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 You can’t drive down Central Ave. toward I-85  these days without noticing the hussle of construction taking place, along with the now familiar Frierson sign. As some of you may remember at the January, Butner Town Council meeting Mayor Lane saying “it’s some kind of distribution facility”, when asked about what would eventual be housed on the site.

“Some kind of” indeed. The distribution center will be called Falls Lake II, it is the first in a series of development planned for the Falls Lake Commerce Center and it will eventually contain 4 million square feet of industrial space and 50 acres will be reserved for stores and restaurants.

The center sounds like an asset to the economic base locally, and if the complex turns out as reported Butner has something to look forward to.

Consider this from Jack Hagel  a staff writer from the N&O

“Falls Lake Commerce Center in Butner.

Nashville developers John Nelley and Al Buckley are building the 300-acre, master-planned business campus. They’re figuring on at least 4 million square feet of industrial and retail development once it’s complete.

“We’re going to establish a new industrial submarket,” explains Chris Norvell, a Colliers Pinkard broker who is representing the developers.

Construction on the first property, a 150,800-square foot distribution center called Falls Lake II, is to wrap up in September.

Meanwhile, land is being graded for two more speculative buildings totaling 190,000 square feet.

It’s an important evolution in the Triangle’s industrial property market.

A recent building boom has eaten up available land, jacking up values in the heart of the Triangle — Durham, Orange and Wake counties. That has made it more difficult for warehouse developers to build anew and offer competitive rates.

That has pushed development to the margins of those counties and beyond”.

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