U-Haul Repurposes Historic Building in Orange
- Jan 28, 2016
By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor
Orange, N.J.–As part of its sustainability initiatives, U-Haul has acquired and repurposed an abandoned moving and storage warehouse in Orange, N.J.
The new U-Haul Moving & Storage of Orange offers truck and trailer rentals, storage units, U-Box portable moving and self-storage containers, truck sales, towing equipment, moving supplies, boxes and more.
“We are done with construction, but we have in mind the possibility of expanding out the back of the building to include more storage and a bigger U-Box warehouse,” Bemilton Suero, the store’s general manager, said in prepared remarks.
Constructed in 1903, the original building has been overhauled inside and out. The two-acre property, which was once home to one of the first Lincoln Mayflower Moving & Storage warehouses, has been renovated to include a U-Haul showroom, U-Box storage, heated self-storage and climate-controlled self-storage.
The company began operations from a trailer at the location in late 2013 while renovations took place. Its first storage units were available for rent last April.
In November, U-Haul added to the 64,708-square-foot property by purchasing a small parcel of abutting land at 476 Codner St., which includes a house. Plans for the space are undecided, though it may be used to provide additional parking and improved store visibility.
“Sixty percent of the storage units have been rented in less than a year, and everybody loves this location,” added Anthony Paladino, president of U-Haul Company of Northern New Jersey. “It’s a big plus for the community.”
The project is part of U-Haul Company’s Corporate Sustainability initiatives. Under the program, U-Haul supports infill development to help local communities lower their carbon footprint by readapting existing buildings.
Image courtesy of U-Haul