This is a busy season of the year for the self storage industry. Many facilities are helping out with food drives, toy collections, collecting clothing and winter wear, and other types of charity work. There are a lot of other things going on besides Christmas events.
Randy Soggs owns a plaza in Watertown, New York. Part of that plaza is a roller skating rink. For the past 4 years, every weekend over 150 kids lace up a pair of skates and roll out and have a good time. However, Soggs is looking to change the type of business in that building. He wants to build a self storage facility.
In November, Soggs sought the approval of the county’s planning board to turn the rink into storage units. The county planning board has now given their stamp of approval for the project. The proposal will now go before the Watertown City Council.
Soggs is asking them for a special use permit because the city’s commercial district does not include storage unit businesses. Once he get’s their okay, he will be able to convert the skating rink into self storage units.
Across the nation in Victorville, California, Got Storage announced an expansion of their facility that includes new business storage options. These new services are meant for local businesses that need to temporarily store merchandise before shipping it out to their customers.
Got Storage recognized this need of local businesses and their need for full-service office space so they stepped up to the plate to provide it. They now have work stations that small business owners can use to manage their products and shipping it out.
Business owners also have storage areas available to them where they can store their products. Those units are 16’ by 35 ‘ and have truck doors for easy loading and unloading. This service is available to the local communities of Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, and Adelanto.
On a more somber note, last Friday fire broke out at the Mini U Storage facility in Everett, Washington. Fire crews were dispatched at 9:01 a.m. Within 45 minutes the fire was extinguished.
The fire damages at least three units in the single-story facility. The fire crew found that smoke and heat had traveled along the ceiling damaging some of the other units. As of now, the cause of the fire is under investigation and an estimation of the dollar amount of the damage is not yet available.
“Fire damages units at Everett storage business.” Herald; 29 November 2013.
“County board signs off on skating rink to self-storage proposal.” Watertown Daily times; 30 November 2013.
“Victorville Self Storage Firm Got Storage Introduce Business Storage Options.” Pr.com; 28 November 2013.