Real Estate

Tishman Speyer Enters Florida Market with $100.2M Pompano Beach Warehouses Purchase

Tishman Speyer enters Florida's industrial market with a $100.2M acquisition of Rock Lake Business Center in Pompano Beach.

By Tal Alexander

6/10, 16:33 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 a $100.2 million acquisition of the Rock Lake Business Center in Pompano Beach. 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 spaces. 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 Rock Lake Business Center Acquisition

The Rock Lake Business Center, located at 3150-3250 Northwest 33rd Street, features two warehouses totaling 256,000 square feet. The site also offers space for the development of two additional buildings spanning 243,000 square feet. Tenants include the U.S. Postal Service, which leased 136,000 square feet earlier this year. The property boasts modern amenities such as 32-foot clear heights, 185-foot shared truck courts, and ample parking, making it a prime asset in Tishman Speyer's growing industrial portfolio.

Resilience of South Florida's Industrial Market

South Florida's industrial market has shown remarkable resilience despite challenges such as elevated interest rates and rising insurance costs. The region's industrial sector, buoyed by the growth of e-commerce, has maintained steady investment activity. In Broward County, the vacancy rate slightly increased to 3.8 percent in the first quarter, up from 2.7 percent year-over-year, according to CBRE. This stability is further evidenced by recent significant 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 in the same area.

Strategic Implications for Tishman Speyer and the Market

Tishman Speyer's entry into the South Florida industrial market underscores the strategic importance of this region for industrial real estate investment. The firm's acquisition of the Rock Lake Business Center aligns with broader trends of increasing demand for logistics and manufacturing spaces driven by e-commerce. Andy Burke, Tishman Speyer’s managing director and head of industrial, emphasized the high-quality and future development potential of the asset, reflecting confidence in the market's long-term growth prospects.

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."