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US Warehouse Boom Attracts Foreign Investors


It’s not just massive firms like Blackstone Group and Prologis that are throwing billions of dollars at warehouses — foreign investors are also pouring money into the booming industrial sector. Investment firms from France, Germany and South Korea are among those that have recently inked big deals for industrial properties, according to the Wall Street Journal. That comes even… Read more »

How COVID-19 Could Bring New Opportunities for Commercial Real Estate in 2021


by Neil A. Dolgin  It’s no secret that the collateral damage to virtually every industry wrought by the pandemic over the past year has been swift and unprecedented.  Commercial real estate (CRE) hasn’t been spared. Following the nationwide lockdown last spring, CRE firms both large and small have been forced to downsize, digitize operations and… Read more »

Design dynamos take 55,000 s/f at BNY


The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) has signed leases with two design and manufacturing companies at the newly renovated Building 127, the last of the Yard’s historic buildings to be restored. Smart Design, one of the country’s leading strategic design consulting firms, and Daedalus Design & Production have signed long-term leases to relocate to… Read more »

Apple TV+ Soundstage to Open at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens


Apple will open a soundstage for its streaming service, Apple TV+, at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens. The tech giant signed a lease for 90,000 square feet in the recently built, six-story building at 34-11 36th Street, dubbed ONStage. Commercial Observer

Distressed Commercial Property Sales Seen Surpassing Last Crisis


An estimated $126 billion in commercial real estate will be forced to sell at distressed prices through 2022, more than the first two years after the global financial crisis, according to CoStar Group Inc. Distressed hotel, retail, office and other properties will continue to flow to the market over the coming five years, potentially reaching… Read more »

What to expect from commercial real estate in 2021


Hotels, offices and retail storefronts are expected to trail a broader economic recovery next year; so investors are pinning their hopes on a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021. More commercial properties will go belly-up during the first half of 2021 before commercial real estate begins to stabilize in the second half of the year, experts say…. Read more »

A long road ahead for office landlords


The availability of office space in the biggest markets around the country hit new highs in recent months, as a growing number of tenants look to weather the pandemic and economic fallout by subleasing space. At the same time, struggling hotels and retail assets are being converted into new offices, adding to a potential oversupply… Read more »

Brooklyn Army Terminal Renews With Guggenheim, Military Electronics Manufacturer


The Guggenheim inked the largest of the recent deals at Brooklyn’s Sunset Park industrial complex, renewing 31,200 square feet of storage space at Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Building B. IEH Corporation, which manufactures electronic parts for aerospace and military technologies, re-upped its 20,400-square-foot space in the building at 140 58th Street. Other deals were announced. Commercial Observer Photo: NYC… Read more »

Optimizing Building Performance During a Crisis Requires Finding the Right Baseline


33 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn. Buildings are big, complicated structures. They have hundreds of pieces of equipment that work together in a symphony of heating and cooling, exhausts and intakes, switches and controllers, all firing up and shutting down in an intertwined daily rhythm. Normally, a building can count on the predictable consistency of its occupants… Read more »

SIOR: More CRE Transactions Stay on Schedule


The commercial real estate industry is gradually getting a handle on how to do business during a pandemic, according to the results of the August Sentiment Survey from SIOR. Back in April, only 26.1 percent of transactions were proceeding according to schedule, but that figure increased to 45.2 percent in the latest survey. Parallel to… Read more »

Commercial Real Estate in the Age of the COVID-19 Virus


So what can the property industry do to immediately respond to COVID-19? The first thing that any property should do is educate its tenants. Whether the building is multifamily, offices, retail, or any other space, building tenants need to be aware of what steps they can take to prevent more people from getting sick. In IREM’s… Read more »

Food and beverage sector gains ground in warehouse leasing


Home of the Blue Point Brewery and event space with 100,000sf of space on nearly 10 acres at Patchogue Lake, with great water views and an iconic clock tower as it’s focal point. A recent multi-million-dollar renovation was made to accommodate the brewery which is equipped with an entertainment venue as well as tasting rooms… Read more »

VC Giant Plans $200M Fund To Back Real Estate Tech That Fights Climate Change


The biggest venture capital firm in PropTech is planning a fund to back firms that are creating technology that will help the real estate sector reduce its carbon footprint. Fifth Wall said last week it is looking to raise $200M for its Carbon Impact Fund. It said the built environment is the single-largest contributor to… Read more »

Amazon distribution center planned for Carle Place site


Developers are planning to convert a former retail site in Carle Place into a distribution center for Amazon. The 7.4-acre site at 2 Westbury Ave. was formerly occupied by a 56,000-square-foot Waldbaum’s supermarket that has been shuttered and vacant for more than four years. Long Island Business News Photo by Amazon  

After Historic Low, What’s Next for Net Lease Cap Rates?


Cap rates remain at low levels due to the historically low interest rate environment combined with a robust economy. Despite the decrease in cap rates, the spread between asking and closed cap rates for retail and office properties widened by 6 and 2 basis points respectively. Real estate investors believe we are in the late… Read more »

Forget The Last Mile: New Jersey Is Building Big To Meet Industrial Demand


New Jersey continues to see a growing number of new industrial buildings to meet increasing demand. Distribution centers in Northern and Central New Jersey continue to be snapped up almost as soon as they are made available, no matter the size. Industrial rents in the region rose slightly from the second to third quarter, continuing… Read more »

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