Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Port Gets Permission for Freight and Logistics Building Development

Fifty Two Million Dollar Project Gets Go Ahead
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US – The Commissioners of the Port of Oakland have approved the final permit associated with one of the most anticipated industrial developments in Port history. They voted last week to approve a vertical permit, industrial vernacular for a building construction permit, at a long-awaited Seaport Logistics Complex. The $52 million project would include a logistics campus planned for 180 acres at the decommissioned Oakland Army Base. The Port inherited the property 15 years ago and has been planning for its use utilising a freight element ever since.

The developer, CenterPoint Properties, began preparation and ground stabilisation work on its 27-acre site over the last nine months and is actively engaged in construction on the 460,000 square-foot facility, with completion expected mid-2020. CenterPoint will construct, then manage the first building at the campus and said it plans to lease the building to tenants engaged in cargo transportation or logistics.

The Port envisions a campus where containerized cargo could be quickly transferred from ships to trucks or rail. It’s expected to increase the volume of international shipments moving through Oakland. Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll, commented:

“We’ve waited a long time to reach this point, but now our future is in view. CenterPoint’s facility will give us logistics capability you can’t find at other ports.”

The Seaport Logistics Complex is in the heart of the Port, just off Maritime Street, near Oakland’s Outer Harbor. It’s being developed right next to the Port’s 3-year-old, $100 million rail yard. The developers say the project would provide sustainable and economic benefits including eliminating truck trips resulting in reduced waste and construction traffic.

The intention is to utilise environmentally sustainable construction materials and methodologies with an allowance for rooftop solar panels and implementing measures to enhance future warehouse working life and safety such as enhanced indoor air quality. CenterPoint Chief Development Officer Michael Murphy said the company was looking forward to working closely with the Port to make sure the project is a point of pride for everyone involved.

The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland Seaport, Oakland International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. The Port's 5-year strategic plan, Growth with Care, pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows.

Photo:Plans for the new addition.