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First Industrial Realty Trust to Develop "First Park 94" on 309 Acres in the Chicago Market

Business Park in Southeast Wisconsin Eight Miles North of the Illinois/Wisconsin Border Will Offer Businesses Efficient Access to Multi-State Customer Base

CHICAGO, Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), a leading fully-integrated owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, today announced that it will launch development of First Park 94, a master-planned business park, in the Kenosha County submarket of Chicago. First Park 94 will be built on 309 acres recently acquired by First Industrial in Somers, WI for $13.4 million.

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First Industrial's Phase I plans call for the commencement of infrastructure work and construction of a 600,000 square-foot cross-dock distribution center featuring 36' clear heights, 185' truck courts, generous trailer parking, extensive dock-high loading, and an ESFR sprinkler system.  

In total, First Park 94 can accommodate approximately 4.6 million square feet of development including build-to-suits ranging from 150,000 square feet to 1.5 million square feet. The site is accessible to I-94 from three 4-way interchanges and offers frontage along the Canadian Pacific Railway with potential rail access. First Park 94 is located less than one hour from both O'Hare International Airport and Mitchell International Airport.

"We are excited to embark on First Park 94 through which we can provide a key distribution home for companies targeting customers in Chicago, Wisconsin and other nearby markets," said David Harker, executive vice president for First Industrial. "First Park 94 is well-suited for e-commerce and other companies requiring an efficient distribution location and access to a skilled and diverse labor force to meet demand from a large population base."

"We thank the Village of Somers for their support of this project and look forward to our long-term relationship as First Park 94 attracts new businesses that contribute to the local economy," said Adam Moore, regional director for First Industrial in Chicago and Milwaukee.

First Industrial's team for the development is comprised of Adam Moore, regional director, Chad Parrish, director of development, Jim Schlundt, operations director, and Brad Kluever, investment associate. First Industrial would like to thank Whit Heitman, Sam Badger and Brad Weiner of NAI Hiffman for their assistance with this transaction.

About First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.

First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is a leading fully-integrated owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate with a track record of providing industry-leading customer service to multinational corporations and regional customers. Across major markets in the United States, our local market experts manage, lease, buy, (re)develop, and sell bulk and regional distribution centers, light industrial, and other industrial facility types. In total, we own and have under development approximately 64.8 million square feet of industrial space as of June 30, 2015. For more information, please visit us at

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