Posted By Staff Writers On November 2, 2016 @ 10:35 am

OAK BROOK, IL – CenterPoint Properties is proud to announce the certification of CenterPoint Intermodal Center in Suffolk, Virginia (CIC-Suffolk) as a Tier 4 Certified Site and its lot #3 as a Tier 5 Certified Site. Independent engineering firm, Timmons Group, certified the site in accordance with the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program Standards.

“We are pleased to be the first recognized site in the Commonwealth with Tier 4 and Tier 5 Certifications at CIC-Suffolk,” said Bob Harbour, Senior Vice President of Development at CenterPoint. “At CenterPoint, we strive to be the market leader by providing first-to-market development sites for our customers and potential clients. This is a great achievement for CenterPoint, CIC-Suffolk, the Hampton Roads regions and the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

To achieve Tier 4 Certification, CIC-Suffolk must have all major infrastructure components in place to serve the site. Capacities include 250,000 GPD Water & Sewer Capacity, 10 MW electrical capacity, 250 acres minimum with 100 acres developable, fiber available to site and zoning must be appropriate for industrial/commercial development.

Criteria for Tier 5 Certification for lot #3 at CIC-Suffolk includes having all critical infrastructure in place and being pad/shovel ready. Lot #3 is currently pad/shovel ready to accommodate a facility up to 310,000 SF.

“We are building the port to deliver economic vitality and to compete as a global gateway for generations to come,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO & Executive Director of the Port of Virginia. “Our $670 Million infrastructure investments at NIT and VIG reinforce our commitment to having world-class terminals to handle the cargo, but that is only one part of the equation. CenterPoint’s Tier 4 and 5 Certifications at CIC-Suffolk are further proof that CenterPoint is ready to rapidly respond to develop class one space and that Virginia is ready, willing and able to meet the needs of growing businesses.”

“The Commonwealth established the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program to highlight large acreage sites with critical infrastructure ready for development and to further Virginia’s reputation as a great state for business,” said Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Today’s announcement is another step forward in Governor McAuliffe’s efforts to build a new Virginia economy. And, with Tier 4 and Tier 5 Certification in hand, CIC-Suffolk is recognized now as one of Virginia’s premier sites to attract logistics companies.”

CIC-Suffolk is 900-acre intermodal logistics center in proximity to the Port of Virginia. Its central location provides customers ease of access to major Eastern and Midwestern markets with approximately 110 Million customers living within 10-hour truck service. CIC also offers access to CSX rail as well as Route 58, I-95, I-64 and I-664. CBRE | Hampton Roads agents Ashton Williamson, Worth Remick, and Lang Williams are marketing agents for CIC-Suffolk. Joe Hines, PE, MBA led the certification process for Timmons Group.

“Timelines are shorter than ever for companies to make site selection decisions,” said Joe Hines, Principal and Director of Economic Development for Timmons Group. “It’s critical to have Tier 4 and Tier 5 certified sites like CIC-Suffolk to let the market know that these sites—and the Commonwealth of Virginia—are open for business.”