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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MCSS Self Storage Expands Development Reach in South Florida

Update 2/14/17 - MCSS has purchased a property in Davie, Fla., on which it plans to build a self-storage facility. The parcel at 5678 S. University Drive is the 12th development site in South Florida the company has acquired, according to a press release.

The facility will comprise 100,000 net rentable square feet of storage space in more than 1,000 climate-controlled units. It will be managed by a national real estate investment trust.

"This puts MCSS on track to reaching its goal of 15 to 20 urban-infill self-storage projects in South Florida," Massirman said.

MCSS is pursuing other development opportunities in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and is on track to build more than 2 million square feet of self-storage in South Florida, the release stated.

12/20/16 - MCSS has opened three self-storage facilities in South Florida comprising more than 227,000 square feet in 2,536 units. One asset is in Coconut Grove, with the other two in Miami. The properties are:

  • 2434 S.W. 28th Lane in Coconut Grove, comprising 72,688 square feet in 849 units
  • 590 N.W. 137th Ave. in Miami, comprising 75,000 square feet in 879 units
  • 1103 S.W. 3rd Ave. in Miami, comprising 80,000 square feet in 808 units

MCSS is on pace to develop up to 20 self-storage facilities in the region. Planned facilities will serve Davie, Doral, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines and Sweetwater, according to a press release. "Leasing is progressing on schedule, and we have seven more projects in the immediate development pipeline," Massirman said.

In addition to development in South Florida, MCSS has partnered with Dallas-based commercial real estate firm Cypress Equities under the name Pacific Storage Partners to pursue self-storage developments in California, the release stated.

9/16/16 - MCSS Self Storage has acquired four parcels adjacent to another property it owns in Coconut Grove for $7.1 million. The land currently houses four contiguous single-story retail buildings at 2460, 2500, 2520 and 2600 S.W. 28th Lane, comprising about 23,000 square feet. The developer intends to demolish the existing structures and build a 150,000-square-foot self-storage facility offering about 100,000 net rentable square feet of space, the source reported. The zoning on the land allows up to eight stories.

Google Maps indicates the parcels are adjacent to 2434 S.W. 28th Lane on which MCSS broke ground on an eight-story, 80,000-square-foot facility in December. It's unclear if the developer plans to build two separate facilities or if it will expand the project currently underway.

The parcels were purchased from Dennis Leaton, a real estate investor who also owns Worth Galleries, one of four retail businesses on the property. The antique store and other businesses will move off the premises after MCSS secures its building permits, probably in the next six to nine months, Massirman told the source. MCSS hopes to open the self-storage facility by summer or fall 2018. It will be managed by a national real estate investment trust, according to a press release.

The developer has 11 self-storage projects currently in its pipeline and is nearing a joint-venture agreement that would enable MCSS to pursue development opportunities in New England and along the West Coast, according to Massirman. "Right now we're cautious of where we are in the cycle, and we're cautious of other players getting into the business. We're looking for the highest barrier-to-entry markets," he told the source.

12/22/15 - MCSS Self Storage LLC, a South Florida-based joint venture, broke ground this month on three development projects in Brickell, Coconut Grove and Sweetwater, Fla. The facilities will comprise a combined 300,000 net rentable square feet, according to a company press release. They are:

  • 270 S.W. 11th St. in Brickell, which broke ground on Dec. 16, will feature an eight-story, 111,600-square-foot facility. Financing was secured through PNC Bank.
  • 2434 S.W. 28th Lane in Coconut Grove, which broke ground on Dec. 9, will feature an eight-story, 80,000-square-foot facility. Financing was secured through TD Bank.
  • Corner of S.W. 137th Avenue and S.W. 6th Street in Sweetwater, which broke ground on Dec. 1, will feature a five-story, 100,000-square-foot facility. Financing was secured through PNC Bank.

"We are thrilled to break ground in three different locations for our facilities before the end of the year," said Jay Massirman, managing director at MCSS. "With these new facilities under construction, we are positioning MCSS for continued growth and expansion in 2016."

Each of the facilities will offer about 1,000 units and be managed by an unidentified self-storage real estate investment trust, according to the release. The properties were acquired in 2014 and 2015.

Formerly known as Miami City Self Storage LLC, MCSS launched earlier this year by real estate veterans David Blum, Stephen Garchik, Massirman and Steve McBride. The company's goal is to develop and manage urban-infill self-storage facilities within densely populated areas of South Florida, the release stated. MCSS is actively pursuing new development opportunities.

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