73 acres of land off I-78 in Berks bought for development

Land can accommodate 832,000-square-foot warehouse

BETHEL TWP., Pa. - The Interstate 78 corridor through northern Berks County appears poised for more development.

Duke Realty Corporation announced Tuesday that it has bought 72.87 acres of land along I-78 at the Frystown interchange in Bethel Township. The parcel, named Central Logistics Park, can support a build-to-suit warehouse of up to 832,000 square feet in size, officials said.

"We are pleased with this land purchase because it provides us with an excellent position right on I-78 in this up-and-coming distribution corridor to further leverage Duke Realty's strong development platform," said Jeff Palmquist, senior vice president of Duke Realty's northeast region.

Once built, the warehouse in Bethel Township will be Duke Realty's fifth building along the I-78 corridor in Pennsylvania. The company also owns two buildings in the West Hills Business Center, northeast of Kutztown, and two buildings in the 33 Logistics Park near Easton.

"This site gives us the opportunity to offer companies looking for high-quality, first-generation warehouse space a viable alternative to the supply-constrained Lehigh Valley submarket," Palmquist said of the park in Berks. "Only 40 miles from Carlisle and Allentown, companies will still reap the transportation and logistics benefits of being close to the populous northeast markets and New York metropolitan area."

Central Logistics Park is located across I-78 from Berks Park 78, a 323-acre business park that is home to Dollar General and PetSmart distribution facilities.

Tuesday's announcement by Duke Realty comes nearly a week after Ace Hardware announced that it will establish its northeast distribution center in Bethel Township, Lebanon County, about five miles west of Central Logistics Park.

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