September 11, 2011
POMONA, CA-Seventh Street Development of Long Beach, CA has started the second phase of its 462,000-square-foot Mission-71 Business Park. The new 213,000-square-foot phase will consist of three separate buildings of 42,000, 51,000 and 120,000 square feet, each of which will feature state-of-the-art industrial building design including up to 30-foot clear heights, fenced yards, ESFR sprinkler systems, excess parking, and build-to-suit, two-story office components. The buildings in the second phase will be offered for sale or lease. As Seventh Street explains in an announcement regarding the first phase, it recently sold the tenth of its 11 buildings in phase one to Eden Equipment Co., which bought an 18,500-square-foot building.
Seventh Street also explains that the traffic flow at Mission-71 Business Park has been improved significantly with the City of Pomona’s completion of the $47.6 Million Mission Boulevard Overpass. The new four way interchange, which removes an existing at-grade signaled intersection at Mission Boulevard, remedies a major traffic problem on the 15-mile California State Route 71, an important commuter traffic corridor connecting the Pomona Valley to cities of Western Riverside County.
For years, commuters on the 71 Freeway have been frustrated by the stoplight at Mission Boulevard, says Craig Furniss, president of Seventh Street Development, which has developed more than one million square feet of industrial space in the San Gabriel Valley including the 56-acre Mission-71 Business Park which sits on the northeast corner of Mission Boulevard and the 71.
Replacing the signaled intersection with an overpass and four-way interchange will alleviate congestion on the 71 and vastly improve traffic locally on Mission Boulevard, according to Furniss. He notes that this is critical to businesses, especially the small warehouse and distribution companies that are located in the area.
With the completion of the overpass, the detour road that ran through the Mission-71 Business Park for the past 14 months has been removed. “It was a worthwhile price to pay for the tremendous community benefit,” said Furniss. Without the detour, the city would have closed Mission Boulevard where it met the 71 Freeway. This would have been a major problem for residents and many feared that it also could force some of the small companies along Mission Boulevard out of business.
In addition to Eden Equipment Co., other tenants in the first phase of Mission-71 Business Park include leather wholesaler Maxxsel Apparel; Dawson Co., a manufacturer and distributor of residential, commercial and industrial plumbing, heating and cooling equipment; Excellence Opto Inc., which manufactures LEDs for traffic land street lights; Martin Purefoods Corp., which specializes in the distribution of Filipino food products; RJ Sports, a distributor of golf equipment; Wira Corp., an importer of Indonesian Food and Drinks; and JL Footwear, a shoe importer and distributor.