Storage facility proposed for Mundelein's south side

  • A company wants to build a storage facility in an industrial park on Mundelein's south side.

      A company wants to build a storage facility in an industrial park on Mundelein's south side. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Updated 5/14/2018 8:07 PM

A storage facility for classic cars, boats and recreational vehicles could be headed to Mundelein's south side.

But storage isn't the only possible use for the spaces at the tentatively named Industrial Flex Condominiums. The units also could be converted into offices, hobby spaces or art studios -- or even leisure spaces with televisions, couches and refrigerators.


"Think the ultimate man cave," Village Administrator John Lobaito said.

A Denver company called Big Door Holdings wants to build the facility on Wilhelm Road west of Reidel Road. It would occupy about 2 acres of land that's now vacant.

The facility, which would be the company's first, would consist of three buildings, totaling 38,000 square feet. Between 30 and 40 units are planned, Big Door representative Dave Miller told the village board during a presentation Monday night at village hall.

Whereas people traditionally rent self-storage units, Industrial Flex's spaces would be for sale. Car and antique collectors are common purchasers at other facilities of this type, Miller said.

"We really feel there's a potential for this to be a value to the community," Miller said.

Similar facilities have opened in Colorado, Florida and Texas, according to village documents.

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The units could range from 500 square feet to 2,500 square feet. Each unit would be individually climate-controlled and could have water, electricity, internet access and other amenities.

Prices could range from $80,000 to more than $200,000, Big Door representative John Victor said.

Because the units would be individually owned, each would generate property tax annually for the village.

The land now is zoned for general manufacturing. A zoning variation would be needed to allow recreational activity there, Mundelein Community Development Director Amanda Orenchuk said.

Trustees took no action on the proposal Monday but informally gave it their support.

Trustee Dawn Abernathy said she loves the concept but worried about people using the spaces for parties.

Trustee Bill Rekus voiced concern about people turning the units into living spaces or auto repair shops.

"Other than that, I think it's a great idea," he said.

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