Ben Ellinwood, owner of Rock Solid Storage in Edgecomb, Maine, has converted a former Dodge dealership in Waldaboro, Maine, into a second location. The new self-storage facility at 76 Winslows Mills Road offers climate-controlled and vehicle storage. It also has 10 portable-storage containers for cold storage, according to the source.
The property renovations, which took about a year, were completed by Ellinwood’s concrete business, Ellinwood Foundations Inc. Asbestos was removed and a vapor barrier placed between the original and newly poured cement floors, he told the source. In addition, some portions of the original building and sheds were demolished due to mold.
“It was a fun renovation. The building was in pretty rough shape when we got started. We brought the building down to its bare bones and removed the bad parts,” Ellinwood said.
Constructed in 1947, the building once functioned as a service station and housed Old Town Canoe Co. Most recently, it was used by Best Felts Inc., the company that sold the property to Ellinwood.
Although Ellinwood considered tearing down the entire structure and rebuilding, it was more cost-effective to renovate because of the solid foundation. The structure also fit Ellinwood’s vision for the property, he said. “The cement block was really well-constructed, especially for this old of a building,” he added.
Ellinwood opened the Edgecomb storage site about three years ago. “I was thinking of it as an investment for my future,” he said.
Both facilities are unmanned and employ video cameras and other security measures. Customers can make reservations and make payments on the company website.
The Lincoln County News, 1940s Industrial Building Finds New Use as Storage Facility in Waldoboro