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Center City Auction Gives Pulse of Local Commercial Market

Real Estate Agent with US Spaces, Inc.

Yesterday's auction of 1441 Chestnut - a parking lot in Center City that has been awaiting redevelopment for years - gave some good indications of where the local commercial real estate market stands. The property traded hands for $12,000,000, with the winning bidder being one of the partners in the group that already owned the property and had been trying to develop it as a hotel and condo tower.

The main conclusion to be drawn from auctions like this one is that there is still very little demand for speculative properties in Philadelphia, especially vacant land. Even in one of the best locations in the city this property sold for roughly the same price that it traded for in 2000 when its development prospects were much murkier and Center City in general was a less-proven market.

Read a full report on the auction here.