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Taylor: Houston Developer to Construct First Building in City’s Railroad Logistics Park

Feature Photo: City leaders, along with officials from Partners Real Estate Company, at May’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the project. Image: City of Taylor.

Posted: 10-11-2021

by Art Benavidez

Taylor (Williamson County) — A Houston-based real estate company has announced it will develop a rail-served distribution building for RCR Taylor Logistics Park.

The 350,000 square-foot building will be located at the proposed 750-acre rail park site near the intersection of U.S. Route 79 and FM 3349, in west Williamson County.

The developers, Partners Real Estate Company, are in the process of developing Taylor Port Rail Park, which will be the first building at RCR Taylor Logistics Park.

The park will be a Union Pacific and BNSF rail-served logistics park. The city held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the project on May 5.  

The timeline for the development has construction slated to begin in January of 2022 and commence operations in September of 2022. NAI Partners, the developers in-house brokerage and real estate services firm, will serve as the leasing agent on the project.

A site plan from the company’s website shows 13 warehouse buildings with eight of the warehouses at 500,000 square feet, with six of those warehouses on 21.8 acres and two on 23.3 acres. Other details in the site plan include:

  • An 808,034 square-foot warehouse on 29.9 acres
  • A 498,125 square-foot warehouse on 23.6 acres
  • A 334,996 square-foot warehouse on 13.9 acres
  • A 174,000 square-foot warehouse on 10.3 acres
  • 6,600 parking spaces on 63.5 acres  
  • Four detention ponds
Master plan for RCR Taylor Logistics Park by City of Taylor.

The park does mention that the sites are available for design-built and build-to-suit facilities.

Last month, the Planning and Zoning Commission disapproved a preliminary plan for Brookshire-based Railroad Infrastructure & Terminal Development, LLC due to “corrections that need to be made prior to recordation of the plat.” 

NAI Partners’ John Coglazier Jr., who will be handling leasing,  told the Austin Business Journal that such a project would have been inconceivable five years ago, but the Austin area is an ideal region for the logistics industry.

“The big driver of this whole development is rail service. Austin has historically lacked rail service as an industrial product,”Coglazier said.

Coglazier added the development would interest any company looking for a warehouse on a rail spur.

VBX Project ID: 2021-7279