Logistics Airport Nears Total Occupancy

VICTORVILLE, CA—GlobeSt.com has learned exclusively that the City of Victorville’s Southern California Logistics Airport is approaching 100% leased on the eve of its 15th anniversary. Since the airport became SCLA in 1999, the City has overseen the build-out and leasing of approximately 3.5 million square feet of industrial space there, and now SCLA is poised for Phase 2.

The second phase of the industrial growth plan involves attracting build-to-suit tenants to continue the development of this growing industrial and aerospace hub. “Industrial growth at SCLA is a testament to the pro-business climate and unique utilities offerings that we have worked to create in the City of Victorville,” says Keith Metzler, assistant city manager at the City of Victorville. “We are excited to enter this next phase of growth to help companies like Dr. Pepper Snapple Group leverage the benefits of Victorville through build-to-suit industrial development.”

Milestones of SCLA’s growth began with its first major industrial transaction in February 2001, with a 22-acre ground lease to the High Desert Power Project to construct a $350-million, 750-megawatt power-generating facility. From there, SCLA attracted a 13.5-acre ground lease with General Electric in 2002; a 450,000-square-foot lease with Newell Rubbermaid in 2007; four build-to-suit hangar projects for Leading Edge Aviation Services, Pratt Whitney, FedEx and Victorville Aerospace in 2007; and a 300,000-square-foot lease with Plastipak Packaging in 2009.

In 2010, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group completed the construction of its 850,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility at SCLA to serve the company’s entire West Coast beverage-consuming demand. And in 2011, M&M/Mars relocated its refrigerated-candy warehouse operation to approximately 500,000 square feet of building space at SCLA.

Recent development at SCLA has included a 500,000-square-foot lease with United Furniture Industries in 2012 and a 100,000-square-foot lease with the Boeing Co. in 2013. The next phase involves identifying build-to-suit opportunities for new users, both inside and outside of the airfield fence.

Logistics development in Southern California has been in the news recently. As GlobeSt.com reported earlier this month, groundbreaking has begun on locally based Goodman Birtcher’s first development project, Goodman Logistics Center Rancho Cucamonga. The Inland Empire facility marks the start of a $1.5-billion push into major US markets for the Irvine, CA-based company, established in 2012 as the American arm of Australian industrial powerhouse Goodman Group.

Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Keith Metzler on SCLA’s milestone and the next phase for the logistics airport, coming up on GlobeSt.com.