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Matteson Warehouse expected to be ready in early 2023, using construction techniques not seen in Chicago area in years – Chicago Tribune

Matteson is landing another big warehouse hub, with a Texas-based company that annually builds more than 10 million square feet of industrial space across the country currently building a 760,000 square foot project.

The elected officials participated Friday in a groundbreaking ceremony for Crow Holdings Industrial’s Matteson 57 Commerce Center.

Using construction techniques unheard of in the Chicago area for such industrial development for years, the company expects the building, just east of Interstate 57, to be ready next spring.

“This meets our regional need for more logistics businesses to land here in Southland,” said Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin.

She said the project is tucked away behind a Menards home improvement store on Cicero Avenue and not near homes, so there will be no negative impact on the surrounding community.

The developer is a unit of Dallas-based Crow Holdings Development, which along with light industry develops residential and office properties.

Crow built huge warehouse projects in the Chicago area, including the southwestern suburbs of Bolingbrook and Channahon. The Matteson project is the company’s first industrial development in southern Cook County, according to Jack Rabenn, development partner at Crow, who said the scarcity of developable land was a factor in bringing the project to Matteson.

Chalmers-Currin and company said the development diversifies and broadens Matteson’s tax base, but unlike a residential development, it won’t put pressure on schools.

Crow officials said a traffic analysis shows the roads are sufficient to support the traffic the project is expected to generate.

The $70 million mall will have access to I-57 from US 30 to the north and Sauk Trail to the south.

The building will have 100 exterior loading docks, 380 car parking spaces and 210 truck trailer parking spaces, according to Crow.

The property is speculative, meaning the developer has no tenants in line, but Rabenn said “we are already seeing some interest from potential tenants”.

He said the company was considering one tenant, but said the building could be split to accommodate two users.

“We probably won’t go any lower than that,” Rabenn said.

Crow expects the property to be suitable for a bulk warehouse and distribution tenant, and would be a regional distribution center.

Rabenn said real estate company Cushman & Wakefield notified Crow of the property, and he said other suburban areas are pretty much built up as far as warehouse uses go, calling it southern Cook County ” the next frontier for industrial development”.

Compared to pass counties, however, the disadvantage for developers choosing a Cook County site remained the property tax disadvantage.

The former owner of the land, used for growing soybeans, had obtained Cook County property tax relief that reduces the assessed value of the site to the same level at which homes are assessed, Rabenn said.

The property is also in a business zone that offers sales tax savings for building materials used, Rabenn said.

Crow did not seek any other financial incentive to build the warehouse, he said.

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Typically, these large buildings rely on precast concrete panels, constructed offsite and shipped to the job site, but supply chain issues meant that relying on precast would mean delaying the completion of Matteson’s work until at the start of 2024, he said.

The general contractor, Pepper Construction, uses sloped walls, a method that hasn’t been employed in the Chicago area for many years, Rabenn said. Panels are cast on site into frames and then lifted or tilted into position, he said.

“Construction-wise, they’re both structural concrete panels,” he said.

Using this method, however, speeds up construction of the Matteson project, Rabenn said.

He said the Matteson site was also favorable because it is close to a large labor pool.

“It was a huge plus here,” he said.

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