MRP Industrial breaks ground on 1.9 million s/f industrial park
Hamburg, PA — MRP Industrial, in a joint venture with Hillwood, has recently acquired and begun construction on Hamburg Logistics Park. The 165-acre project is approved for three buildings of 1,900,000 s/f in Hamburg, Berks Cty. along the I-78 corridor in the Lehigh Valley West submarket. “MRP Industrial is excited to announce the groundbreaking of Hamburg Logistics Park,” said D. Reid Townsend, principal of MRP Industrial. “Located just eight miles north of Reading, Hamburg Logistics Park is master planned to accommodate a wide range of distribution requirements within a 30-minute Dr. time to the workforce of both Reading and Allentown, the two largest cities in the Lehigh Valley.” The campus-style setting will include over 92 acres of landscaped area with about 2 million s/f of buildable area. Residing on the former Perry Golf Course, Hamburg Logistics Park is located three miles south of I-78, Exit 29 along a four-lane divided highway (Rte. 61). The highway system provides convenient and multidirectional access to cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. Due to its centralized location in Eastern Pennsylvania, future tenants will be able to reach 40% of the United States’ population within a day’s drive. Phase 1 of construction in the park includes the speculative development of 101 Logistics Dr. and 201 Logistics Dr. 101 Logistics is a 336,000 s/f, class A single loaded distribution center scheduled for delivery in 3Q 2018. 201 Logistics is a 1,240,000 s/f, class A cross dock distribution center with expected delivery in 4Q 2018. When completed, 201 Logistics Dr. be the largest speculative building ever developed in Eastern PA. Phase 2 of construction will include the development of 301 Logistics Dr., a 324,000 s/f class A facility. When fully developed, the project is anticipated to create over 1,500 full time jobs in Berks County. “Hamburg Logistics Park’s location is another example of the continued growth of the Lehigh Valley Industrial Market. This unique location provides access to Reading’s dense workforce population with public transportation along Rte. 61”, said Jeff Lockard, VP with JLL who represents the project on behalf of MRP Industrial and Hillwood. “In addition to its proximity to a valuable labor pool, the park will provide convenient access to the region’s major third party parcel shipping hubs, responding to steady demand for both traditional distribution requirements and direct to consumer fulfillment operations.” The master plan was developed in conjunction with Snyder Secary & Associates, Inc., the civil engineering firm based in Harrisburg. Ware Malcomb will serve as the architect for the project. The Conlan Co. will serve as the general contractor.