OAK BROOK, IL-CenterPoint Properties Trust and CalEast Industrial Investors, LLC are redoubling their efforts to acquire industrial properties in a market that stretches into Wisconsin and past I-80. The joint venture partners have agreed to extend their CenterPoint Venture LLC for another five years, with CalEast Industrial Investors agreeing to invest another $200 million while the REIT contributes $67 million.

The joint venture also is working on getting its line of credit doubled to $150 million, a prerequisite for the five-year extension. CalEast Industrial Investors, which owns 75% of the joint venture, is a real estate operating company owned by the State of California Public Employees’ Retirement System and LaSalle Investment Management, Inc. The venture has done $600 million in business in its first five years, and currently holds $123 million worth of properties, according to the REIT’s most recent earnings report.

“CalEast has proved itself a terrific partner over the last four years,” says CenterPoint Properties Trust chief financial officer Paul Fisher. “Our venture will continue to operate with a similar structure and governance, but the renegotiated terms are in line with today’s improved market for institutional equity. … The venture has not only been successful in providing attractive capital, but in CalEast we have found a partner with whom we can efficiently transact other acquisition and disposition business.”

Under the current arrangement, CenterPoint receives an 11% return, plus a 50-50 split of excess distributions.

JP Morgan Securities Inc. and Banc of America Securities LLC are leading the credit line syndication. Other banks participating include Allied Irish Banks, PNC Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank Hapoalim, SunTrust Bank, Comerica Bank and the Northern Trust Co.

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