Category Archives: Ann Arbor Commercial Real Estate News

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

Michigan Markets Commercial Real Estate News Brief: March 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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Detroit May Soon Welcome its New Tallest Building, More Green Space

Dan Gilbert recently announced a proposal for a $775 million tower to be constructed on the former Hudson’s department store site on Woodward Avenue. The tower, which would stand 734 feet tall, would be the city’s tallest building, surpassing the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center at 727 feet.

While talks are still in the works, Gilbert’s proposal laid out plans for 250 residential units, an underground parking garage, as well as office, retail and tech space in a connected nine-story base hub.

More green space will also make its way to Detroit’s east riverfront. Developers are proposing mixed-use space along the riverfront property as well as an abundance of parks, beaches and scenic walkways for city-goers.… Read More

Midwest Real Estate News Names Three JLL Executives to Annual CRE Hall of Fame

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By: JC Pelusi, Market Leader, Managing Director, JLL

We’re excited to announce that three JLL executives have been recognized among Midwest Real Estate News’ annual Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame recipients! Congratulations, to Neal Warling, Executive Vice President in Ann Arbor, A.J. Magner, Managing Director in Cleveland, and Dave MacDonald, Managing Director in Detroit.

All three executives are extremely talented and hold a breadth of knowledge related to national commercial real estate, as well as within their individual markets. We caught up with each executive to reflect on their time with the company and how they’ve achieved their success.

Q & A with JLL Hall of Famer: A.J. Magner 

Magner, AJ

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Pelusi: What do you enjoy most about working in the commercial real estate (CRE) industry?

Magner: Participating as a business partner in my clients’ businesses and leading and integrating on interdisciplinary project teams. With every project, there’s always something new to learn and overcome.

Pelusi: What is the secret to your success?

Magner: Surrounding myself with and teaming with smart, hardworking people.

Pelusi: What makes your local market stand out in the CRE industry?Read More