Monday, October 19, 2009

CBRE Jacksonville Releases Q3 2009 MarketView Reports

JACKSONVILLE, FL--The Jacksonville, FL office of CB Richard Ellis has released its third-quarter 2009 MarketView Reports.  For a complete copy of the report, along with charts, please contact Brian  Here are the highlights:

Office Marketview    

(Independent Life Tower, downtown, top right photo)

The third quarter ends with evident signs of the weakened economy but with some indicators pointing to potential market improvements. Total market vacancy stands at 21.2 percent. This represents a 320 basis point decrease from our 3Q08 vacancy but only a 130 basis point decrease from last quarter. Download the full Office MarketView.

Industrial Marketview

The Jacksonville industrial market leasing activity remains slow in the third quarter of 2009, as the vacancy rate increases to 8.5 percent and net absorption registered a negative 7,950 square feet.

Retail Marketview

The direct vacancy rate experienced an increase of 30 percentage points, bringing it to 10.4 percent versus the prior quarter's 10.1 percent. With the vacancy rate increasing, the average asking lease rate is beginning to show a decline. The average asking lease rate in the second quarter 2009 was $16.39 per square foot and stands at the current asking lease rate of $16.10 per square foot, a decrease of $0.29 per square foot.

Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II Meets Minimum Offering

SANTA ANA, CA (Oct. 19, 2009) – Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II, Inc., which initiated a public offering of shares of its common stock on Aug. 24, today announced that it reached its minimum offering of 200,000 shares sold Oct. 15.

Proceeds from initial subscriptions were placed in escrow until the minimum offering was reached. Initial subscribers have now been admitted as stockholders of Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II and funds have been released by the escrow agent and are now available for the acquisition of assets and other purposes, provided that residents of Tennessee will be admitted after aggregate subscriptions exceed 1,000,000 shares sold.

Contact: Damon Elder, Phone: 714.975.2659, Email:

David Ford Joins Grubb & Ellis Company as Vice President, Director of Management Services

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  (Oct. 19, 2009) – Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE: GBE), a leading real estate services and investment firm, today announced that David Ford has joined the company as vice president, director of management services, effective immediately. A new position, Ford’s hire is part of the company’s strategy to significantly grow its property management portfolio in Northern California.

Ford joins Grubb & Ellis from Asset Management Services, a full service real estate firm, where he served as president since 2001. In this role, he oversaw the development of three commercial office and mixed-use projects, valued in excess of $70 million.
Contact: Julia McCartney, Phone: 714.975.2230, Email: