Baton Rouge to become home to climate-controlled self-storage facility

September 27, 2017 by  

A self-storage facility three-stories in height is in the planning stage to replace what was once a coffee shop in downtown Baton Rouge.

The property development firm, Brookwood-Riverside LLC, owned by attorney Craig Smith, bought the Community Coffee Co. roasting facility in August. The structure was 80 years old and on a site 2.3 acres in size near the Louisiana State Capitol building. It had been unused for the last two years, but Kurz & Hebert Commercial Real Estate representative Mark Hebert said that it was functionally obsolete.

CubeSmart will manage the property, which will be branded under that name. It will be the first climate-operated storage center in the area. Smith also holds the position of CEO of Brookwood Properties, which operates several facilities under the brands of The Storage Center and CubeSmart.

Hebert said that the property is near many new residential complexes, so residents will be attracted to it for self-storage. In addition, the downtown market has little competition for such facilities and with a growing population of residents in the downtown area, they will be looking for self-storage facilities. Businesses also need climate-controlled storage for files and other materials, so he believes having a downtown location is sensible.

Brochure printing companies can be used by the likes of CubeSmart to print materials outlining the amenities and advantages of climate-controlled facilities and buildings.