Storage facility slated for former Castle location

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A new Spacemax Storage facility is coming to Greenville at the corner of LeGrand Boulevard and McAlister Road, after a special exception was approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals last week. The property is zoned as C-3, commercial.

The location was once home to a gay nightclub called The Castle (also known as The Stone Castle), and the property was under contract to open another nightclub until a previous zoning exception and an appeal were denied earlier this year. Spacemax Storage, which is a division of Childress Klein, a commercial real estate firm with offices in Atlanta and Charlotte, put the property under contract pending the zoning appeal outcome.

Spacemax currently has five locations in the Atlanta area with a location in Charlotte opening soon. This is the company’s first foray into the South Carolina market, said Chris Poholek, Childress Klein storage division partner. “We definitely think there’s a need in the market for our product with the level of service, cleanliness and three levels of security that we provide,” he said. “We love the demographics of Greenville.”

Poholek said they met with city officials, the Greenville Housing Authority and representatives from the Nicholtown neighborhood and the Sterling School, and all were in favor of the storage facility. “It a good complement to the neighborhood,” he said, adding that it will be “lower activity [than a nightclub], which is good for the school and community.”

The three-story, brick storage facility will be on 1.7 acres and have about 700 climate-controlled units. Everything will be enclosed and there will be a high emphasis on security, said Poholek. “We try to keep the environment as you would in your home.”

The former nightclub building will be demolished and construction will begin as soon as they close on the property and obtain all of the necessary permits, probably sometime in the early fall. Construction is expected to be completed for an opening late spring 2016.

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