Kmart Building

The former location of Kmart is seen on Aug. 23. at 1100 McCann Road.

The Houston-based limited liability company that owns the shuttered Kmart building on McCann Road in Longview is planning to begin its conversion into a self-storage business early next year.

“We hope to have a permit (issued) by the end of the year and start construction early next year,” Steve Bigelow, project manager with Longview Development LLC, said Friday. “We are still in the design phase right now.”

He added he hopes the climate-controlled Simply Stor It will be completed by the end of the first quarter. His company also plans to build an apartment complex on the 11-acre property at 1100 McCann Road.

The LLC hired Boone & Boone Construction of Tyler to convert the Kmart building, which has been vacant since the retailer closed in March 2016. Boone & Boone applied Nov. 13 to Longview’s Development Services Department for a commercial alteration permit.

The project is valued at $1.6 million, according to data filed with Development Services. The building covers about 105,000 square feet, records show.

The conversion of the former retailer will not be a big challenge, Bigelow said.

“It’s just a big, empty building,” he said. “We are just filling it up with some storage units.”

Plans call for from 500 to 600 storage units with drive-through access into the building.

Bigelow said his company wants to “bring a real nice product” to Longview, referring to both the storage business and apartment complex. He said the LLC has received good feedback from the Longview Economic Development Corp. and is working with the Greater Longview Apartment Association.

Longview Development LLC received the green light from the City Council, which voted Sept. 13 to rezone the property. The council also voted that evening to convert the parking lot into as many as 160 apartment units.

Longview Development is registered to Houston real estate attorney Antoinette M. Jackson, but the group’s mailing address is a Miami location for Pinnacle Housing Group, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.

Pinnacle was involved in developing the 78-unit Amberwood Place Apartments on Hawkins Parkway in 2013.

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