Reusing former Kmart part of U-Haul's sustainability plan
U-Haul will soon be showcasing a modern, energy efficient self-storage facility in Muncie, Ind., thanks to the recent acquisition of a former Kmart store.
U-Haul acquired the vacant 86,250-square-foot warehouse last week, according to a release. U-Haul Moving & Storage of Morningside has opened a temporary showroom and is 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 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.
"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," Jones said.
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. Its 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.