EZ Storage and Undervalued Properties

The EZ Storage in Royal Oak, Michigan, along with the Landscape Plan showing the Triangle Property

Nolan Brothers of Texas, headquartered in Fort Worth, is a commercial real estate developer involved with office, industrial, condominium and self-storage projects. They are the 12th largest owner/operator of self-storage in the U.S., with over 50 properties comprising in access of four million square feet of rentable area. NFE has been working with Nolan Brothers contacts William and Steve Nolan for almost 50 years.

An abandoned Burger King was on a triangle-shaped property at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Lafayette Avenue in Royal Oak, Michigan. It was an eye sore, and the shape of the land made it difficult for development. In 2012, Nolan Brothers contracted with NFE to provide land surveying, civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the development of an EZ Storage facility on the site. The result was an attractive three-story facility that looks like a main street office building. The shape of the land turned out to be perfect for the storage facility as it has a drive thru design with all loading and unloading done inside the building, as well as all parking is within the building except for visitor parking. NFE designed an attractive landscape plan which added appeal to Woodward Avenue at that corner.

Since 2012, NFE has continued to work with Nolan Brothers developing EZ Storage facilities on undervalued properties in Southeast Michigan. The services we provide for each one are site plan development, preliminary and final engineering plans, ALTA survey, topographic survey, tree survey, tree preservation plan, landscape design plan and construction engineering. Recent developments include:

  • A discarded parking lot on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills
  • A vacant house on Long Lake Road in Troy
  • An empty building on Southfield Road in Southfield (currently in construction)
  • An abandoned building and parking lot at 28975 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills (in the development stage) 

NFE is proud of our long-term relationship with Nolan Brothers and being able to help communities in developing abandoned sites into useful, attractive developments.

For more information concerning these projects, please contact Tim Germain at 248-332-7931 or tgermain@nfe-engr.com.

A Concept Drawing of the EZ Storage in Farmington Hills, Michigan (Drawing by AZD Associates)