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Oklahoma City office market takes several stories

Downtown Oklahoma City is humming. Northwest and north submarkets are in good shape. Midtown submarket takes a big hit.
by Richard Mize Modified: August 16, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: August 16, 2014

What’s the “second story” — the next-to-most-significant news — in Price Edwards & Co.’s midyear office market summary?

(The main story starts on the cover of this section. Downtown forecast in a nutshell: “Vacancy rates will continue to drop until new inventory hits this submarket.”)

The second story is Class A space, Part 2 — in the north and northwest submarkets, according to Craig Tucker, managing broker, who compiled the summary (available at

Will new office buildings on the drawing boards make it to the ground?

“You’re seeing the first build-to-suit out there for Linn Energy. They’re moving out of 80,000 square feet at Quail Springs Office Park, building their own 120,000-square-foot building,” Tucker said. “That whole Memorial corridor’s only at about 1 percent vacancy now. So that’s going to create space that there’s a lot of demand for.

“It’ll be interesting to see how quickly that fills up and if moves like that, when people are creating those holes, is going to kind of cause some developers to pull back on their thoughts of going out and doing spec construction.”

Price Edwards’ northwest submarket forecast: “Vacancy rates should drop as this submarket remains the market’s strongest, and new inventory is gradually absorbed. Quoted rates will increase as landlords enjoy a healthy market with no new buildings coming online in 2014.”

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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