Boston is on the move and the migration of tenants downtown continues. Rents continue to rise while vacancy continues to drop; that signals a recovery. The next piece that is on the forefront is speculative construction, which usually appears when vacancy drops below 10 percent.
The World Property Channel, quoting figures from Jones Lang LaSalle, notes that “high employment in the high-tech sector and life sciences are the industry’s major drivers in the region’s recovery, growing at 9.8 percent and 5.0 percent year-over-year, respectively.”
Additional figures are available on the World Property Channel website.
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Jobs, Jobs and more Jobs. The construction industry is in the midst of a very strong rebound from recent years. As you drive around Boston, you’ll notice the skyline littered with construction cranes from the Seaport to Back Bay; that means the once soft construction industry is on a frantic pace to keep up with the supply of new office buildings and residential communities.
A Banker & Tradesman editorial examining the economic impact of the construction boom, indicates that it has “pushed general contractors and builders across the Greater Boston region to increase their ranks with project and assistant project managers, superintendents and business development professionals.”
B&T subscribers can read the complete article on the building surge.
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