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Maryland Storage Facility Emerges Victorious in Zoning Dispute

by John Stevens October 15, 2009 10:58 AM
EZStorage Company found out last Thursday (October 8) that is will remain unaffected by a proposed zoning amendment following a full year of battling county officials, according to an October 14 posting on (Maryland’s community newspaper online.)

Varying interpretations of the Fairland Master Plan made it unclear how the land ezStorage had already purchased near the intersection of routes 29 and 198 in Burtonsville (MD), was meant to be used. The facility would be located on an industrial overlay zone, where a single piece of land has conflicting zoning restrictions. Representatives for ezStorage said they were first told they could use any of the zoning uses their site falls upon, only to be told later that they could only use the site for its most restricted zoning uses.

When ezStorage bought the land three years ago, it was told it would be allowed to build a storage facility on the site, however, when they proceeded with filing preliminary plans, county officials decided the storage facility no longer fit with the community's master plan. The small number of jobs created by the facility was one reason officials thought ezStorage should not be allowed to build, officials said. [More]

North Jersey Police Station Project Adding Climate-Controlled Storage

by Tony Gonzalez October 15, 2009 10:20 AM
Plans to upgrade the West Milford (NJ) Police Department's current communications room and add necessary equipment to operate the enhanced 911 system now require adding a climate-controlled storage facility outside town hall since there is little to no storage space left in the municipal building, according to an October 14 posting on

At the October 7 council meeting, Police Chief Paul Costello said that Verizon consultants agreed that there is no room left for the necessary equipment in the building since the boiler room can no longer be used to store communications equipment. Therefore, a 14-by-10 structure will need to be placed outside the police department's wing of town hall (a cost of $27,000.)

According to Chief Costello, in order to house the equipment in town hall, the current configuration would require them (the police department) to store critical supplies like ammunition, firearms and documents outside the department. Short of some "extra space" suddenly bring created, an outdoor facility would be required to complete the nearly $1.8 million project to upgrade both the department's communications center and squad car equipment. [More]

Just in Time for Halloween: Blood Storage Center Looking to Relocate

by Winnie Hsiu October 15, 2009 9:31 AM
According to an October 14 posting on (an online news source for Chicago’s northwest suburbs) Lifesource (a Glenview-based company) and up to 400 of its employees may soon be relocating to new four-story building in Rosemont, on the west side of the Tri-State Tollway, just south of Bryn Mawr Avenue.

Lifesource ITxM (which stands for Institute for Transfusion Medicine) is part of the fourth largest blood collection establishment in the United States. Lifesource currently operates the largest blood center in Illinois, with 22 donor centers including the one at its local headquarters on Milwaukee Avenue. Lifesource is a non-profit corporation established in 1987 through the merger of the Blood Center of Northern Illinois and the Red Cross Blood Services-Mid America Region. It distributes a half-million blood products annually to roughly 60 area hospitals in meeting the need for patient transfusion therapy.

LifeSource recruits donors, collects bone marrow, and draws blood to separate into useful components like: whole blood, platelets, plasma, stem cells and other special products for hospitals and healthcare customers. [More]

$1M Being Spent at SFO Follwoing Clean Water Violations

by Kim Kilpatrick October 14, 2009 10:12 AM
As first reported by on October 13 and by on October 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is entering into two related agreements with SFO Fuel and Chevron to resolve 2008 Clean Water Act violations at a large jet fuel storage facility located at the San Francisco International Airport, right next to the San Francisco Bay.

SFO Fuel is an airline consortium which leases the SFO Fuel Tank Farm Facility at the San Francisco International Airport. Chevron operates the facility, which boasts seven above-ground storage tanks with a capacity of 15 million gallons; the largest tanks hold up to 90,000 barrels of jet fuel.

This consortium contacted the EPA last year to self-report what they believed was inadequate secondary containment capacity (a requirement of the Clean Water Act). Left unchecked, it could have lead to a disastrous spill into the San Francisco Bay. Following an EPA inspection at the facility, it was agreed that the facility had insufficient secondary containment capacity. [More]

Development, Storage, Expansion – Oh My! Carmel Valley (CA) Residents Fear Measure G

by Holly Robinson October 14, 2009 9:23 AM
As reported in October 14’s, one of Carmel Valley’s “township’s” most vocal proponents has circulated a map of the proposed Carmel Valley Master Plan, which has arrows pointing to the locations of roughly 20 new residential and commercial developments that are in different phases — anywhere from the proposal stage to some that are completed.

The map is a harbinger of what many Carmel Valley residents fear - the over development of their quaint town. Residents feel the county supervisors, who make land-use decisions in all unincorporated areas of the county, do not have their best interests at heart when approving development projects.

Proponents of Measure G, which will go to a vote on November 3, believe that incorporating Carmel Valley will change that. As well as deciding whether to incorporate, they will vote for members of the town council and whether, in the future, council members will be chosen from districts or at large. The results of these council-related votes will be mute if incorporation is voted down. [More]

Columbia (MO) School Board in Commercial Real Estate?

by Tony Gonzalez October 13, 2009 2:02 PM
As first reported on October 12 on, the Columbia School Board was planning to meet on Tuesday evening to complete various property deals. Specifically, district officials are interested in buying a vacant building on Paris Road and selling a storage facility on Van Horn Tavern Road.

Administrators said these commercial real estate transactions would consolidate much of the school’s resources, which are currently scattered throughout the city.

With the purchase of the vacant building, Columbia school officials hope to consolidate most of their services into one headquarters; additionally, they claim that the district's current storage is too small for Columbia's growing school district. School officials plan to use the money from selling the old storage facility to help pay for the larger building on Paris Road, which is said to have three times the space for the district's building services department and nutrition services programs. [More]

Controversial Propane Storage Facility Proposed for Schulyer County (NY) Community

by Winnie Hsiu October 13, 2009 1:29 PM
Missouri-based propane marketing and distribution company Inergy LP, is planning to build a $40 million storage facility in Schuyler County's Reading Center that will include both rail and truck transfer capabilities, according to an October 13 posting on the (which covers local news in and around Elmira, New York.)

However, residents living the area of this proposed project have concerns about the facility's safety and necessity. Meanwhile, the Reading Town Planning Board has a public hearing regarding the project slated for October 14, at 7:30PM at the town hall, 3914 county Route 28.

Barry Cigich, Inergy's Vice President of Operations, stated that the plans call for storing propane and/or butane in underground salt caverns currently owned by US Salt (a subsidiary of Inergy, located in Watkins Glen, NY.) [More]

Self Storage Facilities Step Up to Aid Natural Disaster Victims in Georgia and California

by John Stevens October 13, 2009 9:38 AM
As reported on an October 12 posting, Storage First self-storage is donating up to 90 days of free storage to Georgia flood victims in response to the recent devastation that eight days of prolonged rain caused to the city and surrounding areas. Those in need may use one of the drive-up, climate-controlled units at the company’s Douglasville, Georgia facility at 2477 Fairburn Road in Douglasville.

“We at Storage First realize how difficult and challenging this is for the members of our community,” said a Storage First representative. “Recognizing the devastation of having one’s ‘life treasures’ displaced, we hope having a climate-controlled space to store what has been salvaged will help preserve them until they find their next home.”

Storage First joins SpaceMax and U-Store-It, who on September 23 and September 25, respectively, also offered free storage to Georgia flood victims. [More]

Home Converted into Storage Facility in Bismarck, Missouri

by Kim Kilpatrick October 12, 2009 11:28 AM
According to an October 12 posting on, the Bismarck (MO) Board of Aldermen met during a regularly-scheduled session Thursday, October 9 and approved a request from a resident to convert a home into a storage facility. Lloyd Bass addressed the board concerning a property located at 1328 Cedar Street. Mayor Dennis Mayberry said the board gave Bass the approval with the understanding if he decides to expand his storage facility, it will be necessary for him to come before the board once again.

The Bismarck board also discussed an update on a proposed truck stop that is expected to go in next to the Lady Queene Restaurant, on Highway 32.

“A gentleman purchased the property with the intention of building a truck stop there,” Mayberry said. “The surveying work is to be completed this week for the property.” [More]

California Sees Water Issues Floating to the Surface

by Winnie Hsiu October 12, 2009 9:37 AM
As first reported on October 12’s (an online news source covering events in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in Southern California), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says enough progress has been made to call a special session of the Legislature (no exact date and or time set), despite no definitive deals on California’s’ water issues.

Schwarzenegger was quoted as saying, "While we still have a few remaining issues to work out, I commend the legislative leaders for their focus and commitment to solving this crisis."

Regarding the water talks, there seem to be six points of contention "bubbling up," including whether to monitor groundwater in California for the first time and give added authority to regulators to police illegal water diversions; the makeup of a new Delta council; details of new water conservation requirements; and the size and other details of a proposed water bond. [More]
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