Despite the ongoing cyclical pandemic pattern of rising infection rates leading to lock downs and restrictions, followed by reduced infection rates allowing an easing of the restrictions, and then a return to the rising rates, there seems to be a belief that improved times are in the near future.
- During Q1 2021 the greater Edmonton industrial real estate market experienced positive absorption of over 1 million square feet and vacancy rates dropped 60 basis points (bps) to 7.0% over the quarter, the lowest since Q1 2019.
- Leasing activity throughout the quarter was strong, primarily on the back of the rapidly growing need for distribution space.
- Along with the increase in leasing activity and investor interest this quarter, there is significant construction activity. Multiple speculative projects are underway.