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Denver's Union Station Area Attracts Retailers Near and Far

Despite the continuing economic uncertainty, the Denver market is maintaining its status as a major thriving city with respect to all aspects of growth from commercial real estate sectors. This growth is clearly apparent by all the cranes in operation as you drive down Interstate 25—the main arterial highway that runs north and south bound through the entire state. Though 1.2 million square feet of retail was built in 2013 – and 197,000 square feet was delivered in the first …

Jobs, Strong Housing Market Drive New Retailers to Denver

Fueled by an increase in population and job growth, Denver’s robust housing market and the constant influx of young professionals to the region has attracted some attention. Both new and existing retailers and investors are now looking to either penetrate or expand within this ever-growing market. Metro Denver added a total of 37,300 jobs last year. This was an increase of 2.7 percent from 2011, according to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. The region’s growth rate has …

Options dwindling for large, Class A users.

After emerging from the downturn, Denver’s industrial market is well and truly back on its feet. As options for large, Class A industrial users of more than 200,000 square feet dwindle, build-to-suit projects are popping up at levels last seen in 2006 and 2007. This is a great sign for the overall health and recovery of the state’s industrial real estate market. Polystrand has almost completed a 120,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in southeast Denver; Interline …

Full recovery predicted by year's end.

The Denver office market ended the first quarter of 2012 with an overall vacancy rate that fell to 13.1 percent. According to CoStar, the vacancy rate was down from the previous quarter of 13.2 percent. Net absorption was more than 1.6 million square feet, which included 900,000 square feet in the central business district (CBD), and 700,000 square feet in the suburban markets. Sublease vacancies also declined from 950,000 square feet to 900,000 square feet. Overall rental rates averaged …

A tale of two markets.

Borrowing a Charles Dickens title, Colorado is “A Tale of Two Cities,” or more accurately, two markets. High density infill markets show strong leasing activity in terms of absorption, rental rates and down time, while lower density rural areas still lag in recovery. Urban markets such as Denver, Boulder and Englewood are returning to earlier days where spaces are quick to fill with an average down time of six months, a waiting list of prospects and increasing rents. For example, a …

Market no longer in free fall

The Denver industrial real estate market stopped its 2008 free-fall and stabilized in the second half of 2009. A recipe of back-to-back quarters of positive absorption and no new speculative construction caused the vacancy rate to hold steady at 8.6 percent. Tenants are still vacating blocks of space as leases expire, and the weak economy continues to take its toll, but statistically this has been somewhat offset by the lack of new product coming to market and a handful of tenants relocating or …

City attracts national retailers.

There's no doubt that the Mile High City has been reeling lately from the country’s current economic downturn. At a time when other cities have experienced a significant decline, Denver has held on to a majority of its retail due in large part to business sectors, such as renewable energy and governmental agencies, choosing Denver for their headquarters and the unemployment rate remaining at around 7 percent, which is below the national average. While vacancy rates also remain …

New product drawing developers.

What area is your expertise? I specialize in the sale and lease of industrial buildings and land in the Denver Metropolitan area. What trends do you see presently in industrial development in your area? Speculative construction is still ongoing in the industrial sector. The demand for functional office/warehouse, distribution and condominium warehouse buildings remains stable which has prompted several local and national developers to bring new product to the market this year. YTD …

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