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DALLAS-In overlapping deals, Packaging Corp. of America has locked down 225,828 sf of warehouse space in two locations beside its existing box plants. In both cases, the tenant renewed long-term leases after neighborhood searches in Garland and Grand Prairie.

The Lake Forest, IL-based PCA crafted a seven-year lease for 128,000 sf at 2129 Hightower Rd. in Garland and a five-year pact for 97,828 sf at 1305 Avenue H in Grand Prairie. About one year went into the decisionmaking, according to Stuart Smith, senior vice president and office leader of UGL Equis Corp.’s Dallas office.

Smith tells GlobeSt.com that the Garland renewal was made one year in advance of the previous five-year lease’s expiration while the Grand Prairie deal had just a short fuse left on its five-year term. “It was a strategic decision as to their overflow warehouse requirements,” he explains about the time spent on weighing the plan. In Garland, he says “there were several options in relative proximity” to PCA’s box plant as would have been the case in the Great Southwest Industrial District as well. PCA’s account rep, David Tropp, senior vice president of CB Richard Ellis’ global corporate services in Chicago, partnered with Smith to work out the local deals.

Denver-based ProLogis has agreed to upgrade the dock equipment, lighting and basic warehouse components of PCA’s spot in the Hightower Road warehouse. ProLogis’ in-house broker for the deal was Sarah Seeche.

In Grand Prairie, the New York City-based ING Clarion Partners will be expanding the truck court to park more trailers and repaving existing asphalt at the two-building warehouse complex. Toby Rogers, a CBRE vice president in Dallas/Fort Worth, represented ING Clarion.

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