Real Estate Roundup: May 18, 2016

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Each week, JLL Atlanta searches the news to provide a roundup of noteworthy commercial real estate stories from a variety of industry publications. Here are some interesting articles from the week.

Decatur-Mixed-Use-jll$77 million mixed-use project set for aging downtown Decatur government building by Douglas Sams, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Key excerpt:
“Cousins Properties Inc. and AMLI Residential want to start a $77 million redevelopment this year that will turn an aging downtown Decatur government building into a mix of new apartments, office space and stores.”

Why some suburbs are trying to be more like cities by Eliot Brown, WSJ

Key excerpt:
“While the approaches vary, what they share is a general desire for urban-style development meant to appeal to youth and attract employers who might otherwise gravitate to cities.”

5 workplace trends driving change in offices by Dana Manciagli, Upstart Business Journal

Key excerpt:
“The Staples Advantage Workplace Index, a study of office workers, identified several workplace trends employers and employees will implement and experience this year. According to Neil Ringel, executive vice president, Staples Advantage, North America, these trends have significant implications for the future of the workplace.”

Is the CRE lending environment improving? By Diana Bell, National Real Estate Investor

Key excerpt:
“Off to a wobbly start in 2016, the lending landscape for commercial real estate is expected to bolster as the year progresses. Yet investors and lenders remain uncertain about the extent of improvement, as the industry faces looming loan maturities and regulatory measures.”

Office space bubble? Not this time by Scott Trubey, AJC

Key excerpt:
“When it comes to the building of new speculative office skyscrapers, however, the Atlanta area of late has almost been a model of restraint. The region is at a post-recession peak in office construction, and a number of projects in their early stages have been pitched. But the amount being built is rather slim for an area prone to over-development, experts say.”

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