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Why Not Build Up Areas Around Gateway Cities?

There are 13 Gateway Cities around—cities around Massachusetts that are currently struggling, but which could turn out to be important cogs to their regional economies.  Many believe the way to turn those economies around might be found right in those cities.  Right now, there is a lot of vacant land, or land that is not properly utilized in those areas that are close to commuter rail stops.  It is estimated that there could be 140,000 residents and workers added to these areas which would mean more jobs and more riders on commuter rail. These 13 Gateway Cities could house 230,000...

Mixed Messages in the Retail Market?

There continue to be many store closures and bankruptcies in the retail market, but the overall vacancy rate of these spaces hasn’t yet spiked.  Reis, a real estate research firm has optimistically reported that even though there have been more stores closings, the retail vacancy rate has not and is not expected to rise. There are various reasons why more stores are closing but the retail vacancy rates remain basically unchanged.  One reason is that there has been a regular demolition of shopping centers, with that space being put to work for different reasons. Another reason for the lack of change is that...

Merck is Poised to Open a new Cambridge Office Market Facility

Merck & Co., (NYSE: MRK) one of the world's most successful drug companies, recently announced plans to launch a new research facility in the Cambridge office market. Company representatives indicated that the site will be opened later this year in unison with another research facility in San Francisco. Merck's announcement also revealed that the drug giant will slash jobs at three sites across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Representatives from the New Jersey-based Merck revealed that the company intends to focus on early discovery research at the Cambridge office market site. It is anticipated that the facility will open at some...

Alexandria Real Estate Equities Expands Cambridge Ma Commercial Real Estate Market Footprint

Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE: ARE) has announced that it will further expand its presence in the Cambridge Ma commercial real estate market. Alexandria will soon acquire and expand upon the Kendall Square campus. According to a regulatory filing, this mixed-use facility will be purchased from DivcoWest for $725 million. The deal equates to a whopping $1,124 per square foot. The site's sale carries an outstanding $203 million secured note payable at a 4.82 percent interest rate. This note payable matures in February of 2024. The acquisition further bolsters Alexandria's status as one of the area's most successful life sciences...

Good News For Landlords of Industrial Buildings For Sale in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts industrial market continues to gain steam through the second quarter of 2016, which is good news for owners of industrial buildings for sale in massachusetts. The quarter's net absorption rate is up to 1.27 million square feet. The greater Boston industrial real estate vacancy rate is a mere 8.7 percent. The fact that the Boston industrial market's vacancy rate has reached a 15-year low is a testament to the strong potency of the local economic rebound. Those who own industrial real estate in the greater Boston area are certainly benefiting from the considerable uptick in demand and general...

The Waltham Office Market is Back in the Spotlight After Cisco Acquisition

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) has announced that it will acquire CloudLock for $293 million. CloudLock has thrived in the Waltham office market, garnering attention from numerous tech power players and investors. CloudLock will be acquired by Cisco with a combination of cash and equity. Industry insiders believe that the acquisition will be completed by the early months of 2017. Cloudlock's potential is recognized throughout its sector as well as the venture capital community. The company raised around $30 million worth of venture funding from investors like Ascent Venture Partners, Cedar Fund and Bessemer Venture Partners. It is anticipated that Cisco...

The Boston Office Market is One of the Most Robust in the United States

Real estate analysts are heaping praise on the Boston office market for good reason. The local market has low vacancy rates, an influx of new tech companies and one of the most talented work forces in the country. Let's take a look at some office market statistics for the nation and compare them to figures for the Boston office market to give readers a sense of how our area is making strides during the wide scale economic bounce-back. A Look at the National Office Market Picture The nationwide office vacancy rate is currently approaching levels that have not been seen...

ReWalk Robotics Is Expanding in the Marlborough Office Market

A company that started out as a sort of combined health care startup and tech startup has now turned into a manufacturing company and has moved into a new facility to better meet this requirement. ReWalk Robotics has moved into a new facility in the Marlborough office market located on the Donald Lynch Boulevard so they can continue to work on R and D, and also keep up with manufacturing requirements. The new space is 11,000 square feet, nearly four times larger than the former space. When the company was getting started and as recently as 2013, they had only...

KS Partners Spends $29 Million for Tewksbury Office Market Location

KS Partners recently announced the addition of another premier Tewksbury office market site to its portfolio. The new office park is situated along the growing 495 northern corridor. The company paid $29 million to acquire Highwood Office Park. The beautiful Tewksbury office market location was previously owned by Equus Inc. United Bank made the site's most recent acquisition possible with the help of a $20 million loan. About KS Partners' New Tewksbury Office Market Site KS Partners will move into a gorgeous new Tewksbury office market property with considerable size. The property's official rate per square foot is a little...