Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc., which operates more than 1,200 self storage locations across North America, continues to acquire existing storage facilities as well as convert empty buildings to self storage. The company recently announced the acquisition of a vacant and dilapidated former shopping center, Pittsfield Plaza in Pittsfield, Mass. The property on West Housatonic Street includes 101,200 square feet of space. A special permit from the Pittsfield Department of Community Development is required to convert the 13.8-acre parcel, which includes several hundred parking spaces. The plaza once housed a cinema, furniture store and other businesses.
Established in 1945, U-Haul owns more than 44 million square feet of storage space. The company’s corporate sustainability initiatives, which support infill development to help local communities lower their carbon footprint, has led to dozens of conversion projects in recent years.