John Pollock John Pollock is the CEO of Meridian.

Consolidation in the healthcare industry is spurring a need for large blocks of medical office space. Medical real estate investor and developer Meridian has adopted a large tenant strategy for its latest acquisition. The property, a 26,000-square-foot medical office building in Torrance, was 100% vacant at the time of the sale and was marketed as a redevelopment opportunity. Instead of redeveloping the property into another use, Meridian saw that this would fulfill a need for large medical office tenants, and it was able to secure a tenant for half of the property during escrow.

“As the healthcare industry continues to consolidate, we’re seeing much more demand for larger blocks of contiguous space,” R.J. Sommerdyke, director of acquisitions at Meridian, tells “We felt particularly good about this acquisition because it represented a unique opportunity to provide tenants with one of the only options in the market for large blocks of ground-floor space, which is very desirable from a medical perspective. We’re already seeing our thesis being proven by securing a large tenant so early-on in the process.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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