 square feet of space. The company filed permit documents for new construction on Feb. 20. Source: Lexington Herald Leader

U-Haul bought a former Kmart at 2535 Hubbell Ave. in Des Moines, IA on Jan. 31 and will redevelop it into a 106,914-square-foot self-storage facility with 700 indoor units. The first units will be ready in the fall. This was the last Kmart standing in the Des Moines metro area. Source: Des Moines Register

U-Haul has started building a new rental and self-storage facility at 600 S. Holland St. in west Wichita, KS. A building permit for the project estimates a total cost of $6 million.The three-story facility will have 700-plus climate-controlled units and 110 outdoor drive-up units, plus a rental showroom. It will be located west of Kellogg and Ridge Road. Hastco Construction is the general contractor. Source: Wichita Business Journal

Developers have submitted site plans for an upscale apartment complex in Bristol, TN, that would include self-storage units on Stratford Street near where Blountville Highway meets West State Street. The project involves Shane Abraham of Universal Development & Construction, and Mitch Cox of Mitch Cox Cos., both of Johnson City, TN. If weather allows, the project will begin in April. Source: Bristol Herald Courier

Withdrawn

Facing a lack of support from the city council, developers dropped their proposal for a two-story, 100-850-square-foot self-storage facility at 1552 Quarry Road in Eagan, MN. The developers will examine adding a public lounging area and/or a retail component to its facility plans.

“I just think self-storage does not meet the council’s vision for this area,” said Councilmember Paul Bakken.

The parcel is one of the last lots in the Quarry Park Addition, next to Aldi’s.

Source: SunThisweek

Under construction

1784 Capital Holdings have broke ground on a new 140,600-square-foot facility in Scottsdale, AZ.

1784 Capital Holdings LLC of Scottsdale, AZ, broke ground on the three-story Scottsdale Promenade Self-Storage at 7550 E. Paradise Lane in that city. It’s scheduled to be finished in Q1 2020. It will have about 140,607 square feet, including 101,305 net rentable, and sit on 2.52 acres inside the Scottsdale Promenade development. It will have 1,107 units.

1784 Capital also announced plans for a 868-unit facility in Hawthorne, CA

1784 Capital Holdings also plans to build a self-storage facility at 3155 W. El Segundo Blvd. in Hawthorne, CA, after purchasing 1.31 acres of land at that site. The location is west of the intersection of El Segundo and Crenshaw Boulevards. The three-story building will have about 12,510 square feet and 868 units. Completion is scheduled for Q1 2020.

Vaultra Self-Storage is building a 100,000-square-foot self-storage facility at 20 Pugsley Court in Ajax, NC. It’s expected to be completed in fall 2019. Source: DurhamRegion.com

Completed

Simply Self Storage finished building a new facility in Smyrna, TN.

Simply Self Storage has opened at 300 Wolverine Trail, Smyrna, TN. It has climate-controlled interior storage units plus exterior drive-up units.

Outbox Lifestyle Storage completed a 550-unit self-storage facility in Surfside Beach, SC.

Outbox Lifestyle Storage opened a self-storage facility in Surfside Beach, SC, near Myrtle Beach. Overcash Demmitt Architects designed the three-story building, which will have 75,000 square feet and 550 units. The owner is Outbox Myrtle Beach LLC.

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Bruce Goldberg