Columbus Flex Space Sector on the Rise

Columbus flex space sector on the rise. JLL Senior Vice President Clayton Davis weighs in on if this trend is sustinable.

February 14, 2019

Columbus, Feb. 14, 2019 – There is no denying it: coworking and other flexible real estate solutions are reshaping the U.S. office market. The flexible space sector has grown at a 23 percent average annual rate since 2010. In 2018 alone, it made up for nearly two-thirds of the country’s office market occupancy gains.

But how sustainable is this trend and what does it mean for Columbus?

Columbus has 30,652,063 square feet of office inventory; of that, 498,207 square feet is comprised of flexible office space. With population growth rising 9.3 percent since 2010, and 4.2 percent of Columbus employees working in tech (a high user of flexible office space), the city is poised for an uptick in flexible leasing activity.

JLL Senior Vice President, Clayton Davis, elaborates: “Coworking operators are putting significant investment and commitment into their spaces, and our clients, large and small, are taking advantage. These new spaces allow organizations with uncertain growth projections or rapid expansion within a particular business unit to link arms and lease space for shorter periods of time (one month to three years). Our clients now not only have the ability to place their employees in fun and innovative environments, but they are doing so without the long-term commitments they would otherwise be exposed to by signing a direct deal with a landlord.”

For individuals working outside of offices, a coworking desk in Columbus will run about $207 per month, or $532 per month for a private office.

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