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Compass Self Storage One Step Closer for Approval of New Facility

by Tony Gonzalez July 3, 2013 7:18 PM
Businesses come and businesses go. When businesses go, they often leave behind an empty building. In some cases, owners of those empty buildings still have to pay taxes on their commercial property. Such was the case when the former Blaushild Chevrolet dealership on Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights, Ohio, moved out. Property owner, Debra Pando, still had to pay about $60,000 in property taxes. [More]

MA Self Storage Site Considered for Cell Tower

by Kim Kilpatrick October 7, 2010 8:25 AM
Increasingly, as self storage businesses, like other small businesses, adjust to the recession, many are looking at the possibility of leasing space to cell phone companies for placement of a cell tower. The latest self storage company to consider adding a cell tower to its property is Kane Self Storage, of Marlborough, Massachusetts. [More]

Small Businesses Making More Use of Self Storage

by John Stevens July 9, 2010 9:01 AM
Over the last few months, entrepreneurs all over the world have reported that they see no reason to pass up a business opportunity, or business opportunities, simply because they have no space in which to house a small business. More and more small business owners, especially those who just started a new business or who are running a home business, have chosen to turn to self storage to provide the space they need at an affordable price. Many self storage companies, catering to small businesses and home-based business owners, are now offering more than just space -- they also provide conference rooms, Internet access, and other business-friendly features. [More]

New York Zoning Board Delays Decision on Whether to Allow Pet Grooming Business at Self Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez June 29, 2010 9:52 AM
You can’t live inside a self storage unit. But can you wash and groom a dog there? Can you run a pet grooming business there? That was the question facing the town board of Wales, New York earlier this month, on June 8. It is not unusual for a small business to be run out of a self storage facility, but a pet dog grooming business might have special needs unlike those of other small businesses. The Wales Town Board discussed the matter for eight minutes and then unanimously decided that they needed more information in order to make an informed decision. They tabled the request pending proof that neighboring property owners had been notified that the self storage business was considering allowing pet groomers, or at least a pet groomer, to move in, and that there might be dogs and pets going in and out of the facility.

The request before the Wales Town Board was filed by Thunder Hill Self Storage, not by the pet grooming business. Thunder Hill would have to amend its special use permit, allowing another business to operate on its premises, if the pet grooming business is to be located there. The dog grooming business would be called Pet Grooming Spa. [More]

Local Governments Regulate Use of Portable Self Storage Units

by Winnie Hsiu April 30, 2010 11:16 AM
In several communities across the country, local governments are regulating the use of portable self storage containers in front yards, driveways, and on local streets. During the month of April, at least three cities have passed or are considering ordinances regulating the use of portable containers: Wausau, Wisconsin; Springfield, Missouri; and Baltimore, Maryland. [More]

Quincy Illinois Judge Orders City to Make Decision on Self Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu April 9, 2010 3:25 PM
Last Monday, a circuit court judge ordered the city of Quincy, Illinois, to make a decision about whether to allow Express Storage, a self storage facility operated by VLOH Enterprises, to have a building permit. [More]

Self-Storage Zoning Laws Changing Across U.S.

by Holly Robinson March 11, 2010 5:12 PM
Many towns in rural and suburban America are changing their zoning laws to make it possible for new self-storage businesses to be constructed. Recent changes in zoning laws that affect self-storage firms include the following:

In Richardson, Texas, the City Council changed the zoning laws to allow for "temporary" self-storage businesses in some commercial districts. The council classified this use of city land as a "secondary use" and proceeded to approve a special permit for one such business, to be located in a local shopping center. In Richardson, to meet the new zoning requirements, a self-storage business may not take up one whole building -- it must be less than half the total size of the building it is located in, and, no matter what size the building is, the self-storage business may take up no more than 20,000 square feet. [More]
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