The former Illinois Harley-Davidson store in Berwyn, Ill., is being converted into Berwyn Self Storage. The property at 1301 Harlem Ave. has been vacant since April 2012 when the motorcycle business relocated to 9950 Joliet Road in Countryside, Ill.
Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero told the source self-storage is a “perfect” fit due to its low traffic count. Accessing and exiting the property has long been an issue due to the heavy traffic off Harlem Avenue, he said. Although there was interest from additional developers about other retail uses for the site, the property’s egress and ingress were always a drawback, Lovero told the source.
The property was purchased in January, and construction began on March 6. Water service to the building is being upgraded to meet a city code that requires fire sprinklers to be installed, according to the source. Berwyn Self Storage is expected to open this fall.