The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Economic Development Authority is making room for more storage units at its Carlsborg Self Storage facility.
Kyle Johnson, the executive director of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe EDA, said there is a shortage of self-storage units in the area and its facility at 292 Business Park Loop is at 100 percent occupancy and has a wait list for storage units.
“Everybody seems to have waiting lists,” he said.
“It seems a lot of folks end up calling around hoping to get on a list or if they’re lucky enough someone is moving their stuff out so they can get in.”
Carlsborg Self Storage holds 180 units of various sizes, from small (5’ x 5’) to large (10’ x 35’) units, and it is in the process of building 45 more units that will tentatively be finished by May 1.
Over the last several years, Johnson said the business has had to turn away several hundred interested clients due to its full occupancy. He said there are a few other storage unit options in town, such as a facility on Taylor Cutoff Road and on North Sequim Avenue, and it does refer clients there when it is full.
This full occupancy has prompted the EDA to build more self-storage units in its facility to meet the growing demand.
“We see there’s a need and we’re just trying to maximize space as much as possible,” he said.
Johnson said the reasoning behind the high demand for self-storage units varies. Some clients are retired and are downsizing their home, some are moving to the area and need somewhere to store their belongings while they look for a home, or clients do not have space on their property for storage.
Ben Neff, EDA operations manager, said the Carlsborg facility is in high demand for its larger, indoor storage units.
“It was time for us to expand,” Neff said.
“At any given time there might be one or two open, but we quickly fill those.”
Some of the features of the Carlsborg Self Storage units include a gated entrance into the facility, 24/7 camera security and some have temperature control.
Johnson said the EDA has contracted with Trachte Building Systems, Inc., a company that specializes in making high quality storage units.
“We really want to make sure that people feel comfortable and safe with leaving their belongings here,” he said.
Some of the units that will become available in May range from 10’ x 20’, 10’ x 25’ and 10’ x 30’, Neff said. The Tribe also will have a few extra large specialized units built for its storage needs as well.
The EDA has been in the process of establishing these units since 2017.
“We thought this project was going to be a lot easier than it was but it’s been a challenge,” Johnson said.
Building out these storage units has been a large source of employment for other businesses, Johnson added, such as employing businesses to install concrete and drywall, contracting electricians, pavers, plumbers and more.
“It’s employed a whole group of people just for a project of this size.”