Longyards grand opening

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture

Oct 02

While it is a long march from humble beginnings to a continent-spanning business operation, if anyone can do it, it’s my friend and coaching client, Chris Long, pictured here with his oldest daughter, Lily, at the grand opening of Longyards at 6571 Bank street in Ottawa Canada on October 1st, 2019.

Chris is a trained carpenter who took over his grandfather’s business (Conrad Construction) a few years ago and used it as a cash engine to build a high-yielding real estate investment portfolio that includes both a residential rental component and now a commercial one too.

Longyards is the first of what we hope will be many storage yards focused on RV, truck, bus, boat and equipment parking as well as mini contractor yards, a place where a contractor or trades-person can have their own storage yard to develop their own businesses.

Cutting the ribbon

It’s modeled after Khyl Powell’s facility in Ithica, Arizona called CS Yards, http://csyards.com/.

Chris is a fine student; he understands property animation (adding new revenue streams) well. He took the decrepit old house that existed on the land when he bough it (9-acres +/- of heavy industrial-zoned land) and turned it into two units–upper and lower 2-bedroom apartments (each with their own ingress/egress) plus he converted the existing garage into a microsuite also with its own entry and w/c (bathroom) and micro-kitchen that he can use as a site office.

Office windows on left hand side, upstairs apartment has front and side entry, lower level has rear entry, all brightly colored and renovated
lower level rear entry, manufactured walkout condition
side entry to main level apartment
Chris in his future office with 10-foot ceilings
Looking out the front window of Chris’ office, note the stairs to the main level apartment, which has excellent soundproofing to noise and fire-separate residential and commercial uses
Lily holding front of new biz card
Lily holding back of new biz card
Chris showing the first of many contractor yards, note that front gate and privacy screening not yet installed
Backlit pylon sign, note in northern shelf city like Ottawa, backlighting is very important since it is so dark for six months of the year…
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, working for Chris 24/7/365

Once you have proven your real estate business model, focus on it and nothing else for 10, 12, 15 or more years. That’s the road to great success.

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• FREEDOM VIA REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT AND PB4L, PERSONAL BUSINESS FOR LIFE
• FEHAJ, FOR EVERY HOME A JOB
• MAKE YOUR HOME WORK FOR YOU, INSTEAD OF YOU WORKING FOR IT
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Postscript: Lily’s congratulatory message was, “We hope long yards last millions of years, dad!” I agree with one proviso: I also hope it makes millions of dollars and that it doesn’t take millions of years to do that…

Music I listened to while composing this:

It’s a family enterprise, one that I hope will take care of Chris and his spouse and two daughters (and more to come!) for 3-generations.

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