Greenville County has unveiled plans for a new Class A business and industrial park a 172-acre Fountain Inn development dubbed Fox Hill Business Park.
Developed by The Sudler Companies, a New Jersey-based real estate firm, the property will bring up to 2.5 million square feet of industrial and distribution space to 189 Milacron Drive near AVX Corp., Bosch Rexroth, ZF Groupand Walmart Distribution Center facilities
Construction on a speculative 206,410-square-foot industrial building with office space, trailer storage and full dock packages is expected to begin any day now and reach completion in spring 2021, according to Brian Sudler, principal of The Sudler Companies. Plans for a second 301,320-square-foot speculative and possibly build-to-suit building have also been launched, while up to seven prospective buildings await further development.
Renderings include either a seven-building warehouse-focused park, four-building manufacturing-focused property or a three-building distribution hub with a prospective 1.5 million-square-foot cross docked facility. Entrances to the park, off Greenpond Road and Highway 218, will be launched in the first phase of construction.
"We look to invest in locations that are just business-friendly. Greenville, S.C., for us, is the preeminent location for that," Sudler said at the Greenville Area Development Corp.'s annual meeting held online to take COVID-19 precautions. "It's just an unbelievably beautiful, successful story. It's thriving, the commercial real estate industry there is doing very well. The manufacturing is obviously successful, so we are very excited to announce our new park, Foxhill Business Park."
He said GADC's collaboration with the Sudler team and Duke Energy's site selection readiness program helped made the property an easy choice for the company. The park's access to Interstate 385 and S.C. Highway 418 and proximity to the Atlanta-Charlotte corridor and Greer's Inland Port also sweetened the pot for the developers.
"They were able to basically deliver this on a kind of silver platter," Sudler said. "All the utilities are there, the zoning annexation into Fountain Inn and the county was extremely simple and happened in a matter of two months. In other locations, that could take years and millions of dollars."
County officials said the park is a milestone for a county that has experienced a slowdown in development at times because of a shortage of large parcels connected to utilities.