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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: February 2018

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Every month, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights rising commercial real estate markets, coworking corporations and prestigious office space locations.

Investors Assess Real Estate Market Dynamics

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As commercial real estate markets continue to multiply in size and specialisms, no two cities are the same. A new article from JLL Real Views breaks down the peer groups of some of today’s top cities and how the market dynamics in each impact investment.

Factors like affordability and adaptability will continue to influence real estate investment and encourage modern cities to develop new, creative routes to success. And while elite players like London, New York and Hong Kong are positioned as global leaders, emerging mid-sized cities are catching the eye of investors and businesses.… Read More

What Beer Can Do For Your City: A Grand Rapids Case Study

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By: Bob Horn, Senior Vice President, JLL and Harrison West, Research Analyst, JLL

What’s brewing up business in the Midwest? Look no further than Grand Rapids. With 7.2 microbreweries for each 100,000 residents, the city has earned the title of Beer City, USA—and rightfully so. With a rising number of breweries tapping into the Grand Rapids region, the city’s brewing economy continues to grow.

Today, Michigan is one of the top five pint producers in the U.S., thanks to the rise of the beer industry in Grand Rapids. In fact, the state’s beer industry alone accounts for $10.5 million. These breweries and pubs offer more than just a good time and tourist attraction; the industry contributes 34,390 jobs in Michigan. We’ll toast to that.

In our latest case study, What Beer Can Do for Your Town, we highlight several ways the industry has impacted Grand Rapids and the spaces brewers are eyeing up for their next venture.… Read More

JLL’s Roger Staubach Super Bowl Prediction: How Do Philly and Boston Stack Up?

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

JLL’s Roger Staubach, Executive Chairman and Hall of Fame Quarterback, is back with his prediction for Sunday’s big game. His pick? The Brady-led New England Patriots.

But, the win may only be by a small margin. If the Boston and Philadelphia office markets are any indication of what we can expect Sunday, be prepared for a close matchup. Both cities tout strong office markets, talent and innovative economies.

JLL has gone beyond athletic comparisons and instead used real estate data to help determine the Super Bowl winner since 2011. Since then, the firm has accurately predicted the winner 70% of the time based on vacancy rates, leasing activity, investor interest and more.

Hear more about Staubach’s Super Bowl 52 prediction in the video below.

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Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s 1600 Smallman to be Transformed into One of a Kind ‘Industrial Chic’ Space

Developers of 1600 Smallman, located on the west end of the Strip District, are gearing up to transform the space into a true, first of its kind office in the Pittsburgh submarket. Formerly an industrial warehouse space, developers plan to take the vintage charm of the space and update it with modern amenities.

The building once sat vacant for 40 years, but will now undergo renovations, including:… Read More

Louisville 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 Louisville.

Louisville to Expand Downtown Business Improvement District

Beginning in early 2018, the Louisville Downtown Partnership plans to expand the Business Improvement District, also known as the Louisville Downtown Management District.… 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

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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

All Eyes on CLE: Why ‘The Land’ Is Capturing Investor Interest

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By: Andrew Batson, Director of Research, JLL

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Cleveland has earned national media attention for its continued revival—and it’s paying off. In just the last two years alone, office investment sales in Cleveland have totaled more than $550 million. In fact, sales volumes are approaching pre-recession levels with steady improvements since 2010. So, what’s catching the eye of these investors?

The city’s office market is tightening following a boom in demand for residential space from millennials, causing many former office buildings to be redeveloped into multifamily units. Because of the influx of young professionals downtown, businesses are also picking up on the perks of being in the urban core, which has heightened confidence from both in- and out-of-state investors.… Read More

Ohio 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 Ohio markets, including Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

Details Unveiled for Scioto Peninsula Development

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More details for the 21-acre mixed-use development along the Scioto Peninsula have been released. After being chosen as the site’s developer, Buckingham Companies announced plans for the following:

  • 1,700 total housing units, made up of condos and apartments
  • 800,000 square feet of office space
  • 150,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space
  • A boutique hotel with nearly 150 rooms

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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: January 2018

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Every month, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights the hotel industry, the rise of warehouse and distribution centers and cost-saving improvements to college campuses.

Hotels Seek New Opportunities to Stay Ahead of the Curve  

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The rise of the sharing economy has prompted hotels to explore new ways to add value to their current models.

In order to compete against companies such as Airbnb, hotels are shifting focus to creating a unique customer experience. Hotels in tourist hotspots such as Chicago and Detroit are becoming more modernized and are embracing advanced technology to increase productivity and to cater to the demands of millennial travelers.… Read More

Pittsburgh 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 the Pittsburgh market to keep you in-the-know.

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Healthcare and Tech Development Intersect in Pittsburgh

Much of the third quarter’s leasing activity comes from the robotics and technology industry in Pittsburgh.

Along with the technology industry, healthcare is also driving development in Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) was selected this year for the state’s Community HealthChoices managed care program, which means the medical center may be in need of more office space.

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