U-Haul® will soon be showcasing a modern self storage facility in northeast Muncie thanks to the recent acquisition of a former Kmart® store at 1501 E. McGalliard Road.
U-Haul acquired the vacant 86,250-square foot warehouse on Aug. 2. U-Haul Moving & Storage of Morningside has opened a temporary showroom and is currently offering truck and trailer sharing, towing equipment, moving supplies and U-Box portable moving and storage containers.
"This deteriorating building had been sitting empty for three years," said Anthony Jones, U-Haul Company of Central Indiana president. "People were using it as a dump site, so there were old tires and furniture everywhere. U-Haul is excited to take this neglected property and turn it into an attractive moving and self storage facility."
Adaptive reuse of the property will render approximately 40,000 square feet of self storage units with high-tech security features. A variety of affordable units will be available when completed, including indoor climate-controlled rooms and outdoor drive-up units. Propane and professional hitch installation will also be offered on the 9.89-acre lot in the near future.
"Mayor (Dennis) Tyler is happy to have us in there, bringing this building up to 2017 standards," Jones noted. "It is important to U-Haul that we renovate these large existing buildings rather than start anew. We want to make sure we do things in a sustainable manner."
Acquisition of the Muncie facility was driven by U-Haul Company's Corporate Sustainability initiatives: U-Haul supports infill developments to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. Our adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new-construction materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.
U-Haul will look to hire locally to promote job growth within the Muncie community. Jones expects to maintain a staff of 10 or more Team Members when the facility is fully operational. U-Haul always encourages local contractors to bid on construction work.