Developer plans 1 million square foot warehouse near Ontario Ranch community – Daily Bulletin


A national developer recently purchased one of Ontario’s largest vacant lots with the intention of building a million-square-foot logistics center that would be among the city’s largest warehouses.

Dermody Properties announced last month that it had purchased 54.4 acres of land in the city’s Ontario Ranch neighborhood, located on the west side of Hamner Avenue just north of Ontario Ranch Road, adjoining the Southern Substation. California Edison Mira Loma, said Scott Murphy, executive director. development program for the city of Ontario.

The real estate / development company has announced that it will develop a 1,033,348 square foot industrial warehouse on the site starting in late spring 2022 and is expected to be completed in 2023. It will be called LogistiCenter in Ontario Ranch, according to a report. December 14 announcement. .

“This site is one of the last remaining plots of land in the Inland Empire West capable of supporting a building over one million square feet,” said Matt Mexia, partner of Dermody Properties’ offices in Southern California. , in a prepared press release. “When complete, we expect this to be one of the few options available in the country’s largest and most demanded industrial market. “

Dermody also developed the LogistiCenter in Eastvale, a six-building warehouse project with nearly 1.1 million square feet of space, one of the largest in the Inland Empire.

The Ontario Ranch project will include 196 dock-height doors, 433 car parking spaces, 183 tractor-trailer parking spaces and 185-foot truck lots, the company said. It will be similar to the Eastvale site and received a similar name. The Ontario Ranch warehouse is valuable for the movement of goods as it is located less than half a mile from Highway 15 and 1.8 miles from Highway 60 and also, just 4, 4 miles from Ontario International Airport, a growing air cargo hub.

The site was originally dairy farm land and is now mostly vacant, Murphy said. It was previously zoned residential with a mix of office and commerce, but a few months ago city council rezoned the area as light industry, which can accommodate a logistics warehouse, Murphy said.

“For an individual development, 54 acres is a significant acquisition,” said Murphy.

Dermody could develop up to a 1.2 million square foot warehouse project, the maximum size of the new area, Murphy said. No plans or permit applications have been submitted to city hall, Murphy said on Dec.31.

He said the city was in talks with the new owner.

“The timing is in their hands,” he added. “That’s when they choose to submit the request and we’ll deal with it.”

If the developer submits plans this month, it will be at least six months before it goes to the Ontario Planning Commission for approval, Murphy said.

Dermody’s proposed LogistiCenter at Ontario Ranch is said to be one of many new warehouses that could be built this year or next in the Inland Empire, a popular area for new logistics warehouses due to its location to highways. and the availability of open land.

The Ontario International Airport Authority on Dec. 23 approved a lease for nearly 200 acres of empty land just east of its runway for industrial buildings, with a high likelihood of building warehouses for a logistics company.

“In the Inland Empire, land is cheaper, for one. Plus, we have an international airport that gets a lot of cargo, ”said Edward Ornelas Jr., President and CEO of the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The rush to build more warehouses to serve Amazon, Walmart, and other online shopping companies accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic, as more people shopped online and that air freight volumes have increased dramatically at ONT.

“Yes, and it’s not going to stop,” said Yassi Kavezade, senior campaign manager for Sierra Club and resident of Riverside. “Unfortunately, as we continue to depend on the online industries, we’re going to need a place to store all of these products.

“We’re going to see air freight grow and rail grow,” said Kavezade, who is organizing opposition to warehouses over pollution from diesel trucks that pollutes the air and adds traffic near homes, schools and parks. “IE communities will pay the price with hourly, daily, 24/7 truck rides. “

Steve Mehlman, a resident of Beaumont, said he opposed the Summit Station warehouse project on Cherry Valley Boulevard in Beaumont because it would be directly across from an elderly community of 2,500 households as well. than other housing estates with families and young children.

“The elderly and children are the most susceptible to pollution from large rigs,” he wrote in an email response.


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