Rexford Spends $153M on Six More SoCal Warehouses

The L.A.-based REIT has made $610 million in investment in 2022

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Rexford Industrial Realty’s footprint is expanding at a breakneck pace in Southern California, where it’s more difficult than ever to find vacant warehouses.

The local REIT announced that it added another six industrial properties in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire — which make up the nation’s largest and most in-demand warehousing market — for a combined $152.7 million. Rexford used a combination of cash on hand and its line of credit.

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In a joint statement, co-CEOs Howard Schwimmer and Michael Frankel said Rexford has completed $610 million in new investments so far in 2022, with another $500 million under contract or accepted offer. The firm’s portfolio now includes 318 properties with approximately 38.3 million rentable square feet.

Inland Empire

Half of Rexford’s most recent acquisitions were in the Inland Empire’s western region, where just 0.1 percent of the 321 million square feet of rentable space was vacant at the end of the first quarter, according to CBRE.

Two deals were in the rapidly growing city of Ontario, where Prologis is building a 4.1 million-square-foot warehouse for Amazon. Rexford acquired two buildings with 124,243 square feet at 1550-1600 Champagne Avenue for $46.9 million, or $377 per square foot. Rexford estimates the 6.4-acre Class A property is leased at 50 percent below market rates. When the current lease expires, Rexford plans to re-lease for market rent.

About seven miles away at 1154 Holt Boulevard, Rexford paid $14.2 million, or $404 per square foot, in a short-term lease-back deal. The newly constructed 35,000-square-foot building is situated on 1.7 acres of land near the Ontario International Airport. Again, when the current lease expires, Rexford intends to re-lease at market rates.

In the city of Fontana, Rexford paid $26.2 million, or $109 per land square foot, for the property at 10131 Banana Avenue. While the 5.5-acre outdoor storage site is 92 percent leased, Rexford estimates it’s at 40 percent below current market rates. The firm plans to redevelop the property with a 104,000-square-foot Class A logistics building. 

Los Angeles County 

Rexford acquired two properties in the 181 million-square-foot San Fernando Valley submarket, where the vacancy rate was at 0.5 percent at the end of the first quarter. In Panorama City, the firm paid $25 million, or $175 per land square foot, for the property at 7815 Van Nuys Boulevard. In its place, Rexford plans to build a new 77,000-square-foot Class A industrial building. 

In Glendale, Rexford acquired two industrial buildings with 68,630 square feet at 900-920 Allen Avenue for $25 million, or $364 per square foot. Lastly, in Santa Fe Springs, Rexford acquired the 56,011-square-foot property at 13535 Larwin Circle for $15.5 million, or $277 per square foot. Rexford estimates it’s leased at 60 percent below current market rates.

Gregory Cornfield can be reached at gcornfield@commercialobserver.com.