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The Burbank industrial market—like many submarkets of Los Angeles—is red hot with a sub 1% vacancy rate and rising demand. The market driver in Burbank, however, isn’t your standard ecommerce company or third-party logistics user, which are the industries driving much of the demand throughout Los Angeles. No, it is entertainment users driving activity in this market, and these creative companies, which house film equipment and service the surrounding studios, want creative spaces.

BKM Capital Partners is responding to the call. The value-add industrial investor has acquired Backlot Burbank, a 12-building, 302,869 square-foot industrial business park, for $84.8 million. The property currently has a mix of entertainment warehouse users and aerospace manufacturing users, but BKM has witnessed the increasing demand for entertainment-friendly spaces. It plans to transition the business park into an entertainment hub with creative industrial upgrades. “This product is driven to the creative and entertainment tenants. The studios need warehouses that can run equipment back-and-forth all day and store it overnight. It is the lighting guys, the camera guys and the costume guys,” Brett Turner, director of acquisitions at BKM Capital Partners, tells GlobeSt.com.

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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