They say everything is bigger in Texas, and certainly our company’s commitment to the Houston community is huge. In fact, Public Storage is growing so fast here that we’ve opened more than one new storage facility here, on average, every month so far in 2019.
This includes rebuilding and reopening Houston-area storage facilities closed due to Hurricane Harvey, one of the most destructive storms on record in the U.S. It also takes in locations we bought, such as one that opened this month in Katy, Texas, just west of town.
We now have 10% more locations to choose from than the same time last year, all in one of our largest markets.
We know the area is growing fast, and we’re here to help. Public Storage has been in the community more than 35 years, and today we have 124 locations in greater Houston.
“As Houston has grown, Public Storage has grown with it,”; said Tim Stanley, senior vice president of capital investments.
Our newest location is Public Storage 1001 S. Mason Rd., Katy, TX 77450, a storage facility we bought, with 500 units, including some with climate controlled storage in a town just west of Houston proper.
Climate Controlled Houston Storage
We also made a commitment, along with the greater Houston community, to come back stronger than ever after Hurricane Harvey two years ago. We took the opportunity to enlarge and upgrade our offerings, adding more Houston climate controlled storage units, and designing buildings with water in mind.
We moved units indoors; raised entire facilities to higher ground; and improved drainage with the goal of catching water before it reaches our grand new offerings.
In short, we floated better options for H-town residents in storage castles fit for a king, or queen. Some of the locations were 30 years old, and much smaller, and they now have become new, high-end resources to support the community.
“Customers are really pleased with the new properties. They still remember Harvey, and we have received quite a few customers back to store with us who were previously affected by the flood at these properties,”; said area manager Indah Grady. “Those customers are excited to see the new buildings on much higher ground, and the additional drainage.”;
New Houston-Area Public Storage Facilities
Today we have more than 120 Houston-area storage facilities to choose from. Here are the 12 newest members of the Public Storage family that opened over the last year.
The Big Heart is Growing Strong
Houston has many nicknames, but none is more touching than the Big Heart, earned in 2005 when the neighboring state of Louisiana was hit by another devastating hurricane, Katrina. At the time, Houston became a refuge for people who needed shelter, including at its Astrodome sports arena. For some the city offered a new start.
No one knew at the time that just a few years later Houston would be home to another of the two most damaging hurricanes in U.S. History.
“One thing that strikes me is the resilience of the Houston community,”; said Stanley.
With an estimated population of more than 2 million, Houston has grown by 11% over eight years, according to the U.S. Census. That growth includes some who moved here from New Orleans after Katrina.
It also has one of the fastest job-growth rates in the country, with a 2.8% increase in a single year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many large companies are still headquartered here, including Phillips 66, Sysco and Conoco Phillips.
The Houston Business Journal’s Crane Report currently shows a flurry of activity in the Houston metro area, with dozens of construction projects ranging from apartments to offices and retail centers.
In short, the Capital of the Sunbelt is a hot place, and we are excited to be a part of it still, helping residents in good times and in bad.