PRESS RELEASE: Can Stranded Office Buildings Become Logistics Hubs?

The e-commerce industry needs more last-mile delivery centres, but logistics space is tight. Here’s a novel idea: Could we repurpose stranded, suburban office assets into logistics hubs?
• Prime Locations: Suburban offices are often conveniently located near arterial roads and connections, ideal for last-mile delivery.
• Revitalisation Play: Filling vacancies would boost occupancy and generate income for owners.
• Structural Challenges: Upgrading offices for logistics may be expensive and time-consuming.
• Regulatory Hurdles: Zoning changes and permits could slow redevelopment.

The Numbers Tell a Story:
While traditionally, the office-industrial rental delta would exclude this concept from further thought, effective rents for both sectors continue to converge.

Current Average Rent & Incentive Comparison (Indicative, $/sqm):
[See Table 1]
Source: ResolveXO Research

The Takeaway:
Comprehensive analysis is needed but with sustained high office vacancy rates, growing pressure on aging office assets and the continued supply-demand imbalance in logistics hubs, options beyond residential, BTR or assisted living office conversions may be worth exploring.

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Name: Kristina Mastrullo - Head of ResearchCompany: ResolveXO - Corporate Property StrategistsEmail: Phone: +61422126379

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