JLL’s New Report Shows Opportunities Coming to Grand Rapid’s Skyline

Grand Rapids’ annual Skyline report shows opportunities are coming to downtown

September 21, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, Sept 21, 2018 — Similar to last year, Grand Rapid’s annual Skyline Review examines the dynamics of the Downtown Grand Rapids office market and address the top trends impacting both tenants and investors. This report also identifies the pricing and availability of space in Downtown Grand Rapid’s largest multi-tenant office buildings.

The report shows that the overall skyline vacancy is 19.0 percent inflated by two buildings under renovation with high vacancy. These two buildings removed, vacancy among the skyline is just 12.1 percent. However, rent growth has begun to taper off, currently at $22.07 per-square-foot, a 2.7 percent increase year-over-year.

“In Detroit, tenants are getting priced out,” said JLL’s Senior Research Analyst Harrison West. “I don’t think we’re there yet for Grand Rapids. Rent growth has kind of slowed. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when that vacuum is created and rental space gets absorbed back.”

Multiple new developments are proposed and will change the Grand Rapids skyline in the coming years.

“A lot of tenants want to be in an urban environment to attract talent. That’s across the board,” West said. “Once renovations are complete, I think it won’t take too long to lease.”

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