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Phoenix’s industrial market is experiencing the ecommerce-effect. That has meant increasing rental rates, rising demand for warehouse and distribution facilities and, of course, new construction. According to a recent report from JLL, there is more than 5 million square feet of industrial space in the construction pipeline in the West Valley alone—and the number is growing. Industrial developer Trammell Crow Co. recently purchased a 38.5-acre site to build 554,000 square feet of industrial space. The massive development is one example of the fervency for industrial construction in the market.

“The past 12 months have seen a continued decrease in the overall industrial vacancy rate in metro phoenix based on steady tenant demand,” Cathy Thuringer, a principal at TCC, tells GlobeSt.com. “Net absorption continues to outpace supply validating that overall development in this cycle is more disciplined than past cycles. The balance between supply and demand is contributing to a strengthening in rental rates, particularly for class a industrial product. Investor/capital appetite for quality, well-leased industrial product in phoenix has surged over the last 12-18 months given the more attractive value proposition to investors in phoenix versus other gateway markets.”

An amalgamation of factors has led to the industrial boom in Phoenix, but a growing population and a healthy job market are the primary drivers. Thuringer also commends the business-friendly atmosphere in Phoenix as a cause of the growing industrial demand in the market. The economic fundamentals and business-friendly atmosphere are long-standing trends, and Thuringer expects that they will continue to drive ecommerce demand well into the future.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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