Alamance County’s growing reputation as a hub for distribution centers is probably getting even stronger with the decision of a national industrial developer to build three warehouses, totaling 683,000 square feet, in the Hawfields-area industrial park.
Crow Holdings Industrial, a Texas-based real estate and industrial developer, has filed plans with the city of Mebane (it’s on Mebane’s side of the industrial park that is shared with Graham) for three large warehouses on the north side of the entrance into the North Carolina Commerce Park, a Hawfields-area industrial park that is already home to Walmart, Lidl, and Amazon. UPS also has an almost 1 million-square-foot distribution center under construction on 167 acres next to the Crow site, which is about 90 acres.
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The three warehouses will be 279,000, 248,000 and 156,000 square feet, respectively. They’ll be located along Sen. Ralph Scott Parkway (the main entrance into the industrial site), Hawfields-Trollingwood Road exit off I-85/40, with a small section facing I-85/40.
While the main entrance into the three-warehouse complex, including those to be used by tractor-trailers, will be off Sen. Ralph Scott Parkway, two cars-only entrances are proposed off of Trollingwood-Hawfields Road; one is intended to face a future intersection with an extension of Lowes Boulevard that will run from the present Lowes Home Improvement off NC 119 to Trollingwood-Hawfields Road; the other is closer to the interstate.
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Officials were skeptical that NC DOT will ultimately allow the access onto Trollingwood-Hawfields Road, one of which would be just a few hundred feet from the interstate exit ramp.
Heretofore, the industrial park has generally been considered to be self-contained, although there are increasing residential complaints about tractor trailers using nearby roads, rather than just Sen. Ralph Scott Parkway, which was built specifically for the purpose of serving the industrial tenants in the park.
The three buildings will have 49, 44, and 35 truck bays (128 total) in what developers often describe as a cross-deck style. There will also be another 216 trailer storage parking spaces; and 518 vehicle parking spaces on the site.
Crow Holdings Industrial is a part of Crow Holdings Development, which is the successor to the 1948 company begun by Trammell Crow, who built and leased his first warehouse in Dallas, Texas. Today the company has more than 20 offices across the U.S. and is one of the nation’s largest industrial developers.
The Crow Holdings warehouses are the latest in a string of warehouse announcements made recently.
Plans were filed in Graham in August for five warehouses, totaling 745,700 square feet, which is to be built along Cherry Lane near I-85/40; meanwhile another developer has begun construction on clearing land for a 579,000 square foot warehouse on 55 acres along I-85/40 and behind the Flying J Truck Stop off Jimmie Kerr Road, also in Graham.
Meanwhile, in Mebane, the city council annexed 74 acres in September in western Orange County in August where a Winston-Salem developer is planning two warehouses with about 900,000 square feet.
Mebane is also home to recently-completed or almost-completed distribution centers for Chick-fil-A, Medline, and Thermo Fisher Scientific.
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