Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Goodyear Agrees to 20 Year Lease on New Build-to-Suit HQ in Akron, OH

Site Selection Online - December 31, 2007

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Wednesday it plans to sell its headquarters to a firm that would redevelop the site and lease a new office to the nation's biggest tire maker. The tentative deal would keep Goodyear's corporate offices in the city where it was founded in 1898.

Goodyear's new 450,000-sq.-ft. (40,500-sq.-m.) world headquarters will be built by California developer Industrial Realty Group (IRG.) IRG, which has a history of remaking old industrial sites across the country, will buy the Goodyear property, build the new headquarters and lease it back.A

n estimated $700 million of private capital will go into the project, which is linked to an array of public incentives. The redevelopment plan will also include other office buildings, an industrial park, hotels, stores and restaurants, said Stuart Lichter, president and senior managing partner of IRG, based in Downey, Calif., near Los Angeles. State and local governments will provide an additional $200 million.

Goodyear seems set to stay in Akron for decades. The company will sign a 20-year lease with IRG on its new headquarters, followed by 11 five-year renewal options. (The financial terms of the lease haven't been made public.) In addition, the assistance that the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved, which is valued at about $30 million, includes a clawback provision that Goodyear must stay at the new location for 30 years. Sphere: Related Content

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