[caption id="attachment_89517" align="alignleft" width="154"] Robert Gerard[/caption]
Recent growth in the wine industry has inspired the resurgence of development of new industrial buildings in Solano County.
Solano County is well-positioned for future commercial real estate expansion as a transportation hub for local, national and international businesses. As much of California is experiencing drought conditions, Fairfield's exceptional water quality and quantity, as well as sewer capability, is expected to continue to draw food and beverage users, as well as other industries, in the coming months and years.Big new warehouses
The new development consists of large warehouses with good clear height, such as the massive two-building project Buzz Oates Group of Companies is building on Cordelia Road in Fairfield.
Encore Glass has leased the first building there, a 318,000-square-foot warehouse completed in January.
Saxco International, LLC, recently signed the lease for the second building, a 473,000-square-foot warehouse that is expected to begin construction in the second quarter of 2014 and to be completed by the end of 2014. Phil Garrett and Jon Quick of Colliers' Fairfield office represented both sides of the above two leases.
Additionally, Mr. Garrett and Mr. Quick sold Buzz Oates the 43-acre site in November 2012 and preleased approximately 1 million square feet with Buzz Oates within the following 12 months.Industrial vacancy drops
The Solano County industrial vacancy rate in 2013 declined to 9.6 percent from 11.7 percent, the largest decline in several years. Activity in the first quarter of 2014 has eased slightly off 2013's historic pace, however there already have been two 100,000-square-foot lease transactions completed in the quarter to date.
ICON Aircraft, Inc., which manufacturers of light sport aircraft, leased Buzz Oates' 137,940 square foot warehouse on 2141 Beechcraft Rd. in Vacaville. Jon Quick and Phil Garrett of Colliers' Fairfield office were the brokers on the transaction.