PORTLAND, OR-Grubb & Ellis Co. recently snagged twosubstantial leasing contracts in the Northwest. Schnitzer Westselected the company’s industrial group to lease 217 DistributionCenter, a five-building manufacturing and distribution park inBeaverton, OR, offering approximately 445,000 square feet of spaceand Aegon USA Realty Advisors selected the company to lease andmanage EastRidge Business Park, a 446,000-square-footmaster-planned development in Vancouver, WA.

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Steve Willhite, vice president, Mark Hush, vice president, TylerSheils, associate, and Patrick Ulch, associate, will serve as theleasing agents for 217 Distribution Center. “This distributioncenter is home to many high-profile tenants and provides greataccess, both auto and rail, to manufacturing and distributiontenants,” says Willhite. “The property also offers a uniqueopportunity with its superior visibility and signage along Highway217.”

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Constructed in 1979, 217 Distribution Center is located at10950-11065 S.W. 11th St. The park is approximately 71% leasedto a number of tenants, including Nike Inc., Fulfillment Corp. ofAmerica, United Pacific Industries, People’s Furniture Rental andIre-Tex Protective Packaging. Buildings A and C, offerroughly 80,163 and 131,600 square feet of space, respectively, andare 100 percent leased. Space ranging in size from 8,134 to 67,130square feet is currently available at buildings B, D and E.

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EastRidge Business Park is a 446,000-square-foot master-planneddevelopment in Vancouver, WA. Lisa Johnston, senior propertymanager, will oversee the management of the businesspark. Matt Adams and Kathy Harris, associates of the company’soffice group, and Irfan Tahir, an associate with the company’sindustrial group will serve as the leasing agents.

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“EastRidge Business Park is one of the largest mixed-usebusiness parks in the Portland-Vancouver area and we are thrilledthat Aegon selected Grubb & Ellis to lease and manage this highquality asset,” says Johnston.

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EastRidge Business Park consists of 27 buildings offeringoffice, flex and retail space, situated on approximately 36 acresof land. The park is 72% leased to more than 80 tenants, includingmedical, engineering, office, R&D, banking, restaurants andbusiness support services companies. Onsite amenities includemanagement and leasing office, 24-hour security, restaurants,public transportation services and banking. EastRidge BusinessPark is located within close proximity to State Highway 503,Interstates 205 and 5, as well as Portland International Airport.The park currently has a mix of retail, office and flex spaceavailable, ranging in size from 870 square feet to 7,000 squarefeet.

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Grubb & Ellis manages two other properties on behalf ofAegon in Phoenix, including Security Title Plaza, a202,000-square-foot CBD office building, and Arrowhead BusinessCenter, a 47,341-square-foot suburban office building.

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