WORK is well underway on what will eventually be one of the biggest storage unit operations on South Coast, with plans for 500 individual units at South Nowra.
Brett Beverley Developments have been undertaking planning work with Shoalhaven City Council on the project for 12 months, with construction now starting.
The units, which will range in size from one metre by one metre, to a garage sized six metres by five metres, will be housed in two large buildings on Central Avenue, west of Harvey Norman.
Mr Beverley has joined with one of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest storage companies, Storage King.
The multi-storey units will be completely contained inside the buildings, with access available 24 hours a day.
Mr Beverley said the complex would feature the latest technology, from security to keypad access, even to the how customers could pay for their storage units.
“Customers will be able to drive their vehicles in between the two buildings, fully under cover and fully secure,” Mr Beverley said.
“For our female customers the area is secure at all times and CCTV will record who comes and goes.
“Once a customer has entered their keycode the hallways to their storage units will be automatically lit.
“It’s all controlled by the latests, state of the art computer and security systems.”
He said the project would employ 20 people during the construction/development phase and once completed and operational would provide employment for a number of full time staff in the day to day running of the complex, as well as cleaners and security staff.
“We will be using all local tradespeople on the project,” he said.
“We will have local electricians, gyprockers, painters, technical assistants. A real shot in the arm for the local building industry and then ongoing.”
Mr Beverley said more than a million dollars had already been invested in the project.
“We had a few issues around fire regulations and such but we worked through them with council and with consulting engineers and now into the construction phase,” he said.
The complex is expected to be opened mid year.