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San Antonio: Atlanta-Based Warehouse Developer Puts a Pin in 42-Acre West County Site

Posted: 10-20-2021

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) — An Atlanta-based developer of large warehouse and distribution centers is looking to construct a major facility in west Bexar County.

A 42.4-acre site in west Bexar County is being eyed by an Atlanta developer of logistics centers.

At Tuesday’s Zoning Commission meeting, the panel was to have heard a request to rezone a 42.4-acre tract of undeveloped land from C-3 General Commercial to Light Industrial. The case was postponed, however, having been pulled from the agenda by the company’s representative. A new hearing date was not entered.

The property is located northwest of the intersection of West Loop 1604 North and Military Drive West. It is owned by the McCombs Family Partners Ltd.

The Development Services Department staff review concluded with a recommendation to approve the request. Staff noted that the applicant “is seeking to construct a high-cube fulfillment center warehouse.”

The applicant is Seefried Industrial Properties of Atlanta, Georgia, a company that has over 30 years experience in developing, leasing and managing industrial real estate. The company has regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Dallas.

Seefried Industrial Properties is known to construct high-cube warehouse-distribution facilities for other companies. A high-cube warehouse is generally a very large shell building, commonly constructed using steel framing or concrete tilt-up. Minimum gross floor areas start at 200,000 square feet, with minimum ceiling heights of 24 feet and a minimum dock-door ratio of one door per 10,000 square feet.

A 42.4-acre site would be able to accommodate a much larger facility. Assuming impervious cover of 75%, and with half that area dedicated to tractor-trailer and employee parking, there would still be enough space for a facility in the neighborhood of 700,000 square feet.

Seefried has been maintaining an aggressive development schedule. Just since mid-July, the company has completed, broken ground or announced plans to build eight logistics centers:

  • Pflugerville, Texas: Seefried announced on July 20 completion of a 3.8 million square-foot warehouse and distribution center for Amazon.
  • Buford, Georgia: Seefried announced on July 29 an agreement with U.S. Institutional Partner to acquire a 53-acre site to developer a two-building speculative industrial project spanning 626,616 square feet.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida: Seefried announced on Aug. 6 it will developer a 1,080,308 square-foot facility for Amazon.
  • Visalia, California: Seefried filed for a permit on Aug. 6 to build a 1 million square-foot distribution center for Ace Hardware Corp.
  • Jackson County, Georgia: Seefried on Sept. 10 officially broke ground on an 800,590 square-foot speculative industrial building.
  • Tallahassee, Florida: Seefried on Sept. 10 officially broke ground on a 2.8 million square-foot fulfillment center that is expected to be completed by 4th Quarter 2022.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida: Seefried obtains local approval on a site plan for Kings Logistics Center, a 65-acre industrial park that will have warehouse facilities ranging in size from 300,000 to 658,000 square feet; the future tenants had not been identified.
  • Avondale, Arizona: A Seefried joint venture with Crow Holdings Capital is announced Oct. 18 to build 1010-at-Van Buren, a 39-acre regional distribution center. The development will total 633,321 square feet in two buildings.

adolfo@virtualbx.com

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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.

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