By Liz Segrist
Published Feb. 19, 2013
Initial site preparation has begun at a 131-acre industrial park near the future S.C. Inland Port in Greer.
Velocity Park is zoned industrial and its four parcels are designed for build-to-suit and leasing. Developers envision industrial companies, logistics companies and data centers building operations there.
“Certainly with the inland port being a stone’s throw away, the park is generating a lot of interest,” said Doug Webster, CBRE-The Furman Co.’s global corporate services director. “It’s a very viable option for people wanting to be near the inland port.”
The S.C. Inland Port is set to break ground March 1 with a projected opening in September. Norfolk Southern will run overnight rail between the Port of Charleston and Greer, hauling goods from the Upstate and Lowcountry to the rest of the world.
Velocity Park is along Victor Hill Road, directly behind BMW’s Performance Center in Greer. One tract sits on the corner of Highway 101 and the Norfolk Southern rail line.
Grading of the overall tract is under way. A specific pad will not be graded until a tenant is confirmed. The preference is build-to-suit, but parcels are also available for sale and development by the purchaser.
The park is in foreign-trade zone No. 38. Its sewer, water, gas, electricity and AT&T fiber ring infrastructure is in place.
The development team consists of Clancy & Theys Construction Co. of Charlotte as the general contractor; Merriman Schmitt Architects Inc. of Charlotte as the architect; Site Design Inc. of Greenville as the civil engineer; and Allen Cullum as the lead on site selection, according to the park’s website.
The area’s potential
The inland port will be built on roughly 50 acres off Highway 290 and J. Verne Smith Parkway in Greer, within a few miles of Highway 101, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and BMW.
This area along Interstate 85 is poised for significant development. More than 250 acres of private land is available for purchase within a few miles of these entities, and industry leaders expect distribution centers, manufacturers and industrial companies to flock to the area.
The inland port would connect to land the airport hopes to develop. The airport is prepping around 1,500 acres of its land for potential industrial, distribution, retail, office and hospitality purposes.