Warehouse Central sells in rare central Denver investment deal

Warehouse Central
Warehouse Central is one of the largest and best-known industrial assets in the central Denver industrial submarket.

A San Francisco-based firm put up $24 million for the rare chance to buy a large, central Denver industrial property.

An affiliate of Stockbridge Capital Group LLC paid $73.65 per square foot for Warehouse Central, a 325,858-sf building at 2400 W. Fifth Ave. The asset is 100 percent leased.

Tyler Carner

CBRE Senior Vice President Tyler Carner said Warehouse Central is a well-known and well-located central Denver asset. “It’s pretty rare to have an asset of that size available,” he said. “Especially compared to demand, there are very few properties that come on the market.”

The deal gives Stockbridge an immediate, sizeable presence in the central industrial submarket, where the vacancy rate was a mere 2.2 percent at the end of the fourth quarter.

Sleeping Giant Brewing Co., W.W. Grainger and Pilkington Glass are among the largest of 11 national and regional tenants at Warehouse Central, which historically is one of the most successful industrial properties in central Denver. Tenant sizes range from 13,563 to 67,220 sf, and no tenant accounts for more than 21 percent of the project.

The property is at the southwest intersection of West Sixth Avenue and Interstate 25, with immediate access onto Sixth Avenue.

Jeremy Ballenger

“I think something that the buyer liked about the property is just about every tenant has a logical reason of why they want to and need to be central. A lot of these groups are servicing the Denver metro area,” said CBRE Vice President Jeremy Ballenger. “There are tenants there that have been there for close to 20 years,” he said.

IBC Holdings and Thackeray Partners, through an entity called General Industrial Investors LLC, sold the property. They bought it for $16.99 million in mid-2008, according to public records.

“They did go through and make material upgrades throughout the property,” including doors, lighting, parking lots, roofs, etc., Ballenger said.

The property received very strong interest from a variety of buyer types – institutional and private – from across the country and internationally, he said.

“The seller was diligent to select the right buyer who would close the transaction,” Carner added.

Ballenger, Carner and CBRE Executive Vice President Jim Bolt handled the transaction.

Stockbridge is a real estate investment management company that, in partnership with SteelWave Acquisitions LLC, recently acquired the Triad at Orchard Station office complex in Greenwood Village. It owns some $9.8 billion in assets across the country.

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Jill Jamieson-Nichols has been an Editor with the Colorado Real Estate Journal for more than 15 years, providing coverage of office, industrial, hospitality and mixed-use development news in the Denver metro area, plus all property types in Northern Colorado, Boulder County and along the Highway 36 corridor. Prior to joining CREJ, Jill was Editor of Golden's community newspaper, The Golden Transcript. Jill earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo. When she's not keeping you up-to-date on the latest happenings in Colorado's commercial real estate market, Jill can be found cross-country skiing, exploring the outdoors with her dog, playing piano, reading, or hanging out with family and friends.