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LEBANON, TENN. — Nissan North America has signed a design-build lease with Opus Northwest for build-to-suit construction of a North American redistribution facility, which will supply parts warehouses throughout the continent. The 717,160-square-foot property will be located on 58.84 acres in Lebanon’s Couchville Pike Business Center. The Class A facility will include 20,000 square feet of office space and is designed to accommodate future expansion of up to 1.2 million square feet.

Selecting a suitable site was a competitive process, says Don Kent of CB Richard Ellis’s Nashville office. “Six sites were considered; this one just offered the most advantages,” he says, adding that Nissan is streamlining a number of warehouses into a single location. “It’s going to improve the proficiency of [Nissan’s] distribution. Nissan will have about the same number of jobs as they have in the area now, but the jobs will just be consolidated into one warehouse.”

The building will also feature 32-foot clear height, an ESFR sprinkler system and a loading area that will accommodate 275 truck trailers. Kent and Clinton Gilbreath, also of CB Richard Ellis’s Nashville office, secured the long-term lease for Nissan. Occupancy of the building is scheduled for April 2010.

—Patty Vaughan

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