Daily Archives: December 18, 2009

Looming vacancies will leave downtown Phoenix high-rise half-empty

[Source: Jan Buchholz, Phoenix Business Journal] — Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.’s decision to vacate one of downtown Phoenix’s high-rises in the middle of an economic recession will leave a prominent building with a significant hole to fill.  As city and downtown officials herald the deal to combine the mining giant’s corporate headquarters with a Westin hotel in the new One Central Park East building, the potential loser is Mitsubishi Estate New York Inc., which purchased One North Central in March 2008 for $127 million.

With Freeport-McMoRan vacating 185,000 square feet and another major tenant, Ryan Cos., vacating about 20,000 square feet, Mi­tsu­bishi will be faced with 50 percent vacancy — and the challenge of filling the space in a very difficult real estate market.  Ryan, which developed One North Central in part as a build-to-suit for Phelps Dodge Corp. in 2000, is moving into a new building it will finish soon at 3900 E. Camelback Road.  Phelps Dodge merged with Freeport in 2007, creating a much larger mining company.

Colliers International in Phoenix is the leasing agent and representative for the 410,000-square-foot One North Central, but could not get permission from Mitsubishi to discuss that company’s plans to fill the space.  According to research firm CoStar, the building currently is 97 percent leased — but that will drop to 50 percent within six to seven months, when Freeport and Ryan vacate.  “I don’t think the folks who bought One North Central knew what they were getting into.  No question, One North Central will face difficulties,” said Tyler Wilson, senior associate with Grubb & Ellis/BRE Commercial LLC in Phoenix.

Andrew Cheney, a Phoenix broker with Lee & Associates, is more optimistic. “Mitsubishi will feel pain in the short term, but has the staying power to re-lease it at recessionary lease rates,” he said. [Note: To read the full article, visit Looming vacancies will leave downtown Phoenix high-rise half-empty.]

CenPhoTV for the week of 12-18-2009

This week on cenphotv, more tax breaks for another hotel, some fairy tales and cautionary tales, were-chickens, supreme court judges, a call for food, a party at the civic space, and all the best live music in the valley this week.

Polsinelli Shughart takes 45,000 SF at downtown Phoenix’s CityScape

[Source: Emily Baker, CoStar Group] — Polsinelli Shughart PC signed a 10-year lease deal for 45,000 square feet at the CityScape building in Phoenix. The law firm is taking occupancy of the 17th and 18th floors in June of 2010. It is the fifth law firm to sign on with CityScape.  This 27-story office tower building is located at 1 E. Washington St. in downtown Phoenix.  Currently under construction, the building is due to deliver in March 2010.

Jerry Roberts, Corey Hawley, and Jim Fijan of CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord, RED Development.  [Note: To read the full article, visit Polsinelli Shughart takes 45,000 SF at downtown Phoenix’s CityScape.]