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Philadelphia vs. Camden?

Philadelphia vs. Camden?

The battle for new business.

Philly vs Camden

Following the passage of the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act in 2013, a number of high-profile developments and corporate relocations in Camden have made front-page news. Attracted by public incentives, Subaru and the Philadelphia 76ers have announced moves to downtown Camden. Liberty Property Trust is also planning a nearly $1 billion multi-use development, with more than 1.7 million square feet of office, retail, and housing in two towers on the Camden waterfront.

As the regional business community gathered in recent months to assess the coming year, many questioned whether the explosive growth in Camden could hamper business attraction efforts or eclipse developments in Philadelphia. The consensus seems to be that, for the next few years, public incentives will make Camden an attractive alternative.

The 2013 New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act amended and consolidated economic incentive programs to encourage development for specified uses in designated areas of the state.   The two most prominent programs offered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) are:

  • The Grow New Jersey Assistance Program (Grow NJ), which provides incentives to employers for job creation and retention; and
  • The Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program, which provides incentives to developers for qualified projects.

Both programs take the form of tax credits, and will be accepting applications through June 30, 2019.

Grow NJ offers credits of $500 to $5,000 per job created for projects in eligible locations which meet capital investment and job creation/retention benchmarks. The ERG program provides incentives to developers for up to 30-40% of an eligible project’s total development cost. Both programs have intricate requirements for defining eligible costs and calculating economic impact and job growth. In addition, both programs offer additional bonuses or lowered eligibility thresholds for projects with specified uses and/or located in designated geographic areas.

How does this compare to incentives offered in Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania offers a mix of grants, low-cost loans, tax abatements, and tax credits, administered through many different agencies. Major projects tend to be awarded incentives on a more ad-hoc and project specific basis, making the pursuit of incentives a more intense process for developers. Traditionally available incentives such as the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) have experienced reduced growth over the last few years, while newly-enacted programs such as the Multi-Modal fund have made grants available for transportation-related projects.

New Jersey’s state incentives are largely streamlined under the NJEDA programs. Tax credits can be used over ten years and, unlike many Pennsylvania programs, are generally transferable. According to the NJEDA, statewide there are 160 active Grow NJ projects with awards totaling $3.1 billion, and 42 active ERG projects with awards totaling $819 million. Compared to available Pennsylvania incentives, New Jersey’s spending represents significant competition.

No one has suggested that Camden’s growth heralds a downturn in Philadelphia. Over the past decade, Philadelphia has experienced strong growth in the multi-family market, increased population in its downtown, and a higher retention of graduating students. The “meds and eds” sectors will continue to drive growth, and major projects are on the horizon in University City and Market East. However, until the Grow NJ and ERG programs close in 2019, generous incentives will make Camden a legitimate player in the ongoing effort to attract major businesses.

For more information about Philly or New Jersey office space, Philly or South Jersey retail space or other Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey commercial properties, please call 215-799-6900 or 856-857-6300 to speak with Jason Wolf (jason.wolf@wolfcre.com) Leor Hemo (leor.hemo@wolfcre.com) or Lee Fein (lee.fein@wolfcre.com) at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a leading Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm with expertise in Philly office space and Philly retail space.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate is a Philadelphia commercial real estate broker that provides a full range of Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, marketing commercial offices, medical properties, industrial properties, land properties, retail buildings and other Philadelphia commercial properties for buyers, tenants, investors and sellers.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia and South Jersey commercial real estate broker that specializes in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey commercial real estate listings, provides unparalleled expertise in matching companies and individuals seeking new Philly and New Jersey office space or Philly and South Jersey retail space with the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey commercial properties that best meets their needs.  As experts in Philadelphia and New Jersey commercial real estate listings and services, the team at our Philadelphia and South Jersey commercial real estate brokerage firm provides ongoing detailed information about Philadelphia and New Jersey commercial properties to our clients and prospects to help them achieve their real estate goals.  If you are looking for Philly or Camden office space or Philly or Camden retail space for sale or lease, Wolf Commercial Real Estate is the Philadelphia commercial real estate broker you need — a strategic partner who is fully invested in your long-term growth and success.

Please visit our websites for a full listing of South Jersey and Philadelphia commercial properties for lease or sale through our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

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Philadelphia Industrial Space Deliveries, Construction and Inventory

research information graphicThe Philadelphia industrial space market grew by 327,200 square feet in the fourth quarter 2014 with the completion of three Philadelphia industrial buildings, a new market trend report from the CoStar Group says.

In comparison, four Philadelphia industrial buildings were delivered in the third quarter 2014, adding 906,337 square feet to the Philly industrial space market, according to CoStar’s Fourth Quarter 2014 Market Report. 

Among the notable deliveries of Philly industrial buildings in the year 2014 were:  West Hills Business Center – Building A, a 980,000-square-foot project that delivered in the second quarter and is fully occupied, and Berks Park 78 – Dollar General, a 906,919-square-foot facility that also delivered in second quarter 2014 and also is now 100% occupied, the report said.

Another 16,734,334 square feet of industrial space in Philadelphia was still under construction at the end of the fourth quarter, according to the report.

The largest of the Philadelphia industrial buildings still under construction at year end were Liberty at Shippensburg – Building B, a 1,700,000-square-foot facility with 100% of its space pre-leased, and Majestic Bethlehem Center – Site 2, a 1,644,450-square-foot project that also is fully pre-leased, CoStar said in the report.

Total inventory of industrial space in Philadelphia equaled 1,030,722,790 square feet in 20,377 Philly industrial buildings as the fourth quarter ended, CoStar noted.  The Philadelphia flex space sector comprised 85,676,583 square feet in 3,312 projects and owner-occupied Philly industrial buildings totaled 2,650, accounting for 241,093,478 square feet of Philadelphia industrial space,  the report said.

In comparison to fourth quarter results from the Philly industrial space market, 240 new industrial buildings were delivered to the national industrial market, representing 41.79 million square feet, Costar reported, adding that construction was underway on an additional 164.7 million square feet of industrial space at quarter’s end.

Among the significant deliveries to the national market in 2014, CoStar said, were:  South Washington Park – Building 2, a 227,000-square-foot industrial project in the Northern New Jersey market, and 2150 Opdyke Road, a 168,000-square-foot facility in the Detroit industrial market.  CoStar also noted that 3507 Pasadena Boulevard, a 600,000-square-foot facility in the Houston industrial market, remained under construction at the end of the quarter.  Total U.S. industrial inventory at quarter and year end equaled nearly 21.15 billion square feet in more than 623,000 buildings, of which approximately 90,000 were flex buildings.

For more information about Philadelphia industrial space, Philadelphia flex space or any Philadelphia commercial properties, please call 215-799-6900 to speak with Jason Wolf (jason.wolf@wolfcre.com), Leor Hemo (leor.hemo@wolfcre.com) or Lee Fein (lee.fein@wolfcre.com) at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a premier Philadelphia commercial real estate broker with expertise in Philly industrial space and Philadelphia flex space.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate is a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm that provides a full range of Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, marketing commercial offices, medical properties, industrial properties, land properties, retail buildings and other Philadelphia commercial properties for buyers, tenants, investors and sellers.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate broker that specializes in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings, provides unparalleled expertise in matching companies and individuals seeking new industrial space in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia commercial properties that best meets their needs.  As experts in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, the team at our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm provides ongoing detailed information about Philadelphia commercial properties to our clients and prospects to help them achieve their real estate goals.  If you are looking for Philly industrial space for sale or lease, Wolf Commercial Real Estate is the Philadelphia commercial real estate broker you need — a strategic partner who is fully invested in your long-term growth and success.

Please visit our websites for a full listing of South Jersey and Philadelphia commercial properties for lease or sale through our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

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Philly Industrial Space Deliveries, Construction and Inventory

magnifying glassThe Philly industrial space market saw the completion of eight Philadelphia industrial buildings in during the second quarter of 2014, bringing 3,127,992 square feet of Philadelphia industrial space to the market, according to a new CoStar report.

In comparison, the first quarter 2014 saw three Philly industrial buildings equaling 214,056 square feet completed in the Philadelphia industrial space market, said CoStar’s Second Quarter 2014 Market Report. 

Among the second quarter’s most notable deliveries of Philadelphia industrial buildings were:  9645 West Hills Court, a 980,000-square-foot building, and 30 Martha Drive, a 906,919-square-foot facility building, the report stated.  Both of these newest Philly industrial buildings are 100% occupied, CoStar said.  An additional 8,276,767 square feet of industrial space in Philly was still under construction at quarter’s end the report noted.

Liberty at Shippensburg on Olde Scotland Road, a 1,700,000-square-foot project, and 3215 Commerce Center Drive, a 1,644,450-square-foot building, were the largest of the Philly industrial buildings remaining under construction at the end of the second quarter, according to the report.  Both of these Philadelphia industrial buildings have 100% of their space pre-leased, CoStar said.

Total inventory of industrial space in Philadelphia reached 1,021,212,845 square feet in 20,149 Philadelphia industrial buildings by quarter’s end, the market report said.  The Philadelphia flex space sector consisted of 84,692,787 square feet in 3,265 facilities, CoStar stated.  Owner-occupied Philly industrial buildings in the Philadelphia industrial space market numbered 2,617, encompassing 239,826,483 square feet of industrial space in Philly.

Compared to the second quarter 2014 results from the market for industrial space in Philadelphia, the national industrial market saw 229 projects completed in the second quarter 2014, representing 28.56 million square feet, according to Costar.  Another 119.7 million square feet of industrial space was still underway at quarter’s end.  The 2.1 million-square-foot 4500 S. Dobson Road facility delivered in the Phoenix market in the second quarter 2014, while the 1.8 million-square-foot D1X Mod 2 project remained in progress in the Portland market.  Total U.S. industrial inventory equaled 20.96 billion square feet in more than 618,000 buildings at the end of the second quarter.  More than 69,000 of these were owner-occupied Philadelphia industrial buildings.

For more information about industrial space in Philly, Philadelphia flex space or any Philadelphia commercial properties, please call 215-799-6900 to speak with Jason Wolf (jason.wolf@wolfcre.com) or Leor Hemo (leor.hemo@wolfcre.com) at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a premier Philadelphia commercial real estate broker that specializes in industrial space in Philadelphia and Philadelphia flex space.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate is a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm that provides a full range of Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, marketing commercial offices, medical properties, industrial properties, land properties, retail buildings and other Philadelphia commercial properties for buyers, tenants, investors and sellers.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate broker that specializes in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings, provides unparalleled expertise in matching companies and individuals seeking new Philly industrial space with the Philadelphia commercial properties that best meets their needs.  As experts in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, the team at our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm provides ongoing detailed information about Philadelphia commercial properties to our clients and prospects to help them achieve their real estate goals.  If you are looking for Philadelphia industrial space for sale or lease, Wolf Commercial Real Estate is the Philadelphia commercial real estate broker you need — a strategic partner who is fully invested in your long-term growth and success.

Please visit our websites for a full listing of South Jersey and Philadelphia commercial properties for lease or sale through our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

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