CapRock Partners held a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 8, 2022, to mark the official start of construction on West 202 Logistics. Located just east of the recently completed Loop 202 extension around South Mountain and one mile south of I-10, this 183-acre speculative infill development adds 3.4 million square feet to Phoenix’s industrial portfolio.

“This is an incredible opportunity at exactly the right time here in Phoenix to see more than 3 million square feet come out of the ground in a market where we have such tremendous demand,” says Christine Mackay, director of community and economic development for the City of Phoenix. “Look at the supply chain issues we’re having. This project will make a world of difference in being able to ensure that logistics companies have a great place to be.”

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Willmeng Construction is the general contractor for West 202 Logistics.

Nearby markets such as Southern California and Las Vegas are land constrained and have nearly zero vacancy when it comes to big box industrial product, according to Nicholas Ilagan, senior vice president of asset management at CapRock Partners.

Patrick Daniels, CEO of CapRock Partners, adds, “Phoenix’s geographic position within a single day’s drive to primary consumer markets and logistics hubs in Southern California, Dallas, Denver and Salt Lake City has led to Phoenix becoming a critical node in the North American supply chain.”

The project’s prime location means future tenants will be able to reach approximately 125 million people via two-day truck service, most of the Valley in under an hour and be minutes away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Ilagan says that the mobility afforded by being so close to the intersection of the Loop 202’s western edge and I-10 made the property attractive from a development standpoint. “When you talk about the tenants who could be occupying these buildings with a distribution or last-mile logistics strategy, this opens up the entire Valley,” he notes. “The Loop 202 extension also shows a commitment to infrastructure that supports the growth of the population and Phoenix’s economy.”

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In a press release, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego states, “The Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway opened up opportunities for job creation and capital investment in Phoenix. CapRock Partners is the first industrial investment to develop along Loop 202. Its construction of the largest industrial campus in Phoenix’s history is a statement of confidence in our city’s future. More people choose Phoenix as their new home than any other U.S. city, that’s why we invest in infrastructure to attract projects like this one.”

Phase 1 of CapRock West 202 Logistics will include the development of approximately 140 acres, delivering 2.5 million square feet of modern industrial warehouse space across five Class A buildings with clear heights ranging from 36 feet to 40 feet. Completion of this phase is anticipated in Q1 2023. Phase 2 will include an additional three buildings totaling 827,330 square feet on 43 acres. Timing of the second phase’s start is to be announced.