SOUTH BEND — Plans for a new Amazon Delivery Center in South Bend aren’t the first major growth in the region’s logistics sector, and won’t be the last according to local developers and industry experts.
The focus of that growth has come in areas immediately adjacent to the intersection of the Indiana Toll Road and U.S. 31, a confluence of traffic arteries that connect directly to larger metro areas including Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis, as companies focus on the logistics of getting products to customers quickly and efficiently, particularly in the internet era.
The revelation Wednesday that Amazon may locate a distribution facility here could come with new services for consumers in the area, but it also represents a continuing boom in logistics growth locally. Much of that growth has been spurred by developers Holladay Properties and Great Lakes Capital at the business park called AmeriPlex at Interstate 80/90.
In an interview Thursday, Great Lakes Capital managing partner Ryan Rans declined comment on documents suggesting Amazon will locate a delivery facility at one of GLC’s recently built distribution centers.
But Rans did speak more broadly about the firm’s focus on expanding development near the hub of transportation activity on the city’s northwest side, outlining a new distribution center that is expected to break ground by spring.
“We’re going to break ground in the next month or two on a 165,000-square-foot spec (speculative) building there,” Rans said. “There remains demand for space that’s immediately available for tenants.”