Increase in Tech Employment Drives Growth in Wilmington, Del. Office Market

In Delaware’s largest city, Wilmington, it is a tenant’s market when it comes to office leasing. There is much activity and redevelopment to attract new tenants downtown. Rental rates hover around $18 to $21 per square foot for Class B office space and $23-plus for Class A office space. Vacancy for Wilmington and its suburbs combined has decreased to around 13 percent. In the past year, nearly vacant office buildings have garnered activity from new investors looking to purchase at lower …

Retail Gains Steam throughout Delaware

[caption id="attachment_150174" align="alignright" width="100"] Ann Bailey, NAI Emory Hill[/caption][caption id="attachment_150175" align="alignright" width="100"] Jim O’Hara Jr., NAI Emory Hill[/caption]Recovery is continuing to occur in the Delaware retail market and forecasts show it will continue in the year to come. The retail sector has been strong in Class A locations, while secondary centers have experienced less demand. Land values on major corridors remain high and the …

Several Office Redevelopment Projects Underway in New Castle County

[caption id="attachment_126415" align="alignright" width="100"] Dave Morrison, NAI Emory Hill[/caption]The New Castle County office market includes roughly 16 million square feet of total inventory with nearly 3 million square feet of that vacant. Vacancy in Class A space has improved somewhat as tenants take advantage of market conditions but these moves have not had much impact on overall vacancy rate. Jackson Cross Partners reports 2014 absorption of 80,000 square feet; although …

Lack of Sales Tax Drives Retail Demand and Development Activity in Delaware

The biggest news about Delaware retail is the expansion of Christiana Mall in Newark, Del., and an equally ambitious redevelopment of The Colonnade at Christiana, which is adjacent to the mall. Everyone in the Mid-Atlantic knows that Delaware does not have retail sales tax, thus the driver of Christiana’s expansion and the new projects is simply shopping demand and a geographically dense population base that draws from more than 20 million people in nearby states including Pennsylvania, …

New Castle County, Delaware, Sees Limited Office Activity

The last quarter of 2012 indicated signs of overall market improvement including increased activity in the office sector, according to most New Castle County owners and leasing brokers. Most professionals anticipated a good start to 2013 based on this performance. Although there are a few bright spots, early reports for 2013 are not yet meeting the expectations that stemmed from the continuing improvement seen last year. It seems most activity so far this year represents smaller deals, which …

Multifamily owners focus on efficiency.

While the meltdown of the housing market originally benefited the multifamily sector — as more homeowners transitioned to renters — the current recession and its rising unemployment has started to affect activity. “Right now, it is all about the economy,” says Kevin Wolfgang, president of New Castle-based Evergreen Realty and recently elected president of the Delaware Apartment Association. “Our industry is directly affected by the job market, so the increased …

Deals are still being made.

Despite being just south of Philadelphia, Delaware continues to maintain its presence in the New England market and its own identity. After a very active period from 2005 to 2007, office development in Wilmington’s central business district (CBD) is now taking a breather. The last project finished, the Renaissance Center at 4th and King streets, still has significant vacancies. The suburban market has also slowed, and new developers are taking a wait-and-see approach before speculatively …

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