Wednesday, January 30, 2013

“We like to be on the corner of Main and Main,” he says. “It's no different than McDonald's.”

Yeah, no rat-shit.

Old Circuit City in Clybourn Corridor gets new lease on life
(Crain's) — A self-storage company has bought a mostly empty building in the Clybourn Corridor shopping district that once housed a Circuit City, paying about half of the $20 million owed on the property when its lender filed to foreclose two years ago.
 
A trust associated with Barrington-based Life Storage Centers LLC purchased the building at 1030 W. North Ave. for $10.8 million in March from a venture of Miami Beach, Fla.-based LNR Property LLC, a so-called special servicer of troubled loans, county records show.
Circuit City Stores Inc. once leased about 35,000 square feet, or 31 percent of the four-story, 114,000-square-foot building. But the electronics retailer closed the store in November 2008 and went out of business the following year.



By June 2010 the previous ownership group, led by Chicago furniture dealer Lloyd Stein, began missing payments on a securitized loan encumbering the building, according to a foreclosure suit a loan trustee filed in October of that year.
The LNR venture took ownership of the property in March 2011, according to a sheriff's deed. Mr. Stein did not return a call seeking comment.
Cheri Grossman, senior acquisitions officer for Chicago-based JRG Capital Partners LLC, which invests in underutilized urban properties, says Circuit City was likely seen by its lender as a stable retailer that would generate a reliable income steam. Circuit City began its lease in 2003, with the former owners taking out the loan the following year.


“You could see how you could get a loan that in today's market is hard to imagine,” she says. “But it was done based on the economics of the time.”
Ms. Grossman says JRG toured the property for a possible acquisition but ultimately decided not to bid because they don't have a specific use in mind for it.


“I definitely think it was priced based on the vacancy of the building and the need for a redevelopment,” says Christopher Barry, a co-owner of Life Storage.
Life Storage had been scouting for a site in the area for about five years, he says. He likes the location across from an Old Navy store and other retailers.


“We like to be on the corner of Main and Main,” he says. “It's no different than McDonald's.”
The project will include at least one level of self-storage, as well as retail and office space, Mr. Barry explains. The exact layout will depend on how leasing proceeds. He says one retailer was interested in taking the first two floors of the building; he declines to name the company.
Some of Life Storage's 18 current locations take a mixed-used approach, says Mr. Barry, while others are stand-alone storage facilities.


The Life Storage-affiliated trust in March borrowed $11.7 million from several individuals and a family trust that listed Chicago-based investment firm Performance Trust Capital Partners LLC as its address, county records show. A message left for a Performance Trust executive was not returned.
Mr. Barry says the loan will pay for interior and exterior enhancements, plus fund tenant improvement costs.
The property also includes a 200-space attached parking garage and a basement. Just one tenant, a gym, is currently leasing space in the structure, Mr. Barry says. It occupies about 10,000 square feet, according to real estate data provider CoStar Group Inc.



http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20120613/CRED03/120619928?template=printart
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This blog wonders just who these individuals are....


 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

THE STUPIDEST YELP PLANT EVER

  Hmmm...I have receipts, photos and witnesses....AND I use Twitter and The Reader, too....

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12/31/2012
Life Storage is the best! The only pest control problem they have is the crazy chick on Chicago Craigslist Rants and Raves that constly posts her lies. She couldn't pay her rent so the good folks at Life Storage locked her out. She got mad when they asked her to remove her trash from their property. Now, after creating a blog full of flat out lies, she is constantly posting her sob story on Craigslist. Check it out for yourselves.....she's a nut! I have been storing stuff at Life Storage for years. I use several of their locations and have never had a problem. They are the best in the business.
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 And YOU are a plant, you stupid motherfucker. Who got the wrong location. LMAO.

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I ran into a guy that I know...more Loads of Rat Crap

Who was also a tenant during the time of Massive Mice Destruction. Who knew the staff relatively well. Who told me something very interesting.

A former employee, not named in these pages because they were the only person who expressed any concern or compassion for this disaster, apparently had mentioned to him THAT LIFE STORAGE HAD GIVEN ME A COMPENSATION CHECK.

WTF?

This never happened, Rat Kings. One hundred dollars, CASH WAS given as reimbursement for laundry and dry cleaning for items that survived. But that's it. And I signed off on a receipt and clearly indicated that on same.

So, this says, that the Rat Kings were probably lying to their own employees and/or trying to do damage control for the other tenants that remained. Possibly the employee tried to go to bat for this matter, as they got fired shortly after under some pretty dicey circumstances. The person was there throughout and had also repeatedly relayed the complaints to "corporate" to NO AVAIL, but was under Idiot Fred so felt limited in their ability to help resolve it.

Lyin' ass ratfucks. Now, misleading an employee and/or putting out this kind of misinformation I and other reasonable people would consider an admission. Cuz, if ya didn't do anything, there's no reason to lie. Or do damage control.

And there have  been many many many lies. And much much much DAMAGE.

Friday, January 18, 2013

TIF?

So this is interesting. Joe Moore, Ald, 49th, a/k/a Joe LESS, or Joe Schmoe by us veterans in the 'hood, discusses TIF MONEY at Howard and Paulina/Gateway Mall.....

http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/jan23-community-meeting-proposed-burger-king-gateway-center-5667329/

Paulina/Gateway Mall, Paulina and Howard Streets, was a pet project of Alderman Less. Its storefronts sat empty for years, despite promises of a cineplex, Borders, bridge from CTA to Metra et al.   Many in the community were against it, but Joe Schmoe cut deals with Dominick's and others and there was questionable ownership and management anyway. It was, however, a flop.

The story goes, The Rat Kings cut a deal with The Ward and whoever actually owned the mall on paper at the time, and figured out a way to deed a portion vertically (yeah, you tell me...), thus allowing The Rat Kings to expand their Empire and the Esteemed Alderman to save his flabbity ass. The Constituency was pissed, as was the facing CTA (who had its own shit going  on). But here's the problem: Moore had TIF money and nobody is really sure whether The Rat Kings nabbed some of that or not. But, as they also own Cobalt Commercial Construction, it did the shitty (see below) "construction" and "built" the cells units, probably not up to code and with half-assed inspections. Golly, though, POSSIBLY, when LSC "sold"  to SimplyStorage (The Predecessor/Successor) either it, or again TIF financed SS. Regardless, Chris and Jean chomped that shit up for pennies on the dollar when SS got in trouble, MAYbe even making their own  money back. Whoo-Hooo!

So, conceivably my tragedy could have actually been financed by my tax dollars. What a pleasant thought. What say you, RAT KINGS??

Saturday, January 12, 2013

MORE MORE LOADS OF RAT CRAP.....

“We are grateful for this opportunity to provide this for families and for people in need,” Barry said. 

REALLY????

BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN SHIT?  HARDSHIPS CAUSED BY YOU

JUST HOW WERE THE ZONING ISSUES "HELPED THROUGH"???

SO CLEARLY, THERE IS A WRITE OFF HERE FOR THE RAT KINGS, AS WELL AS USING COBALT, THEIR OWN COMPANY.  SO IT WAS NOT $100K OUT OF POCKET AND OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF THEIR ROCK COLD HEARTS, NARCISSISTIC FUCKERS.  LET'S JUST HOPE IT'S RODENT PROOFED.

Landlords go above & beyond











Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM


ELGIN — When Two Rivers Head Start went looking for a location for its new infant and toddler center, the site at 418 Airport Road seemed perfect.
The organization not only found a spot that had the space and accessibility for its families at River Ridge Head Start, but landlords went above and beyond to ensure the center would be finished, executive director Diane Lacey said.

Chris Barry and Jean Jodoin, partners at LifeStorage who own the former Kmart location in far-north Elgin, not only helped work through zoning issues with the city but also donated $100,000 to finish construction on the center.
Barry and Jodoin also gave $10,000 toward the opening dinner and deejay event, held Thursday night.
“They are not too bad for landlords,” Lacey said as she presented them with a plaque thanking them for their service.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to provide this for families and for people in need,” Barry said.
http://couriernews.suntimes.com/news/1992697-418/lacey-center-barry-elgin-families.html

 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Helix Camera building sold to storage center firm. HOLY FUCK, YET ANOTHER ONE!!

Helix Camera building sold to storage center firm
http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20120827/CRED03/120829829/helix-camera-building-sold-to-storage-center-firm

They took advantage of the seller, who was having financial problems. SHAME ON YOU, LIFE STORAGE!~!

I love this, "OUR position is..."

Because listen, YOUR position isn't the only one that matters. This can involve a lot of things, not just [this blog] v. Life Storage.

Here are the FACTS, reiterated and recapped:
  • Life Storage, per its onsite personnel, Matt Clark whatever he is, later its District Manager (?) Deb Rogan and other customers KNEW it had a rodent problem that did not exist during management of SimplyStorage and claimed in February or March of 2011 it was aware, ISOLATING and  aggressively addressing and that rodents were "brought in by a new tenant who was being evicted immediately". She was not and it did not.
  • Fred Weaver, and The Other Employee,  as well as +Michelle Wight knew that the woman next to me was storing food, that there were increased sightings, as well as  insufficient extermination and did nothing for a number of weeks.  Other Employee also stated she had relayed the concerns about the problem to "corporate" and could SMELL the pests and their leavings while in the area  of the unit. See "That African Lady".
  • +Chris BARRY, after repeated phone calls from me to his office, offered one month's free rent, contingent upon my signing A RELEASE, through Jo Lemack. Of course, like a pussy, he refused to talk  to me and I of course refused this offer. This was, I believe May or June of 2011. This indicates HE knew  there was a problem, didn't care and wanted  to cover his rich-getting-richer ass.
  • I requested a unit move in May or June to avoid the problem that  indeed happened. life Storage refused, but then OFFERED in September,again via Jo Lemack "we've changed our mind" (WTF?).
  • So, we moved, October 1, 2011. Leading up to that everybody was so helpful, warm and fuzzy, "we'll do whatever we can to HELP!", says Michelle Wight. (Help?). Meetings,  bins, phone calls, LUNCH! Idiot Fred cutting off my lock and planting a banana. Comping the month of October. Whoo!
  •  I LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF BELONGINGS.
  •  I LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF BELONGINGS.
  •  I LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF BELONGINGS. MY KID NO LONGER HAS A BED.  OR HER DOLL COLLECTION.
  • It  took ten hours to move, there are photos and witnesses. Everything had to be cleaned and inspected. Each  box or bag opened, although some of their BOTTOMS fell out when lifted with shreds and debris (and baby mice) left.  I vomited twice through this ordeal. A live litter was found in a box of dishes. Several mice were observed throughout the process.  How much more blatant can this be?
  • So, I ask LifeStorage what they're going to do about this. Nothing. Upon which we both agreed it was best I vacate their facility.  But here's what they did do: I posted a factually correct accounting on YELP. They hit the fucking ROOF!, little hipsters they wannabe, and Michelle Wight ordered me LOCKED OUT, after begging me to delete it. With a ZERO balance, in the middle of the day and with my purse, money  and keys in the unit, stating I had no valid lease. This was October 16, TWO WEEKS after The Move. Other Employee  and I  discussed me executing another one--I was still under the once originally executed with SimplyStorage, which has a CLEAR SUCCESSOR CLAUSE (Later, LSC attorney Andrew Fuller TRIED to tell me this means THE NEW OWNER'S, LIFE STORAGE IN THIS CASE, OWN LEASE AUTOMATICALLY TAKES EFFECT. Seriously, dude? Just where did you take Contract Law?)--and we decided with two more weeks and no monies owed them, it was silly to.
TBC.....

Mice in local storage complex damage student's belongings - The Western Front: News

Mice in local storage complex damage student's belongings - The Western Front: News

poor baby.....

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

PHONY BULLSHIT, FUCKING HYPOCRITES. MORE FOUND ON THE INTERWEBS...

UPDATE:  THEY DONATED A UNIT THAT THEY ALREADY HAD AT A HALF-EMPTY FACILITY. OH.

THEN, got PRWeb to make a big deal out of it. Oh.

BBBBBWWWWWHHHHHHAAAAA!!! and then probably went and bought ANOTHER PORSCHE!!!  This cost them nothing, people. It is no wonder. See how full of (rat) shit they are????

They really are a bunch of REPUBLICANS.
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They will not right a wrong THEY caused, but will help Sandy victims???

Now, I think all the help given to Sandy victims  IS GREAT, I have given what I could myself.

But when YOU (LIFE STORAGE, CHRIS BARRY, JEAN JODOIN, MICHELLE WIGHT--ESPECIALLY YOUR LYIN' ASS--, MATT CLARK) CAUSE THE PROBLEM AND REFUSE TO ADMIT FAULT AND FIX IT, YOU ARE A LYING, PHONY, PUBLICITY WHORE ASSHOLE.

YOU FUCKING WIPED ME OUT, YOU SHITBAGS AND LIED ABOUT IT, WITH YOUR MONEYGRUBBING, SELF CENTERED ARROGANT NEGLECT. BUT YOU GOT SOME SCHMOE AT PRWEB TO PUT THIS OUT FOR YOU TO MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD. SCROTUMS.

I LOST ALMOST EVERYTHING, AND IT WAS YOUR FAULT !!!!!!   A LIVE LITTER WAS FOUND IN A BOX OF DISHES WHEN YOUR STOOGES MOVED ME FROM ONE OF YOUR UNITS TO ANOTHER AND 5- 8 MICE WERE OBSERVED IN A 20 TO 30 MINUTE PERIOD RUNNING AROUND DURING SAID MOVE!!!

 DID YOU SEND RAT SHIT WITH YOUR DONATION TO THE SANDY VICTIMS????

There is a First Time for Everything in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez November 27, 2012 10:12 PM When it comes to charitable efforts the self storage industry is well known for its philanthropic contributions. Self Storage facilities across the country get involved in their communities all the time. However, it is not as common for them to engage in charity efforts that aid an area other than their local community.
It makes sense for self storage companies to be primarily involved in charities where they are located. Part of the reason for doing so is for name exposure. It is highly doubtful that a self storage facility in Houston is going to get much business (from the exposure) if it were to make a donation to a food bank in Oregon. People are more apt to donate when they think they are helping out their local community where they are invested rather than some city that they have never been to.
That doesn’t stop some from doing so. Recently one self storage company announced that it would be engaging in a charity drive that helped people outside of their community for the first time in the company’s history.
LifeStorage is a self storage company in the Chicago-land area. Over the years it has become very well known for doing a variety of different thing in support of local charities such as food drives, coat and clothing drives, garage sales, events for pet rescue, and so many more.
This time the company has decided to branch out and send some of its good will east to the New York/ New Jersey areas that were recently devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
“We're always willing to lend a helping hand, hosting a variety of charity drives and events ourselves,” said Michelle Wight, Director of Operations for LifeStorage.
Ashbey Riley, a local writer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and founder of Bum Bul Bee Photo and Films is the leader of the project. Riley was already engaged in it when LifeStorage heard about his efforts. It was at that time that the company decided to jump in and help.
“…In this instance, Ashbey already had the momentum and plan in place, so we wanted to help out however we could. As a storage company, donating a storage unit seemed appropriate and we're hoping by Thursday we have a full unit. It's rewarding to be able to help out beyond the city of Chicago and we thank Ashbey for her efforts.”
The drive has been ongoing since November 13 and will conclude on Tuesday, November 29. Many people lost everything so it is hard to donate something that is not needed by someone!

Sources Used:
“LifeStorage-Chicago Self Storage's Charity Efforts to Extend Beyond the Chicagoland for the First Time.” Equities.com; 27 November 2012.
“Our city may not be affected, but we can still help!” LifeStorageBlog.com; 26 November 2012.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

THIS is interesting....

Seriously, WTF? This is so overdone and ridiculous, it's a bit nauseating.  What the hell do you need a roof-top lounge at a storage facility for? Does anybody even use that thing? Do they exterminate THIS monstrosity?  Maybe Chris and Jean go up and dream of taking the city over with rat infested storage facilities....

http://www.insideselfstorage.com/galleries/2012/10/lifestorage.aspx?pg=2#gallery


"And we paid ourselves for the shitty construction, 
then went and bought another PORSCHE!"