SAN FRANCISCO-The lure of more affordable office space is bringing more than dot-com companies and technology firms to Oakland’s Downtown. It’s also bringing more brokers. Grubb & Ellis says it is beefing up its East Bay staff and plans to relocate its local office to a larger space in Downtown Oakland next spring. Alan Collenette, Grubb & Ellis’ executive vice president and Bay Area regional manager, will come over from the San Francisco office to help build the new team until a permanent replacement is hired.

The company, currently located on Oak Port Street, has already brought on six new agents and plans to hire several more. “We will be bursting at the seams,” says the source. “We are making these changes at this time because we recognized the active market in Oakland and the potential growth.”

Grubb & Ellis also has opened a new office on the Peninsula, with Mark Terzian Jr. appointed managing director. In addition, the brokerage firm also recruited four additional senior vice presidents–Nancy Morse and Burke Weismann, both from the San Jose office–and Jerry Igra from the San Francisco office. Erin Carew was hired to head the firm’s new Technology Services Group.

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