Category Archives: office

As interest rates rise, commercial financing enters a new phase

by Dan Rafter No one knows yet just what kind of president Donald Trump will be. But one immediate result of his election was a quick rise in interest rates. And that has already brought a change to way developers … Continue reading

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Is your office crave-worthy?

Guest post by Margy Sweeney Office workers have it made in today’s market. Apps serve up property-centric fire-eating dancers, manicures and kickball leagues. Operable windows bring the sky inside skyscraper tenant lounges (weather permitting). And giant sea creatures adorn tenant-exclusive … Continue reading

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The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

by Dan Rafter It was plain to see: The downtown business strip that had so long thrived in Birmingham, Michigan, was struggling. Bob Gibbs, an urban planner and chief executive officer of Birmingham-based Gibbs Planning, pointed to the luxury mall … Continue reading

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Companies relying more on “cool” offices in their recruiting efforts

by Dan Rafter What makes an office cool? How about a rooftop deck that provides a stunning view of the city skyline? And what if that outdoor deck features floor-to-ceiling glass? That’s the key amenity that helped bring Grand Rapids, … Continue reading

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New life in Detroit: The Scott at Brush Park

by Dan Rafter The Scott at Brush Park is an important project for downtown Detroit. The $65 million, 200,000-square-foot five-story mixed-use development will bring 199 new apartment units to the city when it opens later this year. For Todd Sachse, … Continue reading

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Influx of foreign dollars continues to power commercial real estate

by Dan Rafter Look at the biggest commercial real estate deals across the country. The odds are high that investors from overseas purchased these key office towers, retail centers or apartment projects. And the importance of foreign capital to the … Continue reading

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Noddle Companies ready to change the face of Western Omaha

by Dan Rafter With its latest development project, Noddle Companies is poised to transform the western half of Omaha, giving this slice of the city a new downtown on long-undeveloped land. The project — known for now as the West … Continue reading

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