JLL report shows Phoenix Airport office submarket on the rise

Q4 JLL Office Report highlights top Valley office trends

Phoenix Ariz.– Phoenix’s Airport office submarket is quickly filling with new and expanding tenants, pushing vacancy rates down 9.3 percent year-over-year and inching rental rates up, according to data from JLL’s Q4 Phoenix Office Market Report.

According to JLL, overall vacancy in the Airport submarket in 2018 fell from 32.7 percent to 23.4 percent. During the same time period, submarket rents climbed from $19.63 to $21.95 per-square-foot.

“The Airport submarket is a very attractive alternative for tenants to consider when locating their operations,” said JLL Managing Director Mark Gustin. “It has a central location that is close to the amenities of downtown Tempe and Phoenix, and is crisscrossed by three major freeways that connect tenants to a large base of prospective employees – over 2.6 million people within a 30-minute commute.”

Mark Gustin

In 2018, this helped to attract major new tenant commitments to the Airport submarket, the largest of which include: 

• McKesson Drug Company, subleasing 177,639 square feet at 2900 S. Sunland Dr., at the I-10 and US 60 in Tempe.

• Lennar Homes, leasing 91,452 square feet at 1665 W. Alameda Dr., also along the I-10 just north of the US 60 in Tempe.

• EPIQ, leasing 51,323 square feet at 3255 E. Elwood St., at the I-10 and University Drive, south of the Airport.

• Ancora Education, leasing 43,013 square feet at 8181 S. 48th St., just west of I-10 and south of Baseline Road.

• Aspen University, leasing 38,014 square feet at 4615 E. Elwood St. also at the I-10 and University Drive.

Gustin says the increased lease activity has helped to transform a number of Airport-area office developments. This includes Quattro, a four-building, 264,994-square-foot office project that was recently rebranded within the Cotton Center business park. Since securing the Quattro leasing assignment about 16 months ago, JLL has completed 188,584 square feet of leases at the project, including a 42,433-square-foot expansion and renewal by Freeport McMoran and a full-building, 57,108-square-foot lease by Konica Minolta.

“Metro Phoenix is on a 22-quarter run of net positive office space absorption, so in some ways the Airport submarket reflects what’s happening on a macro scale across the Valley,” said Gustin. “Based on the numbers, it is just much more pronounced in the Airport area.”

According to JLL, Phoenix’s positive net absorption streak is expected to extend into the first half of 2019 and feasibly further, with more than 1.4 million square feet of signed leases ready to occupy in 2019 and activity an interest in the local office market continuing on an upward trend.

To access JLL research for Phoenix and across the U.S., visit the company’s research page at https://www.us.jll.com/en/trends-and-insights#research.


About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of 88,000 as of September 30, 2018. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

In Phoenix, JLL is a market leader employing more than 580 of the region’s most recognized industry experts offering office, industrial, retail, healthcare and data center brokerage, tenant representation, facility and investment management, capital markets, multifamily investments and development services, and related services within the real estate leasing, investment and management process. In 2017, the Phoenix team completed 35.7 million square feet in lease and sale transactions valued at $1.9 billion, directed $112 million in project management and currently manages a 24.2 million-square-foot portfolio. For more news, videos and research resources on JLL, please visit www.jll.com.

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