Industrial property

New distribution center planned in vacant industrial property in Shirley

Construction could begin as early as next week on the first of three buildings of a new Shirley distribution center that will provide 500,000 square feet of warehouse and storage space, developers say.

Precision Innovation Park will be built by AVR SP Brookhaven JV LLC on a previously vacant 48-acre industrial property south of the Long Island Freeway and east of William Floyd Parkway. When completed, the complex will include two buildings for warehouses and distribution centers and a separate 100,000 square foot self-storage facility.

Chicago-based real estate giant JLL said Tuesday it had been selected to attract tenants for the two distribution facilities, which together would comprise 400,000 square feet.

“The location of this facility is ideal for businesses looking for a logistics hub with direct access to the Long Island Freeway and Long Island’s affluent and dense population,” said JLL’s General Manager. , Leslie Lanne, in a press release. “Combined with its state-of-the-art design and competitive operating costs, Precision Innovation Park offers extraordinary flexibility at a time of increasing demand for logistics space.”

JLL, also known as Jones Lang LaSalle, is the prime contractor for a separate project in Ronkonkoma to develop a convention center and hotel and construct a new North Terminal for Long Island MacArthur Airport . The $2.3 billion project, dubbed Midway Crossing, requires multiple federal, state, Suffolk County and City of Islip approvals and is expected to take about 15 years to complete.

In Shirley, AVR SP Brookhaven hopes to begin construction next week on a 150,000-square-foot distribution center that will open next year, said Brian Ferruggiari, director of public affairs at project partner AVR Realty. . Construction would then begin on a 250,000 square foot distribution building, he said.

The new buildings would be “state-of-the-art industrial” facilities with high ceilings required by potential tenants, Ferruggiari said, adding that they could be rented by one or more tenants.

AVR SP Brookhaven is a joint venture between Yonkers-based AVR Realty, the developer of the Boulevard residential and retail complex in Yaphank, and Scannell Properties, an Indianapolis-based real estate developer.

The plans for the industrial park are good news for Suffolk and Nassau counties, Long Island Builders Institute chief executive Mitch Pally told Newsday. The park is one of several distribution centers planned or under construction to meet strong demand from big-box stores and home delivery services, he said.

Precision will join other new distribution centers replacing outdated warehouses that lack amenities such as high ceilings, Pally said. Taller buildings are needed because retailers want “more space up high rather than to the side,” he said.

“It’s very difficult to [build] one of those things that didn’t have the design for that kind of purpose,” Pally said. “Older buildings cannot satisfy the need for development in this regard.