Los Angeles and the Inland Empire are two of the top markets for new industrial construction in the country. According to a new report from Yardi Commercial Café, 5.3 million square feet will deliver in Los Angeles this year, and in the Inland Empire—the most active industrial construction market in the country—has nearly 26 million square feet scheduled for deliver this year. In total between the two markets, a total of 121 buildings will come to market this year. In Los Angeles, this is an 86% increase in new construction deliveries compared to 2019, which had 2.9 million square feet delivered.

“As the economy was hitting new highs, Los Angeles simply continued on the trajectory from last year,” Patrick McGregor of Yardi Commercial Café, tells GlobeSt.com. “[Los Angeles’] prime location amid a major port and airports, mixed with developable land, make the region extremely attractive. There’s also been a supply shortage in the region that developers are trying to mitigate.”

Phase IA and IB of the Center at Needham Ranch in Santa Clarita is one of the largest new industrial developments in the Los Angeles area totaling 870,000 square feet. However, the majority of new construction activity is smaller box facilities. “Warehouses far outpace more specialized industrial buildings simply because their more versatile,” says McGregor. “While the large developments of 1 million square feet or more make headlines, the majority of industrials buildings under construction are between 50,000 and 400,000 square feet.”

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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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