The new Highland Route 9W Self-Storage and Wine Cellar held a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 10 to mark their official opening.
There are 702 storage units, with 12 different sizes that are available to the public. There is also a wine cellar, with each unit able to store 35 bottles. It is kept at a constant temperature from 55 to 65 degrees and at a humidity level of 65 to 70 percent.
The facility has two buildings, one with two floors and a second with three floors and an elevator. The interior units are climate controlled and ones accessed via an outside door are not. The facility provides surveillance, 24/7 drive up access and is fully gated.
Owner Mark Sanderson said he knew of the area through his former wife. After selling a mobile home park in Vero Beach, Florida he was looking for a 1031 exchange arrangement in New York. According to the tax code, this type of exchange allows an individual to sell a property, reinvest the proceeds in a new project, even across state lines, while deferring all capital gains taxes.
Sanderson was impressed with the Route 9W property.
“I took one look at it and said wow, so I bought it,” he said.
Sanderson said this was the first time he built a self-storage facility, “It’s great, I love it, it’s beautiful.”
Sanderson said the facility is only Phase I of a much larger project, called The Villages of the Hudson Valley, which has been proposed for the property behind and up the hill from the storage facility. It will include Assisted Living and Urgent Care facilities, a Wellness Center and more than 200 independent living homes, each at approximately 1,000 sq/ft.
“I wanted a name that created the idea of community spirit, a closeness and the word village came up,” he said.
Sanderson thanked his surveyor Patti Brooks, Lloyd’s Building Department Director Dave Barton, architect Mike McCormick, Civil Engineer Andy Willingham, attorneys Jim Horan and Ken Stenger, Land Planner Kelly Liebolt and Wallkill Federal Savings and Loan Bank.
“It’s going well and I’m excited about that too,” he said of the next phase.
Charles Glasner, Chairman of the Lloyd Economic Development Committee, presented Sanderson with a welcome plaque.
“We are presenting this to you and thanking you for establishing a new business here in Highland,” he said.
Glasner, who is also President of the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society, thanked Sanderson for providing a storage unit at no cost for two years to the Society.
In a subsequent interview, Glasner said, “I think it’s an amazing project. I think it’s bigger than I thought it was going to be. Years ago I wondered who would use a self-storage facility and once when I moved I had seven units. As people downsize they still are attached to [a] left-over material culture.”
Paul Cohen was the Project Manager during the 18 month construction period. He was called in “after nothing was happening and I had to start all new from scratch with new contractors, new architects and a new redesign. We worked with the town very closely. We made it more energy-efficient and worked right through the wintertime and here it is.”
Cohen singled out the Town of Lloyd for their assistance during project construction.
“I never worked with a town that was this gracious and this helpful; wonderful people. We worked hand-in-hand and I can’t be more thankful,” he said.
Bill Hurley was also a project manager during construction and is presently the Manager of the facility.
“It was something new every day and there was always a new challenge that arose but working very closely with Dave Barton and Anthony Giangrasso of the Building Department, having a great relationship, we got this place up pretty quickly,” he said.
More information is available at highland9wselfstorage.net.