Construction Today - May 2017 - 38
Commercial | GROW YOUR STORAGE LLC
GYS LLC EMERGES AS A STRONG
PLAYER IN NEW MEXICO AND
COLORADO. BY ALAN DORICH
ore than 20 years ago,
self-storage buildings were
often built on the edges of
towns and on sites that could
be cheaply purchased. But times have
changed since those "good old days," Lee
"That whole process has evolved now to
where we are targeting infill development
in hard-to-entitle sites," he says. "The most
important component of the business is
locating your property in the right place."
Fredrick is a partner in Grow Your Storage
LLC (GYS LLC), a self-storage specialist firm
that offers development and entitlement
services, construction design and management, and property management. He
founded the company in 1995.
"We started off as a very mom-and-pop
operation," Fredrick recalls, noting that GYS
LLC has become a more institutional operation that has built nine facilities to date.
"We have emerged as a very strong player
in Colorado and the Houston-San Antonio
corridor of Texas."
GYS LLC achieved that status through
its vertically integrated business model,
Partner Brandon Grebe says. "We have Grow
Grow Your Storage LLC
* Annual project volume: $35 million
* Headquarters: Fort Collins and
Colorado Springs, Colo.
* Employees: 6
"The most important component
of e business is locating your
property in e ight place."
- Lee Fredrick, partner
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» GYS LLC offers development/entitlement, construction design/management and property management services.
Your Storage Development, Grow Your
Storage General Contracting and Grow Your
Storage Property Management," he says.
"GYS General Contracting was created
to not only build our internal GYS Development projects, but also set up to be a
best-in-class general contractor and build
third-party self-storage facilities for our
clients," he says. " With the focus of this
company being solely on the self-storage
industry, this is a very streamlined and
intentional general contracting company
that knows the in and outs of building a
great self-storage facility.
"There's synergies that come along with
that," he continues, noting that one branch
can advise the other. "Stacking those services
is the strongest benefit of our company."
Breaking the Barrier
GYS LLC's current projects include its
Timberline Self Storage location in Fort
Collins, Colo. "It is an infill development in
a difficult-to-access location," Fredrick says,
noting that the project required a 14-month
entitlement period, including approval for
planning and zoning.
"It is a complex development project
with Fort Collins having a tight barrier to
entry in general," Grebe admits, adding