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JLL Income Property Trust buys Southeast Phoenix Distribution Center

The Southeast Phoenix Distribution Center. (PRNewsfoto/JLL Income Property Trust)

The Southeast Phoenix Distribution Center. (PRNewsfoto/JLL Income Property Trust)

JLL Income Property Trust, an institutionally managed daily NAV REIT with more than $3.5 billion in portfolio assets and 85 properties, announced in March the acquisition of Southeast Phoenix Distribution Center, a newly constructed, four-building, Class A distribution center totaling 474,000 square feet located in the Chandler submarket of Phoenix, one of the top warehouse markets within the greater Phoenix metroplex. The purchase price was $91 million.

“The broader industrial sector has proven to be resilient amid the pandemic and is on course to maintain its position as a winning property type for the foreseeable future,” said Allan Swaringen, president and CEO of JLL Income Property Trust. “At 96 percent leased and with an average weighted lease term of more than eight years, we believe Southeast Phoenix Distribution Center, which is located in the 14th largest industrial market in the U.S., fits well within our objectives. We remain bullish on the industrial sector as the demand drivers have been stronger than any other major property type and rent growth has exceeded expectations in many markets, including Phoenix, despite an active supply pipeline.”

This investment is JLL Income Property Trust’s second industrial acquisition in the Phoenix market, having acquired the Chandler Distribution Center for $31 million in December of 2019. JLL Income Property Trust’s aggregate industrial allocation is nearly $980 million, or approximately 30 percent of its 85-property, $3.5 billion diversified core real estate portfolio which includes 38 industrial properties in 12 key markets throughout the country.

Southeast Phoenix Distribution Center fits well with JLL Income Property Trust’s thesis of investing in institutional-quality industrial assets located in close proximity to irreplaceable hubs of transportation. According to LaSalle Research & Strategy’s Core Target Market Ranking, Phoenix is a recommended industrial overweight market due to its strong returns outlook with demand consistently out-pacing supply over the past ten years.

Southeast Phoenix Distribution Center is optimally located at the confluence of the Interstate 10 and Loop 202 freeways that traverse the Southeast Valley and provide access to vast labor pools throughout metro Phoenix. The Southeast Valley has collectively been the target of more corporate relocations than any other region of metro Phoenix. The property is 15 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix.

Constructed in 2019, the property has state-of-the-art features that accommodate a wide range of tenants, ranging from 20,000 square feet up to 135,000 square feet, and includes 32-foot clear heights, ESFR sprinkler systems, grade and dock-high doors, and full concrete truck courts with fencing.