U-Haul Opens New Store in Maine

Another adaptive reuse project initiated by U-Haul brings more self-storage space to the residents of Bangor and surrounding communities in Maine.

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

An old property that housed machinery and printing companies in Bangor, Maine has recently reopened as U-Haul Moving & Storage of Outer Hammond.

U-Haul Moving and Storage of Outer Hammond
U-Haul Moving and Storage of Outer Hammond

The facility is located on nearly eight acres at 415 Odlin Road, just off Interstate 95 at exit 182B. The building, which dates back to 1956, originally housed Caterpillar dealer Houghton-Arnold Machinery, until the 1980s, when the Bacon Printing Co. moved in.

The new U-Haul store offers a full line of inventory for the do-it-yourself mover including truck and trailer rentals. There are two buildings on site totaling 30,100 square feet. The company plans to expand the project by adding another building and increasing the staff from four to 11 team members.

“We will have a complete hitch bay ready to install seven days a week, and if plans move as we think, we will be adding a total of 630 storage units,” general manager Dave Martin said in prepared remarks. “We hope to start construction on storage in the original building by the end of this year, which will give us more than 300 storage units when completed with indoor loading areas and also an outside dock, along with 24-hour access for customer convenience.”

Construction on the new building is expected to begin in spring 2016. Plans call for an additional 300 storage units with drive-up storage, more inside rooms and a warehouse for more than 200 U-Box containers. “We also are looking forward to having propane in the near future,” Martin added.

The expansion is part of U-Haul’s Corporate Sustainability Initiatives, a program through which the company supports infill development to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. By readapting existing buildings, cities may seize the opportunity to save energy and resources, while also reducing their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.

Image courtesy of U-Haul