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Self Storage Businesses Reflect Economic Trends

by Tony Gonzalez October 7, 2013 9:02 PM
You don’t need a crystal ball to tell what is in store in the future. All you have to do is look at the self storage industry because it accurately reflects current economic trends. Look at Central Self Storage in Meridian, Idaho.

Currently, there’s a big demand for large storage units in Meridian. Susan Franden, manager of Central Self Storage, believes there are four reasons why there is an increase of demand for storage in Meridian. [More]

Idaho Self Storage Controversy Likely to Result in New Legislation

by John Stevens March 5, 2012 6:57 PM
When the Idaho Land Board purchased Affordable Self Storage in 2010 with the idea being that it was a good investment that would benefit the beneficiaries of the endowment well (i.e. public schools). Little did they realize that it would result in a controversy that would continue on long after the purchase was finalized. [More]

New Development in the Idaho Self Storage Saga

by John Stevens February 8, 2012 2:08 PM
Sequels rarely work. Often times the second will be okay, but the third installment and on tends to be a miss as often as it is a hit; for examples see the fourth Star Wars movie, the last Indiana Jones, and the last six or seven of the Friday the 13th series. Much like the Friday the 13th series, the story that has developed around the purchase of a self storage facility by the state of Idaho does not appear ready to go away anytime soon. [More]

California Community Set to End Ban on Self Storage Facilities

by Holly Robinson January 12, 2012 3:44 PM
One of the great things about living in just about any community in the United States is that if there is something that enough of the people do not like that the local government entity can pass a law to either regulate or ban it all together. On the flip side, if they later see that the law does not work or was wrong to begin with that can change to. [More]

Idaho Self Storage Controversy Gets a Little More Interesting

by Holly Robinson December 13, 2011 9:20 AM
It has been over a year since the Idaho Department of Lands added a self storage facility named Affordable Self Storage to its portfolio for $2.7 million. Since the purchase was completed there has been an ongoing controversy on whether it is appropriate for the state to get involved in such a business enterprise that is in direct competition with so many privately held facilities. [More]

Huge Impact Fees Assessed to Owner of Mini Storage Facility

by John Stevens September 16, 2011 9:02 AM
Robert Thomas, owner of Prairie Avenue Mini Storage in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, is expanding his storage facilities. For months on end, all of his units have been full and he has had to turn away new customers. But every time he goes into the Building and Planning commission, the impact fees that he is charged doubles in amount. [More]

Two Key Players in State-Purchased Self Storage Business in Idaho Reverse Stance

by John Stevens July 12, 2011 8:15 AM
The government purchase of Affordable Self-Storage in Boise, Idaho, last year has always been a controversial one, especially with self storage operators and local business owners who cried foul, accusing Idaho of competing unfairly with the private sector. Now two key players in the purchase – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna - say they made a mistake when they voted to spend $2.7 million to buy the storage business and use the revenue to benefit Idaho public schools and other state institutions. [More]

Legislation Introduced to Limit Idaho Land Board Purchases

by John Stevens February 23, 2011 5:34 AM
Continued discontent from some Idaho lawmakers over the state’s purchase of a self storage property for a commercial venture prompted the introduction of a new bill on Tuesday that would set restrictions on what types of buildings the state Land Board can purchase in the future for investment purposes. [More]

Another Look at the Idaho Self Storage Controversy

by John Stevens December 20, 2010 2:27 PM
The state government in Idaho probably had no idea what it was in store for when the Department of Lands decided to get into the self storage business by buying Affordable Self Storage in Boise for $2.7 million. The ensuing controversy has stirred up a lot of feeling about economic policies and the role that the government should/ should not be allowed to take in regards to private business. [More]

Should State Governments Get Into the Storage Business? Public Reaction to Idaho’s New Self Storage Venture is Mixed

by Kim Kilpatrick October 21, 2010 10:04 PM
Should state governments be running commercial real estate ventures? The subject is controversial, but a recent decision by the Idaho Lands Department to go into the self storage business is stirring up interest. Idaho’s Department of Lands purchased Affordable Self Storage of Boise two months ago and is running it as a tax-exempt business. [More]
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