This biggest story in the self storage industry this week was that the US Supreme Court agreed to consider hearing the case of Nicholas Sprayregen, owner of four Tuck-It-Away Self Storage facilities in New York City. Sprayregen has been entangled in a two year legal battle with Columbia University who wanted to buy his property to expand their campus in West Harlem. Sprayregen and two other property owners refused to sell for 6 years. On Friday, the Supreme Court announced it would consider hearing the case but just this morning, they have said they decided against it and Columbia is free to use the eminent domain statutes to buy Sprayregen’s property. Eminent domain allows the purchase of private property at a fair market value under the auspices of improving a community. Previous court rulings declared the neighborhood “blighted” and thus Columbia’s claim of eminent domain valid.
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- Two drug sniffing dogs and their law enforcement handlers found 50 pounds of marijuana and two ounces of cocaine in a storage unit in Stateline, Nevada. The value of the drugs is estimated to be $155,000. No arrests have been made.
- An arrest has been made in the case of a York, Pennsylvania armed robbery self storage facility that took place in July. Christopher Stafford, 38, has been arrested and charged with robbery and aggravated assault for holding the facility cashier at gunpoint.
- On Sunday, Baltimore firefighters squelched a blaze in a self storage warehouse in that city. The fire began just before 6AM only a block fro, where Baltimore Ravens fans tailgate before home games. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is as of yet undetermined.
- An in follow up news, Los Angeles police have a “person of interest” in the case of Pete Sampras‘ championship trophies from a self storage unit in West L.A., but no arrest has been made.