Gecko RV & Boat Storage in Roseburg, Ore., has begun a $1.2 million expansion that will double its size. Workers have completed the leveling and laying of the underlying groundwork for the property at 350 N.E. Pomona St., according to the source.
Plans include copying the facility’s existing layout and replicating it on the adjacent parcel. Once complete, the site will contain three new buildings, a wash station and outdoor parking spaces.
The facility was long overdue for an expansion, according to owner John Blodgett. “We are at 95 percent capacity and there is always a waitlist, so it looked like there was enough demand to expand,” he said. “Typically, most tenants who rent from us stay there for years.”
Many of the tenants travel from communities such as Bend and Cottage Grove where vehicle storage is forbidden, Blodgett said. “A lot of those developments in Bend have zero setback with really strict HOAs, and there’s really no room for an RV. There’s a limited number of places that can store an RV in covered storage, especially in a small town.”
Although the facility will expand, the staff won’t. “We have an existing business already, so we’re not duplicating the office; we’re not adding employees,” Blodgett said. “Our current staff can handle doubling it without any issues. Once they are signed up, they don’t require much maintenance.”
“We’re super excited for the expansion and we’re happy to get more people off of the waitlist and get them a place to store their RV,” Blodgett added. “We’re excited to serve those people who need a place to store their RV.”
In addition to vehicle storage, Gecko also offers traditional storage units. The facility serves the communities of Green, Glide, Melrose, Roseburg, Wilbur and the surrounding areas.
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