Industrial Realty Group has purchased the Western Nevada Rail Park east of Fernley to construct a major railroad freight operations site.
Industrial Realty Group, one of the nation’s largest industrial real estate developers, has purchased the Western Nevada Rail Park east of Fernley to construct a major railroad freight operations site.
Justin Lichter, vice president of IRG, said the Western Nevada Commerce Center, “will fulfill a unique need in the market.” He said with no comparable sites in the area, the center will attract tenants with access to nearly all major markets on the west coast.
In a press release outlining the plans, Northern Nevada Development Authority Director Rob Hooper said that 224-acre site has the distinction of being served by two Class 1 freight railroads — Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway — as well as access to Interstate 80 and U.S. 50. Hooper said because the area has both rail and interstate highway access, it has a federal “port of entry” designation.
Bruce Breslow, representing Churchill Economic Development Authority, said IRG has a proven history of transforming ideas into successful projects throughout the country.
“It’s a fantastic company with great successes,” he said.
He and Hooper said the railroad spur, previously known as the Black Gold Terminal, is already in place along with some 5,000 linear feet of track.
Hooper said the project has been in the works for several years.
“They know what they’re doing in rail,” he said. “They know what they’re doing in logistics.”
He said the project will have a far reaching impact by creating an active and better coordinated logistics center in Fernley.
“It’s a lot more than just another company coming into the area,” said Hooper.
He pointed out that most of the freight that travels by rail is bulk. He said rail is the most efficient and environmentally friendly way of transporting freight on land, moving a ton of cargo about 479 miles on a single gallon of fuel. He said that translates into a savings of more than $400 per carload compared to other forms of transportation.
Breslow said there is already power and other utilities as well as the right zoning in place at the site. He said the property is in both Churchill and Lyon counties.
Hooper also said because of the infrastructure already at the site, development should happen more quickly than one would expect.
“That rail park has been doing gas and oil there for years so it’s not like they’re starting from scratch,” he said.
Breslow added that there is also a large amount of undeveloped land out there for potential expansion.
They said it will eventually be home to not only rail specific businesses but manufacturing and industrial uses. IRG is a nationwide real estate developer specializing in commercial and industrial real estate. The company has properties in 31 states with more than 100 million square feet of rentable space.