BKM Capital Partners acquires industrial park for $30m

BKM Capital Partners has acquired West Valley Business Park, an industrial asset consisting of 179 units in 19 buildings totaling 205,655 square feet in the Kent Valley submarket of greater Seattle. BKM acquired the property from Entera Properties in an off-market transaction for $30.45 million.

“This was a rare opportunity to acquire a premier multi-tenant industrial park at 35 percent discount to value, located in Seattle’s highly sought-after Kent Valley industrial submarket,” said Brett Turner, BKM Capital Partners managing director of acquisitions. “Even with nearly 600,000 square feet of new warehouse space recently delivered to this submarket, the industrial vacancy rate remains low at only 4 percent, placing upwards pressure on rents. These fundamentals demonstrate the high level of demand in the market and opportunities to attract new users to the region.”

West Valley Business Park is strategically located south of the intersection of the I-5 and I-405 freeways and just 13.5 miles from downtown Seattle, with frontage on SR-181, known as West Valley Highway, a key north-south arterial bisecting Kent Valley.

Turner points to BKM’s acquisition strategy of identifying and tracking this opportunity and communicating with ownership for several years as instrumental in the firm’s successful acquisition.

“Our firm developed a relationship with the seller over several years and initially submitted a letter of intent to purchase the asset in 2016, which positioned us well to close this off-market transaction when the timing was right,” said Turner.

Originally constructed in 1982, West Valley Business Park is 92 percent leased to 164 tenants. In-place rents are well below market, presenting BKM with an opportunity to implement its value-add strategy and bring rental rates up to market. The firm plans to invest approximately $1.2 million in capital improvements to renovate and reposition the property, noted Turner.

“Our proven repositioning strategy, which focuses on targeted capital improvements and on-site property management, will allow us to quickly lease up the small amount of remaining vacant space and enhance the long-term value of the property,” Turner continued.

BKM has been active in the Seattle region of late, having recently acquired Federal Way Industrial Portfolio, a two-property portfolio consisting of eight buildings totaling 133,595 square feet in Federal Way, Wash.

“Our firm has been focused on this dynamic area because Puget Sound is one of the strongest industrial markets in the country, due to strong business growth and a lack of developable land,” says Turner.

BKM has been extremely active in the light, multi-tenant industrial space, recently surpassing $1 billion in AUM, and the firm continues to expand its portfolio throughout the western region.

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Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, BKM Capital Partners is a real estate fund manager specializing in the acquisition and improvement of value-add multi-tenant industrial properties in metro areas across the Western U.S. Combining a deep knowledge of this niche industrial product type with in-house capabilities including on-site property management, asset management, and leasing to reposition and institutionalize light industrial assets, the firm continues to build on its proven track record, generating strong results with high levels of transparency and engagement for investors. 

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BKM Management Company manages a portfolio of 8.6 million square feet of multi-tenant industrial properties for BKM Capital Partner’s private and institutional investors. With a focus on “boots on the ground” execution at the property level, BKM has in-house capabilities for both property management and leasing. The teams at the property level are focused on ensuring the tenants thrive and that the properties are managed in the most efficient way.




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