A new warehouse and distribution center is planned to replace a former pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge. 

The Bristol Group, a San Francisco-based industrial real estate development firm, recently purchased the vacant 103,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 10.75 acres at 49 Mall Drive in Commack for $10 million. 

The company will begin construction this summer on a project to redevelop the site into a 178,134-square-foot distribution center with 36-foot-clear ceiling heights. Dubbed The Bristol Logistics Center at Hauppauge, the facility will have 31 loading docks, two drive-in doors, and parking for 16 tractor-trailers and 205 vehicles. 

The new building is expected to be completed in Q2 2022. 

“This is going to be a premier distribution facility located within the Hauppauge Industrial Park,” said Doug Omstrom of JLL. 

Omstrom, along with JLL’s Max Omstrom and Ray Ruiz brokered the sale of the property, representing the buyer, as well as the seller, Ropack Pharma Solutions. Doug Omstrom, Max Omstrom and Tom DiMicelli of JLL are serving as exclusive leasing brokers for the new development. They are currently seeking one, or possibly two tenants to occupy the complex. 

“In this tight industrial market, this will provide a great opportunity for a tenant that’s able to utilize the 36-foot-clear ceilings,” Omstrom said. 

The redevelopment of 49 Mall Drive is the latest in a spate of industrial projects planned or under construction on Long Island, reflecting the strength of the area’s white-hot industrial market and demand for warehousing and distribution facilities from e-commerce businesses. 

Rockefeller Group, a Morristown, N.J. real estate investment and development firm, is planning to build a 180,000-square-foot industrial building on a 10-acre parcel at 55 Paradise Lane in Bay Shore. The company bought the vacant property for $3 million an acre, a record-setting high price for industrial-zoned land on Long Island. 

Another New Jersey-based developer, Hartz Mountain Industries, is currently constructing two new industrial complexes in Melville. The company is building more than 900,000 square feet of industrial and logistics space at the 48.5-acre former Newsday headquarters on Pinelawn Road that it purchased for $54.5 million in Oct. 2018. Hartz Mountain is also building 400,000 square feet of warehousing and distribution space on a 35.5-acre property on Spagnoli Road that it purchased from National Grid. 

The vacancy rate for industrial property in Suffolk County in the first quarter of the year was just 3.5 percent, according to a report from Cushman & Wakefield. That’s the lowest vacancy rate of any of the Island’s commercial real estate sectors and reflects the overwhelming demand for industrial space.

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