U-Haul is turning an ugly, abandoned hotel in the Northland into a storage facility

Jim Cunningham
September 19, 2018 - 4:33 am

A run-down, shuttered Northland eyesore receiving a new purpose.

Three different hotel chains, most recently Howard Johnson, have tried to make a profit with the 11-story building off I-29, near Tiffany Springs Parkway. The dilapidated structure was sold last November and will be converted into a U-Haul storage facility.

The rental and storage company is always looking to repurpose fundamentally obsolete buildings, said Richard Castaneda, U-Haul Field Relief Manager.

"There were about 300-ish rooms, so we're ballparking about 600 to 800 storage units," Castaneda said.

The hotel had extensive water damage, which resulted in mold. The cleanup process has been a tremendous undertaking, Castenada said.

The company hopes to have storage units ready to rent by spring 2019.

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