Commerce, California, also known as City of Commerce, is a “model city” with industrial and residential areas in Southeast Los Angeles County. It’s smaller than other cities in the county with just under 13,000 residents in 6.5 square miles of land. The city was incorporated in 1960 as the 67th city in Los Angeles County as a deterrent to being annexed into Los Angeles or other neighboring cities.
The City of Commerce is on land that was originally part of Antonia Maria Lugo’s Rancho San Antonio. In 1887, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad was built through part of the land. A few decades later, the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, later to become Union Pacific, also built lines through the area. Because of the train connections, industries started coming to the area in the 1920’s. In the 1940’s industrial and residential leaders came together to encourage more industry and commerce to come to the area. In January, 1960, the city was incorporated to prevent neighboring cities from annexing the profitable industrial land for tax revenues. Since the city’s inception, The City of Commerce has been able to survive the changes in manufacturing by re-purposing heavy industrial sites to retail, office, warehouse and high technology areas. The largest redevelopment was The Citadel Outlet Mall. The Mall has over 130 brand name retail shops and special events throughout the year. Since the city is still surrounded by the train lines, it has a direct route to foreign trade via the Los Angeles Shipyards. The City of Commerce was the first city in the nation to offer a free municipal bus system and continues to do so today.
Commerce has a comprehensive Parks and Recreation department for such a small community, including 4 neighborhood parks, 7 community center, and a camp at Lake Arrowhead, California. The City of Commerce Recreation Department is unique in that it can offer all of its recreational programs and activities free to residents! The Brenda Villa Aquatic Center is a nationally known indoor aquatic center that has been the training pool for several United States Water Polo players.
Magellan Storage is proud to have one of our locations in City of Commerce. The location has been part of the Commerce community since December 2008. The storage facility has a specialized state-of-the-art security system, powered by PTI, digital keypad access and 24-7 digital video recording to give you peace of mind that your belongings are safe in storage. We also offer special storage units tailored to pharmaceutical or medical supply sales representatives. These special units are climate controlled and alarmed. Magellan Storage Commerce also offers a business center with free use of fax, phone, internet and a conference room. Stop in to see how our friendly and professional staff can help you with your personal and business storage needs.