Veteran industrial real estate executive Stephen Whitley is readying plans for his first Orlando warehouse development after starting a private investment firm last year, has yet to choose a lender for the project and is scouting for more land in the area.
A former senior vice president for Liberty Property Trustwith 20 years of industrial real estate experience in Orlando, Whitley left the company in April 2016 during a corporate restructuring and started his CRE investment and development firm Whitley Capital LLC in Winter Park.
He's now in the midst of permitting for a new 54,000-square-foot speculative warehouse at 770 Gills Dr., a 3.75-acre parcel that is the last undeveloped lot within the Beeline Industrial Park, with quick access to the Beachline Expressway via nearby W. Landstreet Road.
"The market is still very receptive to quality industrial space, even though there has been a good bit of new space built in the past few months and more coming," Whitley told GrowthSpotter on Wednesday. "Our building is differentiated because it will be single-tenant, so there is an appeal to the 50,000-square-foot user who wants their own property."
No tenant is lined up yet, but the project will be built on spec, Whitley said. JLL's Orlando office should soon be hired to market the property for pre-lease.
The building is projected to have 24-foot clear height, 21 loading doors (dock height and ramp) with a side-load configuration, a 60-foot speed bay, office buildout of up to 10 percent of the total space.
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Whitley bought the property in April from Liberty for $675,000 through an LLC affiliate. He filed for a construction permit on June 15 with Orange County for the new warehouse, and applied for permits on Tuesday with the South Florida Water Management District.