Businessman Kevin Bouse said he will open 190 units at the former home of Livrite Fitness in East Belleville, IL. The gym burned down years ago. Bouse is spending $1.5 million to prepare the self-storage facility. The first 70 units will be available next month. The site also will offer outdoor units for vehicles, boats and RV storage.

Also in Belleville: Miami, FL developer David Bernstein, president of Larkspur Properties, wants to renovate the former Walmart building on Carlyle Plaza Drive into an indoor self-storage building with 650 to 700 units. The project is expected to be finished by year-end.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat


The Jenkins Organization has plans to bring yet another storage facility to the Austin, TX market.

The Jenkins Organization Inc., based in Houston, TX, has purchased land in Southwest Austin, TX, where it will build Darden Hill Storage in two phases. Phase one will have 125,000 square feet and 491 units, and is scheduled to be finished in May 2020, with an opening on June 1, 2020. Phase two will have 100,000 square feet and 368 units, and is scheduled for completion in May 2022. Darden will have both climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled units.

Virginia Varsity Storage Inc. purchased a 93,000-square-foot self-storage and office building at 1948 Franklin Road SW in Roanoke, VA. There, it will spend about $6 million to build a three-story, 90,000-square-foot self-storage facility on top of the parking lot. It will include space for commercial clients. Construction will start later this year and conclude in 2020. Source:

Plans to redevelop the office building at 1948 Franklin Road SW in Roanoke, VA are moving along following the purchase of the property by the developer.

A four—story retail and self-storage complex has been proposed for 3631-57 N. Central Ave., Portage Park, IL, with a cost of $13 million. It would have 10,000 square feet for retail, with the self-storage placed on the upper floors. It also would have a 15-space parking lot. It would be built on the north end of a place where a Dominick’s Finer Foods once stood; a CVS Pharmacy is open on the south end. The City Council is considering a planned development ordinance. Source: Nadig Newspapers 

Classified publication Greensheet has sold a 6.2-acre industrial site that includes a 40,000-square-foot building at 1690 North Loop West in Houston, TX, and it will become a self-storage facility. GSD North Loop 610 LLC/Greenspace Holdings purchased the site; the seller was Helen Gordon Interests Ltd. JLL’s Chris Bergmann Jr. represented GreenSpace in the transaction. Avison Young represented the seller. The price wasn’t disclosed. Helen Gordon founded the Greensheet in 1970. The building was Greensheet’s printing place for 20 years. The developer, GreenSpace Self-Storage will use reclaimed shipping containers to create indoor storage units using its patented construction method. It recently completed a similar  facility in Pearland, TX and has projects currently in progress in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Miami, Boston, and Portland, OR. Source: 

The former printing building in Houston will become the next project for GreenSpace Self-Storage.

The Town of Groton Planning Board in upstate New York unanimously approved a modified site plan for Route 34B Self Storage LLC at 974 Peruville Road. Owner Alan Wilkinson asked for alterations to the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and the building’s sizing because of those alterations. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had issued a Stop Work Order until the modifications are made. Source:


Self-storage developers will have to go somewhere other than Carbondale in order to get a Rocky Mountain High in Colorado. Garfield County commissioners rejected the applications for two self-storage facilities with different owners along state Highway 82. They said “no” to Blue Mountain Garfield LLC, which want to build across from the Catherine Store at the intersection of Highway 82 and County Road 100. They also nixed GO Self Storage’s proposed facility at the former location of Planted Earth because of access concerns. Source: Post Independent

Bruce Goldberg