Commerce center open for business

Dec 5, 2013
Community Impact

The build-out of the 130 Commerce Center along SH 130 represents not only a step forward in development but also the opening of a gateway into Pflugerville

The 160-acre center, which sits at the southwestern intersection of SH 130 and Pecan Street, has been in the works since 2008, when the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. purchased the land. Recruiting businesses to lease and buy space at the center lulled until 2012 when the economy began to rebound. Since then, the PCDC has successfully attracted data center Thin-nology,gun manufacturer TrackingPoint, transmedia company BullTiger Productions, bulk coffee manufacturer EIEIO Inc., D-BAT Baseball and Softball Academy, and Community Impact Newspaper to the development

The center’s 160 acres are divided into lots that can be purchased or leased and platted as businesses submit construction plans. TrackingPoint, BullTiger Productions, D-BAT and EIEIO each occupy 30,000 square feet in the first of six proposed 120,000-square-foot light-industrial buildings. The first building is finishing build-out, and TrackingPoint has already moved into its space

BullTiger also purchased 30,000 square feet of the next building, which is set to finish construction in February or March. PCDC Executive Director Floyd Akers said construction will begin on each building when the previous building is half-leased

To better compete with Austin, Round Rock and other areas, Pflugerville has been willing to offer incentives to companies that choose to locate in the city. Akers said the city is heavily incentivizing development in Pflugerville’s east side, where the center is located. Some incentives offered to the center’s occupants include funding for staff, moving fees and reduced lease payments

The center’s position on the SH 130 tollway is also attractive for businesses looking to move goods quickly, access amenities or just avoid the traffic on I-35

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