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The (R)Evolution of Transit Hubs: From Purpose-Built Structures to Mixed-Use Destinations

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles and Real Estate Analyst Sam Campbell  in HFF's Boston office. Throughout the course of American history, transportation and commerce have been inextricably linked. The early American settlements of Jamestown, Virginia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, were in fact the “ports” where the ships from Europe landed. The industrial revolution saw the proliferation of railroads, which linked cities to other cities and provided outlying rural areas with access to the urban core. Rail was so important to the health of the economy that grand monuments were built in the heart of major metropolitan areas to house trains and accommodate passengers and freight alike. The rise of the automobile provided an alternative to rail and these stations suddenly had substantial excess capacity. As cities have continued to grow in terms of their... [Read More]

Adaptive Reuse: Crafting a State-of-the-Art Ballpark from an Unused Train Station

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Adaptive reuse is a way for commercial properties to find a new life, and they can be a win-win situation for developers and a community. This is the case for Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team. Through creative design and planning, Houston has a ballpark that is unlike any other. It gives a nod to its past while projecting success for the future, and adaptive reuse has made it into the iconic site that it is today. Long before the Astros were founded and even longer before Minute Maid Park was constructed, the plot of land in downtown Houston at 501 Crawford Street belonged to the Houston Belt and Terminal Railway Company. The company dedicated the opening of Union Station in 1911, and it served as the main passenger ... [Read More]

Google-Leased Campus for Sale in Playa Vista, California

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

On behalf of the owner, HFF is marketing for sale Hercules Campus West, the future centerpiece of Google’s Southern California campus. The commercial property for sale is located in the heart of Playa Vista, California, an area known as an integral part of “Silicon Beach.” Hercules Campus West contains four buildings that are 100 percent leased to Google over a 16-year term with three percent annual rent escalations. Conceived during a prolific period of discovery and innovation under Howard Hughes, the historic buildings include the soaring, voluminous hangars... [Read More]

U.S. Cities Win Gold for Olympic Venue Use: Part III

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This is the third in a three-part blog series looking back at the venues of three past U.S. Olympic cities: Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.  Salt Lake City, Utah – The XIX Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City started prepping for the games 13 years before the event and six years before they were named by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the host city. Utah voters passed the Olympic Referendum in November of 1989, which, by using public funds that would be paid back by... [Read More]

U.S. Cities Win Gold for Olympic Venue Use: Part II

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

This is the second in a three-part blog series looking back at the venues of three past U.S. Olympic cities: Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.  Atlanta, Georgia – The Games of the XXVI Olympiad In the days leading up to the U.S. Olympic Swim Team departing for Rio, they could be found practicing in the Campus Recreational Center at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), an aquatics center originally built as a venue for the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Summer Olympic Games. It is one of several ... [Read More]

U.S. Cities Win Gold for Olympic Venue Use: Part I

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Even though the Olympic Games are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this year, the Olympic torch will be lit at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena from August 5 to August 21 in honor of the games, as it is done for every Olympics. The only venue to be used in two separate games, the stadium is one of the most historic venues in the United States and currently plays host to major sporting events. Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City are ... [Read More]

Adaptive Reuse: Loved by Renters and Investors Alike

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Mark Campbell and Real Estate Analyst Xave Jacoby of HFF's Boston office. Q: What do a Boston candy bar factory, shoe factory and cold storage warehouse have in common? A: They all have found new life as thriving apartment communitieswith loft style units, modern finishes and unmatched amenities. Home to famous manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company, Boott Cotton Mills, Assabet Mills, American Woolen Company and New England Confectionery Company, to name a few, the Greater Boston area... [Read More]


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