A joint venture is reaping the rewards of a plan to reposition a sprawling research and development complex in Bridgewater, having sold the campus for more than $150 million. All the while, the deal has cast a light on the allure of life sciences as a real estate investment class and the power of collaboration by brokers across multiple geographic markets.
Among the many issues facing our nation, the availability of affordable housing, or lack thereof, is a problem that lawmakers have been trying to address for decades. Federal programs that either support the development of affordable housing or provide assistance to renters through vouchers have been woefully underfunded, and state and local elected officials are looking for solutions. Unfortunately, some have turned to rent control as an answer. But the reality is that rent control will not only fail to solve our affordable housing crisis, it will actually make it worse.
As hiring and human resources decisions drive corporate real estate selection more than ever, New Jersey developers are responding by designing spaces and amenities that meet those needs, while expanding their focus on the labor markets around their project sites.
Users in New Jersey’s booming industrial sector have faced a severe lack of supply in recent years, leading to unprecedented rent growth and an unabated race to find development sites. New space is on the way — and plenty of it — with millions of square feet slated to come online in the next two years. Yet market experts say demand will continue to outpace supply, given the continued upside of e-commerce and a race by traditional retailers to update their supply chains.
Piscataway’s office market has bounced back in recent years, with rents rising and vacancy falling, thanks to new investment and redevelopment that have helped revitalize and right-size the township’s stock of buildings.
Demand for cold storage warehouse space nationwide, and particularly in the Garden State, is on fire, largely because of rising online fresh grocery sales and changing consumer preferences for fresher foods. Meeting that demand could prove challenging — given the cost and complexity of such projects and the need for specialization — but some developers are positioning themselves to be ready when users come calling.
A new town center is taking shape in Burlington County, serving as the focal point of more than 1,000 homes within a master-planned, 500-acre development that is two decades in the making.
A landmark package of new rent control laws passed by the New York State government in mid-June appears to have kick-started a new kind of boom for the New Jersey real estate market. The laws, which dramatically strengthened tenant protections in New York City, took key steps such as repealing what was known as the vacancy bonus provision, which had allowed a property owner to raise rents as much as 20 percent each time a unit became vacant.
Messaging from Trenton over the last several months, “airing dirty laundry” and delayed payments and responses to companies involved in the state’s incentive programs are scaring away legitimate businesses from setting roots in New Jersey. Businesses need certainty and clarity. Why don’t we pivot the conversation to one about how to make robust investments in our people and infrastructure without any further distractions and political roadblocks?
As you’ll read in this month’s cover story, developers are preparing to add millions of square feet of new space to New Jersey’s exceedingly tight industrial market. Yet experts say demand will continue to outpace supply as those projects come online in 2020 and 2021, thanks to the continued upside of e-commerce and the chronic lack of developable land in the state.