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State of the Art Industrial Building Sells for $8.5 Million in Sale/Leaseback in Otay Mesa

SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 11, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield today announced the firm has represented both buyer and seller in the off-market investment sale of a 59,760-square-foot Class A industrial building for $8.47 million in Otay Mesa (San Diego), California. The building is fully occupied by Johnson Otay LLC dba Johnson Storage & Moving Co, which sold the property to Eastgroup Properties in a sale/leaseback.

8709 Kerns Johnson StorageBryce Aberg, Brant Aberg, Jeffrey Cole and Jeff Chiate with Cushman & Wakefield’s San Diego and Orange County offices handled the transaction on both sides.

Brant Aberg, SIOR, Executive Director, said, “Situated within the Siempre Viva Business Park, the property represents a state of the art distribution/warehouse facility located in a strong Otay Mesa submarket. This sale/leaseback presented a great opportunity for the buyer to acquire a high quality asset with a built-in income stream, while allowing the seller/occupant to benefit from the rising values of industrial real estate. Such a transaction helps support each side in the short and long term.”

He added, “Positioned just north of the US-Mexico border, Otay Mesa remains a sought after area for industrial occupants and investors. According to our latest statistics, industrial vacancy in Otay Mesa stands at just 4.7%, while this submarket has achieved over 630,000 square feet of occupancy growth year to date, the strongest industrial growth market by a longshot in San Diego so far in 2019.”

Located at 8709 Kerns St., the building was developed in 2002 and sits on 4.6 acres. Key building features include 28-feet clear height, 16 dock doors, 2 drive-in doors, modern office space, and fenced and gated yard. The property is also located within a Foreign Trade Zone and California Enterprise Zone.

About Cushman & Wakefield 

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 50,000 employees in over 400 offices and approximately 60 countries. In 2021, the firm had revenue of $9.4 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, and valuation and other services. To learn more, visit or follow @CushWake External Link on Twitter.


Joshua Deale San Diego Communications Manager
Joshua Deale

Communications Manager • Costa Mesa

Mr. Deale leads strategic media relations and thought leadership efforts for the West Region markets, and oversees their online presence including managing article and social media efforts.

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