The Fort Bend office submarket posted 8,645 SF of negative net absorption in Q2
2017. The average vacancy rate increased 10 basis points (bps) from 10.5% to 10.6%
over the quarter, and increased 160 bps from 9.0% in Q2 2016. The average quoted
rental rate increased between quarters from $24.41 to $24.76 per SF. Current
office development includes two buildings which total about 180,000 square feet
in the Imperial Market mixed-use development. The office space is expected to be
completed by October 2017.
Medical Office Market
The average quoted rental rate increased 1.8% over the quarter from $28.42 to
$28.94 per SF, and increased 13.3% over the year from $25.52 per SF in Q2 2016.
The average vacancy rate decreased 40 bps from 13.4% to 13.0% over the quarter
and decreased 20 basis points from 13.2% in Q2 2016. Currently, there are two
medical office buildings under construction in the E Fort Bend/Sugar Land submarket.
The larger property is a 38,600-SF, two-story medical office building located at 7619
Branford Place, expected to deliver in May 2018. The other property is Telfair Medical
Plaza, a 23,600-SF medical office building which is currently 15.3% pre-leased. The
building is expected to deliver in December 2017.
The average vacancy rate still remains very low, however the Fort Bend industrial
submarket increased 10 bps over the quarter and increased 40 bps over the year from
2.4% in Q2 2016. The average quoted rental rate decreased 6.9% from $9.02 per SF
to $8.40 per SF NNN over the quarter, and increased marginally from $8.32 per SF
NNN in Q2 2016.
The average asking retail rental rate for the Fort Bend retail submarket increased
2.1% between quarters from $20.68 per SF to $21.12 per SF, and increased 3.6%
from $20.39 per SF in Q2 2016. The submarket recorded negative net absorption in
Q2 2017 and the vacancy rate increased by 60 bps over the quarter. At the end of
the quarter, 410,547 SF of retail space was under construction. The largest project
is The Village at Riverstone, a 165,000-SF Kroger anchored center located along
University Boulevard at LJ Parkway. The shopping center is scheduled for completion
in August 2018.
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