Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc., which operates more than 1,300 self-storage locations across North America, intends 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.
Established in 1945, U-Haul owns more than 44 million square feet of storage space. The company’s corporate sustainability initiatives, which support infill development to help local communities lower their carbon footprint, has led to dozens of conversion projects in recent years.
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