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Estrella BP, CBRE, WEB

Propak Logistics leases 50KSF in Phoenix

CBRE has completed a 48,735-square-foot lease at Estrella Business Park located at 1010 S. 65th Avenue in Phoenix. Propak Logistics, Inc. has leased the space marking the companies first location in metropolitan Phoenix and bringing the property to 100 percent leased.

Pat Feeney, Dan Calihan and Rusty Kennedy with CBRE’s Phoenix office, along with Bob Pielsticker of CBRE Tulsa, represented Fort Smith, Ark.-based Propak. The landlord, EJM Development Co. of Los Angeles, Calif. Propak, negotiated on its own behalf.

This was a unique user requirement and the space at Estrella Business Park was a perfect match. The space in question is an end cap with an adjacent 3-acre side yard, which will allow Propak to meet the needs of their major clients in and around the metro area,” said CBRE’s Feeney.

This transaction is another testament to the health of the Phoenix industrial market. Leasing activity, particularly in the 20,000 to 200,000-sq.-ft. range, has been strong all year,” continued Feeney. “In fact, year-to-date these types of transactions total more than 1.4 million sq. ft. of absorption. This is important because the overall health of the Metropolitan Phoenix industrial market has historically been supported by midsized users/space and this size range shows no signs of slowing as we round out 2014 and head into 2015.”

We are very happy to have Propak as one of our valued tenants in the Phoenix market and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the company,” said Fred Stiles, Regional Director with EJM Development Co. EJM, one of the largest industrial property owners in metropolitan Phoenix, currently owns 5.5 million square feet of industrial buildings across the Valley.

Propak, a provider of leading-edge logistics, transportation and supply chain management solutions, will use the new location to service Walmart, one of the company’s major clients. Propak is a major pallet supplier for the retail giant and the new space at Estrella Business Park is conveniently located between two of the company’s major distribution centers in Casa Grande and Buckeye. Propak’s lease brings Estrella Business Park to full occupancy.

Goodyear Gateway South, EJM Development

Michael Lewis Co. buys parcel in Goodyear Gateway South

Goodyear Gateway South, the 221-acre industrial zoned park being developed by EJM Development Co. just north of the Phoenix Goodyear Airport, has announced its first user. Michael Lewis Co. (MLCo) has purchased a 30-acre parcel for development. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Pat Feeney, Dan Calihan and Rusty Kennedy with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented EJM Development in the transaction. MLCo was represented by Andy Cloud with Cassidy Turley.

MLCo is a global provider of in-flight and catering products, logistics and supply chain management solutions. MLCo plans to build a 250,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility on the newly-purchased, 30-acre parcel at Goodyear Gateway South, taking advantage of the park’s foreign trade zone (FTZ) designation. This facility marks an expansion for the company in metropolitan Phoenix. The new facility will increase the company’s current operation and will feature a combination of refrigerated space, dry storage and office space

“This purchase and planned facility is a great example of the draw of an FTZ designation,” said Fred Stiles, Regional Director with EJM Development Co. “FTZ status allows metropolitan Phoenix to compete for companies doing business internationally. What’s more, in Arizona there is an additional tax benefit for properties in FTZs that allows for significant reductions in both real and personal property tax.”

“We are thrilled to have Michael Lewis Co. locate in Goodyear” said Mayor Georgia Lord. “This addition to our business community will bring with it more than 100 jobs and helps us launch one of our premier employment corridors – the Goodyear Gateway South development. We appreciate EJM Development’s investment in infrastructure on this property. As a result of our strong partnership with them, we are confident we will continue to see industry investment in this area and additional jobs for our City.”

This land purchase comes just months after EJM Development broke ground on significant infrastructure at Goodyear Gateway South. In May of this year the developer began work on $5 million worth of construction on streets and utilities, which is nearing completion and should be finished by year’s end. The street improvements include full width 143rd Avenue from Van Buren Street to Yuma Road and improvements to Yuma Road, as well as a traffic signal at 143rd and Van Buren.

“EJM strategically laid the framework for the Goodyear Gateway South,” said CBRE’s Feeney. “The West Valley has emerged as the next epicenter of major commercial development in metropolitan Phoenix and major employers are looking to locate and expand in the Valley. It’s important that we are able to offer high-quality, industrial-zoned, shovel-ready sites. The development of infrastructure, streets and utilities at Goodyear Gateway South is a major step toward being ready for incoming users.”

The 221-acre, foreign trade zone-approved Goodyear Gateway South is ideally situated for users that transport goods intra- and inter-state. Additionally, the park provides companies access to the talented, deep and productive workforce living in the immediate area, while freeways put it within an hour of all 3.8 million workers in Greater Phoenix. Goodyear Gateway South is part of the larger Airport Gateway at Goodyear master-planned community. At build-out, Airport Gateway will feature approximately 3 million square feet of planned industrial/work space at Goodyear Gateway South and at Goodyear Gateway North, home of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s state of the art medical treatment facility, an additional 2.5 million square feet of upscale regional retail, hotel, office and medical office uses.


Megan Creecy-Herman

Megan Creecy-Herman Joins Liberty Property Trust

Liberty Property Trust today announced that Megan Creecy-Herman has joined the company as director of leasing and development.

Creecy-Herman will be responsible for marketing the portfolio and working on existing and future development projects throughout the Valley.

Creecy-Herman comes to Liberty from EJM Development Co., where she held various positions in leasing, acquisitions and development. That company specializes in the acquisition of unimproved land and the development and management of commercial/industrial projects in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

“I’m extremely pleased to announce the addition of Megan to our Arizona team,” said John DiVall, senior vice president and city manager, Liberty Property Trust. “I met Megan through some of our mutual NAIOP responsibilities and was very impressed. She will play an integral role in helping me continue to grow our portfolio.”

In 2009, Creecy-Herman was the founding chairperson of NAIOP Arizona’s Developing Leaders Group for commercial real estate professionals age 35 and under. That year she was a recipient of first the NAIOP Arizona Chapter Developing Leaders Award and then the NAIOP National Developing Leaders Award.

In 2010, she became the youngest person elected to the NAIOP Arizona Chapter Board of Directors. She has also served as the co-chair of the NAIOP National Developing Leaders Diversity Task Force.

A graduate of Arizona State University, Creecy-Herman earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.  She recently received her Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

Creecy-Herman continues to serve on the NAIOP Arizona Chapter Board of Directors and the NAIOP National Industry Trends Task Force. She is an active member of the Junior League of Phoenix Leadership Team, and the Arizona State University Real Estate Alumni Club.