NorthPoint Development Announces Plan for New Industrial Park in St. Louis Metropolitan Area


JLL retained as exclusive leasing agent

NorthPoint Development has announced plans for a new 600-acre, seven million-square-foot institutional quality industrial park in Pontoon Beach, Illinois. Gateway TradePort will begin taking shape this March when crews break ground on the park’s lead building, Gateway TradePort 1, a 540,000-square-foot building set to deliver in early Q4 of this year.

NorthPoint has retained commercial real estate firm JLL as the exclusive leasing agent and marketer for the project. David Branding, SIOR, managing director of JLL’s industrial real estate platform, has been named the project’s lead leasing agent. The company previously represented NorthPoint’s Hazelwood Logistics Center, which delivered its last of eight fully occupied buildings in July 2018.

Gateway TradePort is located at the intersection of I-270 and I-255 in one of St. Louis’ fastest growing submarkets; an area that has delivered more than 5 million square feet of new industrial warehouses since 2014. NorthPoint has delivered more than 3.7 million square feet of new industrial warehouses in St. Louis. This is the company’s fourth industrial development in this market since 2016, and its first development in St. Louis’ Metro East submarket. NorthPoint closed on the land purchase on January 31, 2019.

Johan Henriksen, vice president of development for NorthPoint Development, said, “We are excited to work with David and JLL on our proposed Gateway TradePort. This park will complement our offerings on the Missouri side using our formula for success: great location, continuous spec program with flexible building layouts, along with market leading tax abatement for bulk users in the Metro East submarket.”

Pontoon Mayor Mike Pagano said, “The Pontoon Beach Village Board and myself are very excited about the new development coming to Pontoon Beach. Gateway TradePort will bring many construction jobs and many regular jobs after completion. This new development will be very good for all our surrounding communities.”

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