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  • library_books Cold Storage Shortage - Houston
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    Cold storage opportunities in Houston, Texas are few and far between. With approximately 7 million people in the Houston Metro area, one would expect to find existing warehouses fitted with freezer and cooler improvements. However, businesses looking to lease or purchase industrial cold storage facilities are in for a real surprise. There are currently NO EXISTING “modern” cold storage buildings available in the Greater Houston area…

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  • library_books Warehouse for Lease or Rent in Houston, Texas
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    Photo of large warehouse with docks.The staff at Centermark Commercial Real Estate, our Houston Affiliate, put together a survey of Big Box/Distribution Warehouses for lease or rent in the Houston Metro Area recently. This one in particular was targeted for a client with a requirement for spaces that are, or can be demised to the size of 140,000 to 160,000 square feet…

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  • library_books Big Box (240,000-280,000 SF) Manufacturing & Distribution Warehouses for Lease Houston Metro
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    Photo of large warehouse with docks.The staff at Centermark Commercial Real Estate, our Houston Affiliate, put together a survey of Big Box/Distribution Warehouses in the Houston Metro Area recently. This one in particular is for spaces that are, or can be demised to the size of 240,000 to 280,000 square feet. The particular client is looking for a Manufacturing and Distribution space. We find that these client exercises are a good opportunity to provide good information to other potential clients - hence as are making it a practice to post a summary of the work we do. We found that there were at least 13 properties meeting this criteria - they are summarized in the table below…

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  • library_books Large Land Tracts for Sale in the Houston Metro Area
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    The staff at Centermark Commercial Real Estate, our Houston Affiliate, put together a survey of large land tracts in the Houston Metro Area recently. The client criteria included that the tract be outside the 500 year flood plain, greater than 30 acres, and availability of utilities. At the time - Mid-October of 2020 - there were 8 properties that met the criteria and were presented to the client. The following table summarizes the properties…

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  • library_books Must Go Flex Warehouse for Sale or Lease Houston W/2 Build to Suit Slabs Ready
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    Must Sell Flex Warehouse for Sale w/2 BTS Slabs ReadyWarehouse Finder Affiliate Centermark CRE is listing this property for sale or lease in the Houston Metro Area. The owner is motivated, and the property must sell. The property is located at 17210 Red…

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  • library_books Dock Leveler - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Steve Watts,
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    Close-up image of dock-high dock wells with shrouds, bumpers, wheel guides and dock levelers - thumbnail.In a ‘perfect world,’ one would be able to back a trailer up to a 4’ dock-high dock, or a 2’ semi-dock, open the doors and start loading or unloading. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world (with or without quotes)…

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  • library_books Common Area Maintenance (CAM) - Commercial Lease Terminology - Part 2
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate leases, Common Area Maintenance, or CAM, refers to activities related to areas and items shared between tenants in a multi-tenant building or complex…

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  • library_books Expense Caps - Commercial Lease Terminology - Part 1
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate Leases, an Expense Cap typically refers to expenses that are passed along from the landlord to the tenant for Common Area Maintenance of a building…

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  • library_books Modified Gross - Types of Commercial Leases - Part 5
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate, a Modified Industrial Lease involves modifications to the Industrial Gross Lease. The modifications can vary, but the tenant often pays for certain items contributing to a Multi-Tenant building’s Common Area Maintenance…

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  • library_books Net Lease - Types of Commercial Leases - Part 4
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate, there tends to be confusion regarding the difference between a Gross and a Net Lease - and variations of each…

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  • library_books Paved or Stabilized Yard - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    paved or stabilized yard for inventory storage thumbnailPaved or Stabilized Yard has many uses. It can be used to store inventory - pipe and other items that can withstand the elements - as shown in the attached photo…

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  • library_books Heavy Power - Picture with Definition
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    General warehousing does not typically require electrical service beyond that needed to operate an office area with HVAC and general warehouse lighting and light-duty electrical plugs…

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  • library_books Rail Access - Picture with Definition
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    Having access to rail siding (doors on rail cars are generally on the side - hence “rail siding” - see photo), which is actually serviced (meaning a rail provider will use the track…

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  • library_books Clear Height - Picture with Definition
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    High Clear for Maximizing Inventory Storage Volume ThumbnailWarehouse operations often involve high ceilings under which to conduct various types of business. Clear height is defined as the maximum height of objects a building can accommodate. Buildings sometimes have different areas that have different clear heights…

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  • library_books Cold Storage (Cooler/Freezer) Warehouse Space for Sale or Lease Houston
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    Posted by Steve Watts, Eric Hughes,
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    We’ve seen a significant amount of traffic on our site involving cold storage(cooler and/or freezer)-equipped warehouses - for sale, lease and rent. We’ve pursued enough of these opportunities that we feel we’ve established a bit of a specialty in the area…

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  • library_books Texas Warehouse Relevant News - As of 21Mar2020
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    Posted by Steve Watts, on March 23, 2020
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    There is a lot of news out there. We are trying to pick a few of the ariticles that are more relevant to the industries we serve. Today we have articles about the economy (since things are moving very quickly, this can’t help but be a bit dated but still interesting to see progression), the Port of Houston, and a discussion with the Texas Railroad Commissioner about the Texas and World Oil & Gas markets.

    Port Houston to receive millions for Bayport terminal expansion, Houston Business Journal, 11Mar2020

    HBJ released an article discussing a Grant presented on 10Mar2020 to Port Houston for $21.8M and Port of Corpus Christi for $17.6M. Port Houston will use the funds to expand the Bayport Container Terminal and Port of Corpus Christi will use the funds to partially refurbish docks. The article goes on to discuss various activities at both ports.

    Warning Bells Sound for U.S. Economy As Virus Squeezes Ports, Yahoo Finance, 10Mar2020

    As of 10Mar2020, the shipping industry - “accustomed to running at full speed this time of year” - is watching a shipping slowdown “tied to the coronavirus.” China shuttering factories is a big factor in slowing shipments into the country. Low demand for longshore labor is causing alarm, per “Jock O’Connell, a foreign trade consultant in CA.” No one knows for sure, but we think we could still be early in this downturn. Buckle up!

    Texas oil regulator: ‘What our eyes are on is not the pain of today. It’s the pain of the future, Dallas Business Journal, 21Mar2020

    This is an interview with Ryan Sitton, Texas Railroad Commissioner. The article is centered around what if any extraordinary action Texas should take in light of the bottom dropping out from under oil prices. He discusses possible national collaboration with OPEC, dictated slowing of production, and his opinion that oil demand will be here for the long haul.

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  • library_books Dock High Loading Flex Warehouse Space for Lease Houston
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    10795 Hammerly Blvd, Houston, TX  77043

    Our Houston Affiliate has the following property for lease in the Houston, TX area. The table and photo need a minor update - Suite 330 has been leased. Otherwise things are current as of 6Nov2020…

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  • library_books Houston Warehouse w/2.7 Acres Stabilized Yard Listing
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on January 9, 2020 and Updated on September 27, 2021
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    This property is listed by Centermark Commercial Real Estate, our exclusive Houston Broker-Affiliate.

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  • library_books Looking for Warehouse Space? Read This First...
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    Posted by Steve Watts, on December 14, 2019
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    The very first and most important thing you must know about leasing or purchasing warehouse or other industrial space is whether or not you can avoid the process altogether! There are many avoidance strategies available, but you also shouldn’t delay just for the sake of delay since that isn’t always the correct strategy. There can be good reasons to wait, and good reasons to move forward. Let’s take a bit of time to cover some of those reasons in more detail.


    Article Outline 


    • Why Change Your Situation?
    • Why Maintain Your Situation?
    • Why Change - Location 
    • Why Change - Capacity 
    • Why Change - Suitability 
    • Why Change - Costs 
    • Why Maintain - Cost to Move 
    • Why Maintain - Business Disruption 
    • Why Maintain - Workforce Impact 
    • Why Maintain - Customer Impact 
    • Avoid Moving - Property Improvements 
    • Avoid Moving - Productivity Improvements 
    • Summary 


    Why Change Your Situation?


    There are many reasons why a business might feel the need to make a change. Some reason categories here include:

    • Location 
    • Capacity 
    • Suitability 
    • Costs 

    I’ll use these broad categories later to cover in a bit more detail information supporting a move.


    Why Maintain Your Situation? 


    Some factors argue against making a change. Some reason categories here include:

    • Cost to Move 
    • Business Disruption 
    • Workforce Impact 
    • Customer Impact 

    I’ll use these broad categories later to cover in a bit more detail information supporting staying in your current location.


    Why Change - Location 


    Location affects many factors of your business. You could be attempting to position your business to improve your proximity to your existing or potential:

    • Workforce 
    • Supplier base 
    • Distribution channels 
    • Customers 
    • Etc. 

    These are all specific to your company and are difficult to generalize, but can all be good reasons to make a change.


    Why Change - Capacity 


    In this case, you have likely determined that your current space no longer matches your needs from a capacity perspective - either your business has grown beyond, or shrank below what your existing area will sustain. Either way, this can be a strong motivator to make a change.


    Why Change - Suitability 


    Suitability can be the need for equipment that does not fit, is too heavy for, or required utilities not provided by your current building. You might need more loading docks, larger trucks, more maneuvering space, etc. 


    Why Change - Costs 


    A common reason here is that your landlord has made one-too-many lease rate or capital improvement expense increases, and you believe you can do significantly better elsewhere.


    Why Maintain - Cost to Move 


    Moving an existing business from one location to another is a significant expense - over and above your regular cost of doing business. A move will result in lease expenses from two buildings for a finite period. You can likely assume that you do not have resources not being utilized, so you must hire or contract temporary support to help you move. You will also be likely to need to spend to avoid business disruption (see below).


    Why Maintain - Business Disruption 


    If you manufacture products, you will likely want to build an inventory buffer of these products before you move to avoid disrupting your customers. This type of disruption “insurance” can be difficult to implement depending upon the state of your manufacturing capacity, relationships to your customer, and your reasons for moving. Similar reasoning can apply regardless of the activities performed in your building.


    Why Maintain - Workforce Impact 


    As with any change, the relocation of your business will have an impact on your workforce. The implementation of disruption “insurance,” changes in their commute, or the requirement for employees to relocate are some examples.


    Why Maintain - Customer Impact 


    Any change - e.g., moving from one building to another - creates risk for your customers. They have to be sure that the products you supply to them from location B are going to be equivalent to those you provided from location A. What if something goes wrong with your move and the disruption “insurance” you put in place is insufficient? What if your customer’s requirement for your product suddenly changes in the middle of your move, and you cannot meet that requirement?


    Avoid Moving - Property Improvements 


    If you have transitioned in your business from needing all grade-level to some dock-level loading, but your building has only grade-level access, then you should consider working with your landlord to add a dock-well on the property. Assuming you both believe you are a good tenant, there is a chance they will work with you if the property is suited. Adding a dock-well is one example of a property addition that can be a win-win between landlord and tenant.


    Avoid Moving - Productivity Improvements 


    One of the more common reasons for deciding to move involves some form of “output/square foot” calculation. This calculation probably indicates that you don’t have enough space to accommodate people, equipment, inventory, etc.. Hopefully, you made productivity and other assessments a large part of your decision process. There are many ways - apart from moving to a larger building - to address this issue. Some of these are:

    • Using Lean Tools or other approaches to redesign your business processes for productivity improvement 
    • Product line strategy assessment to see if there are products you can/should cut back on. The evaluation could also show you that you need expansion more urgently 
    • Determine whether or not there are businesses that can help you offload one or more functions you perform in your current building to make space (outsource) 

    There are other approaches to create more (or less) space. There are probably 10’s or 100’s of ways to describe these things based upon the terminology of the day. 


    Summary 


    We hope this has helped you think through your potential move. We’re not trying to say moving is a bad thing, but it can be expensive and disruptive. If you have been inspired and wish to explore this further, feel free to drop us a line with questions. Some consultants specialize in productivity improvement activities. Contacting a local university business management or operations engineering program can also sometimes bear fruit if you are willing the work with them. In any case, we wish you all the best of luck in your move - or not.

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  • library_books Land Acquisition Guide
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on December 4, 2019
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    From Offer to Contract

    Locating and acquiring the perfect tract of land to develop can be quite challenging. An experienced developer and its real estate broker can conduct initial due diligence to help avoid costly issues. However, more in-depth inspections and research are necessary before finalizing a purchase…

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