Lakeland industrial property sells for $22.25 million

Lexington Realty Trust affiliate buys 222,134-square-foot facility along the Interstate 4 corridor
LAKELAND, Fla. - Feb. 16, 2021 - PRLog -- Lex Lakeland LLC, an affiliate of Lexington Realty Trust, has purchased a 222,134-square-foot industrial property at 5275 Drane Field Road in Lakeland for $22.25 million. The newly constructed, stand-alone tilt-wall facility is located on 19.54 acres along the Interstate 4 corridor, less than a quarter-mile from County Line Road and 2.75 miles from I-4.

Ryan Vaught, Robyn Hurrell and Oliver de la Croix-Vaubois of Colliers represented the seller, Bobeck Real Estate. The buyer, a New York-based real estate investment trust (REIT) that also acquired a 617,000-square-foot Amazon Distribution Center in Ocala last July, was self-represented.

At the time of the sale, the Lakeland property was 52.9% leased, to Motion Industries, which occupies 117,440 square feet.

"The buyer's willingness to acquire a property at 53% occupancy speaks to the strength of the industrial sector and the demand throughout the I-4 corridor for logistics occupiers," said Ryan Vaught, Executive Managing Director, Industrial Services for Colliers. "This acquisition aligns with the trend we're seeing of industrial investors being willing to take a risk in buying vacancy in order to get a discount compared to the pricing of stabilized Class A core assets."

According to Vaught, this acquisition also signals the significant market movement that Lakeland has experienced in the last couple of years. For example, a similar industrial property that was 50% occupied at the time of sale in 2018 traded for $82 per square foot. This recent sale on Drane Field Road traded for over $100 per square foot.

"What's interesting is seeing the amount of qualified interest for an asset in Lakeland, even with the occupancy only being 53%," Vaught said. "It's further evidence of the compelling amount of capital in the industrial market right now."

The types of companies that have taken space along the I-4 corridor the past six months include consumer products, food and beverage, third-party logistics, farm and garden equipment, and pharmaceutical and medical device distribution. Amazon has also recently taken over 800,000 square feet of industrial space in this area.

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