The Association of Corporate Counsel, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, in conjunction with Spilman Thomas & Battle, a law firm with offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia, will host a seminar entitled “Commercial Leasing 101 for In-House Counsel” at 11:30 A.M. on December 7 at the Rivers Club that will cover what every tenant must know before embarking on a real estate transaction, especially in an uncertain economy.
On August 17th, 2010, The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued the “Exposure Draft on Leases.” It’s 66 pages long, and while we commend you if you’re one of the few who read the entire thing, we’re here to help break it down for you. We’ve taken much of our info from our friend Bob Cook, whose blog has a variety of posts on the new Lease Accounting Standards. Visit Bob’s blog at http://bobcook1234.wordpress.com/ to read all about Lease Accounting. Now let’s get down to business. Here’s what you need to know.
RoofBlok Ltd. recently purchased a 130,000 sq. ft. manufacturing building located at 60 Industrial Rowe, Gardner MA. The property is situated on 11 acres of land adjacent to Route 2.
ITRA, The International Tenant Representative Alliance, has further expanded its global reach, affiliating with three offices in major market locations; Paris, France; Toronto and Oakville, Canada; and Detroit, Michigan, reports Debra Stracke Anderson, CCIM, SIOR, Chairman of ITRA’s board of directors.
When it comes to green or eco-friendly commercial real estate buildings, New York City is behind the eight ball. Very few buildings in the city are green and/or LEED certified, mostly due to the fact that most office buildings in the city are old, not new, and the cost of retrofitting an old building to make it green is extremely expensive. What are you to do if you’re a tenant that believes in the importance of going green? Request a green lease.
“Company executives are leaving millions of dollars on the table when making decisions about office space and facility locations,” says Debra Stracke Anderson, CCIM, SIOR, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Tenant Representative Alliance (ITRA), during its 2010 Corporate Real Estate Symposium for corporate executives recently held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. “Today’s challenging economic conditions require corporate executives to be innovative in containing costs and maximizing the value of their real estate, an important part of which is taking advantage of every incentive offered by states, regions and countries.”
Green is most certainly the new black – and everyone who can afford to go green is doing so. Note: the key phrase in that sentence is “everyone who can afford to go green” – that’s right, folks, going green can be pretty expensive, especially when it’s commercial real estate that you’re talking about. Below, we highlight some things you need to understand about green buildings -and what LEED certification means for you.
Debra Stracke Anderson CCIM, SIOR, President and CEO of Sloan Street Advisors / ITRA, announced that the company represented a confidential government client in leasing 120,000 square feet of office space located at 7700 Hubble Drive in Greenbelt, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
Hard-charging Pellion Technologies, an MIT-bred launch focused on the emerging battery industry, has given a welcomed jolt to 625 Mount Auburn St., the longtime headquarters of Star Market now available as multi-tenanted office and research use. Owner KBS Real Estate has secured Pellion for nearly 10,000 sf in the 133,000 sf building that sits midway between Harvard and Watertown Squares.
After a decade in the South End, a growing voice recognition company has moved over to the Hub’s eclectic Back Bay district, taking down 2,500 sf at 607 Boylston Street. Debra Stevens of ITRA/Stevens Group represented Plum Voice in negotiating terms with the landlord, 607 Bolyston Associates, an entity owned by developer Stuart Pratt that was represented by NAI Hunneman Commercial Co. SVP Chris Gotfredson and Stuart Pratt Jr.