A decade’s worth of planning and vision made the golden shovels glimmer just a little bit brighter during this week’s ground-breaking ceremony at Mountainside Storage.
Mountainside Storage owner Kay Meyers gathered with management staff and individuals from contracting firm Corstone Contractors at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, for the celebration. The event commemorated the already-underway expansion project that will add a total of 40 units to the self-storage facility, located at 33329 U.S. 2 in Sultan. Sultan Mayor John Seehuus was in attendance, along with Assistant Planner Cyd Donk, Sultan City Councilmember Stephanie King and other project stakeholders including Heather Odegaard from the Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU).
Mountainside Storage Manager Lexie Manzanares thanked everyone for attending, providing guests with a brief overview of her journey as an employee. Lexie started working at Mountainside in 2006, hired at the age of 16 by previous facility managers Elke and Michael Moynihan. She took over the manager position in 2014, and was joined by her husband, Anthony.
The two reside onsite with their two sons, Blake, 6, and Konner, 4.
That there is a need to expand Mountainside Storage is a beautiful thing, she said.
“To be standing here in front of you today is a true blessing,” Lexie said.
Owned by Meyers since 2005, Mountainside Storage is managed by Coast Real Estate Services, headquartered in Everett. In January of 2017, Meyers and her team were honored during a Sultan City Council meeting, earning the recognition through the city’s Business Spotlight program. At the meeting, Meyers highlighted her exemplary staff, which she referred to as her family, and her “A-team.”
That sentiment was echoed by Lexie during the ceremony.
“I’m proud to be working with such an amazing group of people who we call the A-team,” Lexie said. “I also want to thank our customers and community for making this expansion a possibility. We are thrilled to be able to provide more availability to our customers.”
Mountainside Storage currently offers 225 drive-up accessible, enclosed storage units and between 12 and 18 outdoor parking spaces for boats and recreational vehicles. The expansion project adds 40 units as it ties into one of the existing buildings and constructs two new buildings. They are also working to enhance a basement area, which will add heated storage to the facility’s list of amenities.
The project is slated for completion in June.
Lexie introduced Meyers.
“Kay is the most genuine, kindhearted person I have the pleasure of knowing,” Lexie said. “She is dedicated, has a get-it-done attitude and I want to recognize all the hard work she’s put in to make this a possibility. Thank you Kay, for all you do, and congratulations.”
That the project has finally broken ground is a major accomplishment for Mountainside Storage, Kay said, as it is something they’ve wanted to do for over 10 years. Initial conversations with the city began in roughly 2007, she said, but they had to put their plans on hold due to the sluggish economy. She thanked the city for its flexibility, as the planning department worked with her, gently placing the project on hold until she was ready. They answered all of her questions with patience and grace, guiding her through the process every step of the way, she said.
“It’s been a lot of fun to work with the city of Sultan,” Meyers said.
Meyers thanked Corstone Contractors leadership, including project manager Marshall Ryan and Superintendent Dana Krum, for tackling the project. It is truly a milestone for Mountainside, she said, and she is grateful to be working with Corstone. She is already planning the ribbon-cutting celebration to show off the new addition, which she hopes to hold sometime in June.
For Meyers, it’s all about being surrounded by amazing people. Her vision is to provide the “Nordstrom approach to self-storage,” and her staff work to implement that vision in a way that constantly exceeds her expectations, she said. They are not just co-workers, she said, they are a family.
They are her A-team.
“I think the thing that’s most important, is to recognize the people and the relationships, and the A-team – my A-team,” Meyers said. “They’ve been just great, and I’ve been so fortunate and so blessed to have really good people.”
When Meyers purchased Mountainside in 2005 it was in foreclosure, and the bank had brought in Coast to manage the facility. Right away, Meyers was impressed by facility managers Elke and Michael Moynihan, who struck her as bright, ambitious, dedicated people. Her initial assessment proved accurate, as the Moynihans stayed at Mountainside for 10 years, working side-by-side with Meyers to build a successful, reputable and well-maintained business.
It was actually Michael Moynihan’s father who performed some of the early architectural work when they first began envisioning the expansion project, back in 2007 and 2008, said Elke.
“Our entire family has been involved in this business,” Elke said. “Kay is not only our client, she is a dear friend.”
At the onset of her ownership, Meyers and the Moynihans worked to improve the facility, adding fresh paint, new carpet, a more robust security system and updated technology. Coast Real Estate Services Portfolio Manager Dave Reed came along in 2006, as did Lexie. Lexie’s husband Anthony joined the team in 2014, after she accepted the management position.
The A-team was complete.
The newest member is Kyla Renick, hired last year to assist Lexie. Renick recently moved to Gold Bar from Tacoma, and is happy to be a member of the team.
For Meyers, it’s been a tremendous journey filled with rewarding relationships and great memories. She’s been incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such good people, she said.
“It’s just been a wonderful, wonderful experience,” Meyers said. “I’ve been very blessed.”
She thanked Mayor Seehuus for attending the event, inviting him back for the ribbon-cutting in June.
“We’re thrilled to be here,” Seehuus said. “It’s so exciting to see expansion and growth – I couldn’t be happier.”
For more information about Mountainside Storage, please visit: http://www.mountainsidestorage.net/.