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Millennials Flocking to Downtown Columbus, Ohio

Millennials are the future, they’re concerned about the future and they’re bringing all of us into the future. This generation wants to live where they do their “living.” They want green space, bike paths, access to transit or shared transportation and an active neighborhood. In short, they want to live in downtown Columbus. Not the downtown of years ago, where the streets rolled up at 5 p.m. and you’d be hard-pressed to find a coffee shop open on the weekend. But the downtown of..

February 23, 2017

Cincinnati, Dayton Closing the Gap: Why the Push to Merge the MSAs is a Winning Strategy

The tale of two Ohio cities — Cincinnati and Dayton — is a story of growth. It takes less than an hour to travel between Cincinnati and Dayton. The two metros sit about 55 miles apart along Interstate 75, and that distance is slowly getting shorter. Since 2000, the cities have been growing together along the I-75 corridor, with significant growth over the past five years. The northern suburbs of Cincinnati have experienced exponential growth over the last 20 years stemming from the..

February 2, 2017

Once-Dormant Office Development Pipeline in Downtown Cleveland Now Growing

Cleveland’s relatively affordable cost of living compared with other major Midwestern cities is attracting businesses to the metro area, fueling demand for office space. A steady stream of new employment opportunities supported the 1.6 percent expansion of Cleveland’s workforce over the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30. Hiring during that period was driven by the education and health services sectors, which collectively added 9,300 positions. It is expected that by year-end 2016,..

December 15, 2016

Chinese Investors Buy 75 Percent Interest in Welltower Seniors Housing Portfolio for $930M

TOLEDO, OHIO — A joint venture between Cindat Capital Management Limited and Union Life Insurance has purchased a 75 percent interest in a Welltower-owned portfolio of seniors housing properties for $930 million. The acquisition represents Cindat’s first foray into U.S. health care real estate investment. The portfolio contains 11 seniors housing properties that are leased to Brookdale Senior Living, as well as 28 skilled nursing facilities leased to Genesis Healthcare. Welltower will..

November 3, 2016

Spec Office Development Gains Steam in Ohio’s Suburbs for First Time in Years

From Cleveland to Cincinnati, speculative Class A office development is on the rise in Ohio for the first time in at least five years. Primarily occurring in the suburbs, 3 to 4 million square feet of spec development is driven by a lack of office space as well as pent-up demand for new space with an urban feel that contains retail and multifamily components. Most spec office development reflects the demands of both Millennials and Baby Boomers. These significant population groups seek to..

September 8, 2016

Why Cleveland’s Thriving Downtown Apartment Market is on Solid Footing

It’s no longer a secret. Residential housing is one of the biggest stories to hit Cleveland’s central business district in over a quarter century. The only thing more impressive than the long list of residential projects that have been completed over the last five years is an even longer list of residential projects that are either planned or under construction. Despite this prolonged surge in activity, several questions remain, with most centered around the viability and sustainability of..

May 12, 2016

Dayton Office Market Continues Steady Recovery Amid Urban Renaissance

For the Dayton office market, it’s all about timing. In one of Miami Valley’s largest office leases in recent memory, CareSource early this year signed a five-year lease to occupy 50,000 square feet on two floors at the 486,000-square-foot Kettering Tower downtown. The nonprofit managed healthcare plan is the largest Medicaid plan in Ohio and the second largest in the United States. CareSource said it will assess current and future business needs and redistribute business units from..

April 28, 2016

Speculative Construction Remains Rare Despite Toledo’s Tight Industrial Supply

The Toledo industrial real estate market continued its steady improvement in the second half of 2015. Tenant demand for space was solid at a time when virtually no new speculative space was added, which led to a shrinking vacancy rate. At the end of 2015, the vacancy rate stood at 6.8 percent, down from 7.2 percent at mid-year and 7.7 percent at the end of 2014. The market absorbed 564,947 square feet in the last half of 2015 on top of the 632,775 square feet absorbed in the first half of..

March 31, 2016

Cincinnati, Dayton Retail Markets Thrive Despite Changing Consumer Preferences

When talking about the retail sector, the economy has to be part of the conversation. Trends in retail concepts follow consumer behavior. In 2010, when the recovery began, wealthy consumers were the first to return to the marketplace. Not surprisingly, luxury retail concepts followed these wealthy shoppers. To appeal to consumers who were experiencing a slower recovery and to address the concerns of consumers who were still budget-conscious coming out of the downturn, discount retailers and..

February 11, 2016

Good Times Continue to Roll for Apartment Owners in Metro Cleveland

[caption id="attachment_138854" align="alignright" width="100"] Dan Burkons, Marcus & Millichap[/caption] Cleveland will host the Republican National Convention in July 2016. In response, hospitality firms have steadily expanded payrolls with the addition of 9,200 workers, the biggest relative gain among all employment sectors. The overall labor force will expand 1.6 percent this year, or by 16,500 new workers. Thousands of these newly employed workers are seeking rental..

September 10, 2015