Merritt Properties Sees Strong Commercial Leasing Activity for First Quarter 2015

Baltimore, MD – With 70 commercial real estate leasing deals signed in the first quarter of 2015, Merritt Properties posted dramatic gains over the same period in 2014. Notably, the most significant gains resulted from growth within the Merritt portfolio as existing tenants chose to expand.

In the first quarter of 2014, Merritt signed 53 deals, totaling 352,500 square feet of office, flex, warehouse and retail space. Of those deals, 17 were expansions for current tenants, totaling 83,000 square feet. This year in Q1, 30 of Merritt’s 70 deals were expansions, representing 154,000 square feet and an 85.5% increase from the same period last year.

Among Merritt’s tenants who expanded were Direct Energy Solar (formerly Astrum Solar), Marlin Steel Wire, Firaxis Games and NAFCO & Congressional Seafood Company.

In February, Marlin Steel Wire knocked down their north wall to expand into an adjacent bay, increasing their space from 28,000 square feet to 43,000 square feet. Their expansion was driven by increased sales, requiring additional manufacturing equipment and more electrical power to run those machines.

Firaxis Games signed an expansion agreement in February to make room for additional employees. The 9,227-square-foot expansion brings their original office space from 31,663 square feet to 40,890 square feet and is scheduled for completion in June.

“Minimizing the impact to our people and our workflow was paramount during our internal expansion,” said Steve Martin, President of Firaxis Games. “Merritt was incredibly sensitive to our needs and experienced in catering to those demands.   Merritt achieved this goal and more – they were respectful, clean, organized and superb craftsmen.  It was a privilege to partner with Merritt with our project.”

For Direct Energy Solar, their 28,000-square-foot expansion is due to the boom in the solar power industry. The solar service provider plans to add 240 new jobs during the next three years to its Maryland headquarters.

Finally, in anticipation of their growth, NAFCO & Congressional Seafood Company signed an expansion agreement to extend their headquarters from 70,000 square feet to 88,000 square feet, filling the remainder of the seafood distribution facility in Jessup prior to its completion. The project is expected to be completed this summer.

Overall, Merritt’s 70 deals for the first quarter of 2015 accounted for 413,982 square feet of space. Merritt Construction Services, the construction arm of Merritt Properties, is completing all of the necessary renovations and interior build-outs for these projects.

Release courtesy Merritt Properties

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