Dick Mann, the owner of Los Altos Batting Range in Albuquerque, N.M., is closing the business after 35 years to convert the complex to self-storage. Mann intends to invest about $300,000 to transform the .75-acre site to a 100-unit storage facility. He plans to use prefabricated metal structures. ABQ Self Storage will feature a resident manager and gated access with keypad entry. The project is expected to be complete by the end of April, according to the source.
Mann believes the property’s proximity to several apartment complexes will help during lease-up. “It’ll be well-lit, with security cameras,” he told the source.
Mann opened the batting range at 9501 Lomas N.E. in 1983, offering batting cages, glove repair and bats for retail purchase. Business has slowed through the years, with many customers opting to visit indoor facilities, he said. Mann owns another outdoor batting-cage in town called Sluggers.
Albuquerque Journal, Los Altos Batting Range Swings Shut