Mixed-use Developments Bring the City to the Suburbs 

Suburban mixed use projects are on the rise across the United States. “Every suburban city now wants pedestrian friendly, transit oriented, vertically integrated mixed use projects,” says John Breitinger, CCIM, vice president and general manager of real estate investments with

Teams Work 

The first lesson of economic development is that it pays to be in the right place at the right time. And in today&rsquo s economic climate, the right place is just off Highway 12 14 in Middleton, Wis., where Rob

Is Smart Growth Smart? 

As metropolitan areas sprawl farther out and rural cornfields sprout housing subdivisions almost overnight, a debate is waging at federal and local levels over how best to accommodate this growth. Government officials, commercial real estate professionals, and community activists are

Protect Your Interests 

Due to recent regulatory reforms and advanced remediation techniques, more investors are purchasing environmentally contaminated properties. To protect such buyers from unknown liabilities, providers are offering more insurance products that adequately address environmental concerns. The use of environmental insurance is

If You Build It... 

Demand for industrial space remains strong with 230M square feet of industrial space under construction in 1Q 2018. Learn why developers are leaning on spec construction.

Natural Disasters, Human Response 

The frequency of and costs related to natural disasters — including wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, and droughts — are increasing at an alarming rate in recent years. Housing, retail and office space, warehouse facilities — all of these contribute to a coordinated response and rebuilding effort.

Under Control 

In the decade since the risk of vapor intrusion has become a prominent commercial real estate environmental concern, sophisticated developers have learned to assess and manage the risk and unlock the value of the affected properties.

Adaptive Reuse 


Preparing for the Storm 

Last year, the United States incurred $91 billion in costs from weather- and climate-related disasters, making it the fourth most expensive year since 1980, with the top three years all occurring in the past decade. Government action on infrastructure development and energy efficiency can help the industry prepare for an uncertain future. 

Sailing Ahead 

Multifamily has been riding a strong tailwind over the past several years thanks to a strong job market, household income growth, demographic shifts, and obstacles preventing renters from making a switch to homeownership. The question is how long the apartment industry will be able to sail along on that current, given the steady stream of new supply hitting the market.

Development Done Right 

How people interact with retail and office real estate is changing, but one firm is banking on creative, sustainable solutions to win the future. To discuss what the office and retail sectors may face in the near future, we spoke to Matt Bronfman, principal and CEO of Jamestown, a global real estate investment and management company.

Building Something New 

Despite ongoing pandemic-related turbulence, construction starts and development paint a hopeful picture for commercial real estate.

Opportunity Zones VS 1031 Exchanges 

While the tax benefits of 1031 exchanges in commercial real estate are well-known to most, the new qualified opportunity zone program now offers another approach to deferring or eliminating taxable gain.

Making Mixed-Use Work 

Mixed use developments often are attractive to developers, leasing agents, owners, and tenants precisely because they combine a number of uses. Access to amenities such as a gas station, bank, restaurants, health club, or child care center is an important

Joining Forces 

Editor's note As co branded retail developments increasingly become widespread, more commercial real estate professionals are considering them in their own communities. This case study examines one broker's 10 year odyssey to help develop a co branded project in downtown

Project Camouflage 

Making commercial projects compatible with adjacent residential areas during times of urban growth and infill development is a complex challenge. This task is particularly complicated when historic designations and active neighborhood associations are involved. Success

Overcoming Zoning Opposition 

Many commercial real estate professionals feel challenged when facing local administrators, politicians, and citizens groups to obtain rezoning approval for new development. Even though the rezoning process can be as simple as presenting the proper information to the planning commission

Choosing a Civil Engineer 

Experienced developers know that unforeseen problems can turn a profitable project into a money funnel. Unknown circumstances lurking below the topsoil quickly can cause costs to double or even triple. But it is possible for commercial real estate professionals to

Beyond the Façade 

Across all property sectors, users and developers are eyeing urban locations. And given the lack of available land in central business districts, today’s urban infill projects often are adaptive reuse or conversion projects. In the past, good, affordable space for

Cost-Conscious Construction 

Nationwide many office tenants are focused on either sprucing up and staying in their current space for the next two to three years until the economy turns or pursuing short term lease deals that may improve their cash flow and

Drawn to Downtown 

Located at the bull’s eye of four intersections, Court Square in Shelby, N.C., is the perfect location for an attraction that will draw local residents as well as tourists to the downtown area. “There is a huge population explosion in

Design/Build Decisions 

Asking 20 people to define the term design build likely will solicit 20 different answers. Some will suggest architecture and construction. Others will describe consulting and brokered services. Each individual definition struggles to describe an industry that has grown far

Growing Up, not Out 

The downtown revitalization phenomenon sweeping the country is a boon to infill development, especially in secondary and tertiary markets. However, locating and preparing infill sites for new development is no easy task. Despite cities initiating new urbanism strategies, commercial real

Designing a Masterpiece 

On sunny days in Philadelphia, people gather along Ben Franklin Parkway, which stretches from City Hall, down through Museum Mile, to the city’s western edge at the Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park. It is the city’s pinnacle of art and

Construction Chaos 

For commercial real estate professionals, the past few years have been lucrative indeed. Low inflation, historically low interest rates, and the ready availability of financing have made these the best of times for brokers, developers, consultants, investors, and lenders. But