Category Archives: Ann Arbor Commercial Real Estate News

Michigan Commercial Real Estate News Brief: March 2018

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Ohio markets, including Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Historic Retail Site Along Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion Gets a Makeover

Developer Matt Hessler recently broke ground on an $8.3 million redevelopment project on the site at Livernois and Seven Mile Road in Detroit—the site of the former B Siegel department store. While the former store undergoes renovations, approximately 20,500 square feet of commercial space and 10 multifamily units will be developed between within a two-story building along Steopel Street and Livernois.

In addition to the commercial retail and residential space, underground parking will also be available for tenants and visitors.… Read More

Michigan Commercial Real Estate News Brief: February 2018

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets, including Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Proposed Grand Rapids Office Tower Would Offer New Class A Space

Developer Franklin Partners LLC’s proposed seven-story office tower would bring some much-needed Class A office space to Grand Rapids, which is currently experiencing a tightening market.

The 90,000-square-foot building would sit at the corner of Ottawa Avenue and Oakes Street SW, and would be constructed of glass and steel with competitive amenities, including a rooftop patio, fitness area and more. With this in mind, Franklin Partners Principal Don Shoemaker said rents could reach as high as $25 per square foot (psf).… Read More

Michigan Commercial Real Estate News Brief: January 2018

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets, including Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids.

City of Detroit Looks to Redevelop Historic Apartment Buildings

Lee Plaza Detroit

City officials expect redevelopment of Lee Plaza to take two to five years.

The city of Detroit plans to submit redevelopment proposals for two historic buildings: Lee Plaza and Woodland Apartments. Both buildings were once luxury apartments back in the 1920s. The city of Detroit has expressed interest in allocating a certain number of multifamily units for individuals making $38,000 per year or less in order to attract and retain those of all income levels.

Once developers are selected, the city expects Lee Plaza to take two to five years to redevelop while Woodland Apartments are expected to take between one to three years.… Read More

Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: November 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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Industrial Market on the Upswing in Grand Rapids

Western Michigan’s industrial market is experiencing improvement with declining vacancies and steady rental rate growth. Demand for warehouse space is up and more than 1.5 million square feet of space has already been delivered this year.

Of all the projects in the pipeline, a recent one includes a two-building industrial site recently approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF). The potential project, led by the DEG Development Company, is expected to generate $12.3 million in investment. Construction will take place at 1810 Turner Ave. and will include one 70,150-square-foot building and one 126,750-square-foot building.

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Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: September 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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Downtown Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena Opens to Public

Photo Credit: City of Detroit

After a period of construction and anticipation, the new Little Caesars Arena opened to the public for its first open house and event. The new arena is set to become one of Detroit’s main entertainment staples, as it will house the Detroit Red Wings games among other large-scale events.

The arena is just one aspect of District Detroit, which will include 50 blocks worth of sports and entertainment venues, restaurants, bars and business buildings once completed. Take a look at Curbed Detroit’s photo gallery of the Little Caesars Arena for a closer look at the venue.

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Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: August 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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High Construction Costs Limit Industrial Development in Grand Rapids

Industrial real estate demand continues to rise in Grand Rapids, presenting an optimal opportunity for new development. However, rising construction costs constrain development when there is no secured tenant. With fewer investments speculative space, vacancy rates have fallen as companies forego new developments and move into existing spaces.

Companies, such as Robert Grooters Development Co. (RGDC), are beginning to take risks to bring new developments to the area. RGDC hopes to introduce 1.1 million square feet of industrial space to the region by 2018.

Looking forward, the West Michigan industrial real estate market is expected to continue growing. High lease rates will eventually prompt speculative construction, allowing the market to expand with the rising demand.… Read More

Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: June 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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District Detroit Welcomes Residential Development Boom

District Detroit, the city’s major upcoming entertainment development, has announced plans for the city’s largest residential development in more than 20 years. The upcoming project will include the renovation of historic buildings as well as new construction.

Among buildings being redeveloped for multifamily housing, are:… Read More

Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: May 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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Major Detroit Developments Put City Among Top 10 for Construction Jobs

Despite a widespread labor shortage among construction workers, the city of Detroit ranked number seven out of the top 10 markets with the highest growth rate. Major downtown and metro developments, like the Little Caesars Arena, sparked most of the growth.

Roughly 21,700 construction workers now work in the Detroit area, which is more than a 15% increase from last year. Large developments, like the Little Caesars Arena, have nearly 1,400 workers onsite per day.

The development momentum isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. A new $77 million Midtown development is expected to begin construction in fall of 2018. The property will include more than 335 residential units, as well as nearly 8,000 square feet for retail space. Among the jobs that will be created from the site include 200 from the construction industry.… Read More

Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: April 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles impacting Michigan markets to keep you in-the-know.

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High-Profile Transactions Bolster Detroit’s Q1 Office Standings

Downtown Detroit closed Q1 of 2017 with a number of high-profile tenant commitments and transactions. Among the 470,000 square feet of leases signed is Microsoft’s tech center and Hudson’s Block Plan.

While downtown activity is booming, our research shows there is still plenty of interest in suburban office markets as well. Among suburban commitments include new leases by Magna Seating and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

With so much activity within the urban core and Detroit’s submarkets, our experts expect rental rates to rise. Currently, the average asking rental rate is at $19.66 per square foot, which is competitively low compared to other high-demand regions.… Read More

JLL Research: 3 Ways Reurbanization is Revitalizing Midwest Markets

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By: Andrew Batson, Director of Research, JLL

JLL Full Circle

While cities spread throughout the Heartland are still making their comeback, the economic and investment outlook is promising according to our new research, Full Circle. The report takes a deep dive into the growth and development occurring in each of our markets, including Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Louisville and Pittsburgh.

So, what did our research find?

Cities across the region are in the middle of a major renaissance as reurbanization continues to draw people, business and investments toward the downtown areas.

1. Young Professionals Gravitate Toward the Urban Core, Creating Need for More Multifamily Development

The face of the urban cores is changing, with the majority of each market’s downtown population made up of the millennial generation (20- to 36-year-olds), followed by generation Z (0- to 19-year-olds).

As these younger generations flock downtown, the need for more multifamily development is increasing. Each market has experienced positive population growth since 2000. What’s more is residential population has also posted impressive numbers in each market, most notably in Detroit with a downtown population of 37,700 followed by downtown Pittsburgh with 33,000.… Read More