March 28, 2018

Westside Park About To Get Supersized, Connected To BeltLine…AND MORE


Westside Park About To Get Supersized, Connected To BeltLine, by Jarred Schenke, Bisnow Atlanta

“A small playground in Westside Atlanta could soon become a gateway to the Atlanta BeltLine. The Atlanta BeltLine Inc. has tapped Peachtree Corners-based Pond & Co. to design the expansion of Enota Park from its barely half-acre size to about 8 acres, bounded by Interstate 20, Lucile Avenue, Enota Place and the Westside Trail, Curbed Atlanta reports. The project, in a joint venture between the BeltLine organization and Atlanta, will include a multipurpose playing field, a basketball court, a restored creek bed and a community garden. No date has been set for its completion.”


Can Atlanta’s Office Sector Growth Keep National Lead?, by Jennifer LeClaire,

“Atlanta’s job growth came in just shy of 60,000 for calendar year 2017. That’s after 81,800 gains in 2016 and 78,800 in 2015. So says CBRE research. Moreover, office using job additions, which drive demand for office space, have remained incredibly strong in Atlanta. In fact, office job additions are ranking as high as number one in the nation during this expansion cycle. Growth in the office sector has been both robust and sustained for several years. But Dan Wagner asks a very pointed question: Can it continue at this pace?”


Why It’s Time To Add Commercial Real Estate To Your Investment Portfolio, by Evan Gentry, Forbes Councils

“Recent market shocks have investors on edge. After February’s spike in volatility and the largest one-day drop in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), many investors are wondering if the nearly decade-old bull market in equities is finally coming to an end. One sector that is attracting strong inflows right now is the U.S. commercial real estate (CRE) equity and debt markets. Over the course of my career, I have been involved in the funding or acquisition of several billion dollars of real estate loans, currently as the founder of a CRE lender. I’ve learned and personally observed the many different ways for investors to invest in CRE beyond just buying property. Savvy investors, including high-net-worth individuals, family offices and institutional investors, are now looking at all the opportunities within the CRE industry to achieve attractive, risk-adjusted returns. Compared to the increasing volatility of the equities market and the near-zero returns from bank deposits, CRE offers an attractive middle option that efficiently balances risk and return while providing cash-flow to a portfolio.”


The Advantages Of Investing In Real Estate For Big Tax Savings In 2018, by Kent Clothier, Forbes Councils

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has changed the dynamics of our finances and the profitability of investments. While much of the press coverage around the new rules has been on its drawbacks, there exist some positive financial opportunities for those who educate themselves and act on new breaks.”


How Are Driverless Cars Reshaping CRE?, by Adina Marcut, Commercial Property Executive

“Autonomous vehicles are expected to impact commercial real estate on several levels, from design to new development opportunities. Partner Engineering and Science’s Joe Derhake zeroed in on the extent of these effects. Autonomous vehicles are steadily becoming a more commonplace, but the question that many people ask is how will this trend change our cities and, in particular, the commercial real estate market?”

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