By Nick Bilava, Storage.com
Man Charged with Arson for New Zealand Storage Fire
An arrest has been made over the April 4th fire at Kiwi Self Storage in Wellington, New Zealand. Local police had been investigating the blaze as a case of arson after reviewing security footage where a man was seen entering the facility around the time the fire started, then leaving in different clothes—supposedly to avoid detection. The 34-year-old man from Johnsonville, whose name has not been released by authorities, will appear in the district court today to face arson charges.
The fire consumed much of the facility’s second floor, and firefighters had to tear town many of the outer walls to safely extinguish the heart of the blaze. Many tenants lost their possessions, including cinematographer Alex Funke, who worked on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and lost several awards and much of his camera equipment.
Sources: TVNZ One News, Voxy
‘Microstorage’ Makes Its Web Debut with ‘Itimizit’ Launch
A Virginia-based storage company recently launched its new take on self storage options. Itimizit is a new web-application allowing users to rent only the space they need—as little as one cubic foot—and simultaneously track the whereabouts of their stored items. Noah White, founder of Itimizit, dubbed this new self storage process “microstorage.”
White owns and operates seven storage facilities in Virginia. He was inspired to start Itimizit after years of “watching [families] pick through an entire unit just to find one item.” With Itimizit, users fill out a short online form with descriptions of what they are going to store, and then box it up. Each box is then given a unique bar code for easy tracking. Users can drop their boxes off at a warehouse or schedule a pickup. When they need their items back, users simply request a delivery or pickup time via the website.
Itimizit is looking for opportunities to franchise and expand their services. Interested storage owners and operators are invited to contact the company.
By Bill Hipsher, Storage.com
Self Storage Development Close to Approval in Arlington County, Virginia
A proposed self storage facility is nearing approval in Arlington County, Virginia. The site currently houses Redman Fleet Services, a towing and truck service, and an old two-story warehouse. The warehouse has already been approved for demolition.
The site was originally being eyed by Walmart in 2011, which prompted the County Board to change its zoning ordinance in order to be able to regulate the design of the Walmart building. However, the plans for the urban-style Walmart fell through, and now a five-story facility appears poised to take its place.
The facility, to be called Shirlington Self Storage, has already gotten its building permit approved by county staff and is waiting on the zoning application, which was tentatively rejected. The rejection stated that an ongoing subdivision process needs to be completed before the zoning can be approved.
Source: ARL Now
By Bill Hipsher, Storage.com
Students Oppose California Storage Proposal
In a Laguna Beach Planning Commission meeting this week, local developer Doug Simpson proposed the construction of a 630-unit storage facility adjacent to the Laguna College of Art + Design campus. Many students and residents alike opposed the project.
Concerns were raised regarding safety and traffic, particularly as the storage facility would share a driveway with the LCAD campus. The property in question would also neighbor a habitat restoration area, so environmental concerns were also raised. Finally, many area residents were opposed to the size of the project. Other buildings in the area are much smaller, and the large storage facility would look out of place in the scenic neighborhood.
Sources: The Coastline Pilot
Public Storage Schedules Quarterly Conference Call
Public Storage, a member of the S&P 500 and FT Global 500, announced that on Thursday, May 1, 2014, the company will release its first quarter earnings results. To discuss the results, a conference call is schedules for Friday, May 2. Those interested in tuning in can listen to the live call via the Public Storage website, under “Company Info > Investor Relations > Upcoming Events.” The recording will be accessible through May 16, 2014.
Source: Wall Street Journal
By Mike Jones, Storage.com
England’s Scott Self Storage To Bike For Charity
On July 13, Scott Self Storage of England will have a charity bike ride to raise money for Eden Valley Hospice. Eden Valley Hospice provides medical care for adults and children who are suffering from serious and terminal illnesses. The bike ride, “Cycle the Solway,” is the fourth run by Scott Self Storage and bikers will have a chance to ride on a 25, 50, or 100-kilometer path.
The bike ride began as a team-building activity four years ago but grew into a charity after the event grew in popularity. Since 2011, the charity has grown immensely. In its first year “Cycle the Solway” raised £4,200 and hosted 64 riders. In 2013, the charity raised £14,500 and drew 202 riders.
Source: Inside Self Storage
Pirate’s Cove Storage Facility Expansion Delayed
The plan to add five new buildings to the Pirate’s Cove Self Storage complex in Pinckney, Michigan will be delayed after concerns were raised in the city’s planning commission meeting. The new additions planned to include a manager’s residence, new office, and four new self storage buildings.
The next planning commission meeting is set to take place on May 5.
Source: Inside Self Storage
By Weston Cooper, Storage.com
StorQuest Acquires Six Facilities in Colorado
The William Warren Group, the real estate company that operates StorQuest Self Storage, recently announced the acquisition of six Colorado facilities for $33.24 million. The properties have a combined 353,902 rentable square feet and 2,692 individual units, according to officials from the William Warren Group.
The six facilities are in Aurora, Highlands Ranch, Louisville, Manitou Springs, and Parker, CO. As a result, StorQuest now operates 14 total properties in Colorado and 102 properties in six different states.
Source: Daily Camera