Self-storage business breaks ground in Zion

There are quite a few self-storage businesses in Louisa County, but there’s never been one in booming Zion Crossroads. 

That’s about to change, as Zion Crossroads Mini Storage breaks ground on a seven-acre property across James Madison Highway (Route 15) from the main entrance to the Walmart Distribution Center.

The parent company, Neighborhood Self Storage, has existing storage facilities in seven Virginia locations, including Charlottesville. Jo Higgins, project manager for the Zion location, said one of its big selling points is that half the space will be climate-controlled.

“That’s very much in demand,” she said. “If you want to store valuable items, you’ve got to have dehumidifiers. Otherwise, your belongings will not be dry.”

The majority owner of the property, CW Investments LLC of Lyndhurst, Virginia, began looking at developing the property more than a decade ago. But the recession got in the way.

“Everyone was in a state of, ‘Hold on and see what happens,’” Higgins said. “With the apartments and condos that are coming, that’s an indicator.”

The market in Zion Crossroads includes some people who are moving and need a place to store things. But it’s also home-based small businesses that can’t keep all their equipment in the residence, Higgins said.

The general and site development contractors on the self-storage project are Harman Construction and Momentum Earthworks, both of Harrisonburg.

The Zion facility will include 43,000 square feet of storage space in five separate buildings, with units ranging in size from 25 to 300 square feet. Besides climate control, other features will include security fencing, an automatic gate with a keypad and tractor-trailer truck access.

Two of the seven acres, closest to the road, will be developed at a later date for retail use. Higgins said she doesn’t know yet what type of retail is likely on the site.

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