U-Haul preps site near Orlando airport for moving truck maintenance facility

Bob Moser
GrowthSpotter

U-Haul International is preparing plans for a new truck maintenance facility next to its flagship moving and self-storage center now under construction near Orlando International Airport, drawn to population growth in the Lake Nona community.

Located at 7800 Narcoossee Road, the 10.2-acre parcel lies directly north of used car dealer Off Lease Only's property where expansion is underwayU-Haul Co of Florida paid $1.65 million for the site in December 2014.

Construction is currently underway by Abrams Construction on the project's first phase: a three-story moving service and self-storage building, with 88,000 square feet of rentable area. It is an estimated four months from completion, owner's representative Rod Baldwin told GrowthSpotter

Phase 2 on the property includes a repair and maintenance facility for U-Haul trucks. Construction plans are still under review by Orange County, with the work estimated at $4 million. General contractor bids for that phase are currently being fielded, Baldwin said. 

Concurrently, U-Haul is filing a request to annex the property into the city of Orlando for sewer connectivity. 

Population growth in Lake Nona drew the company to invest now, based on proprietary research that do-it-yourself moving and self-storage options were lacking in close proximity to that submarket, said Miguel Caminos, president for U-Haul in Orlando.

"We are investing in Orlando and the future of Lake Nona," Caminos said via e-mail. "Being close to Orlando International Airport is important for our business. Air travel is part of the moving business and we want to be accommodating." 

U-Haul plans to position the new facility as a flagship store. Services will include truck and trailer sharing, professional hitch installation, U-Box portable moving and self-storage containers, climate-controlled storage and more. 

Winter Springs-based American Civil Engineering is leading the annexation application process. 

The U-Haul property lies 2.3 miles south of another new self-storage facility on S. Goldenrod Road for which plans were filed in March, meant to serve the Lee Vista and airport submarkets. 

Population growth is propelling Orlando's self-storage market. Orange County added the second most new residents in the state after Hillsborough in 2017, and the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area ranked No. 8 in the nation, according to new annual U.S. Census data the Orlando Sentinel reported on March 22

Editor's Note: This article was updated to correct U-Haul's status of active construction on the Phase 1 building on the property, and clarify pending permits are related to the Phase 2 truck maintenance facility.

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