Becknell sells five Richmond-area industrial properties for $65M

Tenants at the Airport Distribution Center that recently sold for $65 million include WestRock, Bunzl, Mann+Hummel and Veritiv. (Mike Platania photo)

Richmond’s industrial real estate sector continues its red-hot streak, with a new-to-market firm dropping over $65 million to get in on the action and a VCU Health-anchored building fetching $8 million.

New York-based Raith Capital Partners recently purchased more than 700,000 square feet of total warehouse space across five properties at 2400, 2500, 2600 and 2700 Distribution Drive at the Airport Distribution Center in Eastern Henrico, and at 8750 Park Central Drive in northern Henrico.

Raith purchased the buildings for a total of $65.4 million, per county property records. The acquisitions mark the firm’s first foray into the region.

The seller in all five deals was Indiana’s Becknell Industrial, which developed the Airport Distribution Center.

The deals closed on April 1. Henrico records show that Becknell’s Airport Logistics Center, which is in the works about a mile northeast, was not part of the deal.

Requests for comment sent to Raith and Becknell went unreturned. Per its website, Raith was founded in 2012 and has invested over $1 billion into all sorts of commercial real estate holdings throughout the nation.

Tenants at the Distribution Drive buildings include logistics firms Veritiv Corp. and Bunzl, WestRock, and air filtration company Mann+Hummel. The Park Central Drive warehouse is occupied by appliance parts company Chadwell Supply.

A former Pepsi warehouse that’s now leased to VCU Health in Eastern Henrico recently sold for $8 million. (Courtesy of Colliers International)

VCU Health-anchored warehouse snapped up by Philly firm

Meanwhile, Exeter Property Group, a 15-year-old firm out of Philadelphia, purchased 3008 Mechanicsville Turnpike for $8 million.

The roughly 90,000-square-foot warehouse was once a Pepsi distribution facility but is now leased to VCU Health, which uses it as its logistics headquarters. The deal closed April 8, with Colliers International’s Will Bradley, Matt Anderson and Mark Williford representing the seller, Charlotte-based Silvercap Partners.

Exeter did not respond to requests for comment by press time. Per its website, Exeter owns over 250 million square feet of industrial real estate. In 2014 it bought into Hanover and Colonial Heights with a $31 million deal.

It’s been a busy start to the year for Henrico’s industrial sector, as Richmond Raceway also recently sold a pair of parcels near the raceway for a combined $15.5 million.

And there’s more space on the way.

In February, Sauer Properties submitted plans to build 3.3 million square feet of warehouse space near Richmond International Airport. Becknell is developing the first phase of that development, and it’s planning another distribution center up in Hanover that will stretch more 1 million square feet for tenant Lowe’s Home Improvement.

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