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UMD social distancing pushes need for more housing

UMD Social Distancing Increases Need for Housing

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UMD social distancing requirements push the need for more off-campus housing. New construction is underway for both on- and off-campus housing. Developments still progressing despite COVID-19 slowdown. The latest issue of the PGCRE Newsletter: Upper County is available! James Miers and Stephen Catalano discuss the latest news in College Park and the surrounding area. Read more below or click here for the full newsletter.

UMD SOCIAL DISTANCING INCREASES NEED FOR HOUSING

When the University of Maryland, College Park reopens on August 31st, social distancing rules will force changes in daily life: masks will be required in university buildings, students will be asked to wipe down surfaces they use, and classes of over 50 students will be entirely online.

Meanwhile, the university expects to house “more than 75%” of students who applied for on-campus housing, despite converting all triple and quad dorm rooms to doubles. Some dorm lounges will be converted to residences – a change that began prior to the pandemic – and some on-campus lounges outside of dormitories will be closed entirely.

The decreased density of on-campus housing means there is more demand for off-campus living. Private student housing living quarters tend to be less dense buildings already: accommodation per square foot is higher and the number of students using each bathroom and toilet is lower. For these reasons, it is likely that the demand for off-campus housing will increase in the short term as the pandemic reduces on-campus availability more than it has reduced demand for enrollment. According to one property manager at a student housing complex, phones have been “ringing off the hook” after the university first clarified its fall semester living guidelines and classroom rules on June 15th.

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New Hotels in Prince George’s County

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One of the new hotels in Prince George's County, The Hotel at UMD.
The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park

The hotel/hospitality market in Prince George’s County is expanding. Since 2016, 11 new hotels have developed in Prince George’s County including MGM National Harbor, The Hotel at the University of Maryland, and Cambria Hotel & Suites in College Park. Those few alone added over 1,500 new hotel rooms in the county.

Additionally, other new hotels are delivering in late 2019 and early through late 2020. These include the Hyatt Place at National Harbor, Homewood Suites in Largo and the Residence Inn by Marriott at Ritchie Station.

The hotel sales market in Prince George’s County continues to outperform most similar jurisdictions across the United States. It is projected to continue to thrive with over $3 billion in economic development projects over the next five years.

To learn more about the new hotels in Prince George’s County and to read the full Hospitality Market report, click here.

This report is prepared by Marcus Daniels, Terry Rogers, and Ed Luckett of NAI Michael.

High end residential at Editors Park

High-End Residential Development Thriving in Maryland

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High end residential development is thriving throughout northern Prince George’s County. New projects, representing over 2,000 units, are underway at all points in the development process. Demand is keeping pace with development.

Multifamily development has been a major force along Route 1 for years, especially with the development of student housing starting in 2011. The pace of construction reflects renewed interest in living around College Park. This means more traditional residential development – apartments, condos, and townhouses – is growing too.

Developers work hard to bring options to high-earning professionals by building luxury homes that they can’t keep on the market. Townhomes are under contract nearly as soon as they’re completed. As three representative projects – Greenbelt Station, Riverdale Park Station, and Editors Park – show, developers have been able to sell new townhomes at a range from $214 to $385 per square foot. This equates to around half a million dollars per unit.

To learn more about high end residential development in Prince George’s County, along with other area news, view our full Route 1 Route 295 Corridor Newsletter.

Click here to view the spring edition of the Route 1 Route 295 Corridor Newsletter.

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Industrial Demand in 2017

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2017 saw a variety of industrial demand levels – investment sales reached new heights, while leasing slowed for the first time in three years.

The Prince George’s County industrial market experienced an increase in vacancy, going up to 7.6% as opposed to last year’s 6.5%. However, there were two large Class A leases signed in 2017.

Despite the slowdown in leasing activity, industrial demand from investors has been strong. Pricing has reached an all-time high, and scarcity of industrial-zoned land will keep the market tight.

In 2018, we expect to see increased industrial demand in leasing. Additionally, evidence shows sales values for industrial should reach over $150 per square foot.

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Development in Prince George’s County

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The wave is here! NAI Michael’s new newsletter highlights the latest development and changes in the Route 1 / Route 295 corridor.

Before his passing in 2014, our former county executive Wayne Curry predicted that Prince George’s County was on the way up.  He saw changes in business and regulation and construction creating real opportunities nearby and he knew that good things were in store for our county. His predictions are now coming true.

2017 has been a momentous year for development in the Route 1 / Route 295 corridor of Prince George’s County. The Hotel opened in College Park, Metro’s Purple line is under construction, the county’s first Whole Foods opened in Hyattsville, and numerous residential projects are in the pipeline. Additionally, companies like Kaiser Permanente are expanding their footprint within the county with new office space. The newsletter includes more details about these changes, and more.

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Office Vacancy Reduced in Prince George’s County

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Prince George’s County office vacancy reduced by over half a million square feet leased in the last six months!

Leasing of vacant space achieves over 357,000 square feet in the first quarter 2017 – the highest quarterly absorption for the last 10 years.  Recently signed leases and new leasing activity indicates that Prince George’s County is poised for continued significant growth in office leasing in 2017.

The Washington DC area office market includes the District of Columbia and adjacent suburban submarkets in Maryland and Virginia. The Washington DC area office market consists of about 470 million square feet in 10,051 buildings.  Net absorption for the overall Washington Area was positive 2,754,849 square feet for the first quarter 2017.  The Washington Area vacancy decreased from 14.6% to 14%.

Prince George’s County office space net absorption of vacant space was positive 357,767 square feet in the first quarter 2017.  Annual rental rates for Prince George’s County office space have increased steadily almost every quarter for the last five quarters with the first quarter 2017 rate per square foot of averaging in the mid-twenty dollar range on a full service basis.

FOR A FULL OFFICE MARKET REPORT, CLICK HERE

Office vacancy declined in 2016 in Prince George's County

Office Vacancy Declined in 2016 for Prince George’s County

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Over the course of 2016, office vacancy declined in Prince George’s County and in turn, average quoted rental rates have risen steadily.

 It was a year for the Prince George’s County office market. Office vacancy declined steadily every quarter, from 19.2% at the beginning of 2016 to 18.8% by year end. Based on 5-year averages and known construction activity, office vacancy is expected to drop to 17% by the end of 2017. Average full service rental rates increased in 2016, from $20.96 in Q1 to $21.43 in Q4.

A total of 114 office sale transactions were completed in 2016. These transactions totaled 2,597,862 square feet and $168,786,687 in sales volume. Many new owners plan on investing substantial capital into their assets to retain and attract tenants. For leasing, over 153 full service leases were completed, representing 530,820 square feet. One of the largest lease deals of 2016 was with the growing tech-education company, 2U Inc. They are in the process of relocating into 252,950 square feet they leased at 4900 Harkins Road in the Lanham/New Carrollton area.

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Industrial Vacancy Rate Low in Prince George's County

Industrial Vacancy Rates at All-time Low

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Industrial vacancy rates are at an all-time low of 6.7% in Prince George’s County.

High demand has contributed to low industrial vacancy rates. Approx. 880,000 square feet of new industrial space was delivered within the county in 2016. In addition, another 500,000 square feet is in the pipeline for 2017 delivery.

These positive trends have created a competitive Class A industrial market. Due to demand, average rental rates is at a high of $7.79 per square foot on a triple net basis. We expect rental rates to push higher in 2017 as industrial-zoned ground becomes increasingly scarce and the supply of vacant space continues to diminish.

As a result of these trends, we expect nearly all of Prince George’s County’s Class A industrial space will be absorbed within the next two years.

For additional details and transaction info, click here to view the full industrial market report.

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