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Developers are having a harder time finding space for new warehouses in increasingly crowded and expensive U.S. cities. Their answer: build upward.
Prologis Inc., the world’s biggest warehouse owner, is starting construction next year on a three-floor 580,000-square-foot warehouse just outside downtown Seattle that is scheduled to be completed in 2018, the company told The Wall Street Journal. The building will look like two warehouses stacked on top of each other, with a truck ramp to loading docks on the second level and a third floor, accessible via freight elevators, for lighter-scale warehouse operations.
It will be the first building of its kind in the U.S., though multistory warehouses are already common in countries like Japan and Singapore, as well as elsewhere in Asia and Europe, where vacant land is harder to find.
“Major urban areas are running out of industrial space,” said Hamid Moghadam, chief executive of Prologis. “The only way the logistics sector can compete is with this more dense format.”
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