Cole Represents Penn State Health St. Joseph in Robesonia

NAI Keystone’s Bryan Cole represented Penn State Health St. Joseph in leasing a new facility in Robesonia PA.  NAI’s John Buccinno represented the Landlord, Mr. Vince Giannotti.  The site was home to Giannotti’s Italian Kitchen restaurant.


The site is a 6,000 sf. Free Standing Building at a lighted intersection in the heart of Robesonia at 410 E. Penn Ave.


For More Information call:  Bryan Cole @ 610.370.8502 or


By Bryan Cole, SIOR | Principal

NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, LLC |


New Sublease Opportunity in Wyomissing

NAI Keystone’s Bryan Cole has been hired to represent a 5,045 usf. sublease at 30 Commerce Drive in Wyomissing PA.  Due to the expansion needed by the current tenant, this prime single story office building is available for lease.  The suite is set up for a financial user and has higher end interior finishes with large offices and open workspace.

Call for Details.


By Bryan Cole, SIOR | Principal

NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, LLC | | 610.370.8502

Greater Reading Office Market Overview End of 1st Quarter 2017 Office Report By Bryan Cole, SIOR

Suburban Overview

The overall Suburban Office Market was relatively flat thru the 1st quarter of 2017 with vacancy rates for Class A Office product at 5.56% which is a higher than Year End 2016 and a few percentage points higher than the same period in 2016.  There were several lease renewals which were good for the market, however it did not attribute to the absorption rate as most leases were renewed as is with little to no expansions.

The total proposed sites tracked, equates to 93,100 sf. which when added to the existing product and sublease space pushes the vacancy rates up to 8.22%.

The average rental rates also remained flat from the previous quarter at $19.50 – $24.50 per square foot modified gross, however they are a few dollars per square foot higher than the same period in 2016.

The Class B office sector continues to be the driver of most absorption within the County, however it also remained flat in the 1st quarter of 2017.  The overall vacancy rates increased to 15.01% from the end of 2016 which is exactly where the rates were in the same period of 2016.

The rental rates were flat from the end of 2016 to the end of the 1st quarter of 2017 with rates in the $15.50 – $19.50 per square foot modified gross range.  However, the rates are much higher than the same period in 2016.

The 2017 Office market as described in the end of year 2016 report seems to be poised for strong growth in the Financial Sector and the Medical Sector.

The description from the End of Year 2016 report remains true:

The financial sector has seen significant growth locally with various financial institutions looking to increase their footprints and amenities to attract a younger workforce and embrace the change in technology.  The Medical Sector is another part of the industry which continues to see growth.  Several smaller, less efficient medical buildings have been placed on the market for sale or lease, however these facilities are becoming outdated and too small to benefit or attract the larger health systems.  The growth pattern seems to indicate larger, better located facilities, with easy access to customers and better technology.

Overall activity was concentrated on Lease Renewals rather than new deals.  This is a common pattern in the 1st quarter as leases expiring towards the middle or end of the given year result in early negotiations.


Downtown Overview

The Reading Central Business District (CBD) ended the 1st quarter of 2017 with a vacancy rate of 5.02% which is slightly higher than the same period in 2016.  As previously outlined, we currently track eight (8) buildings which are classified as Class A Office Buildings in Downtown Readings CBD.  These variables are location, infrastructure, and overall appeal.  The Reading Class A CBD is below National Averages for CBD related markets, as well as the Philadelphia CBD.

The Class A sectors rental rates remain unchanged from the end of 2016 at $11.00 – $15.50 psf. modified gross.

The Class B Downtown Office Market ended the 1st quarter of 2017 with a vacancy rate of 27.89%.  This was a slight decrease in vacancy rates from the previous quarter.  The vacancy rate is slightly higher than the same period in 2016.  The average rental rates for downtown product is very low compared to the other CBD markets at $8.50 – $12.00 per square foot modified gross.

As outlined in the 2016 End of Year Report and as shown below remain true:

The positive spin is that there are a few local investors who have been trying to resurrect some of the outdated facilities, and the hope is they are successful at attracting new companies that can take advantage of the workforce and bring some business back to downtown.  The City and the local business leaders need to continue to work together to make this a reality; and remove the obstacles to help business succeed in downtown.  Other nearby markets, such as Lancaster and Allentown have had local companies take larger buildings and convert them into residential and higher end updated office facilities.


Commercial Space Overall

As I have mentioned in every quarterly article that I have written, the key elements that will be critical to all sectors of commercial real estate, is the need to work with dedicated, educated, and willing township officials and boards that can assist in getting approvals expedited and incentives obtained.  This will be an absolute critical element in all deals moving forward.  Greater Reading is fortunate to have these types of organizations and people in place.  The hope is that municipalities will learn the successes from one another and incorporate that into their areas.  Berks County is also fortunate to have strong local business leaders that are willing to spend their time and resources to assist their respective areas, and it is critical that municipalities lean on those individuals for guidance.


Check for a full and comprehensive Office Market Report.


By Bryan Cole, SIOR | Principal

NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, LLC |

NAI Keystone is excited to have a part in VF’s Redevelopment and Various Projects within the Wyomissing Area.

Bryan Cole and John Buccinno of NAI Keystone are excited to be part of the rapid progress in West Reading and Wyomissing and are involved in a number of large public projects along with a few projects that sometimes fall below the radar. These projects consist of both existing buildings and future redevelopment opportunities and have contributed considerably to the areas growth.

Completed projects in just the past few years:

  • the Sale of the Former Arrow International Building in Wyomissing
  • the Sale of the Former Narrow Fabric Building along Hill Ave in West Reading
  • the Leasing of the Martins Flooring Space along Park Road
  • the Leasing of the A to Z Vacuum Space along Park Road
  • the Leasing of Rentokil’s corporate offices along Berkshire Blvd.
  • the Leasing of up to 95,000 sf. of Office Projects within the former Glen Gery Site now known as the Wyomissing Corporate Campus
  • the Leasing of 40,000 sf. of Office / Medical deals along State Hill Road
  • the Leasing of 67,000 sf of Office to C.N.A. Insurance at 1 Meridian Blvd.
  • the Lease of 15,000 sf. To UGI Utilities Inc. at 1 Meridian Blvd.
  • nearly 100,000 sf. of lease renewals in Wyomissing and Spring Twp.
  • and most notable the representation of UGI Energy Services into their new HQ at the VF Outlets which is being led by Buccinno

We are excited to be part of these projects and look forward to watching the market continue to grow during these exciting times.  The projects outlined above and the future projects shown below proves Berks County has a lot going on, especially when you have local municipalities that work together to make the area business friendly and understand the need for redevelopment projects.

In addition, we are pleased to have a number of available sites within the same areas outlined above.

  • a 66,000 sf. building for sale or lease directly across from the VF Outlets at 200 N. Park Rd
  • a 12,000 sf. two story office building for lease at 420 N. Park Road
  • various suites for lease at 2001 State Hill Road including prime 1st floor area
  • various suites for lease within the Wyomissing Professional Center, Wyomissing Corporate Campus, and the Spring Ridge Corporate Campus
  • a large open lot within Berkshire Court and another office pad site along Meridian Blvd.
  • a 11,000 sf. retail building along State Hill Road for Sale or Lease
  • up to 9,000 sf. of new space available at Granite Point
  • various suites available along the Berkshire Blvd. corridor

We look forward to any individual or companies interest in learning more or wanting to become part of the exciting times in Berks County and we welcome any questions.  We at NAI provide a market report on a quarterly basis which is published by the Reading Eagle Newspaper via the Business Weekly section and can be obtained from our website at or


Thank you to all of our partners who have had a hand in getting these deals across the finish line.


Call or Email for Details

Bryan E. Cole, SIOR | Principal

NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, LLC
875 Berkshire Blvd., Suite 102
Wyomissing, PA 19610 or 

Suburban Berks County Office Report – 3Q16

Suburban Berks County Overview – End of 3rd Quarter 2016

The Greater Reading Suburban Office Market ended the 3rd Quarter 2016 with a vacancy rate for Class A Office Buildings at 8.94% which includes existing and proposed sites. The vacancy rate for only Existing Class A Office Buildings is 3.00%.  This is a negative in vacancy rates from the end of 2015, and an overall decrease from the same period in 2014.  The average rental rates went up slightly and are now at $19.50 – $24.50 per square foot modified gross, which is a larger increase in the rates from the same period in 2014.

The Class A Product has 185,120 sf. as being proposed within the market and another 28,165.00 sf. that is available for sub-lease.   There was a major reduction in proposed square footage after the Spring Township Corporate Office Campus; which is now being proposed for a different use.

The Class B Suburban Office Market ended 3rd Quarter 2016 with a vacancy rate of 17.35% for existing and proposed sites.  8-17-2014 9-56-21 PMThe vacancy rate for only Existing Class B Office buildings is 15.11%.  This is a slight decrease in vacancy rates from the end of 2nd Quarter 2016 and an increase from the same period in 2015.   The average rental rates had a much-needed increase in the 2nd quarter of 2016; however they remained relatively flat ending out the 3rd quarter of 2016 with rates at $15.00 – $19.50 per square foot modified gross.

The Class B Product has 73,000 sf. as being proposed within the market.  These are subject to change as well, since one of the office sites was on/off again for a hotel development.

The Class C Suburban Office Market ended the 3rd Quarter with a vacancy rate of 14.99%, which is a larger drop from same period 2015 and a slight drop from 2nd Quarter 2016.

The overall Suburban 3rd Quarter Office Market noticed continued growth due to several lease renewals that contained expansions.  The majority of the growth has been from within the county.

The EOY report should contain positive news in an entire market review; however, going into 2017 the belief is, there will be large blocks of space added to the market which will affect the numbers, specifically the announcement by Teleflex to sell their facility.

Landlord concessions are being removed from offerings since the market has stabilized, which is also pushing rental rates upwards.

Cap Rates for Investment Grade Office Buildings remains low due to attractive financing.  The most important variables are length of leases, credit of tenant(s), type of lease, and type of asset (I.E. Single Tenant, Multi-Tenant, Medical, Back Office).  The primary issue within the investment market is the lack of quality product.

Overall activity continues to come from within the local marketplace.  The majority of the transactions taking place are companies that already call Greater Reading home.  However, most of these deals have resulted in larger footprints and longer commitments.


Bryan E. Cole, SIOR | Principal

NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, LLC
875 Berkshire Blvd., Suite 102
Wyomissing, PA 19610 or


Cole, Willems and Buccinno attend 2016 SIOR Fall World Conference in NYC

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NAI Keystone’s Bryan Cole, Steve Willems, and John Buccinno attended the 2016 SIOR Fall world Conference in New York City this past week.

The event featured Rudy Giuliani and Tom Brokaw, along with other high profile industry CEOs and Executives.

What is an SIOR?

SIOR Designation

The SIOR designation is a professional achievement for highly qualified commercial real estate practitioners with a strong transactional history in brokerage, fee-based services, or executive management.

SIOR Designees are:

  • Specialists in industrial and office markets.
  • “Transaction Closers” recognized by developers, lenders, and investors.
  • Top producing professionals – closing on average more than 30 transactions per year.
  • The “Best of the Best” – having met stringent production, education, and ethical requirements.


Bryan Cole, SIOR | Principal

NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, LLC
875 Berkshire Blvd., Suite 102
Wyomissing, PA 19610 or