Metrolina Park Wins Heavy Hitters Award for Warehouse Development

Metrolina Park was honored with a Heavy Hitters Award for warehouse development. These awards recognize the best in commercial real estate development in the Charlotte area.  Ken Elkins, senior staff writer with the Charlotte Business Journal issued the following story about the unique past of Metrolina Park.

Metrolina Park Project Honors Past Uses:

The site used to be a fairground, an airfield and later a mecca for antique furniture and collectibles sales. Now, it is Metrolina Park, a seven-building, 1.75-million square foot, logistics and distribution park that pays homage to its rich past.

Beacon Properties is finishing up development of site, which it bought in 2016. Two buildings on the site have been reused. Two buildings were completed in 2017 and were honored in last year’s Heavy Hitters program. Three buildings were finished in 2018 and are finalists in the 2018 competition.

Metrolina Park is located on Statesville Road, about a mile from the Interstate 77 interchange at Sunset Road.

The former owner of the site, Linda Pistone, remembers landing airplanes at a former airfield on there. Later came a fairground. Even later it was home to Metrolina Tradeshow Expo.

Now, signs, other markers and road names use airport and exhibition themes to honor the past uses.

The park is anchored by third-party logistics provider Bonded Logistics. Premium Vision, an affiliate of contact lens retailer 1-800 Contacts, has its Southeast distribution center at the park. A reusable packaging and supply-chain solutions company, Tosca of Atlanta, recently took space in one of the buildings on Expo Drive at Metrolina Park in north Charlotte.

Key Players

Developer: Beacon Partners

Architect: Merriman Schmitt Architects

General contractor: Edifice Inc.

Civil engineer: Orsborn Engineering


By the Numbers

7 – number of buildings

94 – acreage of development

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To learn more about this project and Edifice’s extensive industrial portfolio click this link:  Metrolina Park


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