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First Industrial Realty Trust Leases 618,350 SF to UPS at First Park @ PV 303 in Phoenix

Acquires 97 Acres Plus an Option for Future Development in the Park

CHICAGO, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), a leading fully integrated owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, today announced that it leased its entire, recently constructed 618,350 square-foot distribution center at First Park @ PV 303 in the Phoenix market to UPS, a global leader in logistics. As part of the transaction, First Industrial also leased an adjoining 65-acre land parcel that it recently purchased for $11.6 million to UPS.  

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The start date for the long-term lease for both the building and related land was May 25, 2017. The agreement contains a one-time purchase option that allows UPS to acquire the property at a fixed price after three years and three months from lease commencement.

In a separate transaction, First Industrial acquired a 97-acre development parcel at PV 303, a master planned business park, for $14.8 million, and an option to acquire an additional 75 acres in the park.

"First Park @ PV 303 is at the epicenter of the emerging logistics corridor in Phoenix due to its strategic location at the new Loop 303 and Interstate 10 exchange and Foreign Trade Zone status," said Johannson Yap, chief investment officer for First Industrial. "We are pleased to meet the needs of UPS through this transaction. We are well-positioned to serve additional tenants with our acquisition of 97 additional acres, which combined with the 75 acres under option, are developable up to 2.8 million square feet."

Mr. Yap led First Industrial's efforts in this transaction. Kevin Czerwinski, president, and Nicholaus Fischer, investment officer, both of Merit Partners, assisted First Industrial in the development of the facility and this transaction. Pat Feeney and Dan Calihan of CBRE also assisted First Industrial on this transaction. Josh Wyss of Cushman & Wakefield assisted UPS.

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 64.5 million square feet of industrial space as of March 31, 2017. For more information, please visit us at

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