Tristar Business Communities has begun site preparation for a 36-acre drop lot that will accommodate up to 716 trailers at Gateway Commerce Center, its 2,300-acre distribution park in Madison County, IL. The $1.5-million project is scheduled for completion this fall.
The new drop lot will be built adjacent to the newly opened 1.1-million sq. ft. super-regional distribution center owned by Hershey Foods Corp.
“A number of companies based here are experiencing growth in shipping volume, which is creating a need for overflow trailer parking,” said Michael Towerman, Tristar president.
Companies not currently based at Gateway will be allowed to rent spaces. Approximately six million sq. ft. of distribution center space has been built at Gateway, with another 500,000 sq. ft. due to be completed by late 2004.