Bast Storage, owned by John and Stafford Swearingen, will soon be opening a new facility at Grand Avenue and Main Street that will provide an additional 15,000 square feet of storage space.
Bast Storage Manager Scott Benbrook said Wednesday the current climate-controlled facility, located at 108 w. Pacific Ave., in the J.A. Lamy Manufacturing building, has 220 units with a choice of 60 different unit sizes.
The new self-storage facility, housed in one of the old Adco Co. buildings located at 726 W. Main St., will up the storage unit sizes to approximately 80 and provide an additional 58 units. All of the material to build the storage units arrived Tuesday.
“That allows us to be able to get you a unit that fits the size you need, so you are not paying for space you don’t need,” Benbrook said of the unit sizes.
The climate-controlled area in the new facility will be around 13,000 square feet. An additional 2,000 square feet will not be climate-controlled.
“There’s a garage on the other end that won’t offer climate-controlled storage but will be convenient because there is garage door access off the street,” he said. “Vendors will have easy access, in and out.”
Bast regulates the temperature for winter and summer in the climate-controlled area.
“We like to keep the temperature between about 65 degrees in the winter and 75 in the summer,” Benbrook said. “The most important thing is that we keep that temperature controlled during the summer months to keep the humidity to a minimum.”
The new facility will offer the same security measures as the current building.
“We work locally with Lek-Tro-Mek security,” he noted. “They’ll set this up just like all of the other buildings they have set up for us. You wouldn’t be able to turn down any hallway, in any part or come in any door without being on video.
“It will be just like our other facilities where you’re accessing the doors with a key card,” he added.
Those accessing the standard door with a key card may enter the building and then access a garage door to bring in large items if necessary.
Benbrook said the “exciting part” was why the company is expanding their services.
“We’re at about capacity in the current building,” he said. “Demand is still really strong. We find that we’re able to provide the highest quality storage at the most competitive price. The community has shown that they continue to have a demand for our services.”
The facility is projected to open in May.
“I hope it’s as early as the end of April, but I’m really comfortable with the middle of May,” Benbrook said. “So it would be (open) just in time for the kids who are graduating from college and need a place for their stuff for the summer months.”
The new facility will also have two loading docks.
“They are pick-up truck high, so you wouldn’t ever have to be waiting on a dock door to open up,” Benbrook said.
“I want our customers to know that this facility is going to be just like our other facilities, in the fact that management will actively be in and out of the facility every day,” he added. “(They) will be checking to make sure that the lights are coming on, and the temperature is controlled. They will be getting the same service they have become accustom to.”
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.