U-Haul owns more than 44 million square feet of storage space
December 11, 2017: Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc., which manages over 1,300 self-storage locations across North America, plans to build a “Smart Mobility Center” on 24 acres in Tallahassee, Fla.
The mixed-use development would include up to 85,000 square feet of research and incubator space, as much as 150,000 square feet of self-storage, 23,000 square feet for bicycle sales and service, and a 23,000-square-foot Ford Chariot rideshare facility for commuter shuttles, according to the source. It would also feature a “smart-mobility showroom” to “showcase products and prototypes that deploy smart technologies and advancements in mobility,” according to project documents. The center is also expected to include alternative-fuel stations and electric-vehicle charging stations.
City commissioners last week approved U-Haul’s request to create a Planned Unit Development (PUD) on the property near Capital Circle N.W. and Tennessee Street. The PUD changes the zoning from a “high-intensity urban activity center” to allow for self-storage and warehouse uses. U-Haul is expected to close on the $6 million land purchase this week, the source reported.
Although U-Haul hasn’t commented publicly, the project may signal the company’s new approach for fitting within the shared economy.