February 22, 2017

Whirlpool plant building lands a buyer

Whirlpool plant building lands a buyer

Whirlpool plant building lands a buyer

As reported in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

An investment group from Wisconsin has purchased the largest building in the long vacant Whirlpool plant complex in Fort Smith, with plans to renovate the space to eventually operate as a hub for other companies.

The 1.5 million-square-foot building on Jenny Lind Road, which includes 300,000 square feet of mezzanine space, has been on the market since the Whirlpool plant closed in 2012. Phoenix Investors of Milwaukee closed on the building last week. The terms of the deal were not released.

David Marks, managing director of Phoenix Investors, said in an interview Tuesday that plans are to renovate the building with the intent to lease it to multiple tenants who are likely in the distribution or manufacturing sectors. He said the Fort Smith property comes as part of a three-property deal that Phoenix Investors made with Whirlpool, including holdings in Tennessee and Indiana.

He said the Fort Smith property was attractive, in part, because it is in a good industrial market, has high ceilings and 70 loading docks.

The bones of this particular building set up well for redevelopment, he said.

He said work on the property would likely kick into gear in the next few months.

Phoenix Investors has a portfolio of properties that extends across 22 states made up of about 17 million square feet of commercial properties, according to the company’s website.

Tim Allen, president of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, said he has hopes to help fill the space as soon as possible with employers looking to settle in Fort Smith.

“I have projects that need large, quality space,” he said.

Phoenix Investors’ Senior Management includes Frank P. Crivello as Chairman & Founder; David Marks as President & CEO; and Anthony Crivello as Executive Vice President.

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Mr. Frank P. Crivello began his real estate career in 1982, focusing his investments in multifamily, office, industrial, and shopping center developments across the United States. From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Crivello assisted Phoenix Investors in its execution of its then business model of acquiring net lease commercial real estate across the United States. Since 2009, Mr. Crivello has assisted Phoenix Investors in the shift of its core focus to the acquisition of industrial real estate throughout the country.

Given his extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, Mr. Crivello provides strategic and operational input to Phoenix Investors and its affiliated companies.

Mr. Crivello received a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University and the London School of Economics, while completing a double major in Economics and Political Science; he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Outside of his business interests, Mr. Crivello invests his time, energy, and financial support across a wide net of charitable projects and organizations.

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