Smolak & Vaughan has a well-recognized reputation in the e-commerce and warehouse facility entitlement process. In fact, over the past several years, S&V has been involved in the rezoning, permitting and/or redevelopment of over 9 million square feet of warehouse and distribution facilities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The acceleration in demand for the industrial real estate sector, which includes warehouse, e-commerce and distribution centers, fulfillment centers, flex spaces, and other industrial buildings with storage capabilities is unprecedented. Economic factors, combined with the acceleration in demand for distribution networks brought on by COVID, robotics, tenant need, last-mile delivery, customer returns, and other factors have reshaped demand for, and design of, industrial warehouse space and distribution facilities. The focus is on larger, high bay warehouse and the vertical expansion of traditionally horizontal facilities brought about by technological advances, all of which are designed to improve the efficiency of the distribution chain for the construction of both new properties, and/or the repurposing existing properties.
Smolak and Vaughan has developed a regional reputation for clients developing warehousing, e-commerce, logistics, and other industrial properties. We assist our clients at every stage, from property acquisition through financing, development, leasing, and operations.
As a rapidly evolving area of practice where building designs and related technology advance so quickly that they may change during the entitlement process, Smolak & Vaughan’s experience with industrial facilities has positioned the firm as a leader of industrial and logistics facility development in Massachusetts and beyond due to the unique nature of these facilities. As a result, the firm regularly advises owners and developers on the evolving challenges of this area of development and operations, including: