SIMPSONVILLE, KY. — A joint venture partnership between Hunt Midwest and Marshall Planing Mill has announced plans to break ground on a 3.4 million-square-foot industrial park in Simpsonville, roughly 25 miles east of Louisville. The 300-acre development, dubbed Simpsonville 64 Logistics Park, will be located on Kentucky Route 1848 near the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant, Ford Kentucky Assembly Plant and GE Appliance Park. The project will be developed in phases, with construction of Phase I set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. Phase I will include the development of a 207,400-square-foot, rear-load industrial building with 210 parking spaces and 80 semi-trailer truck parking space, as well as a 486,720-square-foot cross-dock industrial building with 206 parking spaces and 140 semi-trailer truck parking spaces. The development will also include retail space along Buck Creek Road. Build-to-suit opportunities are available at the site for industrial users up to 1.5 million square feet. A timeline for the project was not announced. The development team for Simpsonville 64 Logistics Park includes H2B Architects and Mindel Scott. Kevin Grove of CBRE will handle leasing for the industrial portion of the park. Jody Zimmerman and John Agan with Walter Wagner Jr. Co. will lead …
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Contegra Construction Co. is nearing completion on a 1 million-square-foot gigafactory in Louisville for Fremont, Calif.-based EnerVenue. The tenant will manufacture its proprietary Energy Storage Vessels at the facility, which are batteries based on nickel-hydrogen technology originally developed for NASA in the 1980s and refined at Stanford University in 2017. EnerVenue emerged through the university’s business accelerator program in 2020. The gigafactory will be located within Flint Development’s I-64 Logistics Center, a 115-acre industrial park situated at Logistics Drive and Taylorsville Road. The Kansas-based developer is targeting a late-summer completion for EnerVenue’s new plant, and the tenant will begin operations in 2024. The tilt-wall facility will feature a TPO roof, 40-foot clear heights, five dock doors, four drive-in doors and 300 trailer parking spaces. Contegra is also constructing a 478,000-square-foot, multi-tenant distribution center on behalf of Flint within I-64 Logistics Center. Also set to come on line later this summer, the property will feature 36-foot clear heights, 48 dock doors, four drive-in doors and 115 trailer parking spaces.
INDEPENDENCE, KY. — Kroger has opened a new “spoke” industrial facility in Independence that will grow the grocer’s delivery presence in Northern Kentucky. The new facility will work in concert with Kroger’s existing customer fulfillment center in Monroe, Ohio, which is roughly 45 miles north of the spoke facility via I-75. Kroger associates will assemble orders at the Monroe facility, which will then be trucked to the Independence property and sorted and shipped out to customers in refrigerated delivery vans. At full operating capacity, the Independence facility will employ 100 associates. The property is the second spoke facility in Kentucky, joining a Louisville property that opened in May 2022.
FRANKLIN, KY. — Bluegrass Supply Chain has completed a 100,000-square-foot expansion of its industrial facility located in Henderson Industrial Park in Franklin. Situated at 805 Garvin Lane and now totaling 200,000 square feet, the building was purchased in 2021 and originally comprised 100,000 square feet. The expansion will create 20 to 25 jobs, according to Shawn Hart, vice president of operations with Bluegrass Supply Chain.
HOPKINSVILLE, KY. — Oakley Group has acquired Griffin Gate, an 80-unit apartment community located at 300 Griffin Gate Drive in Hopkinsville, a suburb of Clarksville, Tenn. The Birmingham, Ala.-based investment firm purchased the asset from a Georgia-based entity doing business as Griffin Gate HKY LLP for $10.8 million. Tyler Mayo of Cushman & Wakefield’s Sunbelt Multifamily Advisory Group brokered the transaction. Chad Hagwood and Brandon Pate of Lument’s Birmingham office originated a 10-year, fixed-rate Fannie Mae on behalf of Oakley Group. Situated on more than 16 acres, Griffin Gate is a two-story property that features a clubhouse, pool, dog park, walking trail and ample green space. Oakley Group plans to make capital improvements to the property and has retained NextGen Management as property manager.
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Greystone has originated a $42.3 million loan for the financing of 800 Tower Apartments, a 286-unit multifamily community located in Louisville. Anthony Cristi of Greystone originated the Fannie Mae loan, which carries a 10-year term and 30-year amortization schedule, as well as three years of interest-only payments. Built in 1963, the property features apartments in studio, one- and two-bedroom layouts across 29 stories. The borrower was an entity doing business as 800 City Apartments LLC.
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Atlanta-based MDH Partners has signed RP Construction Services, a distributor and assembler of utility solar equipment, to a 180,000-square-foot industrial lease in Louisville. The tenant will occupy space at Park 65 Business Center, a 260,000-square-foot distribution center located at 100 Brooks Way. The RP Construction Services lease brings Park 65 to full occupancy. Robert Walker and Greg Charmoli of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord in the lease transaction. MDH Partners purchased Park 65 in 2019 when it was 30 percent occupied. The firm currently owns 101 properties across 20 states, including 570,000 square feet in Kentucky.
LEXINGTON, KY. — Lincoln Property Co. (LPC) and The Webb Cos. plan to develop an 18-acre mixed-use development in downtown Lexington. The site is situated across from Rupp Arena, the home arena for the University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s and women’s basketball teams. LPC and Webb signed a long-term ground lease with the landowner, Lexington Center Corp., after a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process. The duo’s plan for the site includes apartments, stores, restaurants, a hotel and offices, among other uses. The project’s name and construction timeline were not revealed.
MADISONVILLE, KY. — Mumford Co. has arranged the sale of Baymont Inn & Suites, a 52-room hotel in the southwest Kentucky town of Madisonville. An entity doing business as Skyann Corp. sold the asset to an entity doing business as Paras 1981 LLC for an undisclosed price. The buyer is an affiliate of a multi-property hotelier that is active in the region, according to Mumford. Carter Wilcox of Mumford’s Newport News, Va., office represented the seller in the transaction. The buyer plans to retain the property as a Baymont, a flag under Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, following upgrades to the hotel’s guestrooms and public areas. Amenities at the hotel include a fitness center, business center, complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi, meeting room and an outdoor pool, according to the hotel’s website.
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Dermody Properties has signed an unknown tenant to a full-building industrial lease at LogistiCenter SM at Louisville Airport Building 2. Built in 2022, the 203,840-square-foot facility is located at 3195 S. Park Road in Louisville, about eight miles south of Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. Bruce Isaac of NAI Isaac, Mark Wardlaw and Clay Manley of NAI Fortis and Bill Kampton and Phil Garrett of Colliers NAPA represented the tenant in the lease transaction. Alex Grove and Kevin Grove of CBRE represented the landlord.