Tulfra Real Estate and Hampshire Companies Acquire Former Glaxo Building in New Jersey

Prime 202,000-Square-Foot New York Metro Distribution Facility About To ‘Lose Its Head’ with a Major Roof Lifting Project


Clifton, NJ, APRIL 10, 2015 – Tulfra Real Estate has added 65 Industrial Street South in Clifton—the former Glaxo SmithKline building—to its growing portfolio. The Rochelle Park, NJ-based industrial real estate management and development company has teamed with Morristown, NJ-based Hampshire Companies to acquire the 202,000-square-foot asset, which includes 28,000 square feet of new office space. The partners, which have a decades-long relationship and have combined to develop more than three million square feet, have launched a major repositioning of the former manufacturing plant for single-tenant use, including a major project to ‘raise the roof.’

Four months of demolition and structural foundation work has preceded the roof lift. Over the next 4 weeks the height of the building will grow to a clear height of 27 feet.

“The lift will be accomplished in stages,” said Sonny Jumani, partner and president of Tulfra —initially 80,000 square feet and then 100,000 square feet.”

Upon completion, a new ESFR sprinkler will be installed, a new exterior “skin” and “Tulfra Finishes”. Efficient T5 lighting, epoxy floors and new electrical and mechanical systems will be added. An additional 22,000 square feet will also available for Lab and/or Office.

“Tulfra’s tenant base of food, pharmaceuticals and technology companies demands high-end finishes in their buildings,” said Jumani. “The repositioning will make 65 Industrial Street South extremely functional and appealing. There is very little competition in the market for facilities in that size range, and no space like it currently available in the Meadowlands market.

The class A, single-story, freestanding building occupies 11 acres with freeway access to Route 3, the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. The Lincoln Tunnel, providing access to New York City, is less than 10 miles away.

Constructed in 1956 and subsequently renovated, 65 Industrial Street South’s repositioning program will include a robust infrastructure, including ESFR sprinklers, a full fire loop and five MW of power, with a PSEG substation is just one-third of a mile away. It also offers 16 loading docks and 200 parking spaces on-site.

“The fundamentals of the New Jersey industrial real estate market are very strong, and we saw this acquisition as an opportunity to redeploy the capital into our value-add business,” said Lloyd Tulp. “We will be marketing the property for lease or sale, and expect to see a great deal of interest in this offering.”