American Self Storage Expands to Sweetwater, Tennessee

Loudon County-based American Self Storage has opened a new location in Sweetwater, with plans for an expansion in the works.

American opened a facility on New Highway 68, in Sweetwater, this July and has 100 units in operation, including 33 climate-controlled units. The company’s original location is on Gamble Street, in Loudon.

Owner Andy Hodges said they chose Sweetwater because of the high occupancy rates at existing facilities in the community, many of which did not have room to expand. American bought 9 acres on New Highway 68, and plans to open two additional buildings with a total of 70 units by Thanksgiving. They are also planning to add 25 covered spaces for boats and RVs.

“When it’s completely done, this property will be able to hold around 660 units,” Hodges said. “We’re just going to be building as they fill up.”

Hodges said that when the addition is opened in November, the company also plans to install a 40-foot flagpole and a large American flag, along with a plaque that pays tribute to fallen police officers.

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Three-story self-storage project approved on Northshore Drive, in Knoxville

Credit: Barry Byrd Architecture

Knoxville planners have approved a three-story self-storage facility on Northshore Drive.

Last month, the Metropolitan Planning Commission heard an application for the project, which would be located behind the Knoxville Cleaners building. According to the application, the climate-controlled storage facility would include a total of 103,512 square feet of space. The approval was granted on the condition that a landscape architect work with MPC on a plan to buffer the building on the front and back sides.

The 4-acre property on Northshore Drive has been listed for sale at a price of $1.25 million.

Knoxville has seen several climate-controlled self-storage facilities in the development pipeline in recent months. In July, a Memphis REIT announced it will invest $9.1 million in a proposed 758-unit self storage facility near West Town Mall.

Meanwhile, a group that includes Ed Campbell and Ed Drummond recently opened Climate Storage, a three-story facility at the intersection of Hardin Valley Road and the Pellissippi Parkway. The same group is currently developing another multi-story facility at Middlebrook Pike and Joe Hinton Road.

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