• Michael DeSantis

Melville Distribution Facility Celebrates Groundbreaking

Updated: May 5, 2021

Michael DeSantis

Mar 5, 2021

MELVILLE, NY — Hartz Mountain Industries broke ground on its first Long Island distribution facility Friday morning in Melville, according to a news release. Two new warehouse/distribution facilities, known as the LI ECommerce Center, will be built on the 53-acre site of the former Newsday headquarters at 235 Pinelawn Road, as well as 90 Ruland Road.

The planned warehouses will total approximately 950,000 square feet. The development comes as a response to the Town of Huntington's 2020 Horizon's Plan, which stated a desire for more industrial opportunities in the area. Hartz Mountain's project is projected to create many new employment opportunities, including construction jobs and permanent jobs upon completion. The buildings will be LEED-certified with solar panels on the roofs, according to the company. The Ruland Road facility is slated to be completed by the first quarter of 2022. The warehouse will span 232,920 square feet and 40-foot ceilings, according to the release. The Pinelawn Road building is expected to be ready by the third quarter of 2022 and will offer 569,225 square feet of warehouse space and 40-foot ceilings.

A rendering of the Hartz Mountain facilities that are under construction in Melville (Courtesy: CBRE)

Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE) is the leasing agent for the industrial complex being developed by Hartz Mountain. "Demand for quality industrial space has been extremely strong during the last year as e-commerce has accelerated in one year what would have taken 10 years to accomplish due to the pandemic," stated Bill Waxman, a member of the CBRE regional team. "As a result, the supply has not been able to keep up with tenant requirements, especially for Class A space that locates well for densely populated areas needing last-mile services. LI ECommerce Center offers some of the best opportunities in the region. The quality of the space, as well as Hartz Mountain's unsurpassed reputation as a long-term owner and developer, makes these buildings extremely desirable."


Phil Heilpern, Paul Leone and Andre Sigourney join Waxman on the team, which will lead the targeted marketing and leasing campaign. Hartz Mountain operates more than 260 industrial, residential office, hotel and retail properties spanning more than 45 million square feet, primarily in New York, northern New Jersey and along the East Coast.

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