Experts Say Demand is High for Smaller Commercial Spaces

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal While national companies and larger office users have mostly slowed plans to lease office space, smaller tenants seeking space in Phoenix will still likely face competition. Laurel Lewis, senior vice president at NAI Horizon, said lease rates have continued to go up, even during the pandemic, so tenants …

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Developer Proposes Turning Harkins Theatre Into Apartments

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal A plan to redevelop a Harkins Theatres location in north Phoenix could spark yet another new trend — repurposing outdated retail real estate to meet changing market demand. Developer Wolff Co. hopes to raze the North Valley 16 movie theater and redevelop the site into apartments. Jason Morris, …

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Scottsdale Company Converts Hotel Suites Into Affordable Housing

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which hit the hospitality industry harder than almost any other, and faced with an affordable housing crisis in Arizona, some real estate firms are looking to transform hotels into apartments. “One of our clients is very entrepreneurial and had the opportunity …

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Phoenix Office Investment Nears Prepandemic Levels

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal After office investment plummeted in 2020, the first half of 2021 showed that Phoenix was nearing the volume of office investment the market saw before the pandemic arrived. According to data from the CBRE team of Barry Gabel, Chris Marchildon and Will Mast, in the first six months …

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Phoenix Outpaces Nation in Construction Cost Increases

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal The United States experienced the largest quarter-to-quarter increase in construction costs from the first quarter of 2021 to the second, according to Rider Levett Bucknall’s quarterly cost report, which has been studying changes in construction costs for about 20 years. As a whole, the U.S. saw a 2.9% …

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$1.5M Cave Creek Shopping Center Renovation Nears Completion

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal After making his firm’s first real estate investment in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, David Malin is nearing the end of a $1.5 million renovation to the Cave Creek shopping center. Malin, founder of Scottsdale Development Partners, bought the Shops at Dynamite Creek in Cave Creek for …

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Construction Wraps Up On North Scottsdale Spec Office Building

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal Axis Raintree, a 175,112-square-foot speculative office building, developed as a partnership between Trammell Crow Co. and PGIM Real Estate completed construction. Trammell Crow Co. and PGIM Real estate completed construction on Axis Raintree in north Scottsdale. The building began construction in October 2019 on one of the last …

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Old Town Scottsdale Remains King

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal All eyes remain on Old Town as a prime employment and redevelopment area in Scottsdale, even as other parts of the city, including the Scottsdale Airpark and the McDowell Road Corridor, emerge as heavy-hitters for attracting new development. Stockdale Capital Partners, led by Managing Principal Shawn Yari, has …

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Commercial Investments Dip 20 Percent in Phoenix Metro

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal Despite a surge in the fourth quarter, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant decline in real estate investment in the Phoenix metro in 2020, which saw a 20% decline from the previous year. In total, investment reached $9 billion in 2020, with the lion’s share of the money, …

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Scottsdale Airpark Leads Sublease Space Race

By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects led to the first quarter of negative net absorption of office space in the Valley after nearly nine years of positive net absorption, according to Colliers. The overall direct vacancy rate in the Valley in the fourth quarter was 13%. Available sublease …

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