One of the largest South Bay industrial sites to hit the market in more than a decade sold last week for $31.4 million, or $31 a square foot, according to brokerage CBRE.

The 23.4-acre parcel on the Alameda Corridor in Lynwood was picked up by Terreno Realty Corp., a San Francisco industrial real estate investment trust.

Insurance firm Travelers Indemnity Co. owns two buildings on the site as part of its long-term ground lease for 19 acres and leases them to pharmaceutical manufacturer PL Developments Inc. and logistics company Midas Express Inc. Cargill Inc. leases the remaining space, including a couple of small warehouses.

CBRE agent Robert Flores, who represented the seller, Lynwood-Alameda Corp., said the business was owned by a family that picked up the site in the mid-1900s. CBRE’s Andrew Briner assisted in the transaction. Terreno represented itself.

Lynwood-Alameda is registered at a Montebello address shared by Desser Tire & Rubber Co. Steven Chlavin is listed as chief executive at Lynwood-Alameda and president at Desser. Chlavin did not return a call seeking comment.

“Terreno was attracted by the unique opportunity to acquire almost 24 acres of land in the tightest industrial submarket in the United States,” said Flores.

The South Bay, with 205 million square feet of industrial property, hit a vacancy rate of 0.8 percent in the first quarter, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.

Beyond its size, the Lynwood site is unique because it offers access to one of the only private rail spurs on the Alameda Corridor, which Cargill uses to distribute corn starch and syrup throughout the West Coast.

The $31-a-square-foot price tag is roughly on par with other recent industrial land sales in the South Bay: AES Corp. purchased a 7-acre parcel in Long Beach for $34 a square foot in 2014, while Prologis acquired a 10-acre parcel in Carson for $33 a square foot in 2013. Trammell Crow Co. picked up nearly 60 acres in Compton for $14.40 a square foot in 2014 and built warehouses now leased to United Parcel Service Inc. and Best Buy Co. Inc.

Switching Base

For a quarter-century, private equity real estate firm American Realty Advisors made its home in Glendale. Now it’s hopping to downtown with a 10-year lease for about 39,500 square feet on the 49th floor of CommonWealth Partners’ City National Plaza. ARA Chief Executive Stanley Iezman said the firm will join a cluster of real estate businesses in the area.

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