JLL Income Property Trust, an institutionally managed daily NAV REIT (NASDAQ: ZIPTAX; ZIPTMX; ZIPIAX; ZIPIMX), has acquired Fort Worth Distribution Center, a newly constructed, Class A, state-of-the-art warehouse/distribution center totaling 350,000 square feet located in the North Fort Worth/Alliance submarket, one of the top three warehouse markets within the greater Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex.
Fort Worth Distribution Center’s 36-foot clear height, ample truck courts, newer construction features and excess trailer parking along with its immediate accessibility to essential transportation infrastructure including Interstate 35 and SH-114, the Alliance BNSF and Union Pacific intermodal rail hubs, FedEX Southwest Regional SortHub and Alliance and DFW airports – make it attractive to today’s demanding warehouse tenants, JLL said in the announcement.
At over 800 million square feet of warehouse space, the DFW industrial market ranks as the fourth largest industrial hub in the U.S. LaSalle’s Research & Strategy group has identified DFW as one of the top performing industrial markets due to robust population and job growth driven by lower taxes and a favorable business climate which supports immigration and corporate relocations, JLL said.
Through mid-year 2020, the DFW industrial market had experienced 39 consecutive quarters of positive absorption despite a robust construction pipeline of new warehouses.
This investment is JLL Income Property Trust’s fourth acquisition and fifth warehouse building acquired in the DFW market. JLL Income Property Trust’s industrial footprint in the DFW market now totals 1.4 million square feet and prior to this investment was fully leased.
“Acquiring a vacant warehouse directly from a developer in an off-market transaction is somewhat unique for us,” said Allan Swaringen, president and CEO of JLL Income Property Trust.
“However, given the nearly half a million square feet of leasing recently we’ve completed in 2020 across our 8 million-square-foot, nationally diversified industrial portfolio which itself is 99 percent leased and occupied, we remain bullish on the industrial sector overall and look to increase our allocation as we head into the new year. Once stabilized, this ‘lease-to-core’ investment will be highly accretive to our portfolio and may also provide an opportunity for growth given our above current market cap rate acquisition price,” Swaringen said.
The news release said that Fort Worth 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.
JLL Income Property Trust’s aggregate industrial allocation is over $860 million, or approximately 28 percent of its 82-property, $3.2 billion diversified core real estate portfolio. It now owns 36 industrial properties in 12 key warehouse distribution markets throughout the country.www.jllipt.com