An artist’s rendering of the Goodman Birtcher logistics center planned in Fontana. (Courtesy of Goodman Birtcher)
By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/20/14, 6:32 PM PDT |
Two new large warehouse distribution centers are planned for Fontana and Eastvale that would bring thousands of new jobs to the Inland Empire.
The Australia-based Goodman Group, and its Irvine-based North American subsidiary, Goodman Birtcher, are developing a $50 million, 637,000-square-foot logistics center project in Fontana and a $350 million, 2.4 four-million-square-foot logistics complex in Eastvale, which will also include facilities for a shopping center and a hospital.
The Fontana location is a mile south of the 10 Freeway interchange with Citrus Avenue and 9 miles from L.A./Ontario International Airport. Construction is expected to start in November, with completion in the second quarter of 2015, said Brandon Birtcher, CEO of Goodman Birtcher.
Birtcher estimates the new property in Fontana could accommodate 300 to 600 workers.
“I’m really excited about this,” said Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren. “(The region) is the logistics capital of the United States. The whole region is opening up for logistics. That’s why we have the trucks out here. We’ve been getting ready for this for a number of years and it’s starting to happen.”
Meanwhile, the Goodman Birtcher project in Eastvale represents what would be the largest development in the city since its incorporation in 2010, said Mayor Pro-tem Adam Rush. Birtcher said the project could support 2,000 to 4,000 new jobs.
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