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Flurry of New Development Fuels Retail Resurgence in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee-area apartment market wasn’t the only real estate sector to benefit from continued job growth and household formation in 2016. The optimistic employment outlook, together with an influx of millennials who, according to Gallup, are spending more on nonessentials, has benefitted the local retail market as well. It’s a trend that we expect to continue in 2017. Filling a retail void A market that historically has been largely underserved in terms of new retail development..

April 20, 2017

New Industrial Supply Struggles to Keep Pace With Absorption in Milwaukee

Metro Milwaukee’s industrial market continued to be a strong performer in 2016, and this strength should continue for the foreseeable future. We’re now seeing a healthy uptick in new industrial development, and even speculative development in select submarkets. While the demand for industrial space has continued to increase, the new supply has failed to keep pace. [caption id="attachment_173130" align="alignright" width="100"] James T. Barry III, The Barry Co.[/caption] Sustained..

March 16, 2017

Developers in Downtown Milwaukee Play With Hot Hand Due to Strong Demand

Ben Franklin, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, famously said, “Well done is better than well said.” Milwaukee has a long history of ideas that are well said. There is no shortage of opinions and sound ideas on how to attract companies to the city, how to improve the public transportation system and how to get more people to live in the city. [caption id="attachment_173126" align="alignright" width="100"] Regina Levchets, JLL[/caption] But these well-intentioned ideas, more..

March 9, 2017

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Seeks to Buy, Renovate Former Warner Grand Theatre for $80M

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is hoping to purchase and restore the former Warner Grand Theatre in downtown Milwaukee in time for its fall 2019 season. An anonymous donor is leading the initiative to purchase the vacant theater, which would be converted into a concert hall. The renovation would include bathroom modernizations and updated seating to fit a capacity of 1,750. The theater’s acquisition and renovations are expected to cost between $70 million and $80..

December 14, 2016

Late to the Economic Recovery, Madison’s Office Sector is Now in a Growth Mode

The Madison office market finally emerged from its post-recession stupor in 2015 and chalked up its best performance since the early 2000s. The 430,000 square feet of positive net absorption recorded last year exceeded the combined total of the previous three years. This strong trend continues in 2016. Nearly 150,000 square feet of office space was leased during the first quarter, driving the vacancy rate down to 10.2 percent. The Madison office market was slow to recover from the Great..

August 18, 2016

From Brews to J. Crew: Retailers Tap Revamped Milwaukee-Area Warehouses

In real estate, where some see an eyesore, others can sometimes find opportunity. Such was the case with The Mayfair Collection, a new regional shopping center in Wauwatosa, Wis., located approximately 10 miles west of downtown Milwaukee. Just a few years ago, the 69-acre site was filled with old, obsolete industrial buildings that were mostly unoccupied, but the City of Wauwatosa and our firm, Chicago-based HSA Commercial, shared the vision of transforming the vacant industrial park into a..

May 26, 2016

Milwaukee Apartment Market on Track to Post Another Strong Year in 2016

We can expect to see a combination of new and familiar trends in the Milwaukee apartment sector in 2016 that will continue to attract investors to the local apartment market. What makes the start of 2016 different from 2015 is progress toward the normalization of monetary policy. In December, the Federal Reserve Board decided to raise the federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point, the first such increase in nearly a decade. The Federal Reserve Board’s widening may have an impact..

March 24, 2016

Milwaukee Industrial Market Is Primed for New Round of Development

Metropolitan Milwaukee has experienced a robust industrial real estate market for the past several years. This strength should continue in 2016 and for the foreseeable future. Like many other metro areas, Milwaukee’s industrial sector experienced slow but steady economic growth as it emerged from the Great Recession. However, unlike many other metro areas, Milwaukee has not yet exhibited a strong uptick in new industrial development. Minimal speculative construction has occurred during the..

February 25, 2016

Downtown Milwaukee Continues Its Hot Streak, but Will It Cool in 2016?

[caption id="attachment_144687" align="alignright" width="100"] John Mazza,CBRE[/caption] The long-held perception of the Milwaukee office market is that it mostly trades tenants between buildings with one landlord winning at the other’s expense, while the overall pie remains the same size. However, with cranes dotting the horizon, large blocks of vacant space quickly leasing up, a number of major new developments waiting to break ground, and the inflow of outside dollars into..

December 17, 2015

Variety of Retail Construction Ramps Up Across Greater Milwaukee

[caption id="attachment_140665" align="alignright" width="100"] Peter Glaser,CBRE[/caption] Milwaukee is in the midst of a new construction boom in the retail sector, with three major projects currently underway and a fourth that was delivered in 2014 for a total of more than 1.1 million square feet of new space in the market. The majority of this space is being delivered fully leased. In many cases, these retailers are brand new tenants to the Milwaukee area. In the second quarter,..

October 15, 2015