Major Shopping Center in Seguin Purchased by Commercial Real Estate Investment Team

SEGUIN – Houston-based commercial real estate investment group PBC Interests, led by Joan Collum and Stephen Pheigaru have purchased the Seguin Crossroads Shopping Center located at 1500 E. Court Street in Seguin, Texas, their second retail acquisition during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Built in 1985, plans are being finalized to redevelop the 126,000 square foot regional shopping center to include painting the exterior, new lighting, reconfiguration of the parking layout, and tenant sign bands. At the time of purchase, the Center’s occupancy was 32%. Currently, PBC Interests are in discussions with both national, regional, and local tenants and anticipate completion of the redevelopment and tenant’s opening in the Spring of 2023. Charles Blaschke and Logan Havel with the Houston office of Edge Realty Partners are actively marketing on behalf of PBC Interests.

“We are thrilled to have acquired the Seguin Crossroads Shopping Center,” said Joan Collum of PBC Interests. “I have been interested in the Seguin market for years and always had my eye on Seguin Crossroads, when it became available it was a major focus for us to acquire this property. The Center is located within close proximity to retail anchors such as H-E-B and Walmart, as well as major employers such as Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Alamo Group, and Seguin ISD. Seguin has always been a stand-alone market, but with this redevelopment, and the proposed national soft goods users backfilling the former Bealls on the west side of State Highway 123, Seguin has become a target for more retailers. Our initial conversations with the City of Seguin and the Seguin EDC on this Project have been very positive and we look forward to working with the folks in Seguin for many years to come.” Click to read more at www.smcorridornews.com.

BentallGreenOak Expands U.S. Presence with New Office in Austin to Be Led by New Head of Texas Coverage, Mike Leifeste

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, BentallGreenOak (BGO) announced the opening of a new office in Austin, Texas, to be led by Mike Leifeste, the firm’s newly hired Managing Director and Head of Texas Coverage. BGO’s continued expansion in the U.S. includes a significant growth in the firm’s client base and investment management activity in the U.S. sunbelt states.

Leifeste’s responsibilities in this newly created role will include a focus on deepening BGO’s investor relations activities in the region and serving as a critical touch point on current and future acquisitions in Texas while developing new operating and developer partner relationships.

BGO, on behalf of its clients and strategies, manages over $2.3 billion in commercial real estate and land for development in Texas — over 90% of which is in modern industrial/logistics and multi-family residential. BGO expects to more than double that value over the coming years. Click to read more at www.businesswire.com.

San Antonio Agency, Elon Musk’s Company to Discuss Potential for Tunnel

Officials with San Antonio-based Alamo Regional Mobility Authority said on March 16 that they are interested in talking with entrepreneur Elon Musk’s venture, The Boring Co., about the feasibility of developing a nearly $300 million underground tunnel to help curb increasing local traffic congestion.

“The [ARMA board] has continually sought innovative ways to finance transportation projects to ensure a bright future for the community in a way that bridges technology and accelerates the delivery of needed projects,” Board Chair Mike Lynd said. “Board action is the first of many discussions toward relieving congestion instead of waiting years.”

According to a news release, ARMA staff will be meeting with The Boring Co. in the coming weeks to talk about a tunnel that could run between the San Antonio International Airport and downtown.

The release said roughly estimated project costs range from $247 million to $289 million, depending on various factors, such as utilities and real estate.

Musk’s tunneling firm and another company, Bexar Automated Transport, were recent finalists in a process that began in October 2019, when the agency issued a request for information to gauge industry interest about partnering and developing a high-capacity transit project. Click to read more at www.communityimpact.com.

JLL Welcomes Software Testing Company to Austin

JLL announced that Tricentis, a leader in test automation, has signed a lease to occupy 42,019 square feet of office space within the newly completed second phase of Uplands Corporate Center. This office marks the company’s first location in Austin. 

Russell Young of JLL represented the tenant. Kevin Granger and Matt Frizzell of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, Drawbridge Realty. 

Tricentis plans to hire more than 100 employees across such departments as Marketing, Finance, Engineering, and Operations. 

“Over the past few years, the city has seen a rapid influx of technology companies making their mark on Austin,” said JLL Managing Director Russell Young. According to JLL’s Q4 2021 Austin Office Insight, Austin’s office environment ended the year with 700,999 square feet of positive absorption. Looking forward to 2022, vacancy is expected to decrease as leasing activity has increased each quarter since Q3 2020. In turn, average asking rents have started to climb, reflecting the optimistic outlook for Austin’s office market.

Austin Rises to No. 1 in Ranking of Best Office Markets for 2022

Buoyed by expected job growth of 5.6 percent, Austin reigns as the country’s No. 1 office market for 2022, according to a new report.

The report, published by commercial real estate services provider Marcus & Millichap, cites Austin’s position as a magnet for tech employers as one of the reasons for the bullish outlook regarding this year’s local office market.

Marcus & Millichap anticipates net absorption this year of more than 4 million square feet of office space in the Austin area. That would bring the region’s two-year net absorption total to more than 9 million square feet of office space, Marcus & Millichap says.

Net absorption refers to the amount of square feet that became occupied during a certain period, subtracted by the amount of square feet vacated during that period.

Of course, tech companies are spurring much of this activity. Office tenants in the tech sector are drawn to Austin for several reasons, such as a relatively low cost of doing business, an abundance of skilled workers, and opportunities to collaborate with related businesses, according to the report.

“This trend is not novel for the [Austin] market. However, location preferences are shifting,” the report says. Click to read more at www.austin.culturemap.com.

Colliers Adds Leading Regional Engineering & Design Firm

TORONTO and SAN ANTONIO, March 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading global professional services and investment management firm Colliers (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) today announced that its Colliers Engineering & Design (“CED”) business unit has acquired KFW Engineers & Surveying (“KFW”), a San Antonio-based civil engineering, design, and survey firm. The addition will enhance CED’s existing scale and capabilities in Texas and the Southwest. KFW operations will rebrand and be fully integrated into CED’s existing Texas operations by the fourth quarter of 2022. Under Colliers’ unique partnership model, KFW’s senior leadership team have become significant shareholders in the overall CED platform and will lead its growth in the rapidly growing Texas marketplace. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2006, KFW’s more than 100 engineers, licensed surveyors, and other professionals support the rapid population growth and related development in southern Texas by providing a fully integrated land development offering, including civil engineering, environmental and surveying services to homebuilders, school systems, and other commercial real estate developers. Click to read more at www.globalnewswire.com.