Monthly Archives: September 2017

Severe Weather Safety for Commercial Properties

With hurricane Harvey and Irma hitting the US and causing widespread destruction, it’s a good reminder for all commercial property owners to evaluate their plans should severe weather strike our area. Even if not hit directly, rain, wind, power outages and flooding can occur hundreds of miles inland as a result of a hurricane.

Here are four tips to protecting your building and occupants:

  1. Research – Guidelines are available to provide an overview of what type of weather to expect in your geographic area. Following trusted resources such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service will not only provide information about threatening weather but also resources for emergency situations.
  1. Evaluate the Property – Take extra time to assess the property and identify any maintenance that can be performed to further reduce the risk of damage in the case of a storm. This includes items such as:
  • ensuring trees are trimmed away from the building
  • weather proofing windows and doors
  • ensuring sandbags are available if the property is in an area prone to flooding
  • verifying emergency signage and lightening is clearly displayed and in good working order.
  1. Test Generators – Backup generators are an effective alternative power source in the case of an outage – especially medical facilities where lifesaving machines and medications needing refrigeration are prominent. Make sure all are in working order with appropriate run time to support the facility’s needs.
  1. Plan and Communicate – Work with tenants to develop a plan for severe weather and ensure all employees and occupants are aware of how to respond in the case of an emergency. Prepare supply kits to be kept in central locations throughout the building. Train and practice the plan regularly to reduce the risk of being caught off guard in an emergency.

Severe weather is a serious threat and one that can often happen with little warning. It’s important to be thorough and proactive to ensure your business is protected. McWhirter Realty Partners has a skilled property management team with experience preparing and recovering from weather related events.

 

Atlanta Remains Top City in Nation for Absorption Year to Date

With the first two quarters posting absorption over 12 million square feet, all key indicators continue to confirm that the industrial market in Atlanta remains strong. In fact, the city leads the nation in total net absorption for the year and has already surpassed 75 percent of last year’s net absorption. The south Atlanta submarket made up for more than 60 percent of the year-to-date total.

The continued growth of Atlanta’s infrastructure, logistics and manufacturing industries are driving factors in the market’s success with warehouse and distribution centers representing the majority of the demand. Since the city is a logistic and transportation hub for air, road, water and rail, industrial sector opportunities will continue to increase. These factors and the growth of the e-commerce industry will also highlight the city as an attractive asset for real estate investors.

Georgia’s location, relatively affordable land rates and business-friendly climate often help position the state as a top selection site for big business. McWhirter Realty Partners helps companies find current space, and also identifies, develops and manages new construction opportunities.

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