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The Time is Now for South County


Region Seen as the Most Exciting and Promising Area for Growth

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Colliers International commercial real estate brokerage in its first quarter report on industrial development noted that 5.7 million square feet of industrial buildings were under construction countywide, the biggest of which is a 3.3 million square-foot distribution center for Amazon in Otay Mesa, due to be finished in the second quarter.

Amazon also has a lease out for 850,000 square feet of land near the distribution center for employee parking and is in escrow on an additional 60 acres of land in Otay Mesa, said Mark Lewkowitz, a senior vice president of Colliers International.

“With Amazon locating in Otay Mesa, it seems for the 15 years I’ve been working there, there’s more legitimacy to the market. It seems like the capital and institutional investors are much more comfortable and bullish on Otay Mesa being a desirable location,” Lewkowitz said.

Although hardly due entirely to Amazon, “South County is becoming much more sought after,” Lewkowitz said. “I’d say no one wanted to meet with me 15 years ago and now all of a sudden I’m popular.”

A move by some manufacturers to bring their businesses closer to home by opening plants in Mexico instead of more remote locations – so-called near-shoring, also is driving up demand for warehouse space in Otay Mesa.

“Our Tijuana market brokers have been busier than ever finding new locations for manufacturing,” Lewkowitz said. “That type of move is obviously a huge move, bringing a manufacturing plant from China to Tijuana, but we believe it will benefit the Otay market.”

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Mark Lewkowitz

Executive Vice President

San Diego

Mark Lewkowitz is a 15+ year veteran in the commercial real estate business in San Diego and has been a part of the significant growth and development in the Industrial San Diego market over that period of time. Mark specializes in the Leasing, Sales and development of warehouse, manufacturing, and distribution facilities. His years of experience in dealing with strategic planning, financial analysis, and 1031 exchanges have resulted in a very loyal client list.

Mark is consistently ranked as a top producer both within the San Diego Region and the West Coast. Mark has also been awarded within the Colliers’ Everest Club, which recognizes the top 10% of all Colliers professionals in brokerage, valuation and corporate solutions across the U.S. business based on revenue production. Mark is most known for his ethics, hard work, dedication and always exceeding his client’s expectations. He keeps abreast and current of the ever-changing industrial and office markets. He has been responsible for negotiating a wide range of transactions, including leases, subleases, purchases and sales.

Mark is an active member of SIOR and NAIOP. His civic affiliations include the National City Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.

Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California, San Diego. While he attended UCSD he was a member of the Men’s Basketball Team. Mark still enjoys playing in competitive basketball leagues, with his athletic prowess on a serious decline.

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