Storage facility going up on Willow Lane

80 units planned to start, with potential up to 250

Brady Van Deurzen,

Contributed Photo Construction on a new storage facility on Willow Lane in the town of Washington is ahead of schedule. D.S. Storage Facilities expects the 80-unit facility to be ready by Aug. 1.

Work is progressing quickly on a new storage facility in the town of Washington.

D.S. Storage Facilities officially broke ground July 1 for an 80-unit complex on 5 acres at W5324 Willow Lane, and owner David Schreiter said the project is ahead of schedule.

“We had originally planned for the facility to open either Sept. 1 or Aug. 15,” Schreiter said. “Weather has been very good, which has allowed us to push up the opening date to Aug. 1.”

The new facility’s units will come in a variety of sizes: 10 feet by 20 feet, 10 by 30, 10 by 50, and 13 by 45.

Schreiter said the varying sizes provide flexibility for storage needs, like “commercial, a car, boats or even more personal stuff.”

Monthly rentals will range from $65-$150.

The site will include security cameras, fencing and an asphalt parking lot. Schreiter declined to disclose the cost of the project, which ultimately could accommodate up to 250 units if needed.

Schreiter, who owns five other storage facilities in the Appleton area, said it was easy to work with local officials on the project.

“The town of Washington’s Town Board and the Shawano County planning committee were all very helpful with the project,” Schreiter said. “They have made this project so easy, and usually when you start construction on a building like this, they are never easy.”

Although there are at least six other storage facilities in the area, Schreiter decided there was sufficient demand for one more after he and his wife purchased a year-round home in Shawano.

Schreiter said his business feels “more like fun than work,” so he decided to take his work with him to Shawano.

For his new project, Schreiter sought out the help of Cody VandeWettering, a project manager for Keller Inc., a design/build general contractor based in Kaukauna.

Schreiter said VandeWettering is a friend whom he has worked with several times.

“We have a great relationship because it is built on trust,” VandeWettering said. “We get things done, we communicate well and it is just awesome.”

VandeWettering, who has been on the work site since the project began, said he noticed the response from the community almost immediately, and believes that Schreiter will do just fine in his new location.

“There is a definite need for storage in Shawano,” VandeWettering said. “The community reacted great to the project. So far I think Dave is getting booked pretty fast. He is really helping out the people, and I think that he will have no problem doing a great job.”


WHAT: D.S. Storage Facilities

WHERE: W5324 Willow Lane, Shawano.

WHEN: Anticipated opening is Aug. 1.

WHO: For information, call David Schreiter at 920-419-3991.