Developers Break Ground on First Building at 130 Commerce Center in Pflugerville, Reveal Name of Project – Pecan 130 Business ParkSix 120,000-square-foot light industrial buildings planned for Pecan 130 Business Park at 130 Commerce Center.
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas—The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) today announced that developers broke ground on the first building at 130 Commerce Center, a 160-acre, master-planned, mixed-use development located at the southwest corner of SH 130 and Pecan Street in Pflugerville. The name of the project, Pecan 130 Business Park at 130 Commerce Center, was also revealed during a ceremonial groundbreaking event held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 by the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the PCDC and the City of Pflugerville.
Pecan 130 Business Park is a light-industrial/flex project within the 130 Commerce Center development. Construction on the first 120,000-square-foot light industrial building planned as part of this project is expected to be complete by summer 2013. This is the first of six 120,000- square-foot light industrial buildings, totaling 720,000 square feet of space planned at the 15-acre site.
“This project brings to Pflugerville the kind of buildings that we just have not been able to offer businesses as of late because we had no vacancy,” said Floyd Akers, executive director of the PCDC. “The level of investment these developers are making to Pflugerville is an indication that we are moving in the right direction with our economic development strategy. There is no building like this available anywhere else in Central Texas.”
￼Pre-leasing is underway for space in the first of two 120,000-square-foot light industrial buildings planned for phase I of this developer’s project.
“Pecan 130 Business Park adds a much needed dimension to our expanding business community,” said Patricia Gervan-Brown, president and CEO of the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce.
Developers and Funding
Scott Berkowitz, president of EVS Metal Inc., a precision sheet metal fabricator and machine shop with a location in Pflugerville, worked with the PCDC and the City of Pflugerville to understand the economic development need in the community so he could develop the project accordingly. Berkowitz partnered with Rick Leff and Ron Reid, both executives at All American Alloy in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to provide the necessary capital investment for the project.
“We all feel this is a great opportunity to assist Pflugerville in their overall plan of job creation and fill the void of manufacturing and warehouse space,” Berkowitz said.
Mike Cullen with First Star Bank, a community bank with locations in Round Rock and Austin, provided initial funding of the $35 million project. With this, First Star Bank enters the commercial development market in Pflugerville, Round Rock and Austin areas.
Construction and Design
The project was designed by Block 16 Architects and Urbanists, which was founded in Austin 19 years ago and designs a wide variety commercial, industrial, multi-family, restaurant, hotel/ motel, church and senior housing projects in Central Texas. The principals of Block 16 are Stuart M. Alderman, AIA, Mark S. Paccone, AIA, and Lila Nelson, AIA.
Garret-Ihnen Civil Engineers (GICE) was selected as the the site/civil engineer. The company has provided site designs services in the Austin area for more than 25 years. Principals are President Steven Ihnnen, P.E. and Vice President Jason Rogers, P.E.
Robert Daughterty of RGD Builders, Inc., established in Austin in 1984, was selected as the general contractor for the project.
Additional Development at 130 Commerce Center
Other developers and businesses will also construct buildings within 130 Commerce Center, including an office/flex project, a corporate headquarters office and manufacturing/distribution facility, and eventually possibly upscale multi-family housing projects and retail.
Renewable Resource Consultants LLC, a civil engineering firm that designs 40 to 50 percent of the wind projects in the U.S., will soon complete the design phase on the additional 6,000 square foot office/flex building. The company plans to break ground soon and space is available for pre- lease.
Austin-based EIEIO, Inc., will relocate its corporate headquarters to a new 40,000-square-foot building at 130 Commerce Center late next year. Construction on this building is also expected to begin soon.
The PCDC bought the 160 acres to develop the site as a mixed-use development in 2008. Commercial real estate firm Don Quick and Associates was later hired by the PCDC to help market and sell the land at 130 Commerce Center.
The developer of the Pecan 130 Business Park also hired Don Quick and Associates to help secure lease agreements for its light industrial buildings.
About the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation
The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation promotes Pflugerville as a desirable place for new businesses to operate. The organization also supports existing businesses by helping to address their needs. PCDC can provide funding for use as an incentive to businesses to begin doing business in Pflugerville. PCDC funds, which are 4B money generated from a half- cent of the city’s sales tax revenue, can also be used to construct needed infrastructure such as roads, utilities and drainage projects. Located 16 miles northeast of Austin and just south of Round Rock, Pflugerville is well-situated in Central Texas. New state highways 45 and 130 and Interstate Highway 35 all offer direct access to other nearby cities and the region’s main airport. For more information, visit www.pfdevelopment.com.