By Delaware County Redevelopment Fee—
DELAWARE COUNTY, Indiana – When Joshua and Sarah Shaffer regarded for a spot to retailer their new RV for the winter, they couldn’t discover one inside a two-hour drive.
In order that they determined to construct a facility for indoor leisure car storage, proper of their residence city of Albany, Indiana.
Household First Indoor RV and Boat Storage, the Shaffers’ new, built-from-the-ground-up enterprise, opens at 1090 W. Walnut Avenue – alongside Indiana 67 within the city of Albany – with a ribbon chopping and open home set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
The Shaffers’ new enterprise is the most recent improvement for the city of Albany, in northeastern Delaware County, and the most recent venture promoted by the Delaware County commissioners and the city of Albany.
The brand new facility consists of two buildings with a complete of 30 bays for RV and boat storage. The all-indoor storage areas vary from 14 ft by 40 ft to 18 ft by 54 ft and month-to-month rental ranges from $300 to $475, with an extra $50 if the client desires their house heated. Different, in-between sizes are additionally out there.
The Shaffers, who’ve two kids, Xavier (8) and Blakely (5), are lifelong residents of the Albany space. Joshua’s household have farmed and raised livestock in Delaware County for greater than half a century. The Shaffers are graduates of Monroe Central Excessive Faculty and have been married since 2010.
“My spouse and I purchased our first camper final fall and we didn’t construct a pole barn, however we wished to retailer it inside,” Joshua mentioned. “There was an in depth wait listing to get it into storage on the Delaware County Fairgrounds. We began trying to find different inside storage and the closest we might discover was north of Angola.
“After driving as much as get it within the spring, I informed my spouse, ‘We’re constructing storage models.’”
Joshua Shaffer mentioned the enterprise – and its title – was good for them.
“We’re household folks,” he mentioned. “We trip with our children and we’re household first, and we expect lots of people within the space really feel the identical.”
Shannon Henry, a longtime Albany official and a Delaware County commissioner, agreed that indoor storage for giant boats and campers might be almost unimaginable to seek out within the space.
“We have now a number of storage services right here in Delaware County, however I don’t assume there’s any of that measurement that may maintain massive autos,” Henry mentioned. “That is type of distinctive.”
The Shaffers thought-about some current buildings in Albany, together with the construction on the property the place they finally constructed Household First Indoor RV and Boat Storage. The property had been the positioning of the Albany Ford dealership and repair middle for many years, till properly into the 1970s. Extra lately, it was the positioning of T&T Software and Stamping, which closed a few years in the past.
“Initially we went in with the intention of utilizing the constructing, however with the way in which the metal beams have been arrange, we might solely get 4 bays in,” Shaffer mentioned.
The Shaffers purchased the property in March, razed the outdated constructing in April and commenced building of the 2 new buildings in June, with work being accomplished in time for the September 1 ribbon chopping.
Every constructing is 224 ft lengthy and every storage unit has its personal bay entrance with safe entry. The property is fenced and the gate operates with a key card, providing 24-hour entry.
The property is adjoining to McDonald’s and near different downtown Albany companies.
Albany City Council member Steve Corridor mentioned city residents and officers are happy with the way in which Household First Indoor RV and Boat Storage seems to be and the way it represents the city.
“The property seems to be good, the enterprise seems to be good,” Corridor mentioned. “It’s an asset as you come into city.
“We have now storage models on the town, however the Shaffers’ enterprise is geared for boats and RVs, and that gives a special alternative for folks. Anytime you may take websites not in use anymore and make these productive venues and get them again on the tax rolls, that helps the city’s assessed valuation and tax base.
“We’re glad to see that enterprise come into city and that firm investing in Albany,” Corridor added.
Henry mentioned the brand new facility “may have folks coming from throughout, bringing their motor houses for storage, stopping by our eating places and visiting the downtown.”
Household First Indoor RV and Boat Storage isn’t the Shaffer household’s first funding in Albany. Joshua and Sarah Shaffer have been preliminary buyers with Joshua’s father, Clyde Shaffer, in Pete’s Bar and Grill, previously Pete’s Duck Inn. Joshua Shaffer mentioned that he and Sarah discontinued their involvement in Pete’s to give attention to constructing the brand new storage facility.
Clyde Shaffer additionally owns the previous McCormick Brothers Firm constructing, one of many largest industrial constructions in Albany. McCormick Brothers made kitchen and fridge fixtures for many of the 20thcentury, closing within the early 1970s. Since that point, a paper merchandise firm used a portion of the constructing.
Clyde Shaffer has plans to open a marriage venue and catering enterprise within the McCormick constructing.
“Albany’s at all times been our city,” Joshua Shaffer mentioned. “Placing cash into it simply made sense.”