There’s a battle going on in the Seattle area over the fate of a proposed self-storage facility.

Urban Bainbridge (Seattle-based Urban Self Storage Inc.), which wants to build a facility on Day Road in the city of Bainbridge Island, WA, is suing the city, claiming it unlawfully approved a six-month moratorium that has stopped its development plans.

The company, which runs 51 locations in Washington state, filed the suit Dec. 16 in Kitsap County Superior Court.

In November, the city council approved, by a 5-2 vote, the moratorium for self-storage projects on the island. The item was added to the Nov. 26 agenda without any notice to the public or a public hearing (there will be a public hearing on Jan. 14), according to Urban Bainbridge.

The company said the city’s planning department sent it an email after the moratorium vote, saying the project was not vested under the previous department development regulations.

Urban Bainbridge said that was different from what city officials previously had told it.

“The city’s refusal to now accept and process further application materials from (Urban Bainbridge) on the theory that its application was incomplete and not vested was arbitrary and capricious, illegal, in excess of the city’s authority, and intended solely to prevent (Urban Bainbridge) from completing its vested application prior to the effective date of the city’s new moratorium ordinance,” the lawsuit said. Source: Bainbridge Island Review 

Planned

Timothy James, former owner of the now-closed Atrium Garden Center in Kildeer, IL, seeks to open a Store More self-storage facility near Wauconda. He presented the plan during a hearing before Lake County’s Zoning Board of Appeals. James has bought a nearly 23-acre site at 25250 W. Old Rand Road, east of the Messiah Lutheran Church. He wants to build the facility on the southern portion of the site. It would include garages for personal storage plus outdoor storage areas for boats and recreational vehicles. Jones also said he wants to leave more than 60% of the site as open space. The county board next will consider the project. Source: The Daily Herald 

A three-story, 102,000-square-foot self-storage facility has been proposed to replace a long-vacant professional offices building on Woodbourne Road in Middletown, PA, in Bucks County. Township supervisors will consider the project at their Jan. 21 meeting. The proposal comes from Safstor Real Estate. The units would be climate-controlled. Source: Bucks County Courier Times

Completed

A rendering of the Land O’Lakes, FL facility being developed under the Storage Authority franchise.

Storage Authority opened phase one of a new franchise-owned self-storage facility, Storage Authority Monmouth Road in Millstone, NJ. Its total space will be 83,375 square foot. It’s the company’s fifth open facility, with the others in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey and Texas. Also, the company is building a new facility in Land O’ Lakes, FL, that will open in summer 2020. In addition, Storage Authority Walters Road in Houston, TX and Storage Authority Mulberry, FL both opened in April. Each has rented out more than 550 units and plan to start phase two construction in the first quarter of 2020. 

10X Self Storage has opened at 215 Simarano Drive in Marlborough, MA. The five-story building has 520 climate-controlled units. O’Brien Commercial Properties LLC is operating the facility. Other 10X locations are in Acton and soon to open in Worcester. Source: Boston Real Estate Times

Montgomery Self Storage finished expanding at 1418 FM 2854 in Conroe, TX. It added about 42,000 square feet of storage area, including a three-story, climate-controlled building and three non-climate-controlled buildings. The company also renovated all five original buildings. Source: Community Impact

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