Members of the Clifton Park Planning Board have unanimously approved an expansion project for an existing town business.
Exit 9 Storage, which is currently located at 2 Crossing Boulevard, will construct a new, three-story, self-storage facility with nearly 350 units and six parking stalls at 101 Sitterly Road. Upon completion, the new facility will nearly double the businesses operations.
Company officials first announced their expansion plans last year. In August 2018, according to a deed filed in the Saratoga County Clerk's office, Equinox Companies, the Albany-based property management company that owns Exit 9 Storage, purchased 1.52 acres in town for $740,500.
Eric King, president of Equinox Companies, said that Exit 9 Storage was one of the first storage companies in the area when it opened decades ago.
Its existing location has 415 units of varying sizes, ranging from walk-in closet-sized to units large enough to house trucks and boats.
The operation offers customers a gated storage facility with on-site management at least five days a week and video surveillance. Clients have access to their units 24 hours a day.
The new facility will have a more sophisticated heating and cooling system, said King, and much of the new technology that will be implemented into the storage will simply make the storage process for customers more comfortable.
"Going back earlier, maybe they had central air, or central heating, but that didn't really get into all the units," King said. "So I think because of the technology the system is going to be making it more comfortable for tenants."
New to the expansion will be the ability to store wine in units as well. King explained that his son, who lives in Southern California, introduced him to the wine storage idea. According to King, self storage facilities that can handle wine storage are nonexistent in upstate New York, with only a handful of themn existing new New York City.
"We're going to start that, with the idea of expansion," King said.
Other new ideas include the possible inclusion of a vehicle option that customers can use to transport their belongings in and out of storage, since most customers only live a few miles away from where they store their things, King said.
He noted that staying competitive in the business was an ongoing challenge, and explained that his plans for his own storage company usually incorporated facets that he saw other self storage businesses lack. But one of the most crucial parts of the expansion plans is the building's close proximity to the Northway. The business, he said, will be highly visible.
"I think we have a great location, but we also have a great exposure," he said.
The plan is to start construction on the new facility by fall, with a tentative opening for business in the spring, King said, noting that it depends on how quickly the company can get its building permit. If all goes well, King said this will ideally not be the final time that the business grows.
"Hopefully down the road we'll do another expansion," he said.