Resurgent Downtown Indianapolis Attracts Employers, Residents Alike

[caption id="attachment_122126" align="alignright" width="100"] Jon R. Owens, Cassidy Turley[/caption]The nickname for Indianapolis, “Naptown,” is quickly fading in the rearview mirror as the city receives an increasing amount of recognition as one of the best places to live and work in America. Thanks to a unique combination of Hoosier hospitality, pro-business environment and amenities such as the Cultural Trail, Indianapolis has been named “One of the best new boom towns in the U.S.” …

Indy's Retail Market is Growing Healthier by the Day in a Variety of Ways

Indianapolis is experiencing explosive growth in the mid- and big-box grocery store sector. Capitalizing on the consumer trend of active and healthy lifestyles, the metro area has attracted new concepts to the market. Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets will soon join the already healthy and organic offerings of Whole Foods, The Fresh Market and Earth Fare. Although these brands have a smaller footprint than traditional grocers, these specialty gourmet grocers account for seven new stores consuming …

Office Landlords, Tenants Adapt to the Needs of a Changing Workforce

The big story in the Indianapolis office market is not the latest change in the occupancy rate or rents, but rather the desire by landlords and tenants to create a sense of place. Connectivity and collaboration, amenities and perks, as well as talent recruitment and retention have taken on a heightened importance. Interestingly, these buzzwords are used just as frequently when assessing corporate real estate as they are in the human resources department. Employees today look for their work …

Low Vacancy Spurs Speculative Development in Indy Industrial Market

The Indianapolis industrial market has experienced a significant amount of absorption during the past several quarters, driving down the multi-tenant vacancy rate to 3.3 percent and leading to a new round of speculative development, according to brokerage firm Cassidy Turley. The key engines driving growth are technology, housing, auto suppliers, and distribution centers related to Internet sales. Some 3.2 million square feet of speculative industrial space is under construction in the …

Northern Submarkets Lead the Recovery

Activity is picking up in the Indianapolis retail market, buoyed by a strengthening economy that has intensified retail expansion. Positive job growth, escalating new home construction and rising retail sales are attracting new stores and have instigated other retailers to consider additional locations in selective pockets around the metro area. The northern submarkets within Hamilton County are particularly active, especially around Exit 10 of I-69 in Noblesville, where new housing …

Stablized office building sales make a comeback.

Despite the slow economic recovery nationwide, there is life in the commercial real estate investment market in Indianapolis, especially in the office sector. Nearly 900,000 square feet of office properties traded hands in Indianapolis in 2011, for a total of $119 million, which is a 70 percent increase over office sales in 2010, and four times the sales volume in 2009. Major property sales such as Intech I/II/III, 9225 Priority Way Dr. in the Precedent Office Park and Heather Glen II marked …

Class A big boxes are backfilling to almost pre-recession levels

Although the Indianapolis retail market took a hit during the downturn, it never sunk as deeply into the doldrums as other U.S. cities, and has been relatively quick to rebound from its modest slide. Maintaining an unemployment rate well below the national average (8.7 percent at year-end 2010), with the prediction of 20,000 new jobs for 2011 ensures this market is headed in the right direction. Retail real estate brokers in this statistical region of more than 2 million were actually quite …

Bulk warehouse market not immune to downturn

In comparison to many other U.S. markets, the Indianapolis bulk warehouse sector has weathered the financial crisis and the downturn fairly well, but in no way is the city immune to the recession. The market’s vacancy rate has crept up from 13.25 percent at the beginning of 2009 to 15.20 percent at the end of the third quarter. Some of this increase in the vacancy rate can be contributed to two new projects coming online — Browning Development’s Axcess70 Buildings 1 and 2, …

Market remains active despite recession

The hottest trend is to simply not develop! This holds true for all types of speculative development and is currently the case for build-to-suits. There is just nothing being built. Contemplated projects are more complex than ever. To get a development out of the ground, it now takes a true partnership between the user, developer, broker and lender. Having all the parties at the table to structure the deal is key to success in this environment. Four speculative projects, totaling …

Indianapolis area market fundamentals holding up well.

While national multi-housing trends have begun to show recessionary weakness, Indianapolis area market fundamentals have held up well over the past 12 months. Indianapolis has long been one of the more affordable single-family markets in the country and until recently had been well-supplied with several very efficient large single-family developers. The deterioration of this industry is the single largest factor responsible for the city’s stable and improving multi-housing performance. …

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