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New self-storage facility now open in downtown Morris

Morris Downtown Storage in former Beatty Lumber yard

Published: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 5:00 a.m. CST

The name says it all. Morris Downtown Storage is exactly that: a self-storage facility located on 888 Wauponsee St., Morris, in what used to be a portion of the former I.N.R. Beatty Lumber yard.

Vacant since that fateful day in 2010 when Beatty Lumber left town, the area is being utilized once more.

“The property was the right fit,” said Brian Cleek, owner of Morris Downtown Storage and vice president of Cleek Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., “People in downtown Morris really don’t have a place to store their large items. Now they’re just walking distance away, very convenient.”

New storage units stand within the fenced area under the scrutiny of lights and 24-hour surveillance cameras. There are three sizes of units — 12 units sized 9 feet by 20 feet; eight units that are 10 feet by 16 feet; and two large units that can store such massive items as recreational vehicles.

Space availability can be found at www.morrisdowntownstorage.com.

Since the storage units are rented on a monthly basis, convertible owners can protect their vehicles during the harsh winter months. The downtown location is perfect for those vintage car enthusiasts who want to store their precious autos until the next Morris Cruise Night.

As a result of business growth, Cleek Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning will move in the near future to the large office building housed alongside the Morris Downtown Storage units.

“We’re thrilled that the redevelopment project has went so well and so fast. Sometimes a property can sit forever,” said of Morris Building and Zoning Officer Bill Cheshareck.

“We’re glad that Cleek stepped up and invested in the community.”

The property was broken up and sold in pieces, which has resulted in three businesses being established in downtown Morris.

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