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U-Haul restoring old Pennsylvania Railroad Warehouse on Oregon Avenue

A 1928-built Pennsylvania Railroad Warehouse that has been called the, ”last major surviving monument to the Pennsylvania Railroad’s great transportation empire,” is being restored in South Philly. uhaul-building Earlier this year, U-Haul purchased the 330,000 sq. ft. building at 8 E. Oregon Ave. for an adaptive reuse project “to help Philadelphia reduce its inventory of unused buildings and fulfill U-Haul’s Corporate Sustainability Initiatives.”

From PhillyVoice:

In April, U-Haul officially reopened the warehouse as the Riverview Store, providing a range of products from truck and trailer rentals to towing equipment, moving supplies, and U-Box portable moving and self-storage containers. That’s the first step in a renovation process that will eventually include more than 1,000 indoor self-storage units, both climate-controlled and nonclimate-controlled.

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5 Responses to U-Haul restoring old Pennsylvania Railroad Warehouse on Oregon Avenue

  1. Lou_100x July 18, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    Nice, that’s about the only viable usage for the building. Much better then knocking it down.

  2. spf5000 July 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    Better than knocking it down, but not as good as a large format art gallery like Tate Modern.

    • Lou_100x July 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

      Sure something along the lines of Tate Modern would be great! But that idea sort of skips over the “viable” aspect…

  3. leltsro July 20, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Does this mean that the Washington Ave U-Haul places will be heading south, opening more large Washington Ave properties to mega development?

    • Justin July 21, 2016 at 8:05 am #

      That’s a valid question, but I don’t think this new facility is a relocation; I think it’s just an expansion. Plenty of South Philadelphians have more stuff than their 1,000 sq. ft. rowhomes can store (myself included). In any case, I do love that repurposed factory at 12th & Wash.; I think the mega development is best left to that spot two blocks west of it!

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