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Landscape view of city of Houston

 

The annual Rice Business Plan Competition was canceled for 2020 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

The Rice Business Plan Competition was scheduled to take place at Rice University between March 26 through 28. RBPC is one of the largest student startup competitions in the world.

“We received word Sunday evening that Rice University, with guidance from the Rice Crisis Management Committee, is prohibiting all on-campus public events and gatherings with more than 100 people to minimize close contact among large groups of people,” according to a statement on the RBPC website.

Rice has canceled all classes at the university for a week citing fears of spreading the coronavirus as the cause. Conversations were had about holding the event in an alternative way, but it was found to not be possible.

“We have successfully run the competition for 19 years, and we were very excited to host and celebrate the 20th edition later this month,” per the statement.

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Houston’s commercial property values will continue to trend upward in 2020 as demand for development opportunities expands amid the region’s positive job growth, according to Deal Sikes, a leading Houston-based valuation firm.

“Although there are a few exceptions, the real estate market in Houston is headed for another good year,” said Mark Sikes, principal with Deal Sikes. “The region’s economy is healthy and although the energy industry is in a lackluster period, the overall economic outlook is outstanding.”

Houston’s industrial market is attracting interest from around the nation and research indicates that more than 15 million square feet of warehouse space is under construction in the Greater Houston area.

“Prices for land or urban infill development property has risen significantly in recent years,” Sikes said. “Rising land prices have pushed the wave of industrial development farther away from the center of the city and outer suburban land prices have increased accordingly.”

Property values in the urban core of the city remain strong as developers and builders locate buildings for redevelopment or seek sites that are appropriate for new construction, Sikes said.

“Multifamily construction is strong in Houston and researchers report more than 25,000 units are now under construction, although the pace is expected to be slightly more moderate in 2020 as the new inventory is absorbed,” Sikes said. “Investor demand is good and multifamily valuations have not yet peaked in most submarkets.”

Newer office buildings and Class A towers under construction are leasing briskly, although Houston’s office market is the most sluggish sector.

The Texas Medical Center, where more than 100,000 people are employed, is a source of growth for Houston and several hospitals and research facilities are expanding.

“Houston’s commercial real estate values will be on a solid upswing in 2019,” said Matthew Deal, principal with Deal Sikes. “With Houston expected to gain population significantly in the next decade, the long-term forecast must include rising property prices that will be very impressive over the long haul.”


 

The boutique small real estate firms of Houston are now even smaller. Chicago-based Cushman & Wakefield purchased Colvill Office Properties and now more Houston local brokerage offices are being absorbed by the largest brokerage firms in the world. Chip Colvill, the founder and former president/CEO of Colvill Office Properties, joins Cushman & Wakefield as Executive Vice Chairman.


Houston’s commercial property values will continue to trend upward in 2020 as demand for development opportunities expands amid the region’s positive job growth, according to Deal Sikes, a leading Houston-based valuation firm.

“Although there are a few exceptions, the real estate market in Houston is headed for another good year,” said Mark Sikes, a principal with Deal Sikes. “The region’s economy is healthy and although the energy industry is in a lackluster period, the overall economic outlook is outstanding.”

Houston’s industrial market is attracting interest from around the nation and research indicates that more than 15 million square feet of warehouse space are under construction in the Greater Houston area.

“Prices for land or urban infill development property has risen significantly in recent years,” Sikes said. “Rising land prices have pushed the wave of industrial development farther away from the center of the city and outer suburban land prices have increased accordingly.”

Property values in the urban core of the city remain strong as developers and builders locate buildings for redevelopment or seek sites that are appropriate for new construction, Sikes said.

“Multifamily construction is strong in Houston and researchers report more than 25,000 units are now under construction, although the pace is expected to be slightly more moderate in 2020 as the new inventory is absorbed,” Sikes said. “Investor demand is good and multifamily valuations have not yet peaked in most submarkets.”

Newer office buildings and Class A towers under construction are leasing briskly, although Houston’s office market is the most sluggish sector.

The Texas Medical Center, where more than 100,000 people are employed, is a source of growth for Houston and several hospitals and research facilities are expanding.

“Houston’s commercial real estate values will be on a solid upswing in 2019,” said Matthew Deal, a principal with Deal Sikes. “With Houston expected to gain population significantly in the next decade, the long-term forecast must include rising property prices that will be very impressive over the long haul.”


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.).

 


Lee & Associates was awarded the leasing and management of five Houston office buildings totaling 430,000 square feet in 2019.

The company’s landlord agency team will lease and manage 550 Westcott (83,366 square feet); 4101 Interwood (80,000 square feet); 1505 S. Highway 6 (63,487 square feet); 16430 Park Ten Place (110,408 square feet) and 10101 Southwest Freeway (102,292 square feet).  The buildings range from Class A to Class B.

“Our recent success has been due to the depth of our team and the focus we have on technology and platforms for today’s digital marketplace,” Robert LaCour, Lee & Associates principal said in an announcement.

Lee & Associates added a property management group in 2019. The company specializes in commercial real estate services for office, industrial and land real estate investments


Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, has announced the sale of The Shops at Champions, a 16,112-square foot retail property located in Houston, Texas, according to Ford Noe, Regional Manager of the firm’s Houston office.

Alex Wolansky and Gus Lagos, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Houston office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, an individual/personal trust. The buyer, a private investor, was secured and represented by Gus Lagos.

The Shops at Champions is located at 6265 Cypress Creek Parkway in Houston, Texas.

About Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI)

With nearly 2000 investment sales and financing professionals located throughout the United States and Canada, Marcus & Millichap is a leading specialist in commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services. Founded in 1971, the firm closed 9,472 transactions in 2018 with a value of approximately $46.4 billion. Marcus & Millichap has perfected a powerful system for marketing properties that combines investment specialization, local market expertise, the industry’s most comprehensive research, state-of-the-art technology, and relationships with the largest pool of qualified investors.


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.


The Woodlands Towers at The Waterway

The Woodlands Towers at The Waterway The year for Houston’s commercial real estate sector ended with a bang as The Howard Hughes Corp. announced a $565M deal with Occidental Petroleum to purchase the company’s two Class-A office towers, warehouse space and land in The Woodlands and a 63-acre Energy Corridor campus. All told, the deal included 2.7M SF across three sites.  What exactly Occidental Petroleum, commonly known as Oxy, would do regarding its real estate footprint in the wake of its $57B acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum in August has been the source of much speculation. Howard Hughes said Oxy will maintain occupancy at The Woodlands Towers, formerly Anadarko’s HQ. Oxy’s Century Park Campus in the Energy Corridor, a 17-building complex, will immediately be remarketed, in line with the firm’s recently announced commitment to sell noncore properties.  The Howard Hughes Corp., which recently announced its HQ would be moving to The Woodlands, has settled on a new office and will be relocating its corporate headquarters into the approximately 595K SF tower at 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive. The company owns the master-planned community The Woodlands and nearby communities Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills. The deal bolsters the firm’s office portfolio by 50%. Oxy was represented by CBRE’s Brandon Clarke, Jared Chua, and Steve Hesse.