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Steady Demand, Available Labor Prepare Louisville’s Industrial Market for Success

Strong market performance has allowed the Louisville industrial market to recently post the highest quarter of positive net absorption in market history during the second quarter of 2018, which occurred on the heels of the second-highest quarter of positive net absorption recorded just one quarter earlier. This outcome has been the result of recent build-to-suit projects, the availability of quality product and growing demand by new and prospective tenants in the Louisville market. Beyond …

Make it a Double: Entertainment, Hospitality Firms Invest Heavily in Louisville

The face of Louisville is changing rapidly, but it has leveraged what the state of Kentucky is historically known for best, bourbon. Louisville is a short drive from most of the legendary distilleries in the Commonwealth. However, the downtown Urban Bourbon Trail is booming with tourism and many brands actually distilling their spirits onsite. Jim Beam’s Urban Stillhouse, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Copper & Kings, Angel’s Envy Distillery and Rabbit Hole Distillery are locations …

Louisville Renters Absorb Cycle-High Development, Pushing Vacancy Rate Down

For the remainder of 2018, positive demand drivers will alter new apartment supply’s impact on operations in Louisville. The metro has had a large volume of new apartments to open this business cycle. Since 2013, an annual average of 1,500 units has been completed, totaling approximately 7,400 apartment units. As this new supply entered the market, initially strong leasing helped push vacancy down 100 basis points to 4.6 percent at the end of 2016. However, absorption of apartments …

Louisville’s CBD, Suburbs Offer Good Landing Spots for Office Tenants

Louisville’s office landscape can be described as a tale of two distinct submarkets woven together by a common thread of consistency. In the central business district (CBD), Class A vacancy rate stands at approximately 13 percent while the suburban Class A vacancy rate hovers around 8.5 percent. As can be noted, there is a substantial gap in occupancy between the two submarkets — 450 basis points. The thread of consistency in the Louisville office market lies in the fact that both are …

No Sign of Retail Apocalypse in Sight as Grocers, Restaurants Help Richmond Thrive

If you mention the phrase “retail apocalypse” to anyone in the Richmond market, you will immediately receive a puzzled look back. The Richmond retail market is about as far away from a retail apocalypse as any market in the country. Yes, we have seen the Toys ‘R’ Us, Sears, Macy’s and Kmart closures, but with close to 83 million square feet of retail space in the Richmond MSA, the current retail vacancy rate is below 5 percent. The vacancy rate is at, or near, a record low and demand …

Richmond’s Office Market Grows in Prominence as Corporate-Friendly Destination

Richmond is thriving and the office market is following suit. The office market, like the broader Richmond region, benefits from Richmond’s diverse economy, high-quality of life at a reasonable cost of living and the steadily growing, highly educated workforce. These attributes make Richmond an attractive option for large employers evaluating cities for operations. Recent entrants to Richmond include CoStar Group, ICMA-RC and Owens & Minor. The CEO of CoStar pointed to Richmond’s …

Industrial Buyers, Developers Attracted to Richmond as Users Expand Locally

While there has been a strong demand for investment properties in Richmond, there remains a limited availability of both freestanding facilities and portfolio deals. In recent investment activity, the Byrd Corporate Park in eastern Henrico County sold to a joint venture between Dreyfuss Investments and Wells Holding Group for $31.3 million after previously transferring in 2011 for $26.3 million. The 10-building flex complex spans 475,783 square feet and was 80 percent leased at the time for …

New Office Developments Take Shape in Orlando’s Core Submarkets

At mid-year 2018, Orlando’s economic engine is performing like a well-oiled machine, fueled by brisk business expansion, healthy in-migration, accelerating job growth and steady population gains. In fact, Orlando ranked No. 3 in the nation for population growth during the period between 2010 and 2017. Office market fundamentals remain solid with steady demand for high-quality, Class A space largely outstripping available supply, particularly in high-demand areas. Job creation continues to …

Orlando Sustains High Level of Multifamily Demand, Leading to New Construction

Fundamentals in the Orlando multifamily market are exceptionally strong and should remain healthy as long as this economic cycle continues. Following a period of no construction after the recession, new supply is finally starting to catch up with pent-up demand held in check during the downturn. Even with over 7,000 units projected to be delivered annually for the next several years, occupancy rates should hold strong between 95 and 96 percent. Supported by continued economic expansion in …

After Record-Setting 2017, Baltimore Looks to Extend Its ‘Industrial Revolution’

The greater Baltimore metropolitan region achieved positive absorption of more than 6 million square feet of warehouse and industrial space in 2017, smashing the previous record by several million square feet and triggering yet another wave of speculative development activity. While on the surface there seems to be no end in sight to this unprecedented level of activity as we cross the midway point of 2018, there does exist several warning signs that are worth monitoring. But, who wants to …

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