A rendering of a Bridge Development Partners industrial project — Courtesy: Bridge
By Joshua Burd
Bridge Development Partners is crossing the Delaware River for its latest expansion, unveiling plans for nearly 430,000 square feet of new industrial space in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.
The developer, whose Northeast team is based in Parsippany, is partnering with Link Logistics Real Estate to build the project in the borough of Wind Gap. Located at 428 East Moorestown Road, the development known as Lehigh North will span 427,919 square feet, with a location that is equidistant from Interstate 78 and Allentown.
The project will be Bridge’s first in Pennsylvania.
“The Lehigh Valley continues to distinguish itself as one of the country’s most vital distribution and logistics hubs, which was critical to our success at nearby Bridge Point 78,” said Jeff Milanaik, Bridge’s Northeast region partner. “We are extremely excited to continue our budding partnership with Link Logistics to introduce this state-of-the-art facility to meet the incredible demand for industrial space in this area and play a continued role in the return of jobs and economic vitality to the entire region.”
The developer announced the deal Wednesday, noting that it assigned the contract for the vacant 60-acre site to Link Logistics after securing all of the necessary approvals. Link has retained Bridge to provide development management services and construct the facility on its behalf, seeking to capitalize on a site with easy access to the Route 33 thoroughfare.
Construction is expected to begin this month and be complete by December, according to a news release. Plans call for a building with 36-foot clear heights, a cross-docked configuration for its 73 exterior docks, four drive-in doors, 100 trailer positions and parking for 187 cars.
The project follows Bridge’s success on the New Jersey side of the Delaware, in Phillipsburg and Lopatcong, where it has spearheaded the six-building, 3.85 million-square-foot complex known as Bridge Point 78. The firm recently sold the first phase of the industrial park to PGIM Real Estate, having secured Uniqlo, Mark Anthony Brands and ScottsMiracle-Gro as tenants.
“We are excited to partner with Bridge to develop this state-of-the-art industrial facility, which helps us meet the area’s high level of demand for logistics real estate,” said Britton Winterer, executive vice president, head of development at Link Logistics. “The Lehigh North project will be an excellent addition to our existing Lehigh Valley portfolio, which totals more than 16 million square feet of high-quality, well-located industrial product.”
It marks the second deal of this type that Bridge has conducted with Link Logistics. In 2019, the two companies partnered to develop a 95,000-square-foot industrial facility in Lyndhurst.
Mark Calabro of Weichert Commercial Brokerage Inc. represented the landowner in the Wind Gap transaction. Link Logistics and Bridge will soon select leasing brokers for the site.