New self-storage facility to open on ground floor of west side residential development

With the entirety of the upcoming 7th Street Lofts ground floor space earmarked for its fourth Grand Rapids location, Storage Pros Self Storage is looking to the new crop of young professionals moving to the city’s west side to fill the approximately 36,500 square feet of self-storage space come December, when Orion Construction’s residential development project is scheduled for completion. 

Located at 600 7th Street, Vice President of Operations for Storage Pros Management, Peter Spickenagef, says the increase in both project numbers and variety is what made the location so appealing to the Michigan-based company. 

“You don't have a self-storage facility down there, yet you have a lot of residential areas – a lot of apartments, a lot of condos, a lot of industry coming in, too,” he says, adding that Storage Pros has a diverse client base, renting units to many Grand Rapids-area businesses as well as individual residents. 

The largest owner and operator of its kind in Grand Rapids, Spickenagef says the company owns just under a dozen properties in the greater Grand Rapids area, and although they will only be managing the new space at 600 7th Street, he says Storage Pros sees the west side as a growing market worth the investment. 

It's a “Michigan-based company that loves investing in Michigan,” he says. 

The new facility will be fenced in and well lit, with 24-hour security monitoring and climate controlled units for fragile storage items. Among a host of other features available for renters, Storage Pros allows for month-to-month leasing, online payments, 24/7 access, truck rentals, and military and senior citizen discounts. 

“It was intentional to bring a business of this type into the development because of the type of tenant we’re hoping to attract and doing our best to cater to that lifestyle – a lifestyle that involves a busy, young professional more concerned with career than a traditional home,” says Jason Wheeler, public relations coordinator with Orion Construction. “…We try to increase the efficiency of the urban living conditions and having a tenant like Storage Pros offers this ability.”

Written by Anya Zentmeyer
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