With over 600 million square feet of industrial space in the Atlanta metro, you can find it on every side of town.
A. Northeast: This area includes the I-85 and Peachtree Industrial corridors from the perimeter (I-285) up through Buford (including Chamblee, Doraville, Norcross, Duluth, Suwanee, Lawrenceville, and Buford). This is one of the most active areas for warehousing, distribution, services, and manufacturing, with about 130 million square feet. It is desirable because of its easy access to I-85, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, and GA 316. It’s also close to many business owners’ homes in Gwinnett County, upper Dekalb, and upper Fulton counties.
B. North Central: Starting at Sandy Springs and reaching up to Cumming along GA 400 (through Roswell and Alpharetta) this area is also convenient for many business owners who live in the area. However, with small supply (~24 million sqft), rates stay a bit elevated relative to the Northeast.
C. Northwest: Running up the I-75 and I-575 corridors through Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Woodstock, and Cartersville, this area has over 34 million sqft. Again, proximity to the interstate, some newer distribution product, and area business owners are selling points.
D. West and Fulton Industrial: This area has a great amount of older warehouse product, providing some of the least expensive space in town. With over 116 million sqft and access to I-20 and I-85, there are many options to choose from. The only caveats are distance from many owner’s homes, and crime concern.
E. Atlanta City/Airport: A mix of modern developments and older space make up these 50 million square feet. The main focus in this corridor is access to airfreight and the City of Atlanta. Of course, this spot also gives the easiest access to all interstates (I-20, I85, I-285), for good or bad. Some older product has been converted into retail or residential use (although development has slowed). Concerns here are traffic and crime.
F. South East: The selling point for this 68 million sqft is access to I-75 South and the Airport. With this area being hard hit by the recession, we are sure to see some aggressive deals in this market.
G. East: This area straddles I-20 East, GA 78, and GA 29. Comprised of many older buildings totaling over 66 million sqft, this market tends to move slowly. This can be a good alternative area for those considering the Northeast, but willing to drive and save a few bucks.