Real Estate

Tishman Speyer Enters Florida Market with $100.2M Pompano Beach Warehouse Deal

Tishman Speyer enters Florida's industrial market with $100.2M acquisition of 256,000 sq ft Pompano Beach warehouses.

By Tal Alexander

6/10, 17:08 EDT

Key Takeaway

  • Tishman Speyer makes its Florida industrial market debut with a $100.2 million purchase of Rock Lake Business Center in Pompano Beach.
  • The 256,000-square-foot complex includes two warehouses and a development site for additional 243,000 square feet.
  • South Florida's industrial market remains resilient despite economic headwinds, supported by e-commerce growth and steady investment sales.

Tishman Speyer's Bold Entry into Florida's Industrial Market

Tishman Speyer, a prominent New York-based real estate firm, has made a significant foray into Florida's industrial market with the acquisition of the Rock Lake Business Center in Pompano Beach for $100.2 million. This purchase marks Tishman Speyer's first investment in Florida's industrial sector, highlighting the firm's strategic expansion into high-demand logistics and manufacturing hubs. The 35-acre property, acquired from Atlanta-based IDI Logistics, includes two fully leased warehouses and a development site with potential for further expansion.

Details of the Acquisition

The Rock Lake Business Center, located at 3150-3250 Northwest 33rd Street, comprises two warehouses totaling 256,000 square feet and a development site capable of accommodating an additional 243,000 square feet across two buildings. The property, completed in 2020, features modern industrial amenities such as 32-foot clear heights, 185-foot shared truck courts, and 84 dock-high and drive-in doors. Tenants include the U.S. Postal Service, which leased 136,000 square feet earlier this year. Tishman Speyer's investment underscores the firm's confidence in the long-term growth and resilience of the South Florida industrial market.

Resilience of South Florida's Industrial Market

South Florida's industrial market has demonstrated remarkable resilience amid broader economic headwinds, such as elevated interest rates and rising insurance costs. The region's industrial sector, buoyed by the surge in e-commerce during the pandemic, continues to attract significant investment. Despite a slight increase in vacancy rates in the first quarter of the year, with Broward County's rate rising to 3.8 percent from 2.7 percent year-over-year, the market remains robust. Recent transactions, including Invesco Real Estate's $23.8 million purchase of warehouses in Pompano Beach and Blackstone's $20.7 million acquisition of a manufacturing facility, reflect ongoing investor confidence.

Strategic Implications for Tishman Speyer

Tishman Speyer's entry into the South Florida industrial market is a strategic move that aligns with broader trends in the real estate sector. The firm's investment in high-quality, fully leased industrial assets with development potential positions it to capitalize on the sustained demand for logistics and manufacturing space. Andy Burke, Tishman Speyer’s managing director and head of industrial, emphasized the strategic importance of the Rock Lake Business Center, citing its best-in-class functionality and prime location. This acquisition is part of Tishman Speyer's broader strategy to expand its industrial platform, which includes properties in key markets such as California, San Francisco, and Boston.

Management Quotes

  • Rob Speyer, CEO of Tishman Speyer:

    "Tishman Speyer has invested in, developed and managed real estate valued at $128 billion since it was founded in 1978 by Jerry Speyer and the late Robert Tishman. This portfolio consists of 225 million square feet across 556 properties."