Three small properties that have been nicknamed “piano keys” were approved for sale by the Downtown Investment Authority’s Strategic Implementation Committee in Brooklyn, a neighborhood of Jacksonville, FL. “Piano keys” refers to their small size and nearness to other thin sites. One of the properties is a 0.08-acre site near Elder Street and Myrtle Avenue…

Public Storage purchased the headquarters of BoatUS in Alexandria, VA, for $13.7 million. The 7.3-acre site at 880 S. Pickett St. includes a 93,000-square-foot flex-industrial building. It’s not yet known if Public Storage plans to develop the property as self-storage. The site is part of Alexandria’s Eisenhower West Small Area Plan, whose goal is to…

Wisconsin-based Benchmark Secured Storage of Hartland LLC is ready to build a 47,000 square-foot self-storage facility in Hartland, WI near Milwaukee. Managing members Doug Hafemann and Aaron Kahle are building the facility to meet an unmet market need, according to BizTimes. Their company is raising $1.2 million from investors to construct the facility according to…

Birmingham, AL-based Merchant Retail Partners have wrapped construction on its newest facility, a 90,000-square-foot mixed-use project at 312 North Gay Street in Auburn, AL. The facility, operating under the name Stor-Eagle, is located next to the Auburn University Campus. The facility includes a retail component featuring a Pilates studio, Neighborhood Barre and a restaurant coming…

The South Florida city of Margate won’t allow any new self-storage facilities to open within its borders. “We have nine in nine square miles,” Vice Mayor Arlene Schwartz told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I think we have enough.” And Commissioner Anthony Caggiano added, “We should be a place where people and business move in, not…