CHICAGO—Southeast Wisconsin has become one of the Chicago region’s hottest industrial markets, and developers are starting to take long looks at Racine County just to the north, opening up the possibility of linking the Chicago and Milwaukee markets. A new 376,000 square-foot speculative building in Sturtevant developed by Ashley Capital will open by the fourth quarter, for example, and it is just the first of four planned for the Enterprise Business Park, an 86-acre industrial park located on Highway H.

“It’s the only one coming out of the ground in Racine County right now,” John Sharpe, principal of Lee & Associates Illinois, tells Lee & Associates and the Milwaukee-based Boerke Co. have been named the exclusive leasing agents for the New York-based Ashley’s new spec. But there is also a lot of talk about other industrial developers launching projects in the area. “I think it will be clear in the next sixty days what will happen the rest of the year,” since developers will have to break ground very soon if they want to finish before the winter sets in.

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