A new office space rental company that offers class A conference rooms and work space has opened in the Riverside area.

Riverside Business Center, which specializes in large group meeting spaces, has signed a lease to occupy the 7th floor at 501 Riverside Avenue.

The center includes rooms that were designed for e-discovery and document reviews, employee training and private meeting and office space. Riverside Business Center President Lisa Gufford said 12 conference rooms are available, but she plans to eventually build more.

What makes the business center unique, Gufford said, is that it doesn’t just offer small office space, but it also has conference rooms that can seat around 35 people and training rooms that can seat around 100 people. Short and long-term rentals are available.

Gufford said she chose the Riverside Avenue space in part because of its close proximity to downtown.

“You also have the views of the St. Johns River,” she said. “The location is perfect. We’re really excited about it.”

The space was occupied by Adams and Reese LLP, which moved to the 6th floor. NAI Hallmark’s Christian Harden, who along with Pat Carney represented the landlord in the transaction, said the building is more than 90 percent leased.

Harden said the need for flexible office space is part of a growing nationwide trend, driven in part by an increase in the number of people operating businesses from home.

“Some businesses might not want to commit to a longer lease,” Harden said. “Whether the market is good or bad, people always want flexibility.”

By  – Reporter – Real Estate & Economic Development, Jacksonville Business Journal
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