More Industrial Deals On The Way For Harford and Baltimore
E-commerce, consumer goods and the Port of Baltimore are driving industrial deals in Greater Baltimore, with several new, big buildings coming to Harford County and Baltimore City.
Chesapeake Real Estate Group is developing three buildings totaling 1M SF at the Port of Baltimore. The first one, at Port 95 Industrial Park, was delivered to the market last month, said Chesapeake managing partner Jim Lighthizer. Chesapeake is marketing the two-story, 500k SF Class-B building to port storage users.
A second, 415k SF cross-dock building is breaking ground this month and will wrap up in September, while a smaller, 140k SF Class-A building will break ground in two months and wrap up in November. The latter offers city views that could attract a Fortune 500 company looking for office and industrial space, Lighthizer said.
“It has some curb appeal,” he added.
The first building in Eastgate totals 656k SF and will be ready this fall as speculative construction, which allows the developers to capitalize on the ripe industrial market, MRP Industrial co-founder Reid Townsend said.
“The risk increases with a spec [building], but the risk is controlled by the anticipation that there won’t be competing spec projects in 2017,” Townsend said.
That building can be expanded up to 1.5M SF, or the developers may construct a second building on the site, depending on clients’ needs. Another building on the site, totaling 1M SF, will be built to order.
Brick-and-mortar and e-commerce retailers are likely tenants for these buildings at Eastgate, Townsend said. MRP’s recent industrial deals in the Mid-Atlantic have included H&M and Mattel, while Amazon recently signed a massive lease in Cecil County.
Consumer confidence in commerical real estate — due to the "Trump effect" — and a strong economy are buoying the industrial market, which will remain strong this year but could slow down in 2018, industrial experts say. Port deals have been strong because of the influx of imported building materials, including lumber, paper and metals, CBRE senior vice president Bill Pellington said. CBRE is the broker for Eastgate.