By Steve Triolet, Younger Partners Research Director
One indicator of the market’s health is the amount of sublease space available. The DFW office market saw almost 7 million square feet of sublease space in early 2018 (as several tenants opted for new construction). In 2019, sublease declined, but has been on the rise again over the past few quarters as the market has slowed.
Most submarkets have only a little or moderate amount of sublease space. The exceptions being the Dallas CBD, Las Colinas and Richardson/Plano. These three submarkets each have over half a million square feet of sublease space available. For the Dallas CBD, it is over 1 million square feet.
Recent additions to sublease space on the market have mainly been mid-sized to smaller sublease spaces. Some of the larger additions so far this year include, Interstate Hotels, which is trying to sublease 31,596 SF at 125 E John Carpenter, PCI is trying to sublease the top floor (18,371 SF) at 4835 LBJ, and a new 43,162 SF sublease was recently added at Amber Trail Corporate Park.
With the current upheaval in the market, the amount of sublease space is expected to increase over the next few quarters.