Some tenants now use a model where they lease less space and rely instead on on-demand conference room and meeting space. This model changes the square foot requirements per office worker, and has become a great resource for small to mid-sized office tenants.
These shared office spaces provide “temporary meeting space, conference rooms and event space to companies that would traditionally have leased or rented that space through their landlord. The goal is to offer employers a temporary solution on a need-by-need basis, giving office occupiers more flexibility to pursue cost-saving initiatives such as shrinking their square footage.”
One of the reasons these third-party space providers are gaining popularity within the industry is because they offer more than mere space — they provide hospitality services and create an experience that users would not otherwise get.
The Boston area real estate market continues to offer investors a relative bargain compared with other markets when you consider rents, office space availability, workforce, employment numbers, and new construction.
Commercial Observer lists out the top ten reasons why investors should keep their eye on the area:
Office vacancy is the lowest it’s been since before the Great Recession.
Office asking rents are the highest they’ve been since before the Great Recession.
These higher rents include even Class B space.
Job growth in the Boston region is exploding—just look at GE.
And look at the biotechnology industry.
Boston’s office landlords are upgrading existing spaces and adding relatively little new inventory.
The hotel market is one of the nation’s hottest—and tightest.
As for Boston’s multifamily market, it’s nearly impossible to find one with better fundamentals.
Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposal would bar future developments (except Millennium’s) from casting a shadow over the Common, Public Garden and Back Bay’s Copley Square. The plan would also call for new zoning in the Financial District and Downtown Crossing. The shadow change also needs state approval by Gov. Charlie Baker and the state legislature due to the changes it would bring to the Massachusetts’ 1990 shadow law.
Once a seller and now a buyer, the Davis Company is buying 88 Black Falcon Ave. for $60 million. The borders of the Seaport District submarket haven’t changed physically since Davis sold Back Falcon in 2006, but tenants desire to be there has changed. The Seaport office market has blossomed and is now one of the hottest markets in the country with a diverse tenant mix of TAMI, law, and life sciences.
According to a recent article from the Boston Business Journal, “the low-rise complex spans a combined 376,000 square feet, about evenly split between office and warehouse/R&D space, at the far edge of the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park…Davis Cos. plans to put “tens of millions of dollars into the property,” said CEO Jon Davis, and has tasked architecture firm Dyer Brown with creating a warm industrial aesthetic. Planned improvements include bolstering 88 Black Falcon’s structural underpinnings, adding WiFi throughout the property, and creating a bike storage area and fitness facility. Davis aims to complete work by the second quarter of 2018.”
Yes, the Financial District can rest assured it will live to lease more space. Remember, this is the largest concentration of office space north of New York City, combined with great access via water shuttle, commuter rail, T, bus or car. Change is inevitable, however, and the Financial District landlords will need to continue with capital upgrades and tenant amenities to meet what today’s TAMI tenants and traditional tenants are seeking.
Banker and Tradesman notes, “the booming tech market has provided a lifeline of sorts, with a range of companies from established firms to startups decamping from more expensive space in Cambridge and its environs to the more budget-friendly lower floors of the Financial District’s tall timber, almost all of it built in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.”