Need some space? Luxury storage-unit complex coming to Hugo

Blake Schwieters doesn’t like the term “man cave.” “Car condo” doesn’t cut it either.

Need some space? Luxury storage-unit complex coming to Hugo

Blake Schwieters doesn’t like the term “man cave.” “Car condo” doesn’t cut it either.

The upscale storage units Schwieters is building in Hugo are an “equal-opportunity space,” he said. “What we wanted to bring to the market is blank-canvas, large storage.”

An architect’s rendering of Eagle’s Landing, a luxury storage-unit complex under construction in Hugo. (Courtesy of 292 Design Group)

Called Eagle’s Landing, the 2,000-square-foot units could be used to store boats, classic cars or ATVs, or could be transformed into “wonderful work spaces,” he said. “Or they could just be a big sheetrock box.”

Plans call for the $4 million project, located at the northeast corner of 130th Street North and Fenway Boulevard, to be completed by the spring of 2022.

Each unit will come with a 12-by-14-foot garage door, in-floor heat, electrical, drywall and fire suppression, and be roughed-in for a bathroom. They are expected to sell for $350,000 to $600,000, depending on options/finishes, Schwieters said.

One possible upgrade? A 600-square-foot mezzanine overlooking the space below. The ground floor could be a workshop area — for cars or woodworking or whatever — and the space above could be finished off with a kitchen, TV and furniture.

Schwieters, 30, plans to use one of the units as a space to keep his workout equipment. He also plans to work on his 2005 Pontiac GTO and 2016 Mustang GT-350 there.

“I live in a 1,000-square-foot condo in downtown Minneapolis,” he said. “Growing up I did a lot of work on cars, but I really have no place to do that now where I live.”

Although similar projects in the metro area are tailored to car aficionados, Eagle’s Landing is not, he said. “Where this project really started was our own personal-use standpoint — that’s the difference,” he said. “This is tailored to individual use. If my unit is next to a guy who stores RVs, it’s not a big deal.”

Each garage condo unit will be individually owned, with the overall site falling under an association and managed by a professional management company.

In addition to the 10 upscale storage units, the project, developed by Victor Land Holdings, also includes a four-unit office warehouse building. Each garage condo unit will be 40 feet wide by 50 feet deep, and each office warehouse will be 40 feet wide by 75 feet deep; the total amount of space being developed is 38,800 square feet, he said.

The Hugo City Council signed off on the plans for the project earlier this year and granted a variance for building materials. Eagle’s Landing is using all architectural metal on the exterior in an area of the city where masonry, brick or like products are required. City ordinance allows buildings to have an accent material such as architectural metal on up to 20 percent of the exterior, but Eagle’s Landing officials asked for 100 percent.

Architectural metal “is a very efficient product to install, and it looks really nice,” Schwieters said. “It matches the exterior on some of the new apartment buildings that are being built across the Twin Cities.”

Plans call for the Eagle’s Landing luxury storage-unit complex to be completed by spring 2022.  (Courtesy of Eagle’s Landing)

Many of those apartment buildings are being framed by JL Schwieters, the Hugo-based business that Schwieters and his family own and operate. The turn-key framing subcontractor does about $100 million in sales a year; Schwieters is plant manager.

With its architectural metal siding, the project will “have a more modern look” than the rest of the Bald Eagle Industrial Park, said City Administrator Bryan Bear.

“It’s a fun project,” he said. “We’ve been getting a lot of phone calls and emails about it. It’s definitely different from anything else in the city.”

Business parks have come a long way from being strictly manufacturing centers, Bear said.

“Just a couple of blocks down (from Eagle’s Landing) is a pet resort, a doggy daycare with outdoor areas and a swimming pool,” Bear said. “It works just fine. They’ve got it all, and you’re not bothering the neighbors.”