Atlanta Industrial Market Records Positive Absorption for First Time in 7 Quarters

The Atlanta industrial market may finally be showing some signs of life, posting the first quarter of positive absorption since third quarter 2008. The overall vacancy rate for the metro Atlanta industrial market was 13.8 percent at mid-year 2010, up from 13 percent one year ago.

General Mills Social CircleAlthough year-to-date net absorption was negative 1.4 million square feet, absorption for the second quarter was positive for the first quarter since 2008 at 982,000 square feet.  This was due to the delivery of the 1.5 million-square-foot, fully-occupied, General Mills distribution facility completing construction in Social Circle, Ga. (rendering at right).

New construction continued to decrease across the metro area to just 2.1 million square feet in three buildings – 1.4 million square feet of which were in two buildings in the South Atlanta submarket developed by Majestic Realty that are 100% pre-leased to Kraft and Dendreon Corp.

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