Board gives green light for new storage facilities in Mukwonago

By Brandon Anderegg - Freeman Staff

Feb. 15, 2018

 This rendering illustrates some of the Storage Werks facility features, including a gate with key code access and heavy landscaping to make the grounds blend in with the architectural culture of the area, according to Storage Werks owner Andy Reahm.
Submitted rendering

MUKWONAGO — The Village Board approved a conditional use permit for a new indoor mini-warehouse storage facility on the east side of Mukwonago Drive and north of Bay View Road, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.

The new storage facility will offer 52,868 square feet of personal storage space split among nine elongated buildings with pitched asphalt shingled roofs and faux opaque windows that face the exterior of the facility, according to the Tuesday Plan Commission minutes.

Storage Werks owner Andy Reahm said the storage space will be secured with gated access control and Web-based, motion activated cameras. Clients would receive a key code to gain access to the facility and storage space would be leased on a short-term month-to-month basis, he said.

“From a technological aspect, we’ll also have a kiosk that is open to our clients 24 hours a day,” said Reahm. “They can do everything from rent the unit to make payments and also hit a button and get a live person for any questions.”

But these units won’t be the typical orange door and gravel road storage facilities that often come to mind, said Reahm. The conceptual plan shows that the facility will almost look like boarding houses with a tan exterior and white-trimmed faux windows. Moreover, the company intends on having a small office with a retail component, according to the plan of operations.

“What we’re trying to provide is more of a retail type of experience,” said Reahm. “What we have is an office that sells boxes and tape and all the other pieces to compliment storage needs.”

Reahm said another notable difference is that storage units will have movable, lockable pins, so units can be expanded to accommodate the needs of clients. The company is also exploring having units where climate can be regulated.

Storage Werks plans to break ground this spring and begin leasing units by the fall, according to Reahm. While this will be the first Storage Werks facility in Mukwonago, the company has two other locations in Lisbon and Cedarburg.