It’s a particularly hot time in Northeast Florida these days for the self-storage industry, with more than a dozen facilities proposed or under development.

Scherer Construction alone is working on seven such projects.

“Both our youngest and oldest adult populations are in a transitional state,” said Michael Biagini, vice president at Scherer. “The younger is renting at various locations over time with no permanent place. The older is downsizing and not sure what to do with the stuff they can’t get rid of yet.”

Developers like the projects because of reliable return, low operation and maintenance costs, he added.

Cities such as St. Augustine, Blanding, Herlong and Flagler Center are in on the action.

Read on to learn more at the Jacksonville Daily Record

Planned

The old Kmart on Highway 90 will become a new U-Haul self-storage business in Milton, FL. Chad Rome, president of U-Haul Company of South Alabama, will own the new facility, which will share a parking lot with the new Santa Rosa School District Administration Building. For now, the self-storage operates from a temporary showroom, offering U-Haul truck and trailer rentals. Source: Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette

The former Kmart in Milton, FL is slated to become a U-Haul self-storage and truck rental facility.

In Colorado, the Englewood Planning and Zoning Commission is considering changing the city’s zoning code to allow for a 60,000-square-foot project at the former Kmart site at 200 W. Belleview Ave., with self-storage among the possibilities. The city will carry out the findings-of-facts process at its July 16 meeting. Capital Pacific is backing the project. Source: Englewood Herald 

Palmer Township, PA, has approved the expansion of A to Z Self Storage after the owner dropped a request to defer installing curbs and sidewalks, and planting trees along Tatamy Road.  WFMZ-TV

Denver-based Southwestern Property Corp. bought a 156,000-square-foot former JCPenney store at the Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix, AZ, with plans to develop a high-end self-storage and boat/RV storage facility or an entertainment center. The mall, one of the oldest in the area, is transitioning from a retail-focus to mixed-use. Source: azcentral.com 

Renderings for a JCPenny to self-storage conversion at a Phoenix mall.

CubeSmart Self Storage is nearing completion near the southwest corner of Viera Boulevard and Murrell Road in Viera, FL. Construction of the three-story, 100,000-square-foot facility began 10 months ago. It may open by the end of August. Source: Florida Today

Johnson Development Associates Inc. of South Carolina seeks to develop a 102,000-square-foot self storage facility on property it purchased in Glen Head, Long Island, NY. It is on the former site of Halm Industries, a printing press manufacturer. The plan calls for a three-story, climate-controlled building with about 900 units at 180 Glen Head Road. JDA bought 2.5 acres of the Halm property for $3 million. Life Storage will operate the facility. Source: LI Herald

Completed

StorQuest Self Storage has opened a StorQuest Express facility on Komohana Street, in the Malakole Industrial Park, in Kapolei, HI. The site features a virtual rental center and offers round-the-clock availability. Source: Yahoo! Finance 

StorQuest Self Storage also opened a new facility at 222 W. Mission Ave. in downtown Escondido, CA. The four-story building has 70,000 square feet and 810 units, and sits on 1.57 acres. Source: RE Business Online 

U-Haul Storage of Fremont opened June 19 in Fremont, NH, after U-Haul bought the former Budget Storage building at 25 Main St. The new facility has 11.46 acres, five drive-up storage buildings and RV storage. U-Haul Moving & Storage of Brentwood will manage the Fremont site. Combined, they offer more than 500 indoor and outdoor units. Source: PR Newswire

Storage Deluxe of New York City have opened a seven-story, 120,000-square-foot self-storage facility at 186 E. 22nd St. in Bayonne, NJ. The facility is managed by CubeSmart. Source: Jersey Digs

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Bruce Goldberg