U-Haul industrial rezoning with RV storage approved by Apache Junction City Council

Councilmembers Jeff Struble and Gail Evans and Vice Mayor Chip Wilson at a City Council meeting. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Approximately 50 acres of a vacant 78-acre property at the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 60 and South Idaho Road has been rezoned, with a U-Haul truck rental and self-storage facility to be the first development.

Plans include the facility to be constructed on about 10 acres at the southeast corner of the freeway and Idaho Road and includes 128 spaces for RV, boat and vehicle storage.

The Apache Junction City Council on April 16 approved in a 6-0 vote the rezoning from general commercial by planned development to light industrial/business park by planned development and amended a plan of development for the remaining 28-acre portion of the property.

Councilwoman Christa Rizzi recused herself from discussion and the vote because she owns a U-Haul dealership.

Councilmember Robert Schroeder (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

“As much as I’m not a fan of the RV storage, this building is designed to be attractive. It is visible from the freeway in an otherwise barren desert. I think it probably would be a pretty good addition,” Councilman Robert Schroeder said at the meeting.

Amerco Real Estate Co. and U-Haul International LLC, represented by David Pollock, sought the rezoning.

Fifteen to 20 people will be employed at the U-Haul facility, Mr. Pollock said to the council.

“The RV 128 spaces is only a minor percentage of a product that we’re offering to our customers that need it,” he said.

“See, our main focus is the rental of equipment; our main focus is self-storage. But we have a retail component that our customers have asked us for years and so we have expanded on it — they want to buy boxes and moving supplies — so why not give our customers what they need? The RV (storage) has become a component that we offer as a commodity to our customers; it is not the major area of it,” Mr. Pollock said.

The vehicle storage area will be walled and have landscaping, he said.
“What we’re trying to offer is a high-quality product for these $100,000-$600,000-cost vehicles and equipment to be parked there,” Mr. Pollock said.

The council on Sept. 18, 2018 approved a General Plan land use map amendment, which changed the 50 acres from community commercial zoning to light industrial/business park zoning.

Editor Richard Dyer can be reached at rdyer@newszap.com

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