Transwestern Real Estate Services announced that Keller Williams City View, a franchise of Keller Williams Realty International, has signed a full-building lease for 30,000 square feet at The Park at Vance Jackson. The property, located at 15510 Vance Jackson Road in San Antonio, was delivered in February 2020. Transwestern executive managing director Russell T. Noll, CCIM, CPM, and Deborah Bauer of Drake Commercial provided agency leasing services on behalf of the landlord, The Park on Vance Jackson LLC. Managing director Cynthia Lee, CCIM, GRI, of KW Commercial City View represented the tenant. “We are thrilled to welcome Keller Williams City View as it creates its first campus in the nation at The Park at Vance Jackson,” said Noll. “The Park at Vance Jackson will provide a cohesive campus that aligns with Keller Williams’ goals, while simultaneously launching a dynamic future and dramatically lowering occupancy costs.” The Park at Vance Jackson includes two 30,000-square-foot, single-story buildings. The property delivers on location, access, high-profile signage opportunities, proximity to best-in-class amenities and the highest standard of service levels in a dynamic and growing submarket. More than any time in recent history, a company’s office environment is vital in attracting and retaining top talent as well as communicating culture, brand and a sense of place for clients. Keller Williams City View has designed its new campus to adapt to the post-pandemic way of working and collaborating. Agents will have their own front doors to individual suites and access to conference rooms with video call capability and a 100-seat training facility to accommodate everyone under one roof. In the midst of COVID-19, Keller Williams has proven its faith in the San Antonio market’s ability to weather economic storms by its decision to move forward with this significant commitment. “This was a nuanced transaction that required a seasoned and experienced real estate team to negotiate, educate, mentor and coach throughout the process, and working with a fellow CCIM allowed for a highly collaborative approach,” said Lee. “Several factors motivated this location decision, including an environment that is conducive for collaboration, space for facetime that encourages connection, and a campus-like environment as we continue to expand and grow to better serve our customers. We are thrilled with our new home at The Park at Vance Jackson and look forward to recruiting more agents, connecting with our vendors, and enhancing our customer’s experience.”
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened Thompson Dallas, the first Thompson Hotel property in Texas. The 219-room hotel is located at 205 N. Akard Street in the historic George-Dahl-designed building, The National, which recently underwent a $460 million preservation effort. The hotel’s design is brought to life through a collaboration between Caroline Todd of Todd Interiors and Cindy Zelazny of Interiors Limited. Merriman Anderson Architects are the architects of record for the development and are also involved in the interior design. “Modern-day Dallas represents a global destination for culture, gastronomy and entertainment, and Thompson Dallas personifies the evocative spirit and refined edge of one of The Lone Star State’s most sophisticated cities,” said Steve Shern, general manager, Thompson Dallas. “This is a historic moment for Dallas, and we are proud to welcome guests, World of Hyatt members, customers and the Dallas community to experience Thompson Hotels’ unparalleled guest experience.” Originally designed by George Dahl, the architect responsible for iconic Dallas establishments such as the art deco buildings of Fair Park and Neiman Marcus Downtown, The National historic elements include restored original wood panels inlaid with brass that line the walls of the ninth floor and the original 17,555 hand-cut exterior marble panels sourced from the same quarry as the marble used for the Parthenon. More than $2 million of art and one-of-a-kind furnishings from Frieze London, PAD London, and internationally recognized galleries were personally selected by interior designer Caroline Todd and are located throughout the property. Beyond housing Thompson Dallas, The National expects to be home to a variety of influential businesses and organizations including Downtown Dallas, Inc. Thompson Dallas is part of one of the largest adaptive reuse projects in the history of Texas. Further, Thompson Dallas’ guestrooms average 700 square feet and feature walnut and brass headboards that echo restoration efforts. Guestrooms include 52 suites and two penthouse suites. Led by culinary director Jeramie Robinson, formerly of Uchi and The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and director of restaurants, bars, and events Jonathan Geffrard, a 12-year veteran of Hillstone Restaurant Group, Thompson Dallas currently boasts two restaurant experiences: Catbird and Nine at The National.
Capital Commercial Investments Inc. (CCI) has engaged Transwestern Real Estate Services to provide leasing and management services for a five-story, 351,030-square-foot building at 6500 W. Loop S. in Houston. Longtime owner and occupier AT&T will remain on the fourth floor, leasing 74,000 square feet of space. Transwestern’s managing director Doug Little, executive vice president Justin Brasell and senior vice president Ashley Cassel will represent the building owner in leasing efforts. Located only four miles from the Texas Medical Center, the property is ideal for traditional office users as well as those in medical-related fields. “The Texas Medical Center has only two existing properties with availability over 40,000 square feet,” said Brasell. “With this property’s proximity to the campus, it’s a fantastic opportunity for medical users that need a large footprint.” 6500 W. Loop S. sits on 11.4 acres, has a three-story parking garage and expansive 74,000-square-foot floor plates. CCI is currently planning capital improvements that will include a refreshed exterior, activation of the exterior green space, common area upgrades and updated energy efficient lighting throughout. “Bellaire is a unique submarket, and nothing competes with the excellent location and large floor plates,” said Roger Shipp, senior vice president of acquisitions for CCI. “Any office user will find this combination of superb location and outstanding building attributes appealing and we expect to attract prospects from all over the city. Over the past 25 years, CCI has been one of the real pioneers in acquiring, evaluating and re-purposing large office projects in search of their next life.”
Alliant Credit Union recently closed on two multifamily loans in Texas, one for the acquisition of an apartment community and the other for the refinance of a student housing property. The value of the loans totaled $39 million. Alliant closed on a loan for the acquisition of a 385-unit multifamily property located in southwest Texas, close to the nation’s largest inland port with a strong economy anchored in logistics and transportation. The seven-year loan included a 30-year amortization schedule and longer-term flexibility with additional benefits to be realized in the future based on certain financial metrics. This transaction was referred to Alliant by Michael Thompson at CBRE. “Our team’s collective knowledge and experience in the multifamily sector, along with the mortgage brokers’ knowledgeable input, enabled us to finance the acquisition of this strong asset with highly experienced ownership and management,” said Tim Madigan, commercial loan originator at Alliant. In the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, Alliant closed on a loan for the refinance of a 90-unit, 132-bed student housing property adjacent to a local university. The five-year loan has an interest-only period followed by a 30-year amortization schedule. This transaction was referred to Alliant by Dean Giannakopoulos at Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation. The resort-style property is completely differentiated within its immediate area, offering high-quality construction, innovative design and best-in-market product features. The community features shared amenities including a pool and game room and is conveniently located near the campus and abundant recreational, shopping, dining and nightlife venues. “The property’s unique features and strong location helped it bounce back quickly when occupancy uncharacteristically dropped, stabilizing to over 90 percent occupancy within a few short months,” said Yonah Sturmwind, loan originator at Alliant.
AUSTIN, Texas—November 23, 2020. Austin-based Pearlstone Partners and New York-based ATCO Properties and Management announced they are presenting plans for a density bonus for their newest multi-family condominium development to the City of Austin Design Commission this evening. Currently referred to as “The East Tower” for permitting purposes, the developers are in the naming process with the formal name to be released at a later date. The East Tower is to be constructed at 84 East Avenue in Austin’s dynamic Rainey Street Historic District. Co-Developers, Pearlstone Partners, a full-service real estate development firm with more than 100 years combined experience in the local real estate industry, and ATCO Properties, the New York-based investment group, are still finalizing many of the details for The East Tower. The firms expect to break ground on the project in the second quarter of 2021, with completion projected for the fourth quarter of 2023. The 41-story condominium tower, situated on 0.41 acres is expected to offer approximately 284 residential homes at an average size of 975 square feet. The East Tower plans for the Design Commission will include the below updates:
• Compliance with Great Streets by fee-in-lieu due to the location and proximity to IH-35 and TXDOT Right-of-Way not allowing for full Great Streets. In addition to paying the fee-in-lieu, the ground level of The East Tower has been moved back to incorporate a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape.
• The streetscape was designed by DWG. and will feature several large planter boxes with full-sized trees and native Texas plants, as well as, a tree-shaded sitting area for passers-by and bike racks. At the northeast corner, planter boxes and a vine cabling system will create an over 100-foot-tall green wall adding life and vibrancy to the area.
• An exterior mural and sign visible via a public access easement will direct visitors and residents from Rainey Street to the public art gallery located adjacent to the rear lobby. Once a neighborhood of sleepy bungalows, the Rainey Street Historic District is now the densest neighborhood in the city in terms of population, offering class-A apartments, high-rise condominiums, and high-end hotels; 25-plus restaurants and food trucks, many of them award-winning; and 20-plus uniquely designed bars—all within a coveted neighborhood that earns a 90+ walkability score. Anticipated common amenities for The East Tower include a rooftop community clubhouse, sky-deck pool, cabana, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and lounge; a resident fitness center, featuring private spin and yoga studios; a sky dog park, lawn and washing station; a community courtyard and gathering table; and a ground floor co-working space. The rear lobby will likely feature a public art gallery and mural showcasing works by local artists, with direct access to Rainey Street and its many inviting shops, eclectic variety of restaurants and cafes, live music venues, and other entertainment options. Pearlstone Partners and ATCO to Present the City of Austin Design Commission a 41-Story Residential High Rise at 84 East Avenue The East Tower will be less than a mile from the Austin Convention Center, a mile and a half from the
Texas State Capitol, two miles from The University of Texas at Austin, and just steps away from the coveted Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, which stretches more than 12 miles around Austin’s venerable Lady Bird Lake. With close proximity to major employers—including Google, Facebook, Atlassian, Parsley Energy, Indeed Tower, Oracle, and many independent start-up firms, as well as to UT Austin and the State Capitol Complex—The East Tower will offer an ideal live-work-play lifestyle. The architect for The East Tower is STG Design, the civil Engineer is Wuest Group, the interior designer is McCray & Co, and AECOM Hunt is providing pre-construction services. The property will be marketed exclusively by Prospect Real Estate.
“Pearlstone Partners is one of the few developers focused on developing an attainable urban housing portfolio,” said Pearlstone Partners CEO and Principal Robert Lee. “We are excited that this project will offer a new price point for buyers who have been priced out of the downtown market with the recently delivered developments. Appealing to an array of buyers including young professionals, empty nesters, first- and second-time home buyers, and anyone else who is attracted to the area’s energy, culture, and urban, walkable lifestyle, the development will feature one- and two-bedroom residences. The East Tower will aim to price the majority of the units from $499,000 to $999,000, which would be the lowest priced new build, downtown high-rise, especially in the highly sought-after Rainey Street District.”
About Pearlstone Partners
Austin-based Pearlstone Partners is a full-service real estate development firm with more than 100 years of combined experience in the local real estate industry. The company has been responsible for more than $200 million in locally developed real estate and has more than $600 million actively invested in a broad range of commercial projects, including office buildings, condos, multi-family and mixed-use projects in some of Austin’s most desirable areas, with an emphasis on urban properties in pedestrian-oriented locations. Pearlstone Partners engages in the economic development of Central Texas by creating high-quality, profitable real estate development projects. With experience managing every stage of the property development life cycle, Pearlstone is uniquely qualified to execute projects from concept through completion. For more information, visit //www.pearlstonepartners.com.
ATCO is a closely held real estate investment and ownership platform deploying capital in select cities across the United States, with a particular emphasis on urban properties in pedestrian-oriented locations. For over nine decades, ATCO has owned, managed, and developed a diverse real estate portfolio, primarily in and around New York City, and provided a range of services to other real estate owners. ATCO’s real estate operating company includes investment management, development, marketing, architectural design, and construction management, property management, and commercial and residential brokerage. ATCO’s investment and development portfolio consist of projects in excess of $2.2 billion in gross asset value.
Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a division of Marcus & Millichap, announced the sale of The Grand on Beach, a 304-unit apartment complex in Haltom City, Texas. Bellrock Real Estate Partners acquired the property from CLX Ventures for an undisclosed sum. “The Haltom City-Meacham submarket continues to be one of the most stable in Dallas-Fort Worth,” said Drew Kile, IPA senior managing director. Kile and IPA’s Will Balthrope, Joey Tumminello and Grant Raymond represented the seller and procured the buyer. “This asset was one of the first new-construction buildings delivered since the interstate expansion was completed,” said Tumminello. “We brought in a first-time local buyer who understands the long-term value of owning in this submarket.” The property has controlled entry access gates, a native-plant landscape design, a hammock garden and a resort-style swimming pool, among other shared amenities. Apartments average 818 square feet in size and have private patios and balconies. Select units have pet yards. “IPA covers all the major metros in Texas with one team that has access to multifamily investors throughout the country, and these factors contributed greatly to the success of this closing,” said Balthrope. Located five miles north of Fort Worth, The Grand on Beach was built in 2019 on 15 acres. The 820 Exchange, a 1-million-square-foot business park, is a half-mile away. Major businesses in the area include BNSF Railway, American Airlines, Bell Helicopter, Acme Brick, Pier 1, TPG Capital, Renfro Foods, Dannon, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., and Fresnel Technologies. Downtown Fort Worth has over 13 million square feet of office space and is home to more than 30,000 companies.