FAQ on Opportunity Zones

We reprinted the FAQ document on Opportunity Zones, so you don’t have to go to the Treasury site and download them. Looks like a continued great opportunity for real estate investors.

Final Regulations on Opportunity Zones:

Frequently Asked Questions

 

After considering over 300 formal comment letters and additional taxpayer feedback, the Treasury Department and IRS have issued final regulations on Opportunity Zones to provide clarity and certainty for investors and communities.

The questions and answers below describe changes made to the proposed regulations that are reflected in the final regulations in response to engagement with the public.

What types of gains may be invested and when?

  • General rule — The final regulations amend the proposed regulations’ general rule that only capital gain may be invested in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) during the 180-day investment period by clarifying that only eligible gain taxable in the United States may be invested in a QOF.

 

  • Sales of business property — The proposed regulations only permitted the amount of an investor’s gains from the sale of business property that were greater than the investor’s losses from such sales to be invested in QOFs, and required the 180-day investment period to begin on the last day of the investor’s tax year. The final regulations allow a taxpayer to invest the entire amount of gains from such sales without regard to losses and change the beginning of the investment period from the end of the year to the date of the sale of each asset.

 

  • Partnership gain — Partners in a partnership, shareholders of an S corporation, and beneficiaries of estates and non-grantor trusts have the option to start the 180-day investment period on the due date of the entity’s tax return, not including any extensions. This change addresses taxpayer concerns about potentially missing investment opportunities due to an owner of a business entity receiving a late Schedule K-1 (or other form) from the entity.

 

  • Investment of Regulated Investment Company (RIC) and Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) gains — The rules clarify that the 180-day investment period generally starts at the close of the shareholder’s tax year and provides that gains can, at the shareholder’s option, also be invested based on the 180-day investment period starting when the shareholder receives capital gains dividends from a RIC or REIT.

 

  • Installment sales — The rules clarify that gains from installment sales are able to be invested when received, even if the initial installment payment was made before 2018.
  • Nonresident investment — The final regulations provide that nonresident alien individuals and foreign corporations may make Opportunity Zone investments with capital gains that are effectively connected to a U.S. trade or business. This includes capital gains on real estate assets taxed to nonresident alien individuals and foreign corporations under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act rules.

When may gains be excluded from tax after an investment is held for a 10-year period? 

  • Sales of property by a Qualified Opportunity Zone Business (QOZB) — In the proposed regulations, an investor could only elect to exclude gains from the sale of qualifying investments or property sold by a QOF operating in partnership or S Corporation form, but not property sold by a subsidiary entity. The final regulations provide that capital gains from the sale of property by a QOZB that is held by such a QOF may also be excluded from income as long as the investor’s qualifying investment in the QOF has been held for 10 years. However, the amount of gain from such a QOF’s or its QOZBs’ asset sales that an investor in the QOF may elect to exclude each year will reduce the amount of the investor’s interest in the QOF that remains a qualifying investment.

 

  • Applicability to other gains — The final rules clarify that the exclusion is available to other gains, such as distributions by a corporation to shareholders or a partnership to a partner, that are treated as gains from the sale or exchange of property (other than inventory) for Federal income tax purposes.

How does a Fund determine levels of new investment in a Qualified Opportunity Zone? 

  • Aggregation of property for purposes of the substantial improvement test — QOFs and QOZBs can take into account purchased original use assets that otherwise would qualify as qualified opportunity zone business property if the purchased assets:

 

  • Are used in the same trade or business in the Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) or a contiguous QOZ for which a non-original use asset is used, and

 

  • Improve the functionality of the non-original use assets in the same QOZ or a contiguous QOZ.

 

  • Aggregation of property for purposes of the substantial improvement test (continued) — In certain cases, the final regulations permit a group of two or more buildings located on the same parcel(s) of land to be treated as a single property. In these cases, any additions to the basis of the buildings in the group are aggregated to determine satisfaction of the substantial improvement requirement. Thus, a taxpayer need not increase the basis of each building by 100% as long as the total additions to basis for the group of buildings equals 100% of the initial basis for the group.

 

  • Vacancy period to allow a building to qualify as original use — The final regulations reduce the five-year vacancy requirement in the proposed regulations to a one-year vacancy requirement, if the property was vacant for at least one-year prior to the QOZ being designated and remains vacant through the date of purchase. For other vacant property, the proposed five-year vacancy requirement is reduced to three years. In addition, property involuntarily transferred to local government control is included in the definition of the term vacant, allowing it to be treated as original use property when purchased by a QOF or QOZB from the local government.

 

  • Leasing — The final regulations provide several changes to leasing provisions in the proposed regulations:

 

  • State and local governments, as well as Indian tribal governments, will be exempt from the market-rate requirements for leased tangible property,

 

  • Leases between unrelated parties are generally presumed to be at market rate terms, and

 

  • Short-term leases of personal property to lessors using the property outside a QOZ may be counted as Qualified Opportunity Zone Business Property (QOZBP).

 

  • Working capital safe harbor — The final regulations provide several refinements to the working capital safe harbor:

 

  • They create an additional 62-month safe harbor for start-up businesses to ensure that they can comply with the 70-percent tangible property standard, the 50-percent gross income requirement, and other requirements to qualify as a QOZB;

 

  • They provide that a QOZB can receive an extra 24 months to use working capital if the QOZ is in a Federally-declared disaster area;

 

  • They clarify that the safe harbor can only be used for a 62-month period and that amounts remaining at the conclusion of the period cannot be counted as tangible property for purposes of the 70-percent tangible property standard; and

 

  • They allow a QOZB to treat equipment, buildings, and other tangible property that is being improved with the working capital as QOZBP that is “used in a trade or business” for purposes of the requirement that a QOZB must be engaged in a trade or business.

 

  • In addition, the final regulations provide that a QOZB not utilizing the working capital safe harbor may treat tangible property undergoing the substantial improvement process as being used in a trade or business.

 

  • Measurement of “use” for the 70-percent use test— The final regulations provide that, if tangible property is used in one or more QOZs, satisfaction of the 70-percent use test is determined by aggregating the number of days the tangible property in each QOZ is utilized. Accordingly, the final regulations set forth a clearer way for determining satisfaction of the 70-percent use test, including a safe harbor for certain tangible property used both inside and outside the geographic borders of a QOZ.

 

  • Determinations of location and “use” of intangible property — The final regulations provide that intangible property qualifies as used in the QOZ if:

 

  • The use of the intangible property is normal, usual, or customary in the conduct of the trade or business, and

 

  • The use contributes to the generation of gross income for the trade or business.

 

  • Other clarifications regarding business property of QOFs or QOZBs

 

  • Real property straddling census tracts — The final regulations include both a square footage test and an unadjusted cost test to determine if a project is primarily in a QOZ, and provide that parcels or tracts of land will be considered contiguous if they possess common boundaries, and would be contiguous but for the interposition of a road, street, railroad, stream or similar property. Importantly, the final regulations also extend the straddle rules to QOF’s and QOZB’s with respect to the 70-percent use test.

 

  • Brownfield sites — The final regulations provide that both the land and structures in a Brownfield site redevelopment are considered to be original use property as long as the QOF or QOZB make investments into the Brownfield site to improve its safety and compliance with environmental standards.

 

  • Self-constructed property — The final rules provide that self-constructed property can count for purposes of the QOF’s 90-percent asset test and the QOZB’s 70-percent asset test, and is valued at the purchase price as of the date when physical work of a significant nature begins.

 

  • De minimis exception for “sin businesses” — The final regulations provide that a QOZB may have less than 5 percent of its property leased to a so-called “sin business” described in 26 U.S.C. §144(c)(6)(B). For example, a hotel business of a QOZB could potentially lease space to a spa that provides tanning services.

How can large C Corporations invest in Opportunity Zones? 

  • The final regulations provide an election for a consolidated group of C Corporations to treat a lower-tier QOF C Corporation as a member of the consolidated group if:

 

    • Only other members of the consolidated group hold 100% of the QOF member’s stock, and

 

    • The QOF member complies with special intergroup transaction rules to remain a member of the group.

 

  • The regulations also provide alternative retroactive elections for a consolidated group that had formed a QOF C Corporation before the May 1, 2018, proposed regulations to elect to treat the treat the QOF C Corporation as:

 

    • Always having been a QOF partnership, or

 

    • Never having been a member of the consolidated group.

Residential Real Estate Investors Get FHA Benefit for Opportunity Zones

Last Friday, November 22nd HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced some changes to how 203K loans can be used in Opportunity Zones. For some residential real estate investors, this could be great news.

The HUD Release stated: 

Beginning December 16, homebuyers seeking to purchase a home in a qualified Opportunity Zone can use the Limited 203(k) program to finance rehabilitation costs up to $50,000 into the total mortgage amount.

This is an increase of $15,000 over the Limited 203(k) rehab maximum amount of $35,000 allowed through the program on single family homes not located in Opportunity Zones.

Existing homeowners with homes in Opportunity Zones can also use the larger allowable rehabilitation amount when refinancing to rehabilitate their existing homes.

“Providing this opportunity means that the families seeking affordable homeownership or to improve their homes in distressed neighborhoods – where rehabilitation is needed the most – have a path to financing that makes it realistic to do the repairs and improvements that will uplift the entire community,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

FHA’s Limited 203(k) program permits homebuyers and homeowners to finance rehabilitation costs into their mortgage to repair, improve, or upgrade their home, allowing them to tap into cash to pay for property repairs or improvements, such as those identified by a home inspector or an appraiser.

Allowable improvements include connecting to public water and sewage systems, repairing or replacing plumbing, heating, air conditioning or electrical systems, and covering lead-based paint stabilization costs.

Workforce Growth and Real Estate Investing

In our blog post yesterday, we mentioned wow we are seeing the growth of rural areas for mixed-use developments. This potential for real estate investors was also highlighted in an ancillary way by a study put out by Emsi which is a LaborForce Analytics company, economicmodeling.com.

The study, The Fourth Annual Talent Attraction Scorecard, examines standouts in large counties (100,000+ population), small counties (5,000-99,999 population) and very small counties (5,000 or > population to find which counties were the most successful in growing their workforce.

Workforce Growth’s Impact on Real Estate Investing

Note for Small Counties:A theme in the stories of these small counties is that the talent attraction and job growth largely came from within via capital investments by existing companies (energy companies in the case of Cameron and Burke) and infrastructure buildout. Highlighting that investing in existing assets and regional infrastructure is often the most feasible and beneficial route to jumpstart growth and prosperity.

Note for Micro Counties:Storey has essentially become a commuter hub, a place where people from other regions come to earn and spend money. In Storey’s case, this is the result largely of the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, home to the Tesla Gigafactory. This highlights the importance of looking at economic development from a regional level – as talent can, and will, migrate beyond city and county boundaries.

For real estate investors finding areas with companies making capital investments, governments making infrastructure improvements, or the creation of new corporate and industrial centers can provide strong signals for strong places to make new or additional real estate investments.

Below are some local counties both small and large which have seen positive growth year over year. For local investors, this could prove one step towards finding strong real estate investments.

Small Local Counties With Positive Growth:

Salem County, NJ went from 1,822 to 1,485

Fulton County, PA went from 257 to 47

Cape May County, NJ went from 1,373 to 1,007

Kent County, MD went from 1,126 to 719

Queen Anne’s County, MD went from 725 to 417

 

Large Local Counties With Positive Growth:

Camden County, NJ went from 514 to 458

Gloucester County, NJ went from 302 to 239

Montgomery County, PA went from 397 to 304

Delaware County, PA went from 531 to 523

Philadelphia County, PA went from 587 to 575

Lancaster County, PA went from 358 to 295

Berks County, PA went from 456 to 429

Axios has an excellent write-up, The U.S. cities that are thriving under the radar, on the study with some good highlights for those looking to invest in some smaller cities, throughout the country.

For smaller cities, an anchoring corporate headquarters or university can be a boon. But there’s hope even for those without a flagship institution. Cities are finding success with “placemaking,” says Kristin Sharp, a partner at Entangled Solutions, an education consulting company. That means they’re figuring out a brand that convinces people to move there — or, often, move back home after a stint in a bigger city.

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4 Hot Industrial Real Estate Markets To Watch

The industrial market has long been a favorite amongst CRE investors and occupiers for a variety of reasons. In the United States, there is normally a need for industrial properties at any given time. This makes the industrial sector especially hot for future real estate endeavors due to its resilience.

By using NAI Global’s expert local research, along with the input of their region-specific team members — which produces intelligence that conveys future predictions in quarterly reports — we have put together a list of 5 hot industrial real estate markets and why you should be watching them now.

 

  1. Northern New Jersey

Northern New Jersey has always been a hotbed for industrial activity. New Jersey has the appeal to many investors and major corporations, especially in the warehouse, manufacturing and distribution sectors. The market has remained incredibly strong for a number of years and continues to grow. Due to the proximity to New York City, the valuable space in the Meadowlands, Wayne, and Totowa often results in incredibly high demand from buyers.

Overall, at the end of 2018, Northern New Jersey had an average asking rate of $8.16 and vacancy of only 2.9%. Asking rates have almost doubled since 2015, and vacancies have plummeted creating incredible demand. “Leasing of new construction has led the charge, being absorbed before or upon delivery. Overall, this sector’s vacancy rate has further declined to leave little availability. This pressure has pushed rates to record heights with NNN deals in the $14 range,”says Russell Verducci, Vice President of NAI Hanson.

 

  1. San Diego California

San Diego and the surrounding areas are commonly associated with success in the multifamily sector, and while that is true — the industrial sector is also thriving. Unlike the aforementioned area in New Jersey, San Diego mainly appeals to the defense, biotech, and life science industries. “Torrey Pines is home to world-renowned research institutions performing groundbreaking work,” research shows. Innovative current tenants looking to expand increases demand and pushes flex vacancies to an extremely desirable rate.  Additionally, with new construction on the rise, and the enthusiasm shown by investors NAI San Diego’s regional experts predict high sales volume by the end of 2019.

 

  1. Central North Carolina

North Carolina also has a positive outlook in the current and future industrial market making it one to keep an eye on. According to Colin Rockson, industrial division broker for NAI Piedmont Triad, vacancy is predicted to stay low in the regional industrial market, which will encourage increased rental rates. Not to mention, the high demand in the area has sparked interest amongst developers — thus prompting new properties to be developed, especially ones with larger footprints.

 

  1. Western Michigan

Western Michigan has some great stats for industrial development. With a low unemployment rate of only 3.3% and 130+ international companies in the immediate area, jobs flourish and so do industrial needs to support those jobs and companies. Pair this with a limited supply which has prompted new construction, giving even more opportunities to investors, corporations, developers, and brokers. This area of Michigan is especially proficient in the manufacturing sector, and predictions for the remainder of 2019 are looking especially strong so ensure you keep an eye on the industrial market here.

 

 

 

 

Rural Town Centers Continue to Grow

An interesting trend highlighted by a recent BisNow article, Coming To A Rural Area Near You: Urban Mixed-Use Development, is the growth of developers looking at rural areas to build urban style mixed-use developments. The article highlights some mixed-use developments happening outside Atlanta but we are beginning to see the growth of the concept along the Mid-Atlantic also.

Southeastern Pennsylvania, for example, is seeing more mixed-use developments in suburban areas outside Philadelphia and as far West as Lancaster and North in Allentown. The growth of these developments is fueled by cheaper land and a population increasingly interested in areas outside the city.

While it’s not shocking we are seeing these developments in places along the Main Line, the growth of the concept as far out as Lancaster shows there is a desire for people to have basically a town center.

Growth of Rural Town Centers

While most of the town centers require the majority of residents in an area to take a short drive in order to reach them, the attraction is the density of available shopping and dining offerings.

When these new developments find a strong tenant mix that attracts both those needing to shop and dine, success seems to follow.

As the article highlighted in a quote from Cheri Morris, “In some ways, it’s like we’re going back to the way things used to be, in which most people could walk or just [take] a short ride to a retail area that was the town square.”

With the increase in the number of people who don’t go to an office every day, we may continue to see these types of developments continue to grow in increasingly rural areas.

 

The Evolution of the Open Workplace: What’s Next?

The contemporary workplace has gone through a major makeover. Compared to offices of the past, today’s professional spaces would look more like high productivity social areas. Traditionally, offices were window-less boxes designed in a strikingly minimal and bland color scheme. Only the barest necessities were included in these drab rooms.

On the contrary, today’s workplaces are full of vibrant colors, social areas for collaboration, and lots of natural elements. The open office concept has grown in popularity since it meets the needs of the new workforce.

However, the open-floored designs are far from finalized. They’re still adding new elements and features geared towards providing team members with all the tools they need to streamline workflows, increase efficiency, and enhance productivity.

Mobility Is All The Rage

Today’s workplace elements are focused on customization. Modern office spaces need to fulfill many different roles. From holding large conferences to facilitating quiet personal work, to holding a mixed environment of groups and solo sessions; there’s a lot to live up to.

As of yet, the most successful solution lies in kinetic elements. This means that office spaces will be full of modular and moveable elements that can easily be moved, shifted, switched around, taken apart, and put back together again. This enables users to keenly meet the unique needs of each and every moment – all without missing a beat.

Let’s look at a few of the latest trends that will continue to revolutionize the open workplace scheme.

Movable Walls

Who said walls had to be static? The open workplace concept is being enhanced by the addition of mobile walls. Large walls that pivot, shift, and roll give spaces the flexibility required to always fulfill the needs of a space.

On top of this, they also reduce the construction costs associated with changing an office’s design. Installing mobile walls is more cost-effective than knocking down and rebuilding the property’s structural elements.

Mobile Pods

Personal and group pods are popular elements within today’s office scene. They allow team members to break away from the greater crowd and focus on the work at hand. These pods are soundproof, so they don’t disturb others and prevent distractions from reaching within.

In efforts to make these pods more accessible, they’re adding mobility to their repertoire. These small box-shaped meeting rooms on wheels give users a large sense of control and customization, taking the open workspace to new potentials.

Overcoming Barriers: Tending to Everyone

Although the open workplace concept is incredibly popular, the truth is that it isn’t the optimum solution for everyone. Some people don’t work well in these highly active and exposed spaces. With so much going on in terms of sound and movement, it can quickly become a distracting inhibition for getting work done. Everyone has their own preference, and studies show that up to 30% of employees in open-plan offices were dissatisfied with the level of noise in their workplace.

In cases like this, mobile elements are meant to allow everyone to find their perfect environment. It enables team members to create a specialized personal workspace, helping to close off distractions. Will this be the ultimate solution?

 

4 CRE Trends We Can Attribute to Millennials

Today’s workforce is undergoing a major shift in population. As of 2017, 56 million Millennials are either working or actively searching for work, making them the largest segment of the U.S. labor force, surpassing Gen Xers in 2016.

More than one out of every three American workers is a Millennial — more than Gen Xers and much more than Baby Boomers. And, just as every other generation that came before them, Millennials pride themselves on marching to the beat of their own drum, if you will — wearing different clothes, listening to different music, and working differently.

The very idea of where and how we work is undergoing a revolution right now, with major changes being made in physical design and decor.

Here’s a closer look at 4 CRE trends we can attribute to millennials…

  1. Millennials prefer non-traditional workspaces

Millennials often get a bad rap for being aloof, self-centered and poor communicators in the workplace, this doesn’t seem to hold up in practice. Millennials prefer “work casual” environments — thriving in open workspaces with lots of common areas for casual, impromptu meetings. Long gone are the closed offices and rows of traditional cubicles; now, glass walls, common tables, and even sofas rule the new workspace.

 

  1. Millennials are comfortable with unassigned workspaces

These days, people aren’t the only capital that needs to work smarter, not harder — offices are regularly required to accommodate more and more workers with less square footage and fewer desks. One solution to this issue is unassigned workspaces. Strategies such as free desking, desk sharing, benching and more all allow employees to work at different places throughout the day. An added bonus? A change in scenery is proven to boost your performance at work.

 

  1. Millennials embrace high technology

While technology isn’t exactly a design trend, it definitely plays a major role in today’s modern workspace. With more and more millennials in leadership roles, outfitting office spaces, technology everywhere — wireless keyboards and mice, headsets, smartboards, dual monitors, personal laptops and tablets, smartphones, and more. And, in true Millennial fashion, these items are pulling double duty — that PA system that was used in this morning’s budget meeting? It’s being used for karaoke later during office happy hour.

 

  1. Millennials are making work fun

One of the most marked trends of millennials in the workplace is that they’re making work feel, well… not like work. Millennials work hard and play hard, and they demand an office environment that keeps up with them. They’re looking for a space that has plenty of room for office gatherings, or even a pool table or ping pong table. Providing engaging areas throughout the office will help your employees relax and give their brain a rest. And rest assured, they’ll be back at work in no time — recharged and ready to go.

 

More Than Design: Putting the Pieces Together

You may be wondering why all of this matters. If your company is successful and you pay competitive wages, you’ll attract the best employees, right? Not necessarily. Another trait of millennials workers is that more and more factors are becoming more important than their paycheck — things like workplace culture, flexibility and yes, a well-appointed workspace.

Companies Considering Real Estate Development

Should More Companies Consider Real Estate Development

At recently reported by Bloomberg, Macy’s is planning to build a skyscraper on top of its famous Herald Square location in order to unlock the real estate investment potential inherent in its prime location. The plans currently call for a 1.2 million square foot tower. The plan also calls for the tower to be occupied by tenants other than Macy’s giving it a great opportunity to grow a cash flow positive asset, in addition to its recent success in growing its digital presence.

Another company looking to unlock the power of real estate development is Life Time. The fitness and now co-working company just announced plans to build several high-end multifamily properties in conjunction with its fitness and co-working spaces. The new concept called Life Time Living, which will be health-focused luxury residential residences.

BisNow reports on this new offering, Life Time Launches High-End Apartment Concept.

Combined with Life Time Fitness and Life Time Work, these projects will now be Life Time Villages…Residents who join these communities will obtain direct access to high-end fitness facilities and coworking space.

Every apartment will offer a Life Time Athletic Resort & Spa and a LifeCafe. Renters will have access to a variety of one- and two-bedroom apartments.

“Living an active, healthy and happy lifestyle is dependent upon many factors. Among them is the critical element of where we choose to live,” Life Time founder, Chairman and CEO Bahram Akradi said in a press statement. “By integrating where we live, work and play in these Life Time Village developments, we’re creating far more time efficiency for members in their day-to-day lives while also having a positive impact on our planet. The design truly is a natural extension of our mission to inspire people to live completely healthy, happy lives.”

For both Macy’s and Life Time, real estate development allows each company to unlock stored value. With the creation of Opportunity Zones, it will be interesting to see what other companies follow suit and begin to utilize real estate development as a means to unlocking more shareholder value.

Savvy real estate developers and investors will find value in helping corporations unlock the hidden value in their real estate holdings.

Real Estate Investors See Value In Montgomery County

Real estate investors in the Philadelphia Metro area have numerous excellent opportunities for investment. For those with a long-term outlook, it is important to look at a number of variables, one being what’s the long-term outlook for growth.

One area which is currently seeing tremendous growth and could potentially see even more growth is Montgomery County. Right now areas like Conshohocken and King of Prussia are seeing strong growth in industrial and commercial and residential real estate projects and from a look at projects in the planning phase, even more, growth can be expected.

Currently, more growth is expected even along Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore. Piazza Management recently unveiled plans for a new mixed-use development on Lancaster Ave. Katie Park for Philly.com wrote a recent article, Ardmore is getting ready for its transformation — a downtown, which highlighted this potential development.

If approved, the complex would replace the Acura and Volkswagen dealerships on Lancaster Avenue with a six-story, mixed-use complex that would have 257 apartments, 122,990 square feet of commercial space, and 840 parking spots.

Located on a highly visible and traversed section of Ardmore’s commercial district, the development could be a linchpin of the town’s vision of an attractive, walkable downtown that abuts residential neighborhoods.

This new development could bring major changes to downtown Ardmore and trickle out up and down Lancaster Ave and the surrounding neighborhoods. Meanwhile, Conshohocken is seeing tremendous growth in office space and mixed-use developments. One major project that has been announced is SORA West.

A massive new mixed-use development featuring office space for a major company, a hotel, and dining options has broken ground in Conshohocken.

Officials are calling SORA West “vibrant public plaza,” which, when complete, will include a 200-foot tower, 165-room hotel with a rooftop restaurant and lounge, a 1,500 space parking garage, and more.

Amerisourcebergen, a pharmaceutical distributor and one of the wealthiest companies in the world, will relocate its global headquarters to the 11-story, 429,000 square foot office tower.

This new development and the relocation of Amerisourcebergen from Chesterbrook (Chester County) to Conshohocken (Montgomery County) will likely spur additional growth in Conshohocken and throughout Montgomery County.

Fortunately, for investors in Conshohocken and Montgomery County, this is not the only new office development planned. More Than The Curve reported, that Seven Tower Bridge, a previously bankrupt development, is now going forward with another building 250,000 square feet of office space on the Conshohocken riverfront.

Within the article they mention the potential tenant being Hamilton Lane who would be making a move within Montgomery County from Bala Cynwyd to Conshohocken.

While all these developments are great for Montgomery County, it also means there are plenty of opportunities for savvy real estate investors throughout the area.

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Will Coatesville Real Estate Benefit From Its Opportunity Zone?

With Opportunity Zones continuing to be on the minds of real estate investors, one Pennsylvania Opportunity Zone that could be poised for tremendous growth is in Coatesville. The Coatesville Opportunity Zone has several positives outside just the OZ incentives.

Vista.Today has a recent article, Coatesville’s Future Isn’t in Our Rearview Mirror, highlighting the changes happening around Coatesville:

Despite repeated and well-intentioned initiatives over the years, Coatesville was seen by many as distressed and unable to summon the vision or willpower to rise up and revitalize itself on its own.

That all started to change 10 years ago when city leaders, local clergy, county and state politicians, together with civic and business leaders, began imagining what a revitalized Coatesville might look like and began working incrementally toward that vision.

Today, the city’s “Green Tape” policies make it easier than ever to apply for and receive building permits and code changes.

A LERTA program, meant to offer tax abatements to developers who invest in and redevelop difficult or undesirable properties, is in place.

 

Another excellent benefit for Coatesville is being located in Chester County which is experiencing tremendous growth and is among the most affluent counties in Pennsylvania along with being one of the healthiest counties in the US. Patch.com has an article on it, Chester County Among Nation’s Healthiest Communities: U.S. News.

Chester County is in the top echelon of the nation’s healthiest communities, new rankings say.

Released on Tuesday, the 2019 healthiest communities rankings are a joint collaboration between U.S. News & World Report and the Aetna Foundation. To come up with the finalized list, U.S. News and the Aetna Foundation evaluated nearly 3,000 communities across multiple health-related metrics in 10 categories.

Chester County placed 117th overall, just behind Pennsylvania leader Montgomery County (110th) and ahead of Bucks (174). Those were the only three southeastern Pennsylvania counties to make the list.

 

NBC 10 Philadelphia highlights another big change coming to Coatesville, SEPTA Set to Resume Regional Rail Service in Coatesville. The return of SEPTA regional rail service could potentially be a bigger boost than the Opportunity Zone designation.

After more than two decades away, Chester County and SEPTA officials announced Thursday that regional rail service is set to return to the city. The move is part of a larger effort to revitalize Coatesville…

The nearest SEPTA train service is the Paoli/Thorndale line, which goes only as far as the Thorndale station, about 3 miles from the current Coatesville Amtrak station.

The new train station would be located at Third Avenue and Fleetwood Street, and service would not begin until the station’s completion. However, though the county commissioners promised $1 million to fund a parking lot for the station, it’s still unclear when the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will complete its construction.

If you are an investor who is considering buying real estate in or around Opportunity Zones in Pennsylvania, then it definitely could be beneficial to check out what’s happening in Coatesville.

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