Innovo Development Group has completed the $125 million recapitalization of Gateway Industrial Center, a 1.4 million-square-foot industrial campus in Detroit.
Most recently, JLL Capital Markets represented Innovo in arranging $10 million in joint venture equity financing through the RealtyMogul crowdfunding platform. In June 2021, JLL arranged an $80 million financing package which included a $63.7 million loan from Mack Real Estate Group, set to mature in 2031, according to Wayne County records.
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JLL Senior Director Stephen Van Leer, Managing Director Ed Halaburt, Managing Director Trent Niederberger and Director Ross Bratcher orchestrated the recapitalization process.
The story of a Detroit industrial campus
Innovo purchased the asset in 2020 for $36.2 million from DMS. The transaction was financed with a bridge loan of $25.4 million, provided by Franklin BSP Realty Trust, CommercialEdge data shows. Originally completed in 1948 as a manufacturing facility for Massey Ferguson, the 69-acre property underwent several transformations throughout the years.
In 2021, Innovo started a capital redevelopment process at Gateway Industrial Center, which included the demolition of obsolete buildings and updating the existing facilities. Following the revamp, the campus comprised two facilities totaling 1 million square feet, with 40-foot maximum clear heights and ESFR fire sprinklers, and included 745 car parking spaces.
The following year, Innovo started construction on a 421,000-square-foot speculative development at the property. The recently completed warehouse features 36-foot clear heights, 50- by 50-foot column spacing, LED lighting and offers 317 car parking spaces and parking for 100 trailers.
The campus, located in an Opportunity Zone at 12601 Southfield Freeway, is 14 miles from downtown Detroit and close to Interstate 96. Its tenant roster includes Houghton International Inc., NTS and Detroit Manufacturing Systems. Senior Vice President Sean Cavanaugh with JLL is handling leasing at the property.
As of March, Detroit’s industrial market registered a 3.7 percent vacancy rate, 20 basis points lower than the national average of 3.9 percent, according to the latest CommercialEdge report. Its supply pipeline consisted of 10.3 million square feet, representing 1.9 percent of stock.