SOURCE: Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI)

Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI)

July 08, 2011 14:48 ET

Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. Acquires $20.9 Million Ladera Ranch Facility and Adjacent Property

Acquisition Hailed as "Flagship Property" Near Company's Headquarters

LADERA RANCH, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 8, 2011) - Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI) -- a publicly registered non-traded REIT targeting the self-storage market -- recently completed a $20.9 million deal that includes an approximately 1,000-unit self-storage facility and an adjacent parcel of land for an aggregate of 7.3 acres located on Terrace Road near Antonio Parkway in Ladera Ranch, Calif.

"This Class A property in a Class A market represents the face of our expanding portfolio," said H. Michael Schwartz, SSTI's chairman and CEO. "Since this flagship self-storage facility is located next to our corporate office, we will be utilizing this property for our training program in addition to conducting investor tours."

The deal includes the $17 million acquisition of the self-storage facility, which will be rebranded under the SmartStop™ Self-Storage trade name. The property includes approximately 114,000 square feet of rentable space on a 3.7 acre lot. The transaction also includes the acquisition of 3.6 acres of adjoining land for $3.9 million.

According to Schwartz, SSTI is currently exploring feasible uses for the adjacent vacant land, which is one of the few remaining parcels of undeveloped commercial property in Ladera Ranch.

"We look forward to serving the Ladera Ranch market and maintaining the facility in the same high quality that this area is known for," said Wayne Johnson, senior vice president of acquisitions for SSTI.

This purchase continues SSTI's aggressive property acquisition pace, both locally and nationally. Back in December 2010, SSTI acquired a pair of properties in Los Angeles County for approximately $26 million.

Since the launch of SSTI in 2008, SSTI's portfolio of wholly-owned properties has expanded to include 73 properties in 17 states and Canada.

About Strategic Storage Trust, Inc.

Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI) is the first and only self-storage REIT in the public non-traded REIT marketplace. SSTI is one of five publicly registered self-storage REITs in the United States and is one of the fastest growing self-storage REITs nationwide. The Strategic Storage Trust management team is comprised of industry veterans with extensive institutional experience in the acquisition and property management of self-storage properties. The REIT's storage facilities are branded as SmartStop Self Storage throughout the country. Its portfolio includes approximately 48,000 self-storage units and 6.0 million rentable square feet of storage space.

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