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Last updated: July 13, 2007 09:04am
Schafer Gets Green Light for 1M-SF Park
By Natalie Keith
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TAMPA-Farmington Hills, MI-based Schafer Development has received approval for Big Bend 41
Industrial Park, a 1.4-million-sf industrial park near Apollo Beach on the northeast corner of Big
Bend Road and US 41. The 120-acre project in Hillsborough County will include 120,000 sf of
office space and 28,000 sf of retail space.
Situated southeast of Tampa Airport, the site is just over a mile from the Interstate 75/Big Bend
interchange and a quarter-mile from Port Redwing.
Schafer Development president Steven Schafer tells GlobeSt.com that Schafer Development has
sold the industrial portion of the project to Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp., which will
construct the space and handle leasing efforts. Groundbreaking is anticipated within six months.
Schafer will construct the retail portion of the project, with groundbreaking starting immediately.
“The project is consistent with the plan to bring jobs to the neighborhood,” Schafer says.
According Carter Real Estate senior vice president Juan Vega, industrial occupancy rates
throughout the Tampa Bay area are 95%, with the availability rate in western Hillsborough County
“Big Bend 41 Industrial Park is the ideal complement to neighboring Newland Communities in the
residential sector and Southshore Commons, currently under development near Interstate 75, that
will bring over a million sf of high-end retail to our area,” says Hillsborough County assistant
administrator Ken Griffin, in a prepared statement.
Industrial development is picking up speed in the metro area. IDI has recently broken ground on
its Madison Industrial Park, a one-million-sf spec project, as GlobeSt.com is reporting