Disruption 2020: Q2 Lab Update

by | 06 October 2020

Greater Boston’s lab market is cooling off a bitOffice has taken a step back, particularly in Boston, and that is beginning to occur in the lab market as well. Here are five key takeaways on second quarter stats: 

  • Lab absorption was positive by 335,000 SF in Q2. The completion of 400500 Cambridge Discovery Park in Alewife and Alkermes’ headquarters in Waltham drove leasing. 
  • Boston demand paused, while it grew in Cambridge and the suburbs (261,000 SF and 74,000 SF, respectively). 
  • Developers are still anxious to get their hands on future development or redevelopment sites. 
    • Alexandria and National Development announced a deal at the Mount Auburn Club. 
    • IQHQ is buying the GCP Applied Technologies campus in Alewife. 
    • Spear Street is acquiring Tufts/Harvard Pilgrim’s Watertown assets. 
  • While office rents have stalled, lab rents continue to grow, up 16.3% year-over-year. 
  • The tenant-in-the-market list is still strong, headlined by Biogen, which is looking for manufacturing space, and CRISPR, said to be close to signing a deal. 

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