The Big D’s Big Hub
By Jennifer LeClaire
The Dallas Logistics Hub is open for business, and its first two buildings are under construction. The Hub boasts 6,000 acres master-planned for the development of 60 million square feet of distribution, manufacturing, office and retail. The new industrial buildings include a 635,000-squarefoot warehouse facility. Both will be available for occupancy in April 2008, marking the beginning of a new logistics era in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The Hub has the potential to be the first logistics park with two intermodal facilities serviced by the two largest freight carriers in the United States.
Union Pacific Railroad currently operates a 360,000 lift-per year intermodal terminal adjacent to the Hub, with BNSF Railway Co. evaluating a potential site on the western side of the project. The Hub is slated to become one of the biggest economic engines for North Texas. It is projected to create approximately 31,000 direct and 32,000 indirect jobs and increase the tax base for the communities of Dallas, Lancaster, Wilmer and Hutchins by $2.4 billion.