U-Haul Giving Facelift To Abandoned Wickes Plant
Friday November 13th, 2015
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The abandoned Wicks plant in East Windsor is seeing new life.
U-Haul Moving & Storage is now open and offering truck and trailer rentals as well as moving supplies, after a sale of the property from the city closed on September 30th.
“This investment is great news for the City,” Dilkens said. “U-Haul is a household name and well respected in the industry, and I want to thank them for their confidence in the Windsor market. In addition, the clean-up and visual improvements to the site is welcomed news to this area of the city.”
After sitting empty for nearly 20 years, and following a serious fire in 2014, the 11-acre property is in the process of getting an overhaul inside and out.
The 128,240-square-foot building will be renovated within the next year to include 1,000 indoor storage units, drive-up storage units, and a U-Box portable moving and self-storage container warehouse.
“This has been an eyesore for years, but when we are finished it will be amazing,” U-Haul Company of Western Ontario president David Anstett said. “We are rebuilding a spot where so many people worked in the past, and I am proud of this growing tie with the community.”
The city of Windsor purchased what was previously known as the Wickes property in 2009 with the objective to facilitate its cleanup and redevelopment. The city is using grant money to aid U-Haul in the cleanup efforts.