Comstock’s Magazine published a terrific article in this month’s edition discussing the need for Sacramento commercial property landlords to relax long-standing tenant requirements for attracting startup tech companies that desperately need space to foster innovation. The article explains how Hacker Lab, a non-profit technology incubator, recently expanded its commercial space by more than 10x by relocating to a Midtown Sacramento office / warehouse building that lends itself to creative work space. Sacramento commercial real estate broker Brian Jacks, who handled the lease transaction, was quoted in the article as saying “it wasn’t an easy deal, but fortunately the landlord was willing to take a chance.” A few short months later, Hacker Lab finds itself at the epicenter of a movement that is culminating with Startup Weekend, a global event in local cities that brings programmers, designers and entrepreneurs together to launch their own startup company in 54 hours. Excitement is building. The City of Davis recently announced a new staff position called ‘Chief Innovation Officer’ that was assumed by industry veteran Rob White. White toured a mixed-use commercial building last week, located just one block from the U.C. Davis campus, which he agrees would be a perfect fit for a Hacker Lab type organization. Students and industry professionals need a place other than coffee shops where they can meetup to collaborate on technology and innovation projects that will help take the Sacramento region to the next level. Click here for related article.
Sacramento commercial real estate investors who own property near the proposed site of the Downtown Arena are now one step closer to potentially significant increases in value. The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 in favor of approving the arena financing proposal, which creates the opportunity for investors to form a competing bid to acquire the Sacramento Kings. News 10 caught up with Sacramento commercial real estate broker Brian Jacks to find out what this could mean for commercial properties within the immediate vicinity of the proposed arena. Click here for News 10 story
It’s always nice when a plan comes together. East West Commercial Real Estate of Sacramento helped Jackson Sports Academy (JSA) relocate into a 72,000 sf building at McClellan Park in December 2012. As a result, JSA’s non-profit arm, Jackson Sports For Athletes, has been able to expand its scholarship program to include recipient Hannah Heckman, whose story was recently shared in a feature article by The North Sac News.
In addition to providing assistance for individual players, JSA’s community outreach regularly provides sport court facilities for local charter school students, enabling them to accumulate physical education credits. One such beneficiary of this program is Community Collaborative Charter Schools (CCCS), who practically shares a parking lot with JSA at McClellan Park, creating much improved access to the program.
Other related programs offered through JSA include Harold Pressley’s Treat’em Like A King (TLK Foundation). Pressley is a former Sacramento King, who partners with JSA to host basketball camps, which introduce at-risk and disadvantaged youth to sporting opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them.
JSA is a true partner in the community and is to be commended for its excellence and dedication to fostering opportunities for local youth to achieve their dreams.
As reported in a recent article by the Sacramento Business Journal, “a new Brookings Institution study ranked 20 U.S. metro areas by the number of patents per million residents from 2007 through 2011. All, including Sacramento, are home to major research universities.” Clearly, UC Davis has been a major contributing factor to the Sacramento region’s success in this area. While Sacramento barely made the cut at #20 on the list, it proves the region is certainly in the game and ripe for an ever-increasing market share of patents. No surprise to anyone, our nearest competition, San Jose and San Francisco, ranked #1 and #3 with 1,988 and 555 patents, respectively. However, when totaling the patents for all three Northern California cities, it represents over 34% of all patents nationwide.
McClellan Park recognizes Brian Jacks of East West Commercial Real Estate in the December 21, 2012 issue of Sacramento Business Journal for signing a 10 year lease for 72,021 sf with Jackson Sports Academy. Click here for the press release.
The California Legislature recently approved Senate Bill 1186, which is designed to curb the misuse and abuse of California’s ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) laws and protect business owners. The catalyst driving the Legislature’s action was what the Bill’s authors described as a serious problem in which claimants and attorneys file “shakedown lawsuits against businesses in an effort to gain an easy payday with no intention of improving access for the disabled community.” Landlords and property owners were often faced with exploitive demand letters for money and would choose to pay the claimant simply to avoid the time and expense of dealing with litigation.
East West Commercial Real Estate is pleased to announce its successful relocation of Jackson Sports Academy (JSA) to McClellan Park in Sacramento County. Effective December 1, 2012, JSA is taking over 72,000 square feet of primarily warehouse space, which represents only a small portion of the 8.5 million square feet of commercial real estate that comprises McClellan Park.
The new space will provide sufficient room for 12 volleyball courts, which is currently the predominant sport for JSA. Other sports to be offered will include basketball, soccer and tennis. According to Dwayne Jackson, Executive Director of JSA, “we’re most excited about the massive parking lot, large upstairs offices with training room, hospitality suite and parent’s lounge, 38-foot high ceilings, plus free-span building without interference from structural support poles.”
What an honor it was to be invited to participate in a Legislative Summit sponsored by the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. It’s 3rdannual event, held on June 20, 2012, was effectively a pro-business lobby day where 5 small groups, each with four business leaders, descended upon the offices of more than 50 California State Senators and members of the State Assembly. The purpose of these meetings was to offer support in terms of pro-business legislation that is are currently circulating in the State Capitol of Sacramento.
East West Commercial Real Estate is proud to announce its facilitation of a new 3-year office / special purpose lease for Veritas Church in Roseville, CA, effective July 1, 2012. Veritas has been led by Senior Pastor Erik Meyers for the past four years, since inception in 2008. While Veritas has been blessed with the ability to share space in other non-profit facilities, it has been difficult, but a necessary reality to relocate basically once every year since it all began. Veritas’ most recent facility was subleased from Cornerstone Christian School at 202 Bonita Street in Roseville, CA. At a Veritas Church membership meeting held on the evening of June 3, 2012, a collective sigh of relief was heard as Pastor Erik discussed the new lease opportunity with his congregation… finally, a place of their own.