SC Ports and the Keith Corporation break ground on new logistics hub

SC Ports and Keith Corporation break ground

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SC Ports) and the Keith Corporation have announced that work has begun on the Charleston Trade Center’s latest logistics hub designed to improve access to the Port of Charleston.

The new sit at the Charleston Trade Center will be 1,019,200 square feet and one of the largest speculative industrial facilities in the Charleston region.

Located about 30 miles from the Port of Charleston, it has been specifically designed to capture port-reliant users with features including 40-foot clear height, 120 fully equipped dock doors, two drive-in doors, ESFR fire protection, LED lighting, and expansive parking for cars and trailers.

Work on the industrial building is underway with a projected opening in Q4, according to SC Ports.

Alan Lewis, Managing Partner of The Keith Corporation’s Industrial Development, said, “We feel like the timing is excellent for a speculative project of this size in Charleston, given the expansion and competitive attributes of SC Ports’ facilities.

“The Charleston market remains an incredibly attractive place to do business, and our new speculative building will provide industrial tenants access to both the Port of Charleston and the booming Southeast market.”

Micah Mallace SC Ports’ Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, also commented, ““Industrial tenants can benefit from this modern facility located in a very attractive real estate market, as well as from proximity to the state-of-the-art Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal, which will soon launch container operations.

“South Carolina Ports is excited to partner on the marketing efforts for this building with The Keith Corporation, which has extensive experience in developing industrial facilities in Charleston.

“We look forward to welcoming port-dependent tenants to the building later this year.”

Frampton Construction will be the general contractor for the project; the regional full-service construction firm provides planning and design support, preconstruction and construction services.

Marketing will be handled by JLL’s Lee Allen and Kevin Coats, and by SC Ports. McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture completed the building design.

The new building will join four existing buildings also developed by The Keith Corporation on the Charleston Trade Center campus, including: IFA, a German automotive supplier; RPM, an importer of coffee beans; Curtiss-Wright, a diversified product manufacturer; and a fully leased 136,500-square-foot, multi-tenant building.

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