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 …

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 …

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 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 …

Expect Distressed Sales to Slow in Twin Cities as Banks Recover

The recession negatively affected local, regional and national banks in Minneapolis/St. Paul and all commercial real estate product types. A wide range of real estate owned (REO) assets have sold in recent years, including single- and multi-tenant office buildings, industrial buildings, convenience stores, office condos, residential condos in bulk blocks, raw land, a campground, a historic warehouse, hotels — just about everything. The biggest sector of bank REO property has been land, …

Economic Conditions Support Growth Along Texas-Mexico Border in Laredo

For the past several years, the City of Laredo has focused on creating a safe environment that promotes both a high quality of life for its citizens and a business-friendly atmosphere where various industries can prosper. Although some have expressed concerns about the situation on the Mexican side of the border, the U.S. side is safer than many mid-to-large cities and our economy is booming. With our prime location on the U.S./Mexico border, access to Interstate 35, and both Union Pacific and …

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