Amazon buys 9.57 acres in Tucson for massive distribution center

Real Estate | 16 Apr |

Steve Cohen and Russ Hall of Cushman & Wakefield | Picor represented Scannell Properties of Indianapolis, IN (Robert Scanell, CEO) in the assemblage of 9.57 acres for the new Amazon distribution center being built in Tucson. Scanell purchased the property for approximately $1.5 million ($3.60 per square foot) land value in two separate transactions with buildings to raze on it.  Both transactions closed November 29, 2018.

The site is located at the southwest corner of Silverlake Road and I-10 with addresses on 29th Street and Silverlake, west of downtown Tucson.  Scanell has already begun prep work for the 59,000-square-foot single story warehouse to be used for sorting from larger warehouses and package transfers to smaller delivery vehicles, along with space for vehicle storage, washing and a fueling center.

Last year, Amazon paid $11.6 million ($145,926 per acre / $3.35 PSF) for its 79.5-acre site at 6701 S Kolb Road in Tucson within the Century Park Research Center, an active inland port of Tucson located in an active Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and an Arizona Enterprise Zone, both of which provide certain duty and tax benefits.

The building under construction consists of 857,388-square-feet of warehouse storage and office facility with three levels of mezzanines, totaling 1,196,161-square-feet and an additional process mezzanine of 265,049-square-feet. The entire project will have 63 loading docks, nearly 400 transport trailer parking spaces, along with 2,500 standard parking spaces, on the site.

The fulfillment center is expected to bring with it 1,500 full-time associates with competitive wages.  It is unknown how many jobs the new distribution center will bring.

The two facilities will complement each other.

Mike Hennessey of Burris, Hennessy & Company represented Barnett & Shore Contractors the seller of 819 W Silverlake Road while Walter Unger, CCIM, of Kasten Long Commercial Group in Phoenix represented the seller, Fiandaca Orland Living Trust, of 801 W 29th Street.

“It was a quick assemblage and escrow,” according to Steve Cohen. “As both properties were already on the market for sale. With two Amazon centers here by the end of this year, Tucson is becoming the logistics center of the Southwest.”

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