10C — May 29 - June 11, 2015 — Industrial / Distribution Centers — M id A tlantic

Real Estate Journal


NAI M ertz

By Scott Mertz, SIOR, NAI Mertz Speculative industrial construction is on the rise in Southern New Jersey

familiar, and s ome t i me s d r e a d e d , ‘Construction Ahead’ signs are appear- ing on roads throughout the Nor th- e a s t . B u t W

a veritable big box boomtown. Upper Burlington County has long been an industrial destination due to its incredible highway access—both I-295 and the New Jersey Turnpike traverse the area—and Exit 6 offers direct access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. With the extreme popularity of on- line shopping and consumers looking for immediate delivery, the ability to efficiently cover a broad distribution area has grown in importance to dis- tribution and manufacturing companies, resulting in a surge of groundbreakings, and new leasing activity, from Burling-

ton to Bordentown. The wave of new construc- tion began with several high- profile firms opting to relocate or expand in Burlington Coun- ty. In 2014, Subaru of North America completed a 526,000 s/f parts distribution facility in NFI Park, and Destination Maternity broke ground on a 406,375 s/f distribution and fulfillment center in Haines Industrial Center. Burlington Coat Factory reaffirmed its commitment to the county by embarking on construction of a new 200,000 s/f corporate headquarters on Route 130. Recently, Grainger announced

it would relocate to Borden- town’s Central Crossings. At 1.3 million s/f, Grainger’s new facility will become the larg- est commercial warehouse in the state of New Jersey when completed in 2016 – surpassing Amazon’s newly opened Rob- binsville facility. Incentives have been another factor in tipping the scales in New Jersey’s favor when at- tempting to attract or retain companies with high employee counts. Several of the recent construction projects were fos- tered by GROW NJ incentive packages. Florence Township also offers a PILOT (Payments In Lieu Of Taxes) incentive that been successful in attracting companies, including Subaru. With clear demand for logis- tics centers, institutional own- ers have responded by specu- latively developing massive distribution warehouses that can serve as regional hubs or corporate headquarters. These new state-of-the-art facilities typically feature30+ foot ceiling heights and the potential for 100+ loading docks. Cedar Lane, which is just off Exit 6 of the New Jersey Turn- pike and Route 130 in Florence, is a particular hot spot for new construction. Here, the Coving- ton Group has plans to build a 577,000 s/f cross-docked facility, and across the street, Liberty Property Trust plans to deliver a 633,600 s/f cross-docked facil- ity. At NFI Park at Florence Crossing, a second phase of con- struction is set to begin. There will be a 315,000 s/f expansion of one of the existing buildings and a new building of 336,000 s/f will be delivered. In Burlington, Clarion Part- ners is set to begin Phase I of Burlington Industrial Park, a four-building park totaling 1,600,000 s/f. The first two buildings – 478,000 s/f and 172,000 s/f – are set to be de- livered in Fall 2015. Just off Route 130 on Campus Drive, Exeter Property Group is con- structing a 180,000 s/f class ‘A’ warehouse. Boasting an ideal location close to some of New Jersey’s major highways, competitive incentive packages, and brand new first rate facilities coming available, the ‘Under Con- struction’ signs at Exits 6 and 7 in upper Burlington County should witness a steady stream of traffic. Scott Mertz, SIOR is presi- dent of NAI Mertz. n

ith the onset of warmer tempera- tures, the all too

New Jersey, to the point where new construction has returned in a big way. Much of this new construc- tion is occurring in Burlington County around Exits 6 and 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike. Be- cause these Exits off the Turn- pike offer proximity to bothNew York City and Philadelphia, and central locations in the densely populated Northeast corridor, the cities of Burling- ton, Florence and Bordentown have become magnets for firms looking to establish new dis- tribution and manufacturing centers. With over 5,000,000 s/f currently proposed, the area is

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in southern New Jersey, the ‘Construction Ahead’ signs are welcome signs of construction. The “Construction Ahead’ signs indicate the rebound of the industrial market in southern

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