By Rachel Phillips
The father and son team of Tom and Wayne Samascott recently built a new climate-controlled storage center o n Ballard Road, near Northway Exit 16.
Northway Exit 16 Self Storage offers clients a convenient access as it is located just 1,000 feet down from the exit.
Tom and Wayne Samascott are president and vice president, respectively, of Malta Development Co. They opened the storage center in March.
“I have been interested in doing self-storage for the past several years and the opportunity to by this project came along,” Wayne Samascott said. “We liked the location. Ballard Road gets a lot of traffic.”
The center contains 48,400 square feet of rentable space, with units ranging from 5×5 feet, up to 13×20 feet. In addition to heated and air-conditioned units, clients will have 24/7 access.
Units are monitored by a security camera system that covers every part of the building. Renting units can be done online at northwayexit16selfstorage.com. Upon rental, clients receive a code to access the building without ever having to interact with anyone. The center even accepts package deliveries for clients, and will place the deliveries in their units for them.
Munter Enterprises of Middle Grove did the construction, which was completed just before the quarantine began.
According to Samascott, “We actually opened the same day the governor shut down the state. Timing was terrible due to that.”
Despite that, Samascott believes business is going well. “We have rented 15 units since opening. This is much slower than we would like, but I think it is OK considering the word we are in right now.”
Though this is the first storage center the Samascotts have opened, they have their eye out for another location. In addition, they have already been approved to expand an additional 75,000 square feet of storage at the Ballard Road site if they so choose.