Amazon-Leased Distribution Center Commands $98M

The Koll Co. and Seera Investment Bank B.S.C. sold the 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Phoenix, two years after acquiring the property for $74.8 million.
6835 W. Buckeye Road
6835 W. Buckeye Road

A joint venture between The Koll Co. and Seera Investment Bank B.S.C. has sold Buckeye Logistics Center, an approximately 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Phoenix, for $98.3 million.

The Koll Co. acquired the warehouse/distribution facility, which is fully leased to Amazon, two years ago for $74.8 million.

“When we acquired this property, there were four years remaining on the lease with Amazon,” Scott Lanni, The Koll Co.’ principal, told Commercial Property Executive. “We strongly believed in Amazon’s continued growth, felt that they would be a great long-term tenant, and immediately engaged with Amazon to reposition the building for their new soft goods distribution.”

In fact, the company just completed a new 11-year lease with Amazon, increasing the ultimate value in the real estate. Mark Detmer and Bo Mills of JLL helped facilitate the building’s conversion and Amazon’s extension. The Koll Co. even helped Amazon in their purchase of an adjacent parcel for additional truck trailer storage.

Adding value

Located at 6835 W. Buckeye Road, the facility was built in 2007 and has grown considerably since its original 604,678-square-foot frame.

Amazon’s enterprise value (currently at an all-time stock value high), made it the right time for The Koll Co., to monetize the asset.

“Most real estate investors would not acquire a single-tenant, 1 million-square-foot building with four years of lease term, but The Koll Co. has the ability to work and think outside of the traditional box to drive value,” Lanni said. “The property received strong interest from a number of international buyers who were interested in acquiring a long-term, Amazon-leased, building. The asset will provide a long-term, stable, cash flow to the new buyer, backed by a credit tenant.”

Buckeye Logistics Center is close by Interstates 10 and 17, the 101 Freeway and Sky Harbor International Airport. 

According to Lanni, the company excels at seeking and identifying opportunities to create value and reposition real estate assets.

“Phoenix is a strong market that we know well, and have a good track record,” he said. “The Phoenix market is one of the strongest industrial distribution markets in the country, in large part due to the labor pool and transportation access. Amazon has three of the facilities in the Phoenix market, demonstrating their commitment to the area and desire to strategically locate in a western US market with excellent transport access.”

In July, the Koll Co. acquired a 65,000-square-foot office building in Corona, Calif., from UBS Realty.

Image courtesy of The Koll Co.