By Bill Poovey
Published July 2, 2013
The company developing a 417,000-square-foot distribution facility near the S.C. Inland Port for a yet-to-be publicly identified tenant is looking for other businesses seeking a close link to the project in Greer.
CenterPoint Chief Development Officer Michael Murphy said the $20 million project so far is the only new building taking shape on the airport’s acreage that backs up to the inland port off the Verne Smith Parkway. He said the building design allows for expansion from 417,000 up to 715,000 square feet.
GSP CEO and President Dave Edwards has said the development is related to the inland port project that is to open in September. The $47 million rail container yard will be linked by overnight train service with docks 212 miles away in Charleston.
Murphy declined comment about the airport property building tenant, as have airport officials. He said the slab is finished, steel work is about 70% completed and the shell should be finished in August. Murphy said the building should be turned over to the tenant by November.
The airport, the GSP Airport District and CenterPoint Properties have entered an agreement for the airport to lease 45 acres for 30 years, with an option to extend it. There is also an option for a 300,000-square-foot building on about 15 acres at the site.
Murphy said CenterPoint is “evaluating” the possibility of a separate spec building.
“We are looking at some sites and talking to GSP,” he said. “No definitive decision has been made.”
GSP’s Edwards has previously said the airport is “looking for people to bring projects to the table that would be good for the airport and good for the community.”
He has said there have been numerous inquiries about the property. He has declined to discuss the prospects.
Edwards has said the airport expects mostly distribution and logistics facilities, but it might attract some light-assembly operations.