IF YOU BUILD IT, WILL THEY COME?
|The original owners of the 455-acre fomer DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago sure thought so. But so far it has a Pella Windows manufacturing and distribution center at Roosevelt near Kautz Road and a 66k SF build-to-suit (below) for a client that never used it. The other 445 acres have remained mostly empty for the past five years.|
Originally intended for tech-heavy users, the park, near DuPage Airport with access to I-88, is equipped with 34kv of redundant power and is accessible to lots of different fiber networks. It's being repositioned as the DuPage Business Center, and JLL's Len Caldeira, hired to market it in late '09, is courting manufacturing, small warehouse, and medical office users. DuPage Airport Authority and CenterPoint Properties own the land, but any portion from four to 400 acres could be sold, leased, or developed, Len says.