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Barack Obama Presidential Center Set to Be Built on South Side of Chicago

CHICAGO — The Barack Obama Foundation plans to locate the future Barack Obama Presidential Center, which will include a museum, library, as well as office space for Foundation activities and events, in the South Side of Chicago. The site was selected over bids made by Columbia University in New York, the University of Hawaii and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The library is expected create hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars a year in economic activity, according to …

Darwin Arranges Sale of 36,371 SF Industrial Facility in St. Charles, Ill.

ST. CHARLES, ILL. — Darwin Realty & Development Corp. has arranged the sale of a 36,371-square-foot industrial facility in St. Charles. A Midwest-based food manufacturing and distribution company purchased the property, which is located on more than two acres at 2531 Dukane Drive. The property, which was built in 1980 and expanded in 2001, features an 18-foot, 6-inch clear ceiling height and three interior docks with one grade-level door. Geoff Kasselman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank …

Holland Completes Construction on O’Fallon Fire House in Illinois

O’FALLON, ILL. – Holland Construction Services Inc. has completed construction on the new O’Fallon Fire/EMS headquarters, and parks and recreation maintenance facility. Holland served as construction manager on the $5.8 million project. The 16,400-square-foot, five-bay firehouse features workstations, sleeping quarters, a weight room and a training/conference center. The 7,500-square-foot parks and recreation maintenance building includes four apparatus bays and multi-purpose …

McGrath Completes Construction on $8.5M Ameren Missouri Switching Station in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — McGrath & Associates has completed construction work on Ameren Missouri’s $8.5 million switching station located at 1901 Martin Luther King Drive in downtown St. Louis. The entire switching project, estimated at $42.5 million, is part of a larger Ameren Missouri investment to upgrade electric service in downtown St. Louis over the coming decades. McGrath constructed 70 structural piers with eleven concrete pad foundations, a perimeter fence and a new city sidewalk. McGrath also …

Booming Activity Spurs Growth in Corpus Christi

The Corpus Christi regional economy has been pushed into overdrive with the South Texas oil boom, which is resulting mainly from the Eagle Ford Shale play. The main area of Eagle Ford is located about 90 miles to the north, but the impact to the Corpus Christi economy is tremendous. The Port of Corpus Christi is at the center of this growth, with billions of dollars foreign and domestic being spent on projects throughout the Port and the area. China-based Tianjin Pipe Corporation (TPCO) is …

Federal Leasing Has to Navigate Recent Government Gridlock

The government shutdown impacted local economies and real estate dynamics in many U.S. markets, but none moreso than the Washington, D.C., region. With anywhere from a quarter to over a third of metro D.C.’s privately owned office leasing tied to the federal government, the inability of the federal government to engage in long-term real estate planning has serious implications for the office sector. Non-federal tenants in the region are impacted as well in that a significant portion …

Federal Leasing Has to Navigate Recent Government Gridlock

The government shutdown impacted local economies and real estate dynamics in many U.S. markets, but none moreso than the Washington, D.C., region. With anywhere from a quarter to over a third of metro D.C.’s privately owned office leasing tied to the federal government, the inability of the federal government to engage in long-term real estate planning has serious implications for the office sector. Non-federal tenants in the region are impacted as well in that a significant portion of …

Downtown Des Moines Undergoes a Gradual Metamorphosis

Things are happening downtown. A number of public and private initiatives are transforming downtown Des Moines from a place to work to a place where you can truly live, work and play. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield recently moved into its new 600,000-square-foot LEED Platinum-certified office building fronting the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and Principal Financial announced a $250 million renovation of its existing downtown campus. In addition, EMC Insurance Cos. …

Recovering Seattle Market Generates Property Tax Fallout

Each week seems to bring news of yet another record-selling price for a commercial property in Seattle, including assets ranging from office and retail to apartments and even development sites. Increasing occupancy rates for industrial and retail properties also suggest that property values are headed up. The King County assessor has undoubtedly tracked these price trends, too. In 2012, the assessor’s office reported overall increases in taxable values for major office buildings, major …

Cedar Rapids is Turning Adversity into Game-Changing Opportunity

In June 2008, Cedar Rapids experienced what at the time was the fifth worst disaster in U.S. history. A historic flood covered 10 square miles in the four core neighborhoods and the entire downtown, damaging more than 5,000 homes, over 1,000 businesses, and numerous public, cultural and religious facilities. Since that time, 1,088 residences have been demolished and 2,356 residential properties repaired or rehabilitated. Some 82 percent of the damaged businesses have reopened compared to a …

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