Storage Goes Green in Westchester - Local Businessmen Unveil Modern, Solar-Powered, 48,000-Square-Foot Facility, Marking a New Era in Self Storage

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Westchester ushers in a new kind of storage environment with Thornwood Self Storage Center. The Center is a state-of-the-art, 48,000-square-foot facility, with green features ranging from rooftop solar panels to an energy-saving, motion-sensored lighting system. The environmentally-friendly building also provides high-tech climate control and security systems to ensure a safe haven for personal valuables and business storage needs.

Westchester ushers in a new kind of storage environment with Thornwood Self Storage Center. The Center is a state-of-the-art, 48,000-square-foot facility, with green features ranging from rooftop solar panels to an energy-saving, motion-sensored lighting system. The environmentally-friendly building also provides high-tech climate control and security systems to ensure a safe haven for personal valuables and business storage needs. The facility is the brainchild of local real estate developers Dan Kasman and Michael Gyory, who are committed to the health and improvement of the environment.

With this latest endeavor, Kasman and Gyory, Westchester residents and longtime business partners, seek to broaden their portfolio of locally relevant projects by raising the bar in self storage. These trailblazers have a proven track record in the self storage arena, having built and operated the highly-successful Katonah Self Storage Center, which they sold in 2005. That facility was similarly one step ahead of the curve, incorporating such details as a high-tech personalized security alarm system and a specialty wine storage facility in a customer-friendly SoHo loft setting.

"We wanted Thornwood Self Storage Center to reflect our long-term and deep commitment to the local community and to energy conservation," said Kasman. "The opportunity to address growing consumer demand for eco-friendly services is extremely rewarding."

Kasman and Gyory engaged the services of NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) certified engineers O'Dea, Lynch, Abbattista Consulting Engineers, PC, Hawthorne, NY, to facilitate the energy-efficient development of the building in accordance with NYSERDA guidelines.

During the conversion from its previous use as a health club, 95 percent of the building's structure was reused, and construction debris was recycled and reclaimed in an effort to reduce the impact on landfills. Converting the building to a storage facility will also reduce traffic congestion and auto emissions by more than 80 percent.

The three-story facility, which has 360 climate-controlled units that measure from 25-square-feet to more than 400-square-feet, boasts state-of-the-art rooftop solar panels and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. The facility offers recyclable and/or biodegradable packing materials and uses only environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Local vegetation has been planted around the facility to eliminate the need for an underground irrigation system.

"These green practices help to dramatically decrease energy consumption, save natural resources and provide a better experience for customers and employees, at no additional cost," said Gyory. Thornwood Self Storage Center has several outreach-based initiatives and partnerships with environmental organizations in development. "We also feel it is important to raise awareness of good environmental practices among members of our local community."

Thornwood Self Storage Center also features a high-tech security system, on-site power backup, and an aerodynamically-designed, dual alternative fuel truck. On-site staff will provide hands-on, customer friendly service, which is another hallmark initiative of the owners. The project was funded with a $4.3 million construction loan from Wells-Fargo Bank, NA.

Thornwood Self Storage, which will open for business in August 2009, is located at 950 Broadway, Thornwood, NY, and is easily accessible from the Saw Mill River and Sprain Brook parkways. The facility is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; and Sunday, 10am-2pm. Insurance is available, and all major credit cards are accepted.

For additional information, visit http://www.storagegoesgreen.com or http://www.thornwoodselfstoragecenter.com, or call 914-769-6960.

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