Great Lakes Capital is seeking a tenant for a 165,000-square-foot building on North Dylan Drive in South Bend. The facility is among a series of “spec” buildings to rise amid a local warehousing boom. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
Great Lakes Capital is seeking a tenant for a 165,000-square-foot building on North Dylan Drive in South Bend. The facility is among a series of “spec” buildings to rise amid a local warehousing boom. Staff photo by Robert Franklin
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the economy hard, but one growing industry in the South Bend area — warehousing and logistics — shows little sign of slowing down, as consumer habits and changing supply-chain needs fuel millions of square feet in new development.

When Amazon opened a South Bend delivery center in a shared 210,000-square-foot space in 2019, the e-commerce giant’s presence underscored a warehouse-building boom at the city’s industrialized northwest edge, near Interstate 80/90 and U.S. 31.

Since then, builders have raised at least three more distribution centers, totaling more than 600,000 square feet, and more are on the way.

South Bend-based Holladay Properties filed a rezoning request this month to build a complex that, according to the company, could include multiple buildings and up to 800,000 square feet on Old Cleveland Road, just outside the city limits and west of the 80/90 interchange.

The proposal shows developers are still betting on local growth in warehousing and logistics, a bullish stance they attribute to several reasons.
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