WCC Properties of San Diego has 64 acres up for grabs in thecommerce center at the junction of Giss Road and Interstate 8. Inaddition to the hotel developer, there is a retail developer fromTucson sizing up land for a project too, Christopher Ackel, seniorassociate for CB Richard Ellis in Phoenix, tells GlobeSt.com.

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Rio Vista Commerce Center is situated in a city once consideredthe half-way stopping point between Phoenix and San Diego. But,Ackel says some developers are starting to see a different side ofYuma--one with an active tourism industry, active agricultural baseand home to the 86,000-acre Yuma Proving Grounds, which has2,400 acres leasedto General Motors Corp. for a hot weather testingtrack.

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Next month, Rio Vista Commerce Center's first build-to-suitopens--a 29,000-sf call center for Allstate Corp., headquartered inNorthbrook, IL. Ackel says Allstate liked the area because of theaccessibility to a bilingual labor force. Yuma is less than eightmiles from the Mexico border.

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Other development activity includes Phoenix-based WDP PartnersLLC's one-million-sf Yuma Palms at 1375 S.Yuma Palms Pkwy., a regional mall down the road from Rio VistaCommerce Center. WCC's next-door neighbor is the 150,000-sf LasPalmillas Center, a power center developed by Pacific CrestDevelopment.

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WCC Properties' Rio Vista can support several pads, including a250,000-sf retail project and up to 60,000 sf of office space."There's been some talk of doing a small, multi-tenant garden-styleoffice building for lease by the developer," Ackel says. The planis to sell developed lots or do build-to-suit projects. Themarketing team includes CBRE first vice president Pat Horan andassistants Tyler Hannay and Juanita Mebane along with Tom Pancraziof A.T. Pancrazi Real Estate Services Inc. in Yuma.

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Ackel says interest in the area definitely is picking up."Interest has been good, but it's an ongoing educational process inwhich we have to educate brokers and developers from Phoenix andSan Diego about what's going on in Yuma," he adds.

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