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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

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: 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

A Floor-by-Floor Perspective of Midwest Real Estate: What Skyline Will We See in the Next Five Years?

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By: Andrew Batson, Director of Research, JLL

Increasing leasing activity, speculative development and shifting market leverage in commercial real estate are constantly reshaping city Skylines across the U.S.

JLL’s Skyline Review registrants can take a deep dive into the trends impacting 57 major skylines across the United States and Canada, and learn about which national trends are transforming markets close to home.

Read on for a closer look at how the Skylines in the Midwest are performing and what to expect in the coming months.

Mixed-Use Development is on the Rise in Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s Skyline is comprised of large office buildings that are occupied by large tenants, many of them recognized as Fortune 500 companies. Rental rates have dropped 0.7% from 2016 to Q1 of 2017. At the same time, vacancy rates remain well above the national average at 20.9%, which has boosted demand for affordable Class A space within the Skyline.… 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