Lehigh Valley warehouse sells for $201.5M
JLL Capital Markets closed the sale of the 1M-square-foot e-commerce warehouse
PHILADELPHIA, Apr. 27, 2021 – JLL Capital Markets announced today that it has closed the $201.5 million sale of a Class A industrial warehouse/distribution center totaling 1.03 million square feet at 951 Willowbrook in the Lehigh Valley community of Northampton, Pennsylvania.
951 Willowbrook is fully leased to a third-party logistics company that services e-commerce distribution for an American multi-national technology company. The long-term lease with more than nine years remaining provides in-place cash flow for the foreseeable future. The property is part of Rockefeller Group Logistics Park, a master-planned industrial park within a core location in the heart of the Lehigh Valley industrial market. This highly sought-after logistical location is proximate to Interstates 78 and 476 and Route 22, providing exceptional accessibility to the entire Lehigh Valley region, Philadelphia and New York City.
Rockefeller Group and PCCP broke ground on the building in 2018 and completed construction in the fall of 2020. 951 Willowbrook offers best-in-class, new generation specifications, including cross-dock loading, multiple curb cut entrances, full truck court circulation, 40-foot clear heights, ample trailer and car parking, LED lights, ESFR sprinkler system and 185-foot truck court with a 60-foot concrete apron.
JLL Research’s Eastern and Central Pennsylvania Industrial Insight - Q1 2021 report details how, after a record year of leasing, positive net absorption and rent growth in 2020, tenant demand has continued to surge higher into 2021. With a total vacancy of 6.4%, the Lehigh Valley Industrial submarket’s average asking rent is the second highest – after suburban Philadelphia – in the Eastern and Central Pennsylvania Industrial market, as this demand pushed rents for Class A properties into new heights.
“The Lehigh Valley has proven to be a core logistics market, as shown by investor demand for these buildings during our marketing this past year,” said Mark Shearer, Senior Managing Director for Rockefeller Group’s NJ/PA Region. “This was our first development in the region, and we look forward to continuing our development activities in Eastern Pennsylvania.”
The JLL Capital Markets team representing the sellers was led by Senior Managing Director John Plower, Director Ryan Cottone and Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of JLL’s Industrial Capital Markets group John Huguenard, along with Vice Chairman Paul Torosian, Vice Chairman Rob Kossar and Senior Managing Director Jeff Lockard.
“The property presented an exceptional opportunity to acquire a large scale, new generation building in the core of the Lehigh Valley market,” Plower said. “The park’s location, adjacent to a massive multinational delivery services company’s hub, makes e-commerce operations a logical use within the surrounding area for years to come.
“This was a terrific project for JLL’s industrial practice, and we were fortunate to work on behalf of Rockefeller and PCCP, first as leasing agents and then to continue to advise the partnership through disposition of the building,” he added. “This truly was a successful outcome for all parties involved.”
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About Rockefeller Group
Rockefeller Group is a leading real estate developer, owner and operator, known since the development of Rockefeller Center for pioneering large-scale urban mixed-use development. For 90 years, the company has been trusted for its financial strength, stability and vision and today remains committed to the selective development of innovative, high-quality properties across multiple property-types, including residential, office, industrial and mixed-use properties in major cities. Visit: RockefellerGroup.com.
About PCCP, LLC
PCCP, LLC is a real estate finance and investment management firm focused on commercial real estate debt and equity investments. PCCP has $12.8 billion in assets under management on behalf of institutional investors. With offices in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Los Angeles, PCCP has a 22-year track record of providing real estate owners and investors with a broad range of funding options to meet capital requirements. PCCP underwrites the entire capital stack to exploit inefficiencies in the market and provide investors with attractive risk-adjusted returns. Since its inception in 1998, PCCP has managed, raised or invested over $25.2 billion of capital through a series of investment vehicles including private equity funds, separate accounts and joint ventures. PCCP continues to seek investment opportunities with experienced operators seeking fast and reliable capital. Learn more about PCCP at pccpllc.com.
About CenterPoint Properties Trust
CenterPoint is an industrial real estate company made of dedicated thinkers, innovators and leaders with the creativity and know-how to tackle the industry’s toughest challenges. And it’s those kinds of problems—the delicate, the complex, the seemingly-impossible—that CenterPoint relishes most. Because with an agile team, substantial access to capital and industry-leading expertise, those are exactly the kinds of problems the company is built to solve. For more information, visit centerpoint.com, follow @CenterPointProp on Twitter or engage with them on LinkedIn.