Private Equity Firm Picks up Houston-Area Sort Center

JLL’s capital markets team has closed the sale of and arranged acquisition financing for an 805,601-square-foot, state-of-the-art sort center recently delivered as a build-to-suit for a market-leading e-commerce tenant in the suburban Houston community of Katy, Texas. JLL worked on behalf of the seller, a publicly traded REIT. An affiliate of Walton Street Capital purchased the asset. Additionally, JLL placed the floating-rate acquisition loan with Wells Fargo Bank. The cross-dock building features concrete tilt-wall construction, a 40-foot clear height, 190-foot truck court with substantial vehicle and trailer parking, 190 dock-high doors, ESFR fire protection and LED lighting. The mission-critical facility is triple-net-leased by the tenant on a long-term basis. Situated on 54 acres at 22525 Clay Road, the facility is in the western part of the Houston MSA proximate to the city’s large residential base and major employment centers, aided by direct access to Highway 99 (Grand Parkway) and proximity to Interstate 10. The JLL capital markets investment sales advisory team representing the seller was led by managing director Trent Agnew, senior managing director Rusty Tamlyn, director Charles Strauss and analysts Tom Weber and Jack Britton. “Single-tenant industrial assets with long-term leases to credit tenants continue to see significant interest from a multitude of investors,” Agnew said. “With the continued residential and industrial growth along Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway, this asset was a perfect strategic fit for both the tenant and buyer,” Strauss said. The JLL capital markets debt placement team representing the new owner was led by senior managing director Colby Mueck, senior director Michael Johnson and analyst Molly Leinsdorf. “The industrial sector continues to be one of the most desirable asset classes for both investors and lenders, and the combination of an excellent credit tenant coupled with a best-in-class buyer created a great execution with Wells Fargo on the acquisition financing,” Johnson said. The rapid adoption of e-commerce, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has continued to lead to rampant growth in the industrial property sector. JLL expects e-commerce sales could hit $1.5 trillion by 2025, which would increase the demand for industrial real estate to an additional 1 billion square feet.