Patriot Commons, East Greenwich, RI
Acquisition – Vacant Manufacturing
140,000 Sq. Ft.
ON Semiconductor housed its Northeast engineering, design, and manufacturing operations in this 170,000 square foot facility in East Greenwich, RI. ON acquired this asset in the 1990s and remained active here until the company consolidated its operations to another location in early 2005.
When it came time to bring this industrial facility to market, Senior Management quickly discovered there was little demand for highly-specialized manufacturing product in New England. The prospect of a long and arduous sale was troubling, as the company was simultaneously accumulating additional operating expenses at a new location. ON needed a buyer with either a specific need for this specialized asset or the creativity to undertake a complete redevelopment to a higher and better use. Beyond that, the site’s disposition was further hindered by legacy environmental issues and an existing zoning ordinance which would make it difficult to convert the asset’s use from manufacturing to office.
Patriot moved in and put together a development plan to convert the former manufacturing facility to Class A office space, in-line with the market’s demand.
Extensive redevelopment experience enabled Patriot’s development team to quickly address the site’s challenges and hone in on the inherent features of the building that could be capitalized upon to provide significant cost savings relative to new construction. Patriot’s internal operating platform and strong partnerships with local municipalities and service providers ensured efficiency during the due diligence and closing periods. This synergy ultimately allowed for Patriot to close on the asset in 45 days, before all environmental remediation and entitlement issues were fully resolved.
By partnering with Patriot, ON eliminated the liability and challenges associated with owning an asset. ON’s manufacturing operations realized greater efficiency in a new location and in the end, capital tied up in the property can now be redeployed back into the company’s core semiconductor business.
Patriot successfully converted the former manufacturing building into a two-story office that included a new façade, roof, HVAC, bathrooms, 18’ high finished ceilings, and an internal courtyard and collaborative area. Shortly after completing the base building under budget, a local company bought the renovated asset and currently uses it as its headquarters building.