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Apr 11, 2018
Vehicle storage startup Stow It expands into Longmont, Boulder By Lucas High Updated: 04/11/2018 05:41:23 PM MDT A recreational vehicle is parked on Atwood Street at Fourth Avenue in Longmont in January. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer) Stow It, a website that connects users looking for a place to store their vehicles with hosts who have a bit of extra garage space, is expanding into Longmont and Boulder. The startup, which launched initially in 2016 as a mobile app for movers before it was revamped the following year as a vehicle storage service, has grown from just a few empty driveways and garages around the Fort Collins area into network of about 500 spaces across the Front Range, Stow It CEO Carmelo Mannino said. "Car storage is hard to find and a lot of traditional storage places don't let you store vehicles," he said. Stow It includes roughly 60 spaces hosted by Boulder County users, split about evenly between Longmont and Boulder. Mannino, who cofounded the company with brothers Dillon and Devin Eldridge, said he expects that total to more than double over the next few months. Boulder County "keeps growing in terms of people but not in space," Mannino said. "We don't feel like building more and more storage facilities is necessarily the answer," he said. "There's a huge need for something like (Stow It) — the market is definitely ready." The company, which bills itself as the Airbnb of car storage, allows its hosts to choose the rate they charge for space. Stow It offers recommendations to help keep pricing competitive and handles processing of payments between hosts and renters. Advertisement Mannino said the price of space on Stow It is often 30 to 50 percent cheaper than traditional self-storage facilities. Stow It's growth in Boulder County dovetails with an increased focus on parking issues. Longmont's City Council passed an ordinance in January to ensure that campers and recreational vehicles aren't left parked on city streets for days and weeks at a time. That same month, city officials said they expected downtown parking violations to be up in 2018 based on the better enforcement staffing and increased efficiency afforded by automatic license plate recognition equipment. Boulder's City Council has also recently experimented with ways to reduce parking woes in certain areas. In February, city leaders granted a five-year extension to a program that developed a system of paid parking and free shuttles at Chautauqua Park .