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Distribution center breaks ground on west side of county

Bergeron Properties & Investment Corp. has broken ground on a spec distribution center on the western side of Pembroke Pines.

Located on the 9.1-acre site at 19700 Stirling Road — just east of U.S. 27 — the Bergeron Distribution Center will total 170,373 square feet. This is the first phase of a $137 million business park that would total 2.2 million square feet.

U.S. 27 connects with Interstate 595 and Interstate 75 so it can be used to access Port Everglades and two international airports, in addition to Southwest Florida.

The local developer hired Berger Commercial Realty’s Keith Graves and Greg Milopoulos to handle the leasing and secure the first tenants for the project.

“There is only so much industrial space available in Broward County,” Milopoulos said. “The Bergerons understand the need to jump ahead of the competition by building this facility on spec. When completed, the Bergeron Distribution Center will offer unparalleled commercial real estate opportunities as it can accommodate a spectrum of tenant needs including size, function, accessibility and more.”

The asking rent is $6.75 per square foot, said Frank Saia, Bergeron’s VP of real estate. After the company finishes clearing the site, it will tap Itasca Construction to build the project. It should be ready in the second quarter of 2017.

The building will have 32-foot ceiling heights so operators can stack goods higher than a typical warehouse plus a truck court and loading docks. Spaces can be as small as 21,950 square feet. The building can have 15 percent office space.

The Bergeron family has developed in South Florida since 1965.

“Bergeron has a strong track record of development and this site definitely taps into the strengths of its home-grown roots,” Graves said. “As one of South Florida’s premier property owners and developers, they understand the importance of working with a brokerage firm that truly understands South Florida’s commercial real estate market.”

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