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.
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.”
South Sacramento’s Southgate Plaza is once again the subject of serious interest in commercial real estate circles. First, it was the unfortunate departure of Walmart in 2009, which resulted in the closing of its 135,000 square foot retail store on the southeast corner of Florin Road and Franklin Blvd. The approximate 300,000 square foot commercial shopping center was decimated as remaining tenants gradually moved out due to lack of foot traffic. Following a foreclosure on the property just one year later, the new operator and Sacramento commercial real estate brokers have been desperately trying to attract new tenants (see related article for progress update). Unfortunately, Walmart still controls the lease and is now doing its best to block a subsequent retailer from taking over its space for competitive reasons. County of Sacramento officials are furious and pressuring Walmart to reconsider its position for the good of the community. Brian Jacks of East West Commercial Real Estate’s Sacramento office was quoted by Kelly Johnson in an article, published in the Sacramento Business Journal. In addition, News 10 ran this story about the subject.
Empty restaurant buildings continue to sit idle throughout much of the greater Sacramento area. Not so for the old Jolly Burger located at 7150 Auburn Blvd (historic Route 40) in Citrus Heights. Under a new operator, the local burger stand will re-open with the same name on Saturday, November 10, 2012.
Jack and Sue Darting were the original proprietors of Jolly Burger for many years and worked hard to create a memorable dining experience. In addition to friendly staff, customers were always greeted by a three dimensional cheesy hamburger affixed atop the building… one of Jack’s personal creations. The Dartings offered good old fashioned quality food including burgers, sandwiches, frosties, sundaes and shakes. Their food was always a hit with the locals and especially students from Sylvan Elementary and Middle School, right across the street. One can still find amazing consumer reviews on various websites like Yelp, Urban Spoon and Insider Pages.
The last few years of economic distress has clearly taken its toll on the Sacramento commercial real estate market. One prime example involves the 2009 closing of a 130,000 square foot Wal-Mart facility in Southgate Plaza, located on the southeast corner of Florin Road & Franklin Blvd in South Sacramento.
As the main anchor for this 300,000 square foot community center, Wal-Mart’s departure ultimately created a mass exodus of tenants who had successfully lived off its draw of local shoppers for many years. Holes began to appear with “FOR LEASE” signs being posted by a property manager anxious to re-lease the empty spaces.
Click here for related story by Sandy Nax of the Sacramento Business Journal.
According to industry sources, a 12-story, Class A, Gold LEED certified commercial real estate office building known as 2020 Gateway Tower (north of Downtown Sacramento) may soon receive its first tenant.
News 10 anchor Cornell Barnard reported the California State Department of Housing and Community Development is considering the possibility of relocating its 100,000 square feet of office space (currently located at 1800 3rd Street) into the never-been-leased 325,000 square foot, green energy-efficient building in Natomas. News 10 caught up with Sacramento Commercial Real Estate Broker, Brian Jacks, who said “many State office buildings are in nice locations, but this could be a great lease deal for taxpayers, as the owners [of 2020 Gateway Tower] are likely eager to lease space here for the first time after building completion three years ago.” Click here to watch.
East West Commercial’s Regional Vice President, Brian Jacks, is featured in the Sacramento Business Journal for the recent lease of Hacker Lab. Mark Anderson of the Sacramento Business Journal writes,” Gina Lujan took a big leap of faith Monday, agreeing to move Hacker Lab in September from its 850-square-foot office to a 10,480-square-foot building in downtown Sacramento. Hacker Lab rents desk space and office space to startups ranging from software developers to web designers. The collective shares some equipment and some of the tenants mutually support others with equipment and expertise.” Click Here to continue reading!
Get ready for an infusion of entrepreneurship and software development that is now steadily growing in the Capital region.
Early this year, Gina Lujan (Founder & CEO of Hacker Lab), a native of Sacramento, left the Bay Area to return home. After successfully creating a collaborative workspace environment for software developers in Berkeley, she decided to replicate the business model and expand the vision in Sacramento. Around March 2012, Hacker Lab signed a commercial real estate lease for 850 square feet of second floor office space above Pangaea Café, located at 2743 Franklin Blvd in Sacramento. The space was used to provide rented desks and/or offices for local software developers who wanted to work in a tech community environment.
Brian Jacks, Regional Vice President of East West Commercial Real Estate, was recently quoted in the Sacramento Business Journal for helping Sacramento retail franchisees achieve better commercial lease rates in this tenant’s market. Click Here to read article.
Despite declining retail vacancy rates, it’s still a tenant’s market throughout the Sacramento Commercial Real Estate landscape. The overall Sacramento retail vacancy rate dropped slightly to 9.8% during the 2nd Quarter of 2012, according to Voit Real Estate Services, who was recently quoted by the Sacramento Bee. This represents the second quarter in a row that commercial retail vacancy ended below 10%. According to the same source, commercial real estate vacancies within the Sacramento submarket of Carmichael reflect a much higher level of 11.3%. This phenomenon of higher retail vacancy rates often creates dramatic opportunities for businesses to sign commercial real estate lease transactions that are quite favorable to tenants.