The former National Biscuit Co. bakery on West Baltimore in Detroit’s New Center area has been purchased for a U-Haul rental depot and self-storage facility.
The 25,000-square-foot structure, built in 1920, is U-Haul’s attempt to “give back to the great city of Detroit by expanding and investing in it,” U-Haul International Chairman Joe Shoen said in a statement.
“Our goal is to bring economic stability and foster community togetherness in the city through this revitalization project,” he said. “Our intention is to support the city and the growing community of Detroit. We know that it’s the right thing to do.”
The new U-Haul Moving & Storage of Detroit will rent trucks and trailers, and the seven-story, concrete structure will have more than 930 indoor, single-level self-storage rooms, totaling more than 62,790 square feet. U-Haul said Thursday it should be completed within a year.
U-Haul is using a website and social media forums to “inform and communicate with the community about the U-Haul Detroit Revitalization project along with other community projects, events and new developments.”