Commercial Real Estate and Construction: Leading commercial real estate broker sees 'growth seeds'

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"There's a lot of seed and venture capital -- little growth seeds -- and it's working," he said. "A year ago we forecast the county would come out ahead of the rest of the state for that reason."

Class A space in the corridor has been filling up at rents at the same level they were at least 10 years ago, sometimes much older.

"The challenge in 2011 is filling the [class] B space, which in some cases is priced the same as the [class] A space," Mr. Coppin said. "There has to be adjustment for landlords on that."

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