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FORT WORTH-Marking its fifth year as an AllianceTexas tenant,Motorola Corp. is looking to expand. The Fortune 500 companywants an 800,000-sf build-to-suit in its current backyard or aground-leased site in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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All that developers know is they are chasing a proposal for atelephone manufacturer, but GlobeSt.com has learned from reliablesources that it's Schaumburg, IL-based Motorola, which has mandatedForeign Trade Zone-designated land for the project. Logically, thenation's second-largest cell phone maker needs the tax breaks topark inventory for assembly and distribution of mobile deviceimports. The company employs several thousand workers at itsexisting 400,000-sf center at 4801 Westport Pkwy.and nearby scattered sites so that too is playing a critical rolein the decision-making process, the source says.

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In the past two weeks, Hillwood got added leverage from KellerSchool District when it agreed to go into a Triple Freeport pact,anteing up the tax perk for the existing Foreign Trade Zone site. Adecision will have to be made soon, the source emphasizes toGlobeSt.com, because the goal is to have the distribution centerready to use in November.

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Motorola leased Westport Parkway building from UPS Logistics inNovember 2002. The operation came on line just as Motorola wasmaking plans to close a research and development center andmanufacturing plant in Harvard, IL. In mid-March, TranspacificDevelopment Co. of Torrance, CA bought the Westport Parkwaybuilding and its 320,000-sf neighbor. At that time, thebuyer indicated one of its tenants could move.

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Motorola is just one of several 800,000-sf build-to-suitprojects milling about in the market. The Wilmer-Hutchins area inDallas County's southern sector is at the top of the list forProject Red Baron. Word is the deal could be announced this week ornext. There's also Project Sunrise, another 800,000-sf plan by acompany eyeing AllianceTexas and D/FW Airport land. Marketspeculation is it's the code name for the Motorola search.

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Just recently, the D/FW Airport Board and Dallas County gaveground clearance to expand the southern sector's Foreign TradeZone. The decision rests with the feds so it's unclear how long itwill take to get FTZ status for the entire sector, controlled bythe San Diego-based Allen Group. Nearly every industrial developerin the region, including Hillwood, has a land claim in the sector,which has one intermodal yard in place, a second underconsideration and plans afoot to expand a municipal airport tocatapult itself into competition with AllianceTexas.

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