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JLL REIT buys airport distribution center

JLL Income Property Trust has acquired the Louisville Airport Distribution Center in Kentucky for $32.1 million.

The the institutionally managed daily NAV REIT with $3.7 billion in portfolio assets, said the nearly 284,000 s/f, newly constructed Class A industrial property is located in the Southside/Airport industrial submarket, Louisville’s top location for industrial properties.

Constructed in 2020, the property is fully leased to Haier US Appliance Solutions (an entity of GE Appliances) and Derby Industries, with a weighted average lease term of 5.1 years. It includes modern features such as a 36-foot clear height, LED lighting and HVAC throughout.

The acquisition is JLL Income Property Trust’s second in Louisville after purchasing the Louisville Distribution Center for $95 million earlier this year.

“The Louisville Airport Distribution Center’s infill location in the Southside/Airport industrial submarket, where vacancy is just 1.9 percent, makes this an excellent portfolio fit for us as we continue to increase our allocation to core industrial assets located in close proximity to irreplaceable transportation infrastructure,” said Allan Swaringen, JLL Income Property Trust President and CEO.

“Given this property’s modern construction, strong tenants and exceptional location, we feel it will provide strong long-term value and cashflow to our diverse portfolio.”

According to LaSalle Research & Strategy, Louisville is an overweight market whose merit is driven by an above average return outlook and strong rent growth expectations.

Louisville’s central location at the confluence of major highways allows distribution to over half the U.S. population within a day’s drive via interstate highways I-24, I-64, I-65, I-71 and I-75, reinforcing JLL Income Property Trust’s research-led industrial strategy focused on acquiring properties with primary access to critical hubs of distribution and transportation infrastructure.

The property is within five miles of major distribution hubs including UPS Worldport (Air Distribution Hub), UPS Centennial Hub (Ground Distribution Hub), and the Louisville International Airport, and is just 2.5 miles from GE Appliance Park.

 This investment adds to JLL Income Property Trust’s aggregate industrial allocation of over $1 billion of industrial holdings in 39 properties across 12 key markets, or approximately 31 percent of its $3.7 billion portfolio.

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