Pandemic-related precautions may be waning, but office building vacancy rates in major urban markets have increased to historical highs and do not show signs of  dramatic improvement for quite some time.  This is true despite employer requirements for employees to return to in-person work. By some reports, there is a looming apocalypse of failing office buildings with a number in key markets likely to be the subject of loan workout discussions with lenders .  This impending crisis is further fueled by a general trend (even pre-pandemic) toward office downsizings, increasing interest rates and other financial market uncertainties , office tenants’ flight to quality and away from the large inventory of aging buildings, unrelenting high office rents and the seemingly permanent reality of virtual work.  Should any number of these factors (or all of them) profoundly affect a building owner, how can office owners address this challenge, outside of selling their buildings at a meaningful loss or undertaking a demolition/redevelopment project, assuming that would even be feasible?

One Solution: A Conversion

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