Metro Storage takes another step in Riverside

The city Planning and Development Department is reviewing the project to replace the former Metro Entertainment Complex.


The closed Metro Entertainment Complex in Riverside at 859 Willow Branch Ave.Â
The closed Metro Entertainment Complex in Riverside at 859 Willow Branch Ave.Â
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The city Planning and Development Department is reviewing an application for the closed Metro Entertainment Complex in Riverside to become the Metro Self Storage project.

Jacksonville-based Ash Properties submitted the application for preliminary site development plan approval. The department said Jan. 26 civil plans are in review.

The city already has issued a mobility fee calculation certificate for Jacksonville-based Atlantic Self Storage, part of Ash Properties, to develop a 150,000-square-foot, four-story facility on 3.43 acres at 859 Willow Branch Ave. 

Matthews Design Group of St. Augustine is the agent.

The Metro, which closed in August 2021, will be removed.

Through Riverside Avondale Atlantic Service LLC, Atlantic Self Storage bought the property Sept. 1 for $1.85 million among four deeds.

Atlantic Self Storage operates 51 facilities in Northeast Florida, according to AtlanticSelfStorage.com.

Holidays of Jacksonville Inc. and Holidays of Jacksonville LLC sold the property, comprising the building, parking lot and vacant land,

Owner Jerry Rosenberg said Jan. 22 he has not chosen a new location. “We are working on it,” he said.