Heath and Newark residents might see some unusually large, somewhat luxurious storage facilities if the cities approve plans.

Heath and Newark residents might see some unusually large, somewhat luxurious storage facilities if the cities approve plans.

Michael Correll, owner of Red Eye Express and developer of storage units, apartments and car washes, is proposing building 600-square-foot spaces for small-business owners.

"I think there's a need," Correll said.

He said he has some people who rent three 200-square-foot units and some have requested climate-controlled facilities.

"A lot of people today are like me; they use their cell phones for business and they don't need an office," he said. They need storage space that has electricity and heating-cooling systems, however, so items don't freeze and/or thaw and access to electricity.

Correll has proposed building seven 600-square-foot storage spaces, to be called One Stop Storage, at 1889 Faye Drive in Heath. He said he will meet with Heath's planning commission on the project Thursday, Aug. 28.

He also filed paperwork with Newark to build 12 units of the same size in on the west side of Mount Vernon Road, near the former Big Bear shopping center. Those units would include heating-cooling systems and electricity.

"I think there's a need for the small guy who can't afford a 1,500-square-foot warehouse," Correll said.

He said he would like to build the seven units in Heath and some in Newark to see how they lease. After those are built, he said, he plans to build a total of 60 in Heath.

"We'll just have to see how they go," he said.

Correll said he probably would lease the spaces for $300 a month. Pending the cities' approval, he said, he would like to begin building in Newark in September and in Heath in October. Both projects would be completed this fall.

The land he's intending to use already is zoned for storage space, he said.

Correll has been working in the area for 20 years and has developed several smaller storage units, from Hebron to Mount Vernon. He also has built apartments in Hebron, as well as car-wash facilities and beverage drive-throughs.