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Birtcher Development LLC Acquires $17.6M, 20-Acre Site Adjacent to San Bernardino Airport

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Fifth generation industrial developer to build 406,710-square-foot, 40-foot clear Airport Distribution Center

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2020) – Birtcher Development LLC, a preeminent industrial real estate developer with five generations of family ownership, today announced the acquisition of a 20-acre land parcel fully entitled for the development of a spec 406,710-square-foot regional fulfillment and distribution center. Birtcher Development purchased the asset from 6th Street LLC for $17.6 million. It anticipates breaking ground on the project in spring 2020, and construction is slated for completion in Q4 2020.

Located in Southern California’s Inland Empire – one of the nation’s premier logistics hubs – the industrial project is three blocks away from the San Bernardino Airport and is accessible to Interstates 10 and 215, key transportation routes throughout the Inland Empire and across the country. With record-low vacancy rates – currently 3% in the Inland Empire as of Q3 2019 – this project is designed to satisfy the high demand for new and advanced high cube industrial warehouse space in the submarket.

“Given the logistics opportunities presented by the airport, convenient access to major trucking thoroughfares and excellent labor market, the demand for new, modern industrial space in the San Bernardino Airport submarket is incredibly high,” said Brooke Birtcher Gustafson, Birtcher Development LLC’s Managing Director. “Once delivered, standing at 40-clear height, this state-of-the-art facility will bring much needed high cube product to market during a time when the e-commerce boom is driving unprecedented industrial demand.”

The new rear-loaded warehouse facility will feature an 8-inch slab and 40-foot clear heights, resulting in 16-20% more pallet positions than the typical 36-foot warehouse. It will also include 65 dock high doors plus an additional 167 designated trailer stalls in a secured concrete truck yard; 259 auto parking spaces and two grade-level loading doors. Power for the site includes 4,000 AMP service (2,000 AMPs installed), 2.5% parabolic skylights and 100,000 kW/h/year of solar power that will be ready for tenant use.

“This is one of the fastest executed deals our company has ever done,” said Brian Barre, spokesperson for the seller. “The short due diligence process, quick close and seamless execution made it a pleasure to work with Birtcher Development LLC.”

Currently in an unimproved condition, the parcel is located on 6th St. between Lankershim Ave. and Sterling Ave., just two blocks from a planned $200 million air cargo logistics center that will house up to 16 aircrafts and generate nearly 4,000 jobs. In addition to serving as a central air cargo and distribution node, San Bernardino benefits from a robust labor market. This is attributable in large part to the aggressive logistics training programs offered by the San Bernardino County Unified School District and San Bernardino Valley College.

The project architect is HPA Architecture of Irvine. Eloy Covarrubias, Joe Werdein and Jeff Fritch of CBRE are representing Birtcher in securing a tenant for the facility.

Darla Longo, Barbara Perrier, Rebecca Perlmutter, Brett Hartzell, Eric Cox, Eloy Covarrubias, Jeff Fritch and Joe Werdein of CBRE served as brokers on the acquisition.

About Birtcher Development LLC

Newport Beach, California-based Birtcher Development LLC is a fifth generation, family industrial real estate company founded in 1939. Since its inception, Birtcher has acquired, managed or developed more than 65 million square feet as a result of more than 260 projects valued in excess of $7 billion dollars. The company develops speculative “Big Box” logistics warehouse facilities ranging from 100,000 square feet in the high-demand major metro infill markets to 1.5 million square feet in the highest-barrier-to-entry markets of the U.S. that also demonstrate the highest absorption. Learn more at Birtcher.com.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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IECE Presents its Inaugural State of Entrepreneur Report on Dec. 9

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The first-ever State of Entrepreneurship Address for the Inland Empire is being held by the Cal State San Bernardino Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 5-8 p.m. at 4th Sector Innovations in Ontario. 

IECE’s goal in producing the State of Entrepreneurship research study is to bring the voice of local entrepreneurs to those who need to hear it most – local and state policymakers, community organizations, lenders, and other resource providers. 

The Voice of the Entrepreneur survey, on which the address is based, sends powerful feedback on the challenges that entrepreneurs and business owners of the Inland Southern California region face. 

Survey results were drawn out earlier this year by reaching out to IECE’s extensive network, consisting of more than 10,000 entrepreneurs and business owners representing a diverse group of industries. The IECE will continue to distribute the Voice of the Entrepreneur survey in the spring of each calendar year to find out what Inland Empire entrepreneurs and business owners are going through. 

The report is a potent tool for policymakers, economic impact drivers, and business owners and entrepreneurs to analyze growth potential within the region. Using measurable data, the goal is to identify the challenges and opportunities facing local business owners and obstacles that may be impeding business growth. 

The result is a concise report that gives insight into how we can effectively learn and evolve together with a regional focus. 

The evening will start and end with networking and food; in between, the SOER report will be presented, which includes examining the indicators of entrepreneurial activity and how the IE measures up as a region; learning of the Voice of the Entrepreneur direct survey results and the common themes, as well as an IE Ecosystem assessment; and regional perspectives from influencers that include: 

  • Rod Vandenbos, founder and CEO, buzzbox beverages, Indio; 
  • Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels, Palm Springs; 
  • Edward Ornelas, Jr. President, Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Ana Karina Suchánek, president, Cask Restaurant Group, Inc., Rancho Cucamonga; and 
  • Pepi Jackson, president and CEO, Riverside Black Chamber of Commerce 

Click the following link – Secure Your Spot for the 2021 State of Entrepreneurship Address – to attend, network and learn more about entrepreneurship in the region. Whether you are a seasoned or soon-to-be entrepreneur, there is a perspective for everyone who wants to know more about how to strengthen the Inland Empire economy.

The presentation will unveil breakthrough metrics and perspectives on the State of Entrepreneurship throughout the Inland Empire, including: 

  • Why a report like this is essential for the collective growth of our region; 
  • What the report consists of: indicators for entrepreneurship and what real entrepreneurs in our communities are telling us through our Voice of the Entrepreneur survey results; and
  • Regional perspectives from influencers and officials that are active in our ecosystem. 

The event will also include food and cocktails while networking within an inspirational setting at 4th Sector Innovations Ontario. 

To learn more, visit the IECE State of Entrepreneurship Report website

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Southwest Airlines will fly from Ontario International Airport, CA, to Austin in 2022

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The announcement from Southwest Airlines that it will fly daily nonstop from Ontario International Airport (ONT) to Austin (AUS) starting in March 2022 is welcome news for the Southern California gateway and the Inland Empire.

The announcement from Southwest Airlines that the low-cost carrier will fly daily nonstop from Ontario International Airport (ONT) to Austin (AUS) starting in March 2022 is welcome news for the Southern California gateway and the Inland Empire.

Southwest will offer flights between ONT and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport daily on the following schedule effective March 10, 2022.

Flt #OriginDestinationDepartureArrivalFrequencyAircraft
1204ONTAUS10:55 a.m.3:35 p.m.Mon – Fri &
Sun
737-700
474ONTAUS9:50 a.m.2:30 p.m.Sat737-700
1739AUSONT4:35 p.m.5:55 p.m.Mon – Fri &
Sun
737-700
257AUSONT2:55 p.m.4:10 p.m.Sat737-700

The new flights are available for booking immediately at southwest.com.

“The addition of the Texas state capital to our route map is welcomed news and further indication of confidence by ONT’s largest air carrier,” said Alan D. Wapner, President of the OIAA Board of Commissioners. “It is also another sign that ONT’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is well underway and gaining momentum.”

The announcement of the new Southwest flights comes as ONT continues to experience an impressive pandemic recovery. In August, ONT reported passenger traffic was within 7% of pre-COVID levels.

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Family Fun Month of Rides, Slides & Glides

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Alpine Slide Big Bear Observes Family Fun Month with a Variety of Delights 

August is Family Fun Month, and Alpine Slide Big Bear (Alpine Slide) is the premier spot in Big Bear that gives families an opportunity to soak up the joys of summertime fun together. Alpine Slide provides guests of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents, a variety of family-fun offerings, which includes a double waterslide, a mountain coaster thrill ride, a zipline-style flight, the Alpine Slide bobsled experience, go-karts and miniature golf. 

“The great thing about having a variety of attractions is it gives families a chance to pick and choose what best appeals to them,” said Alpine Slide Big Bear General Manager Julie Eubanks.

Family Fun Month occurs every August, and undoubtedly August happens to be one of the hottest months that many Southern California communities have to face each year. However, Big Bear is a great place to escape the daunting heat. Not only is Big Bear 20 to 30 degrees cooler than most of Southern California’s hot zones, but Alpine Slide’s double waterslide gives families who seek refuge from the heat an extra bonus to cool off. Kids can splash all day on two flumes of cascading water, turning and banking on the way to a 3 ½ – ft. deep, heated splash pool. Parents can spread a blanket out on the grass, or relax on the shaded, wrap-around deck at the base of the double waterslide. 

“Alpine Slide is also home to three attractions that are the first and only in California, which includes the Mineshaft Coaster, the Soaring Eagle, and the Alpine Slide,” added Eubanks. “Each of these rides offers something unique and suitable for all ages.” 

Mineshaft Coaster, which is the first and only mountain coaster in California, is an amusement-style, thrill ride that stretches over one mile long on a stainless-steel-tube track. It has all the bells and whistles of a roller coaster such as steep descents, hairpin turns, tunnels, bridges and 360-degree corkscrews. Here’s the kicker…the rider actually controls the speed of the coaster cart, which can reach max speeds of 30 mph.

The Soaring Eagle is a one-of-a-kind ride not seen anywhere else in California either. The Soaring Eagle has dual seats so a parent and child can ride side-by-side. It starts by lifting riders backwards on a zipline cable to a 70-foot tall launch tower. Once it reaches the top, it then catapults forward at 26 mph, on a 100-foot long vertical drop, that travels 500 feet back to the base. The Soaring Eagle not only offers folks an opportunity to experience the sensation of flying, but they are treated to a bird’s eye view of Big Bear Lake and surrounding mountain vistas, too. 

Another distinctive attraction on site is the Alpine Slide, which is the only authentic bobsled /luge experience in California. Riders navigate their own individually controlled sleds down a quarter-mile long concrete track with high-banked turns and long straight-aways. Each sled is equipped with Teflon runners, ball bearing wheels, control handle and brakes. Youngsters who meet the height requirements can ride with their parents on this fun-filled feature ride.  

Rounding off the family-fun activities at Alpine Slide is a go-kart track, putt-putt golf and video arcade. When it’s time for a break, head inside for an ice-cream cone. An ice-cream bar located at the snack bar offers 12 different tasty flavors to choose from, such as Banana Split, Cotton Candy or Birthday Cake!     

Alpine Slide, located at 800 Wildrose Lane (just off Big Bear Blvd.), is open daily. The Summer hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For general information, height requirements, pricing and specific hours for each attraction, please visit AlpineSlideBigBear.com or call 909-866-4626. 

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