CHICAGO—The presence of Google in buildingsjust north of the Chicago River has boosted the area's reputationas a tech hub. But the giant company has decided to vacate thespace it rents at 20 W. Kinzie and move into the FultonMarket Cold Storage Building at 1000 W.Fulton St. in the West Loop, and The Alter Grouphas hired Chicago-based MB Real Estate Services,Inc. to find a replacement for the eventual vacancy ofabout 150,000-square-feet.

MBRE's Gary Denenberg, executive vicepresident/managing director; Mark Buth, executivevice president/managing director; and KathleenBertrand, vice president, will lead the leasing effortsfor the property.

The firms have plenty of time to work it out. Google will notvacant their space in the 17-story, 385,000-square-foot class Aoffice building until the end of 2015, says MatthewWard, senior vice president of Alter. The building iscurrently “99% leased,” he adds, and in addition to Google, it hasthe Michelin-rated Keefer's Restaurant.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.