PLATTSBURGH — With 8-foot-tall doors that are easy to roll up, they are spacious enough to store cars and small boats.
"We have more demand for car and boat storage than we have room for," he said.
The business has been very popular with college students, who receive a special rate. Word about the facility spread rapidly through word of mouth.
"We were bombarded with college kids," Allen said.
Allen said the business has been well received by the neighbors. They were pleased to see the former bakery property put back in use and spruced up.
There are presently three employees working there for both Lucenda and Lee Custom Homes II. Allen said the expansion could lead to two additional jobs.
Allen said they received variances and a special-use permit from the City of Plattsburgh Zoning Board of Appeals that allow for an inadequate number of parking spaces, multiple principal structures on one property and excess square footage.
"They really worked well with us," Allen said of the Zoning Board.
He said the City Planning Board process also went smoothly.
Allen said unlike the hectic pace of their home-building business, managing the self-storage facility is a joy.
"It's just a fun business," he said.
They have even been hired to build houses for two of the storage customers.
City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said he was pleased Lucenda was expanding and supported the initial conversion of the former Bouyea Bakery building in 2009.
"During these difficult times, businesses that expand and create jobs are very welcome in the city," he said.
The mayor used to work at the bakery and is pleased with the property's new look.
"This business has transitioned the property very positively," he said.
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