In a prepared statement today, owner Les Coffey cited Rossville city officials’ creation of a “hostile and un-workable environment for the owners, tenants and employees of the site” as the main reason for demolishing the buildings and effectively shutting down Peerless Self Storage.
Coffey has had numerous run-ins with the Rossville Police Department, and lawsuits have previously been filed on both sides. In August, Coffey accused Rossville police chief Sid Adams of breaking and entering into the Peer-less site and of stealing property while there.
One month later, Coffey accused a former Peerless Mills tenant, David Rowan of Tek-Mak, of four counts of criminal trespassing, while Coffee himself faced felony charges of theft after a magistrate hearing between Coffey and Rowan lead detective Dave Scroggins to arrest both men.
Coffey’s prepared statement today accused the Rossville police of breaking into “certain portions of the complex,” stealing items and harassing the staff and tenants “to the point the project is no longer economically viable as an ongoing complex.”
A paid-in-full city of Rossville building permit for the demolition of Peerless Self Storage at 555 McFarland Ave. was issued to four members of the Coffey family, not including managing trustee and operator Les Coffey, this morning.
According to the statement, Coffey plans to leave at least one building and tenant untouched. “Pratters hard wood flooring building will stay as well as that tenant. The building is in excellent shape and the moving of the tenant would put them out of business as they cannot find another space to fit their needs.”
The rest of the site will be demolished according to occupancy, expediency and potential profit, Coffey said in the statement. All unoccupied areas will be demolished first, followed by sections “that will generate the most revenue to Peerless for the benefit of the creditors and the share holders.”
The land on which Peerless Self Storage sits will be leased long-term to Rossville Metals Recyclers LLC. “The intended use is for a scrap yard and potential waste transfer station,” the statement said.
Coffey plans to have all work completed by Dec. 31, 2011.
Coffey expresses his resentment at demolishing the site after owning and investing in Peerless Self Storage for the past four years.
“It is very regretful that a dream of mine will never be realized as I have invested four years of my life into this project. However, reality must take precedence over dreams and the reality is the City of Rossville and their man-agement will never allow the Peerless site to thrive.”
Site cleanup and demolition preparation is expected to begin immediately.