Another massive logistics center is coming to Spartanburg County.
CRG Integrated Real Estate Solutions is developing the Inland 85 Logistics Center on a 324-acre site adjacent to BMW Manufacturing Co. Phase 1 will include a 500,280-foot speculative warehouse center expandable to nearly 1.2 million square feet. That is expected to be ready for occupancy later this year, according to Mike Demperio, CRG southeast region vice president and partner.
Demperio said the company expects to begin construction in March or April and will have the first phase move-in ready by the fourth quarter of the year. He said he expects additional builds over the next three or four years.
"We like the 85 corridor and the industrial base of the area and think there’s a real need with low vacancies," he said. "There's a great distribution market to compliment a sizeable manufacturing base."
Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said the project has been in the works since late summer and is one that he is especially excited to see come to fruition.
"I’m very happy to see the project being born this week. It’s been in the infancy stages for several months," he said. "It's going to make a great contribution for Spartanburg that will open up the opportunities for the citizens here, and that’s what it’s all about, bringing high-quality jobs and giving them the opportunity to better their lives."
Britt said the project's investment is estimated to be about $125 million. Once completed, the expandable warehouse will have a 36-foot clearance height, ample trailer storage and car parking associated with other new state-of-the-art distribution centers throughout the country, according to the statement from CRG.
"CRG is a quality developer that will build a beautiful industrial park that will aid in the quality of workplace in Spartanburg County," he said.
Britt said the area around BMW is desirable to builders because of its proximity to Interstates 85 and 26.
"Part of the reason they’re interested is, we’re a day-and-a-half truck drive to 75 percent of U.S. population," he said. "We’ve been blessed with two great interstates that intersect in Spartanburg, making us the crossroads of the east."
He added: "What’s driving CRG is the Inland Port, born out of necessity because of BMW. Those two entities are the gifts that keep on giving. The port is now drawing in companies outside the scope of BMW, realizing that Spartanburg County is the place to be to work, play and do great business."