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There’s a sophisticated new restaurant in one of downtown’s most prestigious buildings but you wouldn’t know it from the street. That’s because Adair Downtown is at the tunnel level, connected to Wells Fargo Plaza at 1000 Louisiana by the snaking system of underground pathways.

Quietly open for a few weeks, the restaurant is already being discovered by downtown office workers as a new dining destination with a slick menu that covers breakfast, lunch and after-work happy hour with a full bar offering wines and craft cocktails. Tenants of the 71-story tower — one of Houston’s premier Class A office buildings that is home to Wells Fargo Bank, PwC accounting, and top law firms – now have a handsome dining room with bar and patio to entertain clients.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Adair Downtown in the tower, and we are excited to offer this thoughtfully curated addition to our amenity base for our tenants,” said Marilyn Guion, senior vice president for CBRE, the commercial real estate firm that manages the building.

The building’s owners tapped Adair Concepts (Adair KitchenEloise Nichols Grill & Liquors, Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill, Los Tios Mexican Restaurants, Bebidas, and Betsy’s at Evelyn’s Park) to bring their restaurant know-how to the project designed by Gensler Architects and Houston-based McGarr Design & Interiors. The sophisticated, 4,628-square-foot buildout on the southeast corner of the tower may be at tunnel level but it is washed with natural light. The unusual construction takes advantage of an existing patio space that is accessible both from the street level, the tunnel system and the building’s lobby.

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The space includes a coffee bar clad in white subway tiles; a retail area with grab-and-go meals, fresh flowers, and upscale packaged foods; the main dining room with waiter service; a full bar; and a patio. The look is chic: walls of glass, marble and herringbone-patterned hardwood floors, antique mirrors, tufted banquettes, bistro tables, antique mirrors, and globe lighting fixtures. It’s a chic look (perfect for a power lunch) that looks plucked from River Oaks.

“It’s a tunnel restaurant that doesn’t feel like the tunnel,” said Nick Adair, who along with his sister, Katie Adair Barnhart, oversee operations for Adair Concepts. The partners describe the French bistro-looking space as “Eloise Nichols meets Adair Kitchen,” a nod to two of the hospitality company’s brands.

It is those brands that guide Adair Downtown’s food and beverage menus. Breakfast options include avocado toast, breakfast tacos, chicken and waffles, omelets, steel-cut oats with fresh berries, and breakfast bowls filled with rice, kale, sweet potatoes, black beans, avocado, and a poached egg. Lunch includes salads (kale and quinoa salad, Thai chopped salad, citrus Caesar) and bowls (superfoods bowl, tuna poke bowl) as well as lemon artichoke soup and tortilla soup. But there are also entrees such as grilled pesto salmon with cilantro rice; chicken paillard with arugula salad; New York strip steak sandwich on a baguette with peppercorn sauce; turkey club sandwich; and a classic beef burger and a veggie burger. The menu is overseen by executive chef Roberto Ozeata, culinary director for Adair Concepts.

After lunch, the space segues into its bar bites menu to pair with beer, wine, and spirits. The bar menu includes tuna tartare, cheese board, sliders, bruschetta, fried calamari, caramelized Brussels sprouts, fried asparagus with cilantro ranch, beef tenderloin crostini, guacamole and chips, hot chicken with house pickles, and meatballs with garlic bread.

The bar offers cocktails, an extensive collection of bourbon and scotch, wines by the glass ($11-$18) and bottle ($40-$178), and beer including local brews from 8th Wonder, Saint Arnold, and Karbach.

Barnhart said the company has longed to be part of the downtown dining scene. Adair Downtown, she said, offers office workers a place that can be both casual and artisan – “unique to what you’d expect from a downtown dining experience.”

Company founder Gary Adair said that his restaurant businesses were built on “being local and neighborhood-y.” Adair Downtown manages to bring that type of dining experience to a part of town not traditionally seen as local or part of a neighborhood, he added.

Adair Downtown, 1000 Louisiana; adairdowntown.com. Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (serving breakfast 7 to 11 a.m.; full-service lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; full bar and bar bites 3 to 8 p.m.).

 


Rendering of the Hewlett Packard Enterprises project which is under construction north of Houston.

A joint venture of Patrinely Group, USAA Real Estate, and CDC Houston, announced the start of construction on a two-building campus for the offices of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, north of Houston.

Scheduled for completion in spring 2022, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise development will consist of two 5-story buildings located at the southwest corner of East Mossy Oaks Road and Lake Plaza Drive and include 440,000 SF of rentable space.

Located in Spring, this development will house the fourth major corporation to choose CityPlace at Springwoods Village, joining HP Inc., Southwestern Energy and the American Bureau of Shipping.

“Breaking ground on HPE’s campus is another major milestone reinforcing CityPlace as the most important and vibrant, 18-hour mixed-use destination in north Houston,” said Robert Fields, President, and CEO of Patrinely Group, the managing partner of the joint venture. “2019 was a significant year with the opening of ABS headquarters, the HP Inc. campus, Star Cinema Grill, 24 Hour Fitness, and two Class A multi-tenant buildings, CityPlace 1 and 1401 Lake Plaza Drive.”

Pickard Chilton is the design architect; Kirksey is the executive architect; REES is the interior architect; D.E. Harvey Builders is the general contractor. Ronnie Deyo, John Roberts and Beau Bellow of JLL represented Hewlett Packard Enterprises. Dennis Tarro of Patrinely Group, and Chrissy Wilson and Russell Hodges of JLL represented the landlord.

The project will have a parking garage with 2,055 spaces.

CityPlace is a 60-acre mixed-use development providing the growing area along the Grand Parkway corridor near the 3 million-SF Exxon Mobil campus.

When fully developed, the project will include a full-service Houston CityPlace Marriott, 8 million SF of Class A office space with 500,000 SF of retail space and multifamily projects.

The development’s five to 10-story Class A office buildings will offer parking at a ratio of up to 4.5 cars per 1,000 rentable square feet, with spaces located in all structured parking.

CityPlace is the commercial center of Springwoods Village, a 2,000-acre master-planned community, 20 miles north of downtown Houston.

 


Atlanta Developer Launches 540-Acre Intermodal Port Near Houston

Atlanta-based Stonemont Financial Group recently launched phase one of its 540-acre Southwest International Gateway Business Park in El Campo, Texas, around 60 miles southwest of Houston.

“We have officially closed on the land and completed all of our designs, and we’re in the process of breaking ground as we speak,” Stonemont Financial CEO Zack Markwell told FreightWaves during an interview Wednesday.

The new park, which could house up to 8 million square feet of industrial space, is located along Interstate 69, almost midway between Houston and San Antonio, and about 200 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The first phase of construction will include two warehouses: a 125,000-square-foot distribution center and a 200,000-square-foot speculative warehouse. The park will have full intermodal and transload capabilities once completed in 12 to 15 months, according to Stonemont officials.

Vitro Chemicals, a subsidiary of Monterrey, Mexico-based Vitro, has already signed on as a tenant for the 125,000-square-foot distribution center. Vitro is one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world.

Markwell said another reason they picked El Campo was to capitalize on its location along the Kansas City Southern Railway NYSEKCS.

“We have been working with KCS for the last four to five years in finding the optimal location where we had frontage on their line and then also frontage on I-69,” Markwell said. “All of that is a very strategic location to the Houston market, but also the important markets of San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas.”

KCS’s major hubs include Kansas City, Missouri; Shreveport, Louisiana; New Orleans; Dallas; and Houston. KCS’s Mexico-based affiliate, Kansas City Southern de México (KCSM), operates across northeastern, central, southeast-central and southwest-central Mexico.

Markwell said by connecting the new industrial park to the KCS rail line, Mexico-based manufacturers can use KCS for cross-border shipping from their factories in Mexico, all the way to the park, and closer to major distribution centers in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas.

Tenants will also benefit from customs preclearance that enables users to bypass rail and highway backups at the border crossing, as well as avoid backlogs of truck and rail traffic at existing regional parks and ports closer to the congested Houston metro area.

“Our manufacturers in Mexico are moving the border north — if you think about it that way — where they are coming from Mexico, coming to Laredo today and then breaking down and either drawing from that point or staying on and switching carriers and going throughout the United States and distributing back into Texas,” Markwell said. “What we’re doing is moving that border north to just 62 miles outside of Houston and serving it from that point.”

The park will also be part of a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), with additional local and state economic incentives available for tenants.

Ridgeline Property Group, an Atlanta-based commercial real estate development firm, is partnering with Stonemont to develop Southwest International Gateway, Business Park.

Pittsburg, Kansas-based Watco Companies will operate the short line railroad connecting the buildings to the KCS mainline. Houston-based NAI Partners will oversee leasing at the park.


Sempra LNG has subleased 66,772 SF at 1500 Post Oak Blvd., an office tower in Uptown Houston.  Paul Penland and Graham Horton with CBRE Houston were brokers for the subtenant. Tim Relyea and Morgan Relyea Colt with Cushman & Wakefield of Texas, Inc. were brokers for the sublandlord, BHP.

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HaiDiLao Hotpot has leased 6,295 SF of restaurant space in Katy Grand at Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway/TX 99, Houston, from NewQuest Properties. Heather Nguyen and Rebecca Le of NewQuest represented the landlord. Pierre Yu, an independent Houston broker, represented the tenant.

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Lee & Associates – Houston represented Southern Star Buske, LLC in the sale of 18 acres on Conroe Park West Drive in Conroe. Mike Spears and Trey Erwin of Lee & Associates – Houston represented the buyer.

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Bk Yale, Ltd. sold an 8,200 SF office on 0.54 acre to Cedar Street Partners, LP, 204 W. 19th St., Houston. Scott Carter with CBRE Houston was the buyer’s representative and Matthew Berry and Robbie Kilcrease, also with CBRE Houston, where the seller’s representatives.

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Pearland Group Investments has purchased 6.15 acres at 14923 Hooper Road, Pearland, from Thao Hoang. Brad LyBrand of NewQuest Properties represented the seller. Steve Dome of Marathon Realty Advisors represented the buyer.

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Othon, Inc. has obtained a new 13,761 SF office lease at 575 North Dairy Ashford in Houston. The tenant’s brokers were Gary Lawless and Dustin Cruz with Cresa. Steve Rocher and Kristen Rabel with CBRE in Houston represented the landlord, I-10 EC Corridor #2 Limited Partnership.

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Lee & Associates – Houston represented Williams Brothers Construction Company in the sale of 15.32 acres on Highway 90 in Houston. Frank Blackwood and Trey Erwin of Lee & Associates – Houston represented the seller and Stephen Schneidau with Cushman & Wakefield Houston represented the buyer, IDEA Public Schools.

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ACF Pyrotechnic, LLC, secured a lease for 13,010 SF of industrial space at 2413 South Houston in Pasadena, Texas. Doc Perrier with Finial Group represented the tenant.

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Holman Fenwick WillianUSA has renewed an office lease for 21,074 SF at 5151 San Felipe in Houston and plans to expand. Drew Morris and Jim Bell with Savills were brokers for the tenant.  Jason Presley and Warren Savery with CBRE in Houston represented the landlord, Granite Barnhart Sage Plaza, LP.

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Global development and construction firm Skanska has announced that its new Bank of America Tower in downtown Houston received a three-star rating from Fitwel, a certification system for optimizing building design and operations to support human health and well-being.

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Chemical & Engineering, Inc. has renewed an office lease for 8,813 SF at 2100 Space Park Drive in Houston. Missy Downey with CBRE in Houston represented the tenant while Ace Schameus and Jenny Seckinger with Colliers were brokers for the landlord, TechTrans International, Inc.

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The Woodlands-based adWhite Marketing & Design has relocated its headquarters to the Magnolia Crossing development in Magnolia, Texas. Lease negotiations were handled by Newcor Commercial Real Estate. Ryan Dierker and Matt Gonzales of Newcor represented the tenant with the acquisition of 1,521 SF of office space at 33300 Egypt Lane.

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HRD Interests, LLC,  purchased an 11,187 SF structure on .72 acre at 2409 Airline Drive, Houston, from Sam A. Messina, trustee of the Lillie G. Messina Exempt Bypass Trust. Chris Dray and Alex Wright of NewQuest Properties represented the buyer. Pam Messina of Messina Properties represented the seller.

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Newmark Knight Frank has been involved in a number of recent real estate transactions, including the following four in Houston:

Owens & Minor Distribution, Inc. has renewed a 124,044 SF industrial lease at the Owens & Minor Building, 2700 Brittmoore Road. Jim Cooksey and Adam Faulk of NKF were agents for the tenant. Outside agents came from Stream Realty Partners and G&I IX Kempwood, LLC, the landlord for the property.

Interface EAP has extended its office lease for 5,017 SF at 2424 Wilcrest Drive. Greg Marconi of NKFwas an agent for the tenant. LandPark Commercial’s agents were also involved. The landlord is Sunblossom Wilcrest 2424, LLC.

Derby Management, LLC has obtained an office sublease for 4,337 SF at 675 Bering Drive. Philip Price of NKF as an agent for the tenant. Representatives from Cushman & Wakefield were also involved. The landlord is Encino Energy, LLC.

Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation has extended its office lease for 1,451 SF at West Loop I, 6565 West Loop South in Bellaire. Garrison Efird was the NKF agent for the tenant. Others from Pacific Oak Capital Advisors and PM Realty Group were also involved. The landlord is Keppel-KBS West Loop I and II, Inc.

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HSF Affiliates, LLC, has renewed its lease for 5,686 SF at 11000 Richmond Ave., Houston. Ashley Casterlin with Davis Commercial was a broker for the tenant. Kristen Rabel, Steve Rocher and Nina Seyyedin with CBRE in Houston represented the landlord, Woodbranch 11000 LLC.

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JLL Capital Markets announced it arranged a $20 million refinancing for Sam Houston Crossing II, a 160,000 SF office property in northwest Houston.JLL worked on behalf of the borrower, Buchanan Street Partners, to secure the five-year, 4.0% loan with East West Bank. The JLL Capital Markets team representing the borrower was led by John Ream and Laura Sellingsloh.

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Parsons Mcentire McCleary, PLC, has renewed its office lease for 6,473 SF at One Riverway, Houston. Jim Bailey at Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant. Kristen Rabel, Parker Duffie and Marilyn Guion with CBRE in Houston represented the landlord, Riverway Holdings, LP, South Post Oak.

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Hackbarth Delivery Service, Inc. has obtained an industrial lease for 49,701 SF at 1350 Salford Drive, Houston, for its new location. Harper Gully with CBRE in Houston was a broker for the tenant. Ed Bane with Bridge Commercial Real Estate was a broker for the landlord, Stonelake Capital Partners.

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Cornil-Rowan Houston Ltd. sold a 29,250 SF industrial property on 2.31 acres at 300 Bammel Westfield in Houston to Archway Properties, LPBill Rudolf and Kyle Golding with CBRE Houston were the seller’s representatives. The buyer represented themselves.

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Lee & Associates – Houston represented Nazar Invest, Inc. in the sale of a 7,000 SF of industrial property at 15015 Fondren Road in Missouri City, Texas. Preston Yaggi and Cameron Hicks of Lee & Associates – Houston represented the seller and Brett Dishman with Boyd Commercial, LLC, represented the buyer, Jacob Ponniah.

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Ravago Americas, LLC, sold 220,000 SF of industrial property on 175 acres at 18314 Mathis Road in Waller, Texas, to LHG Real Estate, LLC. The seller’s representative was Jim Stark with CBRE Houston.

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Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, LLC, sold 69,908 SF of property on 6.4 acres at 5800 Surrey Square in Houston to Industrial Fabrics, Inc.

The seller’s representatives were Brendan Lynch, Darin Gosda and Glynn Mireles with CBRE in Houston.

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The Nancy Davis Kimbrell Trust sold 9.34 acres of land on Karalis Road in Houston to The Square. Darin Gosda with CBRE Houston was the seller’s representative. The buyer’s representative was Srini Gogineni with Prime Gain Realty. CBRE also handled the sale of nearly 10 acres to an adjacent ownership group.

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Partners recently arranged a 13,817 SF office lease renewal for planned expansion at Advance Energy Partners, LLC, 11490 Westheimer Road in Houston, Partners’ Dan Boyles represented the tenant while the landlord, Hertz Westchase Park Plaza, was represented by Kurt Kistler at Moody Rambin.

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Panjwani Energy Properties, LLC, has purchased a 0.43-acre tract at 5410 Laird St., Houston, from Little Gear LLC. Chris Dray of NewQuest Properties represented the landlord in the direct deal.

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Quail Corner, LLC, sold 7.61 acres of retail property at 2120 Texas Parkway in Missouri Center, Texas, to JTRE Holdings, LLC, which plans to redevelop the shopping center. Buyer representatives were Brian Ashby and Sydney Dixon with CBRE Houston.

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Phenix Salon Suites has obtained a new lease for 6,950 SF at 947 Gessner in Houston. Brian Ashby and Sydney Dixon with CBRE Houston represented the tenant. Brooks Shanklin with Edge Realty Partners represented the landlord, Blex Exchange, LP.

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Real Estate Transactions Elsewhere in Texas

NAI Partners Austin recently arranged a 2.78-acre land purchase for Spark Root Development & Construction at 8534 S. Congress Ave. in Austin. NAI Partners’ Troy Martin represented the buyer. Joe Willie McAllister of McAllister & Association represented the seller.

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NAI Partners San Antonio recently arranged the sale of more than 350 acres across two transactions. In the first, NAI Partners’ Brett Lum represented the seller in a 93.244-acre sale for SA Round Rock, LLC, at Green Valley Road in Cibolo, Texas. In the second, Partners’ Brett Lum and Carlos Marquez represented the buyer in a 260.22-acre sale for Oelkers at Country Road 445 in Hallettsville, Texas.

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Angela Chen, an associate in the retail division at Henry S. Miller Brokerage, and Jim Turano, an executive in the Office division, represented Walnut Hill McArthur, LLC, in the purchase of a 19,952 SF, one-story office building at 1320 West Walnut Hill in Irving. Tyler Maner and Tim Terrell with Stream Realty represented the seller, Walnut Hill Property, LP.  The buyer is an acupuncturist and plans to convert the building into a comprehensive and integrative alternative medical center.


Thompson & Knight LLP has expanded its Real Estate and Banking Practice as well as its New York and Houston presence with the addition of two new Partners.

Michael H. Jo of New York and Doug Stewart of Houston are leading real estate practitioners and their wealth of experience and strong client relationships are a complement to the Firm’s existing practice.

“Michael and Doug are well-respected attorneys, and we are very pleased that they chose to bring their practices to Thompson & Knight,” said Gregg C. Davis, Thompson & Knight’s Real Estate and Banking Practice Leader. “The real estate markets in New York and Houston are active and growing, and Michael’s expertise in commercial lending and securitization and Doug’s experience with large-scale and complex transactions will be a tremendous asset for our clients across the nation.”

“Expanding Thompson & Knight’s Real Estate and Banking practice in both New York and Houston is an important part of our overall growth plan. Michael and Doug have welcomed additions to the practice, as we continue to expand and meet our client’s growing needs,” said Mark M. Sloan, the Firm’s Managing Partner.

Mr. Jo’s practice focuses on counseling finance companies, REITs, and banks in negotiating, structuring, and closing complex transactions. His more than 19 years of experience includes mortgage and mezzanine financing, preferred equity and equity investing, and counseling lenders, special servicers, and investors with respect to workouts and investment management.

Additionally, Mr. Jo has a deep understanding of the legal and business issues that arise at both the commercial real estate loan and securitization transaction levels, including the legal aspects of post-securitization matters that include interactions with servicers and trustees.

In prior roles, Mr. Jo served as the managing director for a large bond rating agency where he managed the legal group responsible for new issuance and surveillance of commercial mortgage-backed securities and collateralized loan obligations. He also has experience leading legal departments for the commercial real estate group of a large publicly-traded REIT. Mr. Jo received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and his B.A., summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Mr. Jo practiced at the New York office of Carlton Fields.

Mr. Stewart has more than 40 years of experience representing lenders, banks, developers, builders, and corporations in matters involving real estate, lending, and project finance. In addition, he has experience assisting clients in achieving lines of credit, hotel financing, and syndicated credits, as well as negotiating land acquisition and development contracts, improved property sales and financing, and lender liability issues.

Mr. Stewart is a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and the Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys and has been consistently recognized on the lists of The Best Lawyers in America©Texas Super Lawyers®and Texas Houston’s Top Lawyers. He has served as a Director of several Houston-area financial institutions and is a member of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel.

He earned his J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law, and his B.A., with highest honors, from The University of Texas. Prior to joining the Firm, he practiced at Winstead PC for ten years.


This Week’s Houston Deal Sheet

High Street Logistics Properties purchased the Beltway North Commerce Center, a Class-A, cross-dock industrial distribution center. Courtesy of JLL Beltway North Commerce Center The Beltway North Commerce Center comprises 353K SF and was completed in 2015. In addition, the property is fully leased by Air General, a national cargo handling company, and DB Schenker, a worldwide logistics company. The facility features 32-foot clear heights, 100 dock-high doors, 68 trailer spaces, LED lighting and LEED certification. JLL’s Trent Agnew, Rusty Tamlyn, Charlie Strauss, and Katherine Miller represented the seller, Nuveen Real Estate. The buyer, High Street Logistics Properties, represented itself. PEOPLE Chris Martin joined Levey Group as director of construction. Martin will oversee the construction of the company’s development projects. CBRE promoted Peter Mainguy to senior managing director and market leader for the company’s Houston office. Mainguy will oversee all Advisory Services lines of business and drive strategic initiatives and growth in the Houston market. Josh Ling joined Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Houston office as an associate with the Tax Planning & Business Transactions group. Cody W. Johnson joined National Signs as CEO. The company is a Houston-based, national provider of signage and architectural accents.  Julius Lyons also joined National Signs as vice president of operations. Lyons will oversee all aspects of the company’s engineering, permitting, project management, manufacturing, and installation. The Association of Commercial Real Estate Professionals announced the officers/directors for the 2020 board. Keith Holley of Method Architecture has been named president, while Tyler Ray of WGA Consulting Engineers has been named president-elect. SALES Courtesy of Newport Real Estate Partners The Fountains on the Bayou Newport Real Estate Partners has purchased The Fountains on the Bayou apartment community in the Southbelt/Ellington area, near Hobby Airport. The 460-unit, the 31-building apartment community will undergo significant renovation, maintenance, and rebranding. The asset will be renamed Valencia Grove Apartments. Newport Real Estate Partners’ Matt Wilson and Jack Franco represented the company, while Nitya Capital was the seller. A private investor purchased Miramesa Town Center in Cypress. The property comprises 13K SF and is a fully leased, multi-tenant strip center. JLL’s Ryan West, John Indelli and Ethan Goldberg represented the seller, Read King Commercial Real Estate. Also working on behalf of the new owner, JLL placed the five-year, fixed-rate, balance-sheet loan with a local credit union. JLL’s Michael Johnson and Tolu Akindele represented the owner in that process. MLG Capital purchased a 10-property workforce housing portfolio, comprising a total of 2,769 Class-B units in Houston, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. Four of the properties are located in Houston. The seller, The RADCO Cos., was represented by CBRE’s Shea Campbell, Colleen Hendrix, and Ashish Cholia. They partnered with Clint Duncan and Matt Phillips in Houston and Brian Donahue in Oklahoma. Lone Star Auto Parts purchased a speculative warehouse at Clay Commerce Park. The 18.5K SF property comprises a building that is one of 11 concrete tilt-wall warehouses within The Warehouses at Clay Commerce Park, a joint venture development of Insite Realty Partners and The Urban Cos. Insite Realty Partners represented the seller, Westfield Commerce Center, while Walzel Properties’ Hua Tian represented the buyer. Morgan Group purchased The Beacon at Buffalo Pointe, a 281-unit, Class-A apartment community near the Texas Medical Center. The four-story, mid-rise property was completed in 2017. JLL procured the buyer, while JLL’s Chris Curry, Todd Marix and Bailey Crowell represented the seller, Allied Orion Group. Sonic Automotive Group purchased a vacant property that previously housed Porsche North Houston. The property comprises 2.27 acres and contains a 14.9K SF structure. The buyer represented itself, while NewQuest’s David Luther and Morgan Hansen represented the seller, indiGO Auto Group.  Trammell Crow Residential purchased two parcels of land totaling 14.43 acres to develop 350 units of Class-A, garden-style apartments off Spring Cypress Road in northwest Houston. Dosch Marshall Real Estate was engaged to locate the land and assisted Trammell Crow Residential in purchasing the site. LEASES Courtesy of Parkway San Felipe Plaza at 5847 San Felipe St. in Houston P.O.&G. Resources leased 9.7K SF of office space in San Felipe Plaza. NAI Partners’ Dan Boyles and Michael Mannella represented the tenant. Parkway’s Rima Soroka and Eric Siegrist represented the landlord. FINANCING JLL has arranged a $20M refinancing for Sam Houston Crossing II, a 160K SF office property in northwest Houston. The property comprises a three-story office building and is fully leased to three tenants. JLL’s John Ream and Laura Sellingsloh represented the borrower to secure a five-year, 4% loan with East West Bank.

 


In Houston, a new facility for The Center for Pursuit held its groundbreaking on a site in the East End.

 

An interpretation of mixed-use development, The Center for Pursuit’s next-generation facility broke ground this week in Houston’s East End, where it will relocate in 2021 to serve, support and empower the city’s adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

From its new campus, which starts construction next month, the nonprofit organization will also reach out into its neighboring communities with programs, public spaces and some retail, including a café.

Sitting on 3.8 acres of previously paved property, the new facility will encompass four buildings totaling 129,000 square feet, a 7,000-square-foot park and a 257-car parking structure.

The new buildings include a residential tower of 41 units; a programs building for adult training, employment services, and adult activities; a health and wellness building with fitness, medical clinic, cafeteria and café; and an administration building housing a welcome center, conference space, incubator workspace for other non-profit startups and one of the vocational programs.

A United Way agency, the 60-year-old organization now serves 450 clients, has 40 residents and provides daycare to 300 severely disabled adults, many of which arrive by Metro van daily, according to organization sources at the groundbreaking event.

The pedestrian-friendly project’s new location on an infill parcel near downtown is served by Houston’s Metro Rail, something key to site selection, project leaders said at the event, attended by representatives of city, county and state government, related agencies, East End community leaders and current clients.

Including property acquisition and improvements, the project’s total cost has an estimated value of $71 million, said Charles C. Canton, the center’s president, and CEO. Construction is slated to begin in early February, with completion substantially completed in early 2021, he noted in a follow-up statement.

Funds raised to date have included the sale of the organization’s long-term facility on six acres overlooking Buffalo Bayou as well as a phased capital campaign. The most recent push, tagged “Strive,” closes the remaining $16.5 million sought, Canton said.

Part of the new project’s vision process (and fundraising) was a 4,000-mile bike ride to assess best practices at 30 facilities coast-to-coast, led by David C. Baldwin of SCFPartners, a board member and Pursuit Foundation trustee, and a series of charrettes. Integrating and providing choice to the spectrum of constituencies served by the facility was paramount to the planning, he said.

Historic Community, Industrial Neighborhood

Houston’s East End is a multi-ethnic community where many of the city’s early industrial properties are under redevelopment, re-purposing, and replacement by both commercial and residential uses, especially townhomes.

Meanwhile, Buffalo Bayou Partnership last fall revealed its park and recreation master plan for the five-mile stretch of the bayou winding through the East End.

With gentrification concerns, a neighborhood issue, having community input as part of the new center’s planning process so that there was a relationship of trust established, said Marilu Garza, chief development officer for the organization.

Gensler’s Houston office designed the campus, excluding the residential tower, designed by Tramonte Design Studio with contractor Arch-Con.

The larger project team also includes landscape architects TBG Partners and construction by Harvey-Cleary.

“The beauty of the design is that it supports The Center’s mission of everyone having value and purpose,” noted Kristopher Stuart, Gensler principal, and design director, in a follow-up inquiry. “The Center for Pursuit and its board are to be applauded for the bold initiative they are taking to imagine a facility that not only serves their clients differently but also helps the rest of the society imagine a different role for these unique individuals.”

Open and Activated for Opportunity and Outreach

The project required creating a collection of buildings that serve their unique purpose while embracing the unique East End community, Stuart said. The buildings incorporate warehouse-style brick and exposed, painted steel beams to “reflect the historically industrial yet emerging character” of Houston east of downtown. In addition, the “aspiration” was for the facility to be embedded in the life of the surrounding community as well as a participant in it.

Garza noted the new site and build-out has higher visibility for the organization. “We want to be seen,” she said. “It’s important that the community embrace us.”

Canton said, “We’re excited by the quality of the new buildings.” To have renovated the existing ’70s vintage existing facility was cost-prohibitive. Hanover Co. acquired the property last year as part of its plans for a mixed-use development.

Since then, The Center for Pursuit has moved its administrative functions, programming, and daycare for severely disabling clients to a temporary facility south of downtown. The organization’s residential building, however, remains in use until the completion of the new residential building on the new campus, so that residents need only be moved once, Garza said.

Margaret Wallace Brown, city planning director, said the center’s new campus is an example of transit-oriented development, a city initiative.

At the groundbreaking, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke of Houston’s notable diversity, adding “being diverse means little if you’re not inclusive,” which the new facility has as part of its mission. The beauty of the center’s build-out — for a population often overlooked, he said — “speaks to our city’s values.”