In predicting the future, Dean Zander, executive vice president with the brokerage firm CBRE, looked at previous opening waves and existing Downtown buildings. He noted that some properties offer concessions for new tenants, but not on renewals.
The retention rate for buildings a year after opening was 60%, he said, higher than in many other parts of Los Angeles. Zander said the vibrancy of Downtown, including a busy nightlife scene, is keeping many new inhabitants in the neighborhood.
“What’s kind of exciting about it all is when developers try to out-amenitize each other,” Zander said.