On a Sunday in July 2012, dispatch received a call at 3:50 a.m. Apple Valley Storage at One Pan American in Paonia was on fire. Although the Paonia fire and police departments responded, the storage units were a complete loss.
With a one-year anniversary date of the fire rapidly approaching, the arson investigation remains open.
The property has since been sold to local realtor Greg Peterson. Construction started on May 21 and is expected to be completed by July 1.
The new units are all steel construction. They come pre-cut and designed to fit the existing slab. "That was one of the requirements of the town, that it be built on the existing footprint of the old storage building," Peterson said.
"It seemed like an appropriate use for the concrete slab that was left behind," Peterson said. "There's a shortage of storage in the community." Since Peterson has a similar storage facility on Second Street, the Apple Valley location will be an expansion of his Paonia Storage.
Peterson is planning some type of fence for security that would continue to allow for foot traffic through the property, but would not allow unauthorized vehicles to park behind the units.
"It's nice to get it back in use," Peterson said. "It's a community resource. People ask for and need storage, and I'm happy to provide it."
"I already have customers waiting in the wings," Peterson said. There will be 37 units ranging in size from 10 x 20 feet, 10 x 10 feet or 10 x 5 feet. Call Peterson at 527-3464 if you are interested.blog comments powered by Disqus