Market positioned for future success.
Since the beginning of 2009, six new office projects containing 254,000 square feet of space have been delivered. As of the second quarter, these projects were 53 percent occupied. This strong absorption came primarily from one tenant, Fidelity Investments, which moved into a 112,000-square-foot build-to-suit project designed to handle the firm’s human resources outsourcing work. This project was developed by Forest City Covington in Mesa Del Sol, a master-planned, mixed-use community located just south of the airport on a mesa overlooking the Rio Grande Valley.
In a rare occurrence, no multi-tenant office projects were under construction during the second quarter. This is good news for these recently completed office projects. New speculative projects are likely to remain on the drawing board as developers face financing challenges with high pre-leasing requirements. The excess amount of unsold office condominiums on the market (approximately 300,000 square feet) may aggressively compete for tenants by offering lease-to-purchase options.
The Albuquerque metro area is poised for growth during the next few years. It has earned some high rankings by national media, placing it among the top metro areas. The bottom line is the Albuquerque metro area is being discovered for its excellent climate, strong workforce and affordable living.
— Tim With is a senior vice president and principal at Grubb & Ellis|New Mexico