WORTHINGTON — A new structure measuring 200 feet by 40 feet is now visible along Oxford Street, just west of Marthaler Ford.

The Schaap Moving & Storage facility is now ready for people to utilize its storage units, said Arnold Waldner, owner of the business, this week. The building, erected by Nau Construction of Worthington, is located at the former Nutripo site on which demolition work was completed in June.

“I’d been looking for land and this became available,” Waldner said. “On the first of September, new construction began, and the building is up already.”

Waldner explained that the building is composed of 28 10 feet by 20 feet and four 12 feet by 40 feet mini-storage units. While the four larger units are currently rented, 19 of the smaller units are available now.

“People come in and rent a storage unit and lock it up themselves,” Waldner said. “They can put anything they want in there; once they lock it up I can’t get in.”

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An agreement is signed between the renter and Schaap Moving & Storage, and rent is due monthly. Also available to rent at the site is space in a shed next to the new building. That structure is insulated and is a secured place to store such items as campers, boats and “toy haulers,” Waldner said.

Waldner said he owned storage units in a different location for the last 30 years, and what’s stored in those will eventually come into the new building. Year-round access to the units will be off Stower Drive.

Schaap Moving & Storage has been around for more than 65 years, Waldner estimated. Among the services it offers are local and long-distance moving, professional packing, short- and long-term storage and piano moving,

Waldner has been associated with the enterprise since 1985.

“I came here from South Dakota in 1983 … and I was working for a farmer then,” he recalled. “I then moved away for a year, then came back and started working (for Schaap).”

Waldner subsequently bought the business from Arthur Schaap in 1994, he said.

For more information about Schaap Moving & Storage and its services, call 376-4775.