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SC-port driven retail cargo development is completed

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The 89,000-square-foot TradePort Logistics distribution center is off Clements Ferry Road in the Cainhoy area of Berkeley County. It will handle cargo for major retailers using the Port of Charleston. Frampton Construction/Provided

A Savannah company that handles shipments for major retailers like Walmart and Amazon has completed a cargo-handling center off Clements Ferry Road in the Cainhoy area of Berkeley County.

Frampton Construction of Charleston said hits week that it wrapped up work 89,000-square-foot building for TradePort Logistics.

The design-build project was developed by The Keith Corp. of Charlotte in partnership with the S.C. State Ports Authority. It will take cargo brought in by trucks, process it and then put it on different trucks bound for retailers' distribution sites.

The Charleston building features a 20-foot clear height with 130 dock doors and about 2,000 square feet of office space. A large portion of the project consisted of sitework and paving to accommodate parking spaces for 630 tractor-trailers and 110 cars. Roughly 2,000 trucks of concrete were required to pave the parking areas, which together cover 983,000 square feet.

"The sheer amount of concrete required on this project posed a challenge, but with careful planning from preconstruction through closeout, we were able to achieve a smooth and timely delivery," Keaton Green, vice president at Frampton, said in a written statement.

TradePort CEO George Powers said the project "allows us to offer the most efficient and cost-effective services to large scale retailers who want to tap into the expansive Port of Charleston."

The Georgia logistics company has a similar operation on the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant. The new location is expected to add thousands of containers a year to the port’s cargo base.

The SPA sold the 162-acre tract that houses the new building to TradePort for $500,000 in October, and work was completed in eight months.

The land sale price was about one-tenth of the property's value, but the maritime agency isn't bound by state procurement laws that require it to get fair market value. The SPA has said the discount was proper because the project will boost cargo and that the site — previously known as the Jack Primus Tract — was landlocked, requiring TradePort to build a road to connect the property with Charleston Regional Parkway.

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