Construction activity has slowed in Southern California since the onset of the pandemic—but it could be set to rebound earlier than expected. Commercial construction starts in Los Angeles and San Diego are expected to increase next year. Orange County, on the other hand, could be impacted by outcome of the presidential election in November; however, specific asset classes are set to rebound faster than others.

In Los Angeles, even hospitality is already showing signs of recovery. Retail is the only sector expected to struggle to recovery. “We expect that Los Angeles commercial office projects are going to be rolled out aggressively as soon as the general economic outlook improves,” Anu Rao, VP at JLL in Los Angeles, tells “We see some activity around Los Angeles hospitality projects being renewed sooner than we expected, but retail is one of the last sectors expected to pick back up. Overall, the first quarter is going to be slower in Los Angeles construction as projects will be in design and permitting.”

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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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