Lucenda Self Storage is located at 290 Margaret St., Plattsburgh.
The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
More information is available by visiting the Web site www.lucenda
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PLATTSBURGH — The former Bouyea Bakery building will soon reopen as a climate-controlled self- storage facility.
Lucenda Self-Storage co-owner Pierre Tremblay said he hopes to open for business Nov. 1.
Already, 125 storage units have been installed in the building's main level. An additional 75 units are expected to be built in the basement sometime in November.
Lori and Mark Allen of Lee Custom Homes II will be the managers.
"We started to renovate this for Pierre in March," Mrs. Allen said.
She said Tremblay, being a visionary, decided the best way to market the building would be by locating a successful business in it. He researched the climate-controlled self-storage idea at a trade show last year.
The installed storage units were purchased from a company in Florida, which delivered them by tractor trailer and put them in.
The temperature in the storage units will be kept at 50 degrees or higher in winter, Mrs. Allen said, and 80 degrees or lower in summer.
Units range from 5 feet by 5 feet to 10 feet by 20 feet. The first-floor units are 8 feet high, while those in the basement will be 7 feet high.
The former warehouse area is being used to store motor homes, boats and cars for this year. Room exists for another 115 storage units there, if there's demand, Mrs. Allen said.
Customers will have 24-hour access to their space seven days a week, with a private access code to enter the building.
A sophisticated video surveillance system is also planned.
The exterior has been repainted in a cream color with Adirondack green trim. The property will be landscaped once renovations are complete.
Its located near the many professional offices in downtown Plattsburgh and the Allens said the climate-controlled feature makes it ideal for records storage.
The timing worked out very well, as the Allens will use the office space for a new Lee Custom Homes II office. They were ready to sell their current office but didn't have a new location.
The Allens have a history with Tremblay and his business partner, Richard Bergeron, having built homes for both of them in the 1990s.
When Tremblay was looking for someone to manage the new business, the Allens suggested they could run the business and use the office space for their home-construction business.
Lee Custom Homes II and Lucenda Self Storage will have separate offices.
EMPTY FOR YEARS
While the building required a good general cleaning, Mrs. Allen said, it remains structurally sound, so little heavy renovation required.
A ramp is being built out front to allow access for people with disabilities.
The business closed in October 2002 and had been vacant since.
"Pierre had the vision to take a building that maybe was just going to sit there and decay and make something of it," Mrs. Allen said. "This is a win-win for everyone."
City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said the bakery was owned by two branches of the Bouyea family, including his in-laws. He worked there for 10 years, in a variety of jobs.
Kasprzak toured the building Thursday.
"As a former employee, I was visited by a sense of nostalgia of the time I worked there."
The mayor said he was impressed by the quality of the storage units.
"I am totally amazed at what is taking place there. This is a first-class, controlled-climate self-storage facility. As the mayor, I am very pleased the building has become viable again. I am very pleased by the investment of these developers."
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