State buys Main Street Centre for $49 million

mainstreetinsideThe state of Virginia has purchased Main Street Centre for $48.8 million

The 420,575 square foot Main Street Centre, located on the corner of 6th and E. Main Streets downtown, has been sold by Brandywine Realty Trust.

The building was built in 1986 and houses the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce among other tenants.
According to a publicly available power point, the State will consolidate taxation offices from 2220 W. Broad Street, and the Department of Business Assistance. Both those agencies leased space elsewhere in town.

More space in the new digs will be available as tenants — the building is around 90% occupied — vacate. Tenants likely won’t have trouble finding new space in other office towers. The vacancy rate for Class B space in the Central Business District was 19% in the third quarter of 2008, according to statistics provided by Thalhimer. The vacancy rate has generally been around 17% since 2006. Thalhimer reports.

Andrew Little, a principal at the real estate investment bank John B. Levy & Co. , said the move might help soak up some of the vacated spaces in the other buildings downtown. “You might see some migration down to the James Center, or Riverfront Plaza , or the Bank of America (building) .”

“Those are the buildings that have had holes blown in them with Troutman (Sanders) building tower on water and Williams Mullen building a new tower, and Wachovia securities moving to St. Louis.”

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