Gillem Logistics Center Breaks Ground on Its Second Speculative Industrial Building

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Robinson Weeks Partners announce plans for 1 million-square-foot distribution facility, accommodating regional distribution and last-mile deliveries to greater Atlanta region

Robinson Weeks Properties has broken ground on a new 1 million-square-foot speculative building, which is expandable to 1.4 million, at Gillem Logistics Center in Atlanta, Ga.

“The shift in consumer purchasing habits has forced companies to adjust their supply chains to meet demand, now providing quick turnaround direct-to-consumer and brick-and-mortar delivery,” said Forrest Robinson, CEO of Robinson Weeks Partners.

Robinson Weeks Properties has broken ground on a new 1 million-square-foot speculative building, which is expandable to 1.4 million, at Gillem Logistics Center (http://www.GillemLogisticsCenter.com), a 1,168-acre state-of-the-art, regional distribution and e-commerce logistics campus. The building will be complete by Q1 2018.

The building represents the next generation of e-commerce/regional distribution centers, accommodating users’ last-mile deliveries to Metro Atlanta, with convenient access to all of the city’s major arteries: Downtown Atlanta (12 miles), I-285: (2.5 miles), I-75 (3.19 miles), and I-85 (9 miles). With 40-foot clear heights, cross dock loading, and abundant truck trailer storage, the building is a unique facility for companies looking to enhance their logistics networks.

This announcement comes on the heels of the success of Gillem Logistic Center’s first speculative building, also tailored for large big box retailer distribution centers. Tenants of the 848,421-square-foot building include Kuehne + Nagel, a leading global provider of innovative and fully integrated supply chain solutions.

Gillem Logistics Center also provides access to major shipping and transportation hubs, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (4.5 miles), FedEx Customer Center (1.5 miles), FedEx Ground (1.5 miles), UPS Customer Center (5.2 miles), USPS (6.5 miles), CSX Hub (20 miles), and Port of Savannah (236 miles).

“The shift in consumer purchasing habits has forced companies to adjust their supply chains to meet demand, now providing quick turnaround direct-to-consumer and brick-and-mortar delivery,” said Forrest Robinson, CEO of Robinson Weeks Partners. “This disruption in the marketplace leaves e-commerce and distribution centers in need of strategic access to local and national transportation, multi-year incentives, and a local industrial labor base, all of which Gillem Logistics Center offers.”

Gillem Logistics Center has a competitive advantage with access to a large pool of targeted and readily available workers for distribution center employment (including transportation/warehouse, manufacturing, and wholesale trade workers). Directly adjacent to the Gillem Logistics Center site, there are multiple Census tracts with 30 percent to 40 percent of the labor force in the industrial labor sector—totaling more than 110,000 targeted workers within a 30-minute drive time. The unemployment rate within the 30-minute drive time is higher than that of surrounding geographic areas.

The center’s location within Clayton County, a Tier 1 county, gives users special tax incentives that no other county in the Atlanta metropolitan area can provide (up to $4,000 per new employee, per year, for five years). An aggressive tax abatement on equipment and real property is also available, based on total investment and number of jobs. When the incentives and competitive lease rates are combined, Gillem Logistics Center will offer one of the lowest overall operating costs in the metro area.

About Robinson Weeks Partners
Robinson Weeks Partners is an Atlanta-based industrial development and acquisition firm, whose partners have a combined 75 years of experience in the industrial real estate sector. The firm has developed and acquired more than $2.5 billion of industrial properties over the last 35 years. The boutique real estate firm structures ventures with public and private entities to develop master-planned industrial parks, and it also creates exceptional build-to-suit programs across the country for clients needing a trusted and experienced advisor to acquire and develop their facilities. The firm is actively developing in multiple markets throughout the Southeast. Robinson Weeks Partners’ strong capital structure allows them to form strategic partnerships with clients to leverage its strengths, tailoring each transaction with clarity, flexibility, and transparency.

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