News Article | 6/27/2006


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Hillwood has begun construction on a 540,480 square-foot expansion of the Westgate 1 building in the company’s AllianceCalifornia development in San Bernardino. Westgate 1 will now be one of the largest buildings in the development with 1,140,720 square feet.

The 600,240 square-foot first-phase of Westgate 1 was completed in May 2005. It is occupied by Pep Boys, the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket retail and service chain.

The expansion of Westgate 1, which is located at 310 South Tippecanoe St., will be completed in October 2006.

Including the Westgate 1 expansion, Hillwood is under construction on more than 1.8 million square feet at AllianceCalifornia. The 913,726 square-foot Gateway North 1 building and the 404,560 square-foot distribution center for Medline will be completed in September 2006.

“As interest in the Inland Empire market continues to grow, Hillwood wants to position itself to have enough available product at AllianceCalifornia to be ready to meet that increasing demand,” said John Magness, senior vice president of Hillwood Investment Properties. “Many companies have shortened their site selection decision making from years to months. We want to be ready to provide space to our customers.”

Currently more than 9.9 million square feet of commercial space, including 2.7 million square feet of speculative space, are under development in Hillwood projects across the country.

The Westgate 1 building is being marketed by Peter B. McWilliams, Michael J. Daley and Ruben V. Goodsell of Colliers Seeley. For more information contact their Ontario office at 909-605-9400.

Since December 2000, when Hillwood was selected as the project’s master developer, 6.4 million square feet have either been built or are under construction at AllianceCalifornia. During that time more than 2,900 new jobs have been created in the development.

AllianceCalifornia has attracted facilities for some of the world’s best corporations. Each of the five companies at AllianceCalifornia are ranked either among the top public companies by Fortune magazine or on the Forbes List of Top Private Firms. Kohl’s (166), Mattel (416), Stater Bros. Grocers (558) and Pep Boys (752) are listed among Fortune’s top 800 companies. Medline is 163rd on Forbes List of Top Private Companies.

AllianceCalifornia features outstanding access to air, highway and rail; Foreign Trade Zone status; tax incentives; and is located in one of the top industrial markets in the nation. The project is close to Interstates 10, 210 and 215, is within two miles of a large intermodal rail facility and is anchored by San Bernardino International Airport. The development also is close to commercial passenger air service at Ontario International Airport, one of the country’s fastest-growing facilities.

Hillwood, ( a Perot company, is ranked as one of the top commercial real estate developers in the country and the top residential developer in Dallas-Fort Worth. The company’s developments currently house facilities for 81 companies listed on either the Fortune 500, Global 500 or Forbes List of Top Private firms. In addition to AllianceCalifornia, Hillwood is best known for its development of the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas development, located 15 miles northwest of DFW Airport and the $420-million American Airlines Center and Victory district near downtown Dallas.

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