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Six Critical Things to Get Right in an Office Renovation

PLAINFIELD, ILL. — Buoyed by a strengthening economy, more companies have the resources to invest in office redesigns. That is good news — a well-designed office renovation can transform an existing workspace into a dynamic, energy-efficient nerve center for staff. If properly carried out by a skilled contractor, an office renovation can optimize employee productivity and craft an effective work environment. [caption id="attachment_201442" align="alignright" width="100"] Zara Johnson, …

Aided by Tax Credits, Adaptive Reuse Pays Off for Developers

Transforming older, historic buildings into apartment rental units opens myriad opportunities for developers beyond simply saving a neighborhood building. The process enables them to create unique floor plans and hip spaces that resonate with many of today’s renters and lease up quickly. These adaptive reuse projects are often costlier than new construction and fraught with challenges, but the consensus among developers is that the reward is worth the risk. “It’s economic …

Grandview Yard Takes the LEED on Neighborhood Design in Columbus, Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO — In spring 2009, the United States Green Building Council formally launched a new program with the vision of fundamentally changing how the country evaluated green design and development, LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). The launch of the LEED-ND program coincided with the first phase of Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Realty Investors’ Grandview Yard development: a $700 million, 1.2 million-square-foot, master-planned mixed-use neighborhood located in the …

Forecast Survey: What’s Your Take on Real Estate in 2018?

France Media, Inc. is conducting a brief online survey to gauge market conditions, and we welcome your participation. This survey should only take a few minutes to complete. Questions range from property sectors that your firm is most bullish on heading into 2018 to trends in deal volume to the outlook for interest rates. The results will be collated and published in the January 2018 issue of our regional magazines. Conducting these surveys is part of our mission at France Media to provide …

Jay Madary: Supply, Demand in Check for Midwest Apartment Market

The following is a Q&A with Jay Madary, president and CEO of Oak Brook, Ill.-based JVM Realty, regarding the state of the multifamily market in the Midwest. JVM owns and operates Class A and B apartment communities in Midwest markets such as Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City and suburban Chicago. Madary was also quoted in the March issue of Heartland Real Estate Business in an article discussing apartment amenities and property management trends. Heartland Real Estate Business: …

Renovation of Older Apartment Buildings in Suburbs is a Win-Win Strategy

Strong renter demand for affordable apartments in affluent suburbs easily outstrips the available inventory of such properties. This supply and demand imbalance creates a big gap in the market that renovated older buildings can fill. These undervalued multifamily buildings also provide a healthy investment opportunity. Cranes dot the skylines of many American cities today, and much of the development is new luxury multifamily communities. For the last 10 years, the majority of the new …

Forecast Survey: What’s Your Take on Real Estate in 2017?

REBusinessOnline.com is conducting a brief online survey of brokers, lenders and the owner/developer/manager community to gauge market expectations for 2017, and we welcome your participation. This survey should only take a few minutes to complete. The results will appear as a news feature story in the January 2017 issues of the regional publications. Questions cover a variety of topics, ranging from the outlook for investment sales and leasing activity in 2017 to development and lending …

With Office Leasing Activity Accelerating in Detroit, New Construction is Imminent

It is a fascinating time for the Detroit office market. Downtown neighborhoods and suburban markets alike are being transformed thanks to years of positive economic trends marked by healthy job growth and the desire of several companies to locate in the city. Landlords, tenants and investors are looking to consolidate gains and position themselves for success in an evolving marketplace. On the leasing front, we are still seeing activity in Detroit proper with small to mid-sized firms, …

Turnaround Artists Share Ideas for Re-Energizing Shopping Centers

Unlike fine wine, retail properties don’t necessarily get better with age. In order for a shopping center to remain attractive and inviting, it periodically needs to be renovated or even repositioned. Since 2010, the U.S. shopping center industry has completed an average of 198 renovation projects annually, according to JLL in a research report released early this year titled “Remaking Retail: A Tricky Proposition.” Seventy percent of shopping centers renovated after 1999 were …

Midwest Industrial Business Parks Evolve in Pursuit of E-Commerce

There’s a reason why warehouse facilities and fulfillment centers ranked No. 1 and 2 for 2016 investment and development prospects. In addition to the annual commercial real estate survey findings by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) is reporting that the Midwest posted the strongest industrial income return among all U.S. regions in second quarter 2016. “E-commerce is affecting more than just the industrial real estate …