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WASHINGTON, DC–Such emerging submarkets in the District as the Ballpark, NoMa, Market District and Southwest — including The Wharf — will capture more than 2.5 million square feet of occupancy gains through 2021, according to a new JLL research note. This will cause vacancy to decline from 12.6% to 9.8% and continue to place upward pressure on rents. Already rents have risen above $50 per square foot for relet product and into the upper-$50s for new construction, outside of The Wharf, JLL notes. Also land prices have escalated and pricing for proposed office product is now in the low $60s per square foot FS.

How did this happen? In large part because the tenant base in these submarkets has gradually diversified away from government agencies and contractors to nonprofits, associations, media companies, tech firms and coworking providers. These firms were drawn to the submarkets’ increasingly mixed-use atmosphere: according to JLL more than 6,000 multifamily units exist across the four emerging submarkets and more than 2,000 units are under construction. Also more than 120 retailers either opened in 2017 or are slated to open in 2018.

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Erika Morphy

Erika Morphy has been writing about commercial real estate at for more than ten years, covering the capital markets, the Mid-Atlantic region and national topics. She's a nerd so favorite examples of the former include accounting standards, Basel III and what Congress is brewing.

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