Moderate Market Movement in West Palm Beach

The metro’s quality of living and lack of state income tax attract firms in the finance, wealth management and other professional service industries, boosting demand for office space.
Office-using employment in West Palm Beach, click to enlarge

The office market in West Palm Beach is on a path of modest but steady growth, consistent with national trends. A healthy business climate with low operating expenses and a young workforce is draw­ing in companies and contributing to growing demand. The metro’s quality of living and lack of state income tax make it a magnet for firms in the corporate finance, wealth management and other pro­fessional service industries.

Employment growth in West Palm Beach is moderate but inconsistent. The financial activities and professional and business services sectors added a combined 2,200 jobs in the 12 months ending in June. Companies such as Wexford Capital LP, Northern Trust, AMG Wealth Partners and Graham Capital Management are clustered in the metro’s core submarkets. However, the information sector lost 700 positions.

Development activity has been gaining traction in 2018, follow­ing a few sluggish quarters. More than 300,000 square feet of of­fice space was under construction as of July, coming on the heels of a year with no new deliveries. Out of the three buildings underway, one 112,000-square-foot property—dubbed Gardens Corporate Cen­ter—is scheduled for completion by year’s end in Palm Beach Gardens. The submarket is home to more than 77 percent of the metro’s total devel­opment pipeline and houses companies such as G4S North America, Centerra Group and Crossmatch.

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