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Conversions Still Common in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu October 30, 2013 11:41 PM
Are you a handy person? When it comes to making something old look new do you have a knack for being able to pound a few nails here and screw in a few bolts there to turn scrap into art? Being able to convert something into something new and better is a talent worth having and one often in demand in the self storage industry. [More]

LifeStorage Makes Rundown Building Shine and Wins MiniCo Award for Efforts

by John Stevens December 20, 2010 11:35 AM
It is hard to imagine that a dilapidated building nearly 100 years old that once housed drug addicts and homeless persons has been converted into a solidly built, attractive storage facility. And that’s not all! It just had the honor of winning the 2010 Facility of the Year Conversion Category by Mini-Storage Messenger, the leading international self storage trade magazine published by MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC. [More]

CA City to Use Federal Recovery Funds to Convert Racing Horse Barns to Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez September 10, 2010 7:48 AM
City council members in Pomona, California, this week approved a proposal to convert six racing horse barns a self storage facility. The facility will become part of a business center, converted from another six racing horse barns, that will include office, warehouse, and light industrial space. Funding for the project will come from federal recovery bonds issued as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [More]

Old Dallas Walmart Becomes New Self Storage Facility

by John Stevens June 21, 2010 4:29 PM
Four Dallas-area residents, tired of looking at an empty Walmart building that has stood empty for six years, have decided to buy Walmart’s old retail building and convert it into a self storage facility. The Walmart will be turned into a Just Store It. The interior demolition work is already finished, and work on the interior renovations began today. The development is the brainchild of developer Brad Tidwell of Dallas, who looked at the old Walmart building and saw a conversion deal.

“Every time I see a new idea,” Tidwell explained in the Sunday Longview News-Journal, “my first thought is, ‘will this work in Longview?’” [More]

Christie's Auction House Opens Art Storage Facility

by John Stevens April 26, 2010 1:45 PM
Christie's, the internationally famous art auction house, is expanding into the storage business. A Christie's subsidiary, Christie's Fine Art Storage Services (CFASS), has bought a 100-year-old Brooklyn, New York factory that it will convert into a high-security, climate-controlled fine art storage facility. The new fine arts storage facility, located in Brooklyn's Red Hook waterfront neighborhood, will open in June.

In addition to fine art, the new facility will be used to store antiques and other special high-end collectible items. The former factory has about 235,000 square feet of storage space. The space can be custom-designed to accommodate any size collectible, from a small photograph up to a vintage car. [More]
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