Business First Louisville
February 5, 2014
Ed Green, Senior Reporter
That’s right, my fault.
In breaking the news Tuesday that FedEx Corp. is considering Louisville for a distribution facility that could bring 600 jobs to East Louisville, I didn’t mention another building in the works next door to that site.
Plantside Drive is being extended in the Blankenbaker Station Business Park to allow the addition of several major facilities.
Plantside Drive is being extended in the Blankenbaker Station Business Park to allow the… more
I talked yesterday with John Hollenbach and Greg Oakley, principals in Hollenbach-Oakley LLC, about the two planned facilities in the Blankenbaker Station Business Park.
Each would have more than 300,000 square feet of space for a warehouse or distribution center.
They will be located on a stretch of Plantside Drive that is being extended, just past the Harshaw Trane headquarters and Trane Supply and Distribution buildings in Blankenbaker Station.
Hollenbach said the 315,000-squarefoot building next to the proposed FedEx site at this point can be described as a speculative building. But he said he is in discussions with potential users.
No deals have been signed.
Documents on file with Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government show that the building could accommodate more than 350 workers.
As I reported Tuesday, FedEx Ground appears to be the likely candidate for the first facility, according to development plans filed with Planning & Design Services.
The Hollenbach-Oakley partners said they could not discuss the tenant for that building, but said it and the neighboring facility planned on an adjacent site in the park could be completed by the end of the year, pending approvals.
The two large warehouses in the works are additional signs of activity at Blankenbaker Station.
Also under construction in the park is Rev-A-Shelf LLC’s 325,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility.
Oakley said the two planned facilities and the building for Rev-A-Shelf — part of Louisville-based Jones Plastic and Engineering Co. LLC — will be among the largest buildings in Blankenbaker Station.
Hollenbach said the fact that more projects are starting at the park is evidence that the local economy is improving.
“I think (this) is an indication of the market coming back, even in the more traditional construction and development that we were so busy with before the recession.
“That development, when we got it approved, had about three sites for facilities like” these, he said. The buildings “fit really well within our business park.”