This fall, Manhattan Mini Storage’s Hudson Yards location on West 29th Street will have a whole new look. We’re transforming the lobby and loading bays to offer a more modern and friendly environment our guests can enjoy when visiting the location. The location will include Wi-Fi, a comfortable working area, and the same friendly service our customers have grown to expect.
After renovating our 44th Street location last year, we identified Hudson Yards in Chelsea as the next site for a fresh overhaul. Manhattan Mini Storage President Jon Dario suggests that this part of the city is in the middle of a significant residential shift, which precipitated this specific renovation.
“The whole neighborhood is undergoing a lot of change,” Jon says. “This building hasn’t been updated in quite some time, so it was a natural choice for us.”
“The whole neighborhood is undergoing a lot of change.”
The upgrade is modern and includes a larger lobby, new front counter, and an enhanced storage packaging supply sales area.
“We’re also changing the front of the building to all glass from dark walls,” Jon explains, “letting in natural light to the lobby and the first floor of storage units. It creates a much more inviting atmosphere.”
The plan also brings the loading bays in from off the sidewalk area, fully covering them and creating a less-intrusive environment on the sidewalks and into the street. It will also ensure a safer and more comfortable bay area for guests to load and unload their vehicles.
This renewal is a long time coming. Aside from a little work on the front counter several years ago, the 29th Street location still displays its original installation from the mid-1980s.
It was a different market back then, says project architect Marc Gellman, who has been with Edison Properties for more than 40 years. Gellman explains that Manhattan Mini Storage shifted from being a warehouse where people packed away belongings to an extension of their apartments — a second (or even third) closet or the garage they don’t have.
“Today, Manhattan Mini Storage is much more than just a warehouse,” says Marc. “It’s transforming the image of where you go to when you store your things, and so in designing these renovations we really want to present a different feeling than what people may expect. We’re more than just another warehouse.”
It’s transforming the image of where you go to when you store your things, and so in designing these renovations we really want to present a different feeling than what people may expect.
Renovations are underway and will be completed in early fall. After the Hudson Yards location, the plan is to refresh a different location annually over the next several years.
Jon is excited about the prospects of the new look, and he’s eager for guests to have a different experience at Manhattan Mini Storage.
“We recognize that storage of your personal property is an important thing,” Jon explains. “You want to feel great about coming to the storage facility to access your belongings, and that’s why we’ve invested so much time, resources, and effort into enhancing the experience so guests feel like their property is in a great place, is well-cared for, is safe and secure, and they feel comfortable coming there as often as they’d like.”