Forced out by a multibillion-dollar real estate development, StorageMart vacated one of its facilities in Brooklyn, NY, on Nov. 18.
Using its power of eminent domain, the Empire State Development Corp., a New York state agency, took control of the facility, at 718 Atlantic Ave., on Nov. 19.
The state had been letting StorageMart manage the property, but the Columbia, MO-based storage operator now says it “no longer owns, controls or manages the building.”
A recent post on the StorageMart blog explains the situation:
StorageMart has been advocating on behalf of tenants of the building by attempting to obtain a reasonable time for you and several hundred other former customers to vacate the building. Unfortunately, the state has ended our management agreement with them and StorageMart is fully removed from owning or managing the property.
The state took over the property as part of the $5 billion Pacific Park Brooklyn project, which will feature retail, residential and office space as well as an 8-acre park. The Barclays Center sports and concert arena opened there in 2012. The developers are Forest City Ratner and the Greenland Group.
The 56,637-square-foot storage facility has 1,109 units, 523 of which still were occupied as of Nov. 18, according to Sarah Little, interactive marketing manager at StorageMart. The company owns two other facilities in Brooklyn.
Maria Michalos, a spokeswoman for Empire State Development, confirmed her agency had assumed ownership and management of the building. “We continue working with all of the affected occupants and individuals [who are] storing items,” she said.
Michalos said storage tenants have until Dec. 18 to move their belongings out of the building.