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CHICAGO—Buildings in the relatively small Elgin/I-90 Corridor industrial submarket generally do not attract as much notice as those in the denser submarkets like O’Hare or the I-55 Corridor. But after searching for about one year, officials from DCT Industrial Trust Inc. have decided to greatly expand their Chicago-area portfolio by purchasing a six-building industrial portfolio with about 1.1-million-square-feet at the Fox River Business Center in Elgin.

“It was eye-opening for us,” says Brian Roach, regional vice president, Chicago for DCT, of their study of the submarket around Elgin. Over the years, it had levels of absorption and general health comparable to the much larger markets in the metro area. DCT now has a Chicago-area industrial portfolio of about 8.9-million-square-feet, but this was their first purchase in the Elgin area.

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