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Demand Drives Bulk Industrial Construction in St. Louis Region’s I-70 Corridor

Demand Drives Bulk Industrial Construction in St. Louis Region’s I-70 Corridor
November 3, 2020 Lindsey Mills
Pictured is the Hazelwood Industrial Center in North St. Louis County. (Photo courtesy of Srenco Aerial Photography)

This article originally ran in REBusinessOnline on October 8, 2020. 


By Allison Gray, Steadfast City Economic & Community Partners

The growing demand for distribution space and the related importance of freight logistics and a healthy supply chain have remained steady even though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake up markets across the U.S. and around the globe.

This demand is evident in the bi-state St. Louis region, where more inventory of bulk distribution space has been added in the five-year period between 2015 and 2019 than at any other point in St. Louis history, totaling more than 18 million square feet of top-of-the-line modern bulk space.

Recent construction and development trends in the bi-state St. Louis area reveal that bulk distribution buildings — those that top 250,000 square feet — have been the highest growing sector for the regional inventory. Since 2016, 94 percent of all bulk construction has been focused along the vital I-70 corridor, while 90 percent  of the new major industrial parks with significant construction are located within 10 minutes of the I-70 corridor.

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