Speculative industrial development in Tampa leases quickly


Colliers International Tampa Bay’s Robyn Hurrell and Ryan Vaught secure leases for more than 161,000 square feet of space at Becknell at Madison Business Center

Speculative industrial development in Tampa leases quickly

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2020) – Becknell at Madison Business Center, a speculative industrial property located at Madison Avenue and Eagle Falls Place in Tampa, is leasing up quickly.

Building 200, a 94,396-square-foot warehouse and distribution space, was fully leased within 90 days of completion; and a 67,208-square-foot lease has been signed for Building 100, leaving just 121,108 square feet available in the 188,316-square-foot building.

When completed, the three-building, 26.3-acre business park will add 393,464 square feet of industrial space to the Tampa market. Buildings 100 and 200 are completed and ready for tenant move-in. Becknell Industrial will begin construction on the 110,752-square-foot Building 300 in the first quarter of 2020.

Tenants include O’Laker’s Moving, Puraglobe and CDS Logistics.

Ryan Vaught of Colliers International Tampa Bay represented the landlord, Becknell Industrial, in all three deals. Robyn Hurrell, also of Colliers International Tampa Bay, represented O’Lakers Moving. Shane Billing with Commercial Asset Partners Realty at the time of the lease execution, represented Puraglobe, and Kris Courier of CBRE represented CDS Logistics.

This is Becknell Industrial’s first property in the Tampa Bay area. Becknell Industrial owns and operates nearly 200 industrial properties across the country, and also owns Florida properties in Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Southwest Florida.

“Becknell began exploring opportunities in the Tampa market in mid-2017 and has been actively seeking to expand its presence since finalizing its first site,” said Vaught, Executive Managing Director of Industrial Services, Colliers International Tampa Bay. “We were pleased to secure the leases at Becknell at Madison Business Center in such a short time, with agreements that worked well for all parties.”

O’Laker’s Moving, Inc. leased 23,826 square feet in Building 200. Colliers secured the lease for the moving company after leasing 70,570 square feet of space in Building 200 to Puraglobe Syntainics, LLC. The first deal created an opportunity for a smaller tenant to enter the space.

“Oftentimes, a unit of this size only becomes available after an owner demises a property for a larger user, which was the case in this situation,” said Hurrell, Director of Industrial Services, Colliers International Tampa Bay. “While there’s an increased demand for space in the 20,000- to 30,000-square-foot size range with 24-foot clearings or greater, particularly in east Hillsborough County, there is limited available inventory to meet the need.”

There is, however, an abundance of larger industrial spaces on the market, and this has created a competitive environment for landlords.

“With the larger tenant, we were competing with seven or eight other properties,” said Vaught. “Ultimately, they chose us in part because of how we could guide them through the process and make the deal happen quickly.” 

CDS Logistics is the latest tenant to sign a lease to move into the park. The trucking company leased 67,208 square feet in Building 100.


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Ryan Vaught

Executive Managing Director, Industrial Services


Ryan Vaught joined Colliers International in 2018. His real estate practice focuses on consulting with both industrial occupiers and property owners throughout the country while providing Tenant Representation, Agency, and Investment Sales services. 

Prior to joining Colliers International, Ryan was a Senior Vice President with JLL where he led the industrial services platform in Tampa, FL. Prior to relocating to Florida, Ryan was with Brixton Capital, a private equity investment firm located in San Diego, CA.

Ryan also served in the United States Army as a military intelligence officer.

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Robyn Hurrell

Managing Director, Industrial Services


As a market leading commercial real estate advisor, Robyn partners with occupiers of industrial/flex space in the Central Florida region to integrate subject matter expertise, market knowledge, and consulting efforts into the real estate process. Drawing from my diverse background in the commercial real estate industry, her active involvement in the Central Florida brokerage community ensures continual awareness of current market trends to ensure a comprehensive and informed decision is made when securing a client’s commercial real estate space. In addition, Robyn handles the leasing efforts for over 1.5M square feet of Tampa Bay industrial/flex product with a tenant count in excess of 200 users.

Transitioning from JLL to Colliers in 2018, Robyn has been an integral part of the growth of the Colliers International Central Florida Industrial Team. The Vaught/Hurrell Industrial team is a diverse and collaborate group that strives to deliver creative strategies for both industrial/flex tenants and landlords. The team is uniquely positioned to help achieve clients’ short and long-term ambitions by evaluating market activity against a long history of experience, discussing economic and industry trends on both local and global scale, and ensuring a diverse perspective is present at the strategy table.

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