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Urbanizing the Suburbs: Retail’s Role in Reshaping Boston’s Landscape

Over the past decade, urbanization has emerged as one of the most impactful trends to hit the real estate industry. This trend, embodied by the live-work-play concept, has been embraced by all demographic cohorts, from millennials to baby boomers and even retirees. While the impact has been most visible in the urban core, Boston’s suburbs are also being transformed, and the inclusion of ­pedestrian-oriented retail into new and existing projects is playing the integral role. Modernized,..

November 29, 2017

Boston Industrial Market Posts Lowest Vacancy Seen in Decades

The commercial real estate market in the Greater Boston area continued its torrid pace in the first half of 2017. All sections of the commercial real estate market inside Route 128 are white hot, especially after the announcement that General Electric will move its corporate headquarters to the Seaport District. Recent data indicates that Boston has one of the hottest economies in the United States and ranks as one of the top economies in the world. The 2017 Investment Intensity Index ranks..

November 22, 2017

Demand for Multifamily Units Keeps Pace With Increasing Supply in Boston

Despite the maturing commercial real estate cycle, Boston’s thriving economy continues to generate positive momentum for the metro’s multifamily property marketplace. Over the 12-month period ending June 30, 2017, area employers added 55,700 positions, growing the employment base by 2.1 percent. Job creation was driven by the typically high-wage healthcare and professional fields, and more than 30 percent of the new roles created were in office-using sectors. This healthy growth has..

November 15, 2017

The Boston Office Market is Still Extremely Active

The Financial District, Back Bay, and Seaport continue to experience strong tenant demand with a vacancy of 10.3 percent and continued rent appreciation. The Seaport, which has experienced tremendous growth for the last four years, received national attention with GE committing to move its corporate headquarters to the market and continues to make headlines with Amazon committing to 150,000 square feet. In addition, 121 Seaport Boulevard just leased to PTC (250,000 square feet) and Alexion..

November 8, 2017

Ashkenazy Acquisition Acquires South Station Transit Hub in Boston

BOSTON — Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. (AAC) has purchased South Station, a Boston transportation hub known as “the gateway to New England,” for an undisclosed sum. AAC will assume the 98-year leasehold for the transit station’s concourse and upstairs office space. The South Station Train Terminal is part of the Michael S. Dukakis South Station Transportation Center, Boston's busiest transit hub. Opened in 1898, the historic train terminal now serves thousands of commuters, travelers,..

August 23, 2017

Bell Partners Buys 196-Unit Olmsted Place Apartments in Boston for $103M

BOSTON — Bell Partners has purchased the 196-unit Olmsted Place apartment complex in the Boston submarket of Jamaica Plain for $103 million. The community is located at 161 S. Huntington Ave. Olmsted Place debuted in 2015. It is fully leased. The community overlooks Jamaica Pond, part of the Emerald Necklace park system designed by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The seller was a joint venture between Boston Residential Group and the Carlyle Group. The JV purchased..

July 26, 2017

City Approves Next Step for $1B Union Square Redevelopment Near Boston

SOMERVILLE, MASS. — The Somerville Board of Aldermen approved rezoning to allow the city to move forward on a proposed $1 billion, 2.3 million-square-foot Union Square redevelopment project. Somervile is situated just northeast of Boston, adjacent to Cambridge. The new mixed-use project would include 1.3 million square feet of new office and civic spaces, along with 2.5 acres of public and open spaces. City officials expect the project will create more than 5,000 new permanent jobs. The..

June 14, 2017

Oxford Properties Provides $180M Loan for Refinancing of Mixed-Use Asset in Boston

BOSTON — Oxford Properties Group has provided a $180 million loan for the refinancing of One Congress Street and the Government Center Garage in Boston. The 11-story, mixed-use asset includes a 1,960-space parking garage with 202,854 square feet of office space and 23,212 square feet of retail space. The borrower was a joint venture between National Real Estate Advisors LLC and its Boston-based development partner, The HYM Investment Group LLC. HFF worked on behalf of the borrower to..

June 7, 2017

E-commerce Impacts Retail Market in Eastern Massachusetts

Retail vacancy levels declined in 2012 and 2013 in Eastern Massachusetts following several years of rising vacancy rates during the Great Recession. But since 2013, vacancy rates have been on the rise as shopping habits continue to tilt toward online options. In 2016, retail inventory gained modestly, reaching 194.2 million square feet, an increase of 0.5 percent, although no major center opened during the year. The region added 488,800 square feet of vacant retail space, and the vacancy rate..

April 5, 2017

E-commerce Activity Drives Boston Industrial Vacancy to Lowest Rate in 15 Years

E-commerce and the growth of the digital age have become important factors in the tightening industrial real estate market. With single-digit vacancy rates becoming the norm in nearly all of the Greater Boston submarkets, existing product cannot supply the space necessary to meet current market demand. Consumers’ shopping attitudes have changed, and retailers are having to adjust their strategies to meet their needs. [caption id="attachment_184228" align="alignright" width="100"] Steve..

March 29, 2017