Massive self-storage units seem to be everywhere in the Bradenton area these days and more are coming. Developers recently filed paperwork with Manatee County Development Services to build three more within a two-mile span off State Road 64 East:
▪ Largo Lifestorage plans to build a three-story, 132,500-square-foot facility at 911 64th St. Ct. E., on the southwest corner of Interstate 75 and S.R. 64 near Wendy’s.
▪ Core Suncoast LLC plans to build a three-story 89,910-square-foot facility at 8030 State Road 64 E., across the road from a Dairy Queen.
▪ Stor All State Road 64 LLC plans to build a 68,124-square-foot unit at 9408 State Road 64 E., across from Haile Middle School.
“These are hot properties. There is going to continue to be a demand for self storage units,” Mike Snipes, an economics instructor at USF Sarasota-Manatee, previously told the Bradenton Herald. The boom in self storage units has been driven by the influx of new residents and the nationwide run-up in the housing market. Driven in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic, that boom has only recently shown signs of cooling due in part to rising interest rates. But the conventional wisdom is that Florida will continue to be an attractive location for retirees and working people who can often work remotely.