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Fairfield County Office Market Displays Healthy Indicators

Connecticut’s Fairfield County ranks among America’s 40 wealthiest counties with a median household income of $81,268 in 2010. And while some of its current office market data stand at low levels, many indicators point to a bright future. Year-to-date office leasing activity reached 1.7 million square feet as of the third quarter. This amounts to a 21 percent increase relative to the same period one year ago. While this figure stands 3.1 percent below the five-year historical average,..

December 6, 2017

Summit Hotel Properties Acquires Four-Hotel Portfolio for $164M

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Summit Hotel Properties (NYSE: INN) has purchased a four-property hotel portfolio for $164 million. The portfolio contains a total of 652 guestrooms. The acquisition includes the 207-room Courtyard New Haven at Yale in New Haven, Conn.; the 148-room Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham in Waltham, Mass.; the 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland; and the 122-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip's Plaza University in Tucson, Ariz. The Courtyard..

November 29, 2017

Connecticut’s Tight Industrial Market may Limit Opportunity for Growth

[caption id="attachment_183528" align="alignright" width="100"] Mark Duclos, Sentry Commercial[/caption] One might expect that the industrial real estate market is in rough shape in a state with a projected $1.7 billion state budget deficit, where the capital city (Hartford) has discussed bankruptcy, and where one of the most famous employers (General Electric) has moved out — not to mention the state’s high taxes and high wages. However, the industrial real estate market is one of..

July 31, 2017

CBRE Secures $21.3M Bridge Loan for 215,000 SF Retail Center in Connecticut

CROMWELL, CONN. – CBRE Capital Markets’ debt and structured finance team has secured $21.3 million in bridge financing for Cromwell Square, a 218,000-square-foot shopping center currently anchored by a 100,000-square-foot Kmart in Cromwell. Mark Fisher, Michael Riccio and Alex Furnary of CBRE facilitated the loan on behalf of the borrower, Greenwich-based developer/owner/operator HB Nitkin. The 10-year, fixed-rate bridge loan includes two years of interest-only payments and a 25-year..

March 6, 2017

Investors Seeking Yield See Opportunities in Fairfield & New Haven Apartments

Employment gains in New Haven and Fairfield counties, coupled with a bustling job market in the New York City metro, have generated high demand for apartments in New Haven and Fairfield counties, overcoming some of the recent negative optics in Connecticut. Newly hired employees are looking for housing. Employers in New Haven and Fairfield counties are set to add 10,500 individuals to the local workforce this year. And although a significant number of tenants work in the boroughs of New York,..

September 21, 2016

Connecticut Industrial Sector Sees Steady Demand from Tenants, Investors

[caption id="attachment_161990" align="alignright" width="100"] Timothy D’Addabbo, Cushman & Wakefield[/caption] The Connecticut industrial market has changed. The days of large corporate surplus assets littering our industrial parks, mid-teen vacancy rates and discounted lease rates are over — or at least on a hiatus. In the last few years, the market has tightened with many of the larger blocks of space absorbed by various local and national tenants. The last 20 to 25 years saw..

August 31, 2016

Fairfield County: Office Revamps Result in Tenancy Shift

[caption id="attachment_161612" align="alignright" width="100"] Thomas Pajolek,CBRE Group[/caption] Fairfield County, Connecticut, which has traditionally been home to many multi-national financial tenants, is transitioning to become one of the most diverse business environments in the region and attracting some of the biggest names from the TAMI (technology, advertising, media and information), creative, engineering and corporate arenas. This shift in the fabric of the business community..

August 25, 2016

Tenants Have the Upper Hand in Stamford Office Market

[caption id="attachment_148190" align="alignright" width="100"] Jim Fagan, Cushman & Wakefield[/caption] The Stamford, Connecticut, office market has everything going for it: proximity to New York City, a good transportation system, a wonderful quality of life, a superior public school network, great recreational possibilities being on Long Island Sound and great professionals. The one negative: almost zero growth in the state for the past 25 years in terms of both population and..

February 3, 2016

Fairfield and New Haven See Growing Supply of Apartments

[caption id="attachment_123726" align="alignright" width="100"] Steve Witten, Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus & Millichap[/caption] In Fairfield and New Haven counties, growing rental housing demand will keep apartment vacancy tight throughout the year, despite a second consecutive year of elevated completions. Developers will complete 1,300 units this year, representing a minor drop from the number of apartments delivered last year. More than 700 of these new..

August 12, 2015

Connecticut Office Market Offers an Abundance of Choices for Large Tenants

[caption id="attachment_135232" align="alignright" width="100"] Thomas Pajolek, CBRE[/caption] Large blocks of space in the Connecticut office market have typically been associated with financial services firms and the wide open trading floors found in investment bank offices. However, for a new breed of tenant looking for sprawling, open and contiguous office space, the state of Connecticut currently offers a myriad of choices across multiple submarkets — from Trumbull to Norwalk to..

July 29, 2015