U-Haul to Add 2 Facilities in Washington and Illinois

The properties will total more than 1,780 self storage units.

Image related to the project at 17601 NE Union Road, Ridgefield, Wash.
The U-Haul company originated in Ridgefield nearly eight decades ago. Image courtesy of U-Haul

U-Haul plans to build two self storage facilities totaling 1,787 units and 189,528 square feet in Ridgefield, Wash., and Frankfort, Ill.

The 94,764-square-foot Ridgefield facility is set to rise three stories. The property will comprise 850 indoor, climate-controlled units featuring high-tech security, as well as moving supplies such as trucks, trailers, boxes, towing equipment and hitch installation. Opening is expected in 2026.

Located at 17601 NE Union Road, the 5.7-acre site is across the street from the Clark County Fairgrounds. Interstate 5 is less than 1 mile away, while downtown Portland, Ore., is some 17 miles south. Within a 3-mile radius, five other facilities provide 9.1 rentable square feet of storage space per capita, Yardi Matrix data shows.


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Upon its completion, the Illinois project will mark the first facility U-Haul owns and operates in the Village of Frankfort. Some of its services are slated to become available this August.

Plans call for a three-story, 94,764-square-foot facility comprising a mix of 937 indoor climate-controlled and drive-up units. Additionally, a warehouse holding up to 1,000 portable moving and storage containers is also in the works.

Amenities will feature high-tech security, towing equipment, hitch installation, as well as propane tanks. Moreover, sustainable initiatives such as Re-Use Center and Take a Box, Leave A Box will also be implemented.

Located at 19600 S. Harlem Ave., on the site of the former Saunoris’ Garden Center, the 6.8-acre property is less than 1 mile from Illinois Route 43. Interstate 80 is some 2 miles north and downtown Chicago is roughly 30 miles northeast.

Self storage development in Chicago and Portland

Metro Portland’s self storage pipeline totaled more than 710,000 square feet of under-construction storage space as of June, accounting for 3.2 percent of total stock, according to Yardi Matrix data. North of 830,000 square feet were also in the planning and permitting stages.

As of June, Chicago’s self storage pipeline encompassed more than 790,000 square feet of under-construction storage space, representing 1.3 percent of total stock, the same source reveals. The metro was one of the top self storage markets for deliveries in 2023, with 1.7 million rentable square feet being launched last year—accounting for 3.3 percent of stock.

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