Will the Self-Storage Sector Rebound from 2016 Setback?


self-storage3A planned 100,000-sq.-ft. facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. appears to break new ground in how self-storage properties are developed. Aside from 830 climate-controlled self-storage units, the mixed-use project will also include 1,200 sq. ft. of rentable retail space on the ground floor.

This is part of a larger effort on the part of municipalities to restrict the development of self-storage properties in favor of preserving space for manufacturing.

New York City became the latest city, along with Charleston, S.C. and San Francisco, to enact policies reining in the development of hotel and self-storage properties to preserve land for manufacturing uses and support job growth. The developers of the planned self-storage space in West Palm Beach included retail as a tactic to make the property more appealing to local authorities and gain zoning approval, say industry observers.


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