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Federal Realty’s Spec Office

Federal Realty’s Spec Office

Why venture into the spec office game--like the 100k SF that Federal Realty broke ground on today at the $1.5B Assembly Row in Somerville? Strong leasing, especially by growing tech and innovation companies, and tightening markets, Federal Realty Boston president Don Briggs tells us.

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We never understand why they don't just use the heavy machinery behind them. Federal's last spec office was a 65k SF pre-recession project in Northern California. It started two years of construction on the $35M office here because potential tenants--who may also be looking for space in the Seaport, Financial District, and Cambridge--wantan existing building rather than a build-to-suit, says Don (far right, next to and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and US Senator William Cowan). The spec project makes sense for an internal reason: to open at the same time all four blocks of the $350M Phase 1, which also includes 450 apartments in two buildings, 330k SF of retail and a three-story cinema.