Self-storage facility coming to Sunderland

Recorder Staff
Published: 9/28/2017 9:49:19 PM

SUNDERLAND — Curious about the construction on Route 116? A small self-storage facility is moving to Amherst Road, not far from the town center.

“I’ve been working on the project just over three years. We broke ground a few months ago, and we should be done by mid-November,” said Rick Strong, who co-owns the future Sugarloaf Storage with his wife, Julie.

The facility will be small, about 4.5 acres, and consist of six to nine buildings, with about 175 storage units, according to municipal records. Rick Strong, who also runs the 190-unit Sunderland Self Storage about a mile down the road, first presented before the Zoning Board of Appeals July 2014. A special permit was granted one year later, August 2015.

Strong got the idea to start another business because “I tell about 200 to 250 people every spring that I don’t have storage for them. When you tell that many people there’s no storage available, you’ve gotta do something about it,” he said.

The permit was given with nine stipulations, including covering drainage requirements, a curb cut onto state-owned Route 116, shielded lighting, access keys be given to public safety organizations, and no outside storage is allowed.

Buildings must also be painted in “muted colors and should try to match the coloring of the nearby Sunderland Elementary School,” says the permit.

This isn’t the first business Strong has run. Along with Sunderland Self Storage, Strong was behind 10 Bridge Street Cafe and Restaurant in Shelburne Falls, and the former New to You Family Boutiques in Sunderland, which his wife also co-owned. Julie Strong currently owns her own business, Cocktails and Paradise Cruise and Travel.

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