Historical Commission OKs U-Haul facility at vacant factory

BY Zachary Comeau

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The former Melville Shoe Co. building will be transformed into a U-Haul facility.

A project to renovate the former Melville Shoe Co. building at 44 Hammond Road in Worcester into a U-Haul self-storage facility passed one city hurdle as the Historical Commission signed off on the project. 
The commission granted a one-year demolition delay waiver so Amerco Real Estate, the parent company of U-Haul, can repair the exterior of the building. 
Jeff Vain, a representative for the company, said the building will become a self-storage and truck rental operation. The company plans to rehab portions of the exterior, including replacing windows visible from the road and repairing other damaged windows. 
Other changes include extending a loading dock, installing two overhead doors and a garage door. 
The company will remove an old trash chute that is falling apart, Vain said. 
Vain didn’t detail the interior work or the company’s financial investment into the project. 
A mosaic depicting a worker fitting a shoe will be restored, Vain said. 
The site, at just over 2 acres, was sold to Amerco in April for $3.9 million.