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Bayside Business Park This is the fourth investment for the JV, creating an industrial portfolio totaling 648,174 square feet.

FREMONT, CA—East Bay industrial landlords continued to benefit from demand during the fourth quarter of 2017, while developers and institutional buyers raced to provide high-quality distribution spaces to capitalize on the sizzling market. Despite several givebacks during the past three months, the vacancy rate was 3.5% market-wide at year’s end, and virtually all submarkets were well below 5%, according to a fourth-quarter report by Kidder Mathews.

An increase in availabilities, driven in part by cycle-high construction levels, allowed for 1.6 million square feet of fourth-quarter leasing activity, with more likely to come in the first half of 2018. More than 1.6 million square feet of future industrial space was being built in the inner East Bay at the end of 2017, but the broad base of tenants in the market should keep rental rates firm against the increase in supply, says the report.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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