Grapevine tabbed for Mercedes-Benz project

Mercedes-Benz USA has chosen the city of Grapevine for a dual-purpose parts distribution and training facility.

Mercedes-Benz USA has chosen Grapevine to house a parts distribution center and training facility as the German automaker rolls out what would be its sixth such regional facility nationwide.

The project promises a regional parts distribution center, supporting spare parts sales and distribution; and a learning-performance center that would relocate from Houston.

The Grapevine site spans more than 3 acres of the approximately 50-acre, city-owned site along Lakeside Parkway at Enterprise Road. When operational, the training facility is expected to be staffed with about 50 full-time employees with the ability to train 150 to 200 technicians per week.

The parts distribution hub is expected to occupy 254,000 square feet, with the learning and performance center about 59,000 square feet.

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“The city is pleased to welcome a major international corporate presence to the Grapevine family and Mercedes-Benz USA, is a true reflection of the high-end corporate caliber that Grapevine, Texas, attracts,” said Mayor William D. Tate in a news release.

Seefried Industrial Properties Inc. bought the land and is developing the project with Frapag, its longtime European capital partner.

Seefried is no stranger to Grapevine, having developed the 100-percent leased Northfield project along Dallas Road.  

“Mercedes-Benz is the perfect corporate citizen and will add significantly to the economic vibrancy of Grapevine,” said Ferdinand Seefried, Seefried executive chairman, in a news release.

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Mecedes-Benz USA has executed a development agreement with Seefried and said it will purchase the project upon completion. Design is underway and will be submitted for permitting in February 2016. The initial site work is planned to begin later this month, with construction beginning in March 2016, according to project planners.

The company’s target completion and occupancy date is January 2017, with full operations beginning March 1, 2017.