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Transwestern to Lease the 40-Story KBR Tower in Downtown Houston’s Cullen Center

HOUSTON – Transwestern will lease the 40-story KBR Tower and the 20-story 500 Jefferson buildings in downtown Houston. Combined, the two buildings have 1.4 million SF of office space. The buildings, which are part of the Cullen Center complex, are owned by W.P. Carey. Michelle Wogan and Paula Musa of Transwestern will handle the assignment. The KBR Tower, located at ... Read More »

Q&A with David Songy, Developer of Two New Hotels in Houston’s Galleria Area

HOUSTON – Showing its confidence in the Houston lodging market, Atlanta-based commercial real estate firm Songy Highroads, LLC has opened not one but two hotels in the city over the past several months. The properties – the 325-room Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria and the 157-room, select-service Hyatt Place Houston Galleria, are part of a 7.6-acre mixed-use development. On strong a ... Read More »

Songy Develops Two Hyatt Hotels Next to Galleria

HOUSTON – Atlanta-based Songy Highroads has opened Hyatt Place Houston Galleria, a 157-room, select-service hotel located across from the Galleria shopping center. The 12-story hotel, situated at 5252 W. Alabama St., is managed by Aimbridge Hospitality. It contains three floors of common space and 10 guest-room floors with both suites and standard rooms Songy also developed an adjacent Hyatt property ... Read More »

35-Story Apartment Tower Planned Next to Texas Medical Center

HOUSTON – A joint venture of Greystar and Medistar Corp. have announced plans to develop Ascent Med Center, a 35-story apartment project on the western edge of the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Groundbreaking for the 375-unit project will be in the first quarter of 2016 with Hoar Construction as the general contractor. The project, located at the corner of ... Read More »

Hilton Introduces New Tru Brand Hotels

McLEAN, Va – Hilton Worldwide has announced its new Tru by Hilton, a mid-priced hotel product targeted for Millennials and other travelers. “Demonstrating owners’ desire for a forward-thinking and innovative midscale brand with a strong value proposition, Hilton Worldwide already has 102 hotels signed and an additional 30 hotels in various stages of approval in cities including Dallas, Houston, Chicago, ... Read More »

Magic Johnson Fund Sells Stake in Austin City Limits Theater and W Hotel

AUSTIN – A Magic Johnson investment fund has sold its stake in the W Austin Hotel and the Austin City Limits theater for $187.2 million. Austin-based Stratus Properties Inc. bought Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund II interest in the downtown Austin property. Stratus Properties announced Monday that it had completed a refinancing of the W Austin Hotel & Residences and Austin City ... Read More »

Realty News Report Awards: Best Hotel Project of the Year

Ralph Bivins’ Realty News Report Awards – The Best of Houston 2015 Realty News Report editor Ralph Bivins has selected the most significant projects, deals and ideas of the Houston real estate market for 2015. These aren’t necessarily the largest or the first. But the deals point to future trends, potential gold mines, noble visions and notable accomplishments by the ... Read More »

Historic Building in Downtown Houston Becoming Le Meridien Hotel

HOUSTON – The 21-story Melrose Building in downtown Houston will be redeveloped into the 255-room Le Meridien Houston hotel. Built in 1952, the Melrose building, 1121 Walker Street, between Fannin and San Jacinto streets has been vacant for 20 years. A number of hotels are under construction in downtown, including the Aloft hotel redevelopment of the Stowers Building, across the ... Read More »

Giorgio Borlenghi Opens His Second Granduca Hotel, More May Come

AUSTIN – Houston developer Giorgio Borlenghi has opened his second Granduca hotel, in what could become a small chain of high-end hotels. The new Hotel Granduca Austin is a 194-room property on a hillside near the corner of Bee Caves Road and Loop 360. In an interview last year, Borlenghi said his goal is to expand the Granduca brand with ... Read More »

Fertitta Pours Foundation for 36-Story Mixed-Use Tower in Houston

HOUSTON – Tilman Fertitta has poured the foundation for his 36-story mixed-use tower on Loop 610 in the Uptown area of Houston. The 680,000-square-foot project, called The Post Oak, will have 250 hotel rooms, 140,000 SF of office space, 22 apartment units, a Mastro’s Steakhouse, a Willie G’s Seafood, upscale retail and 1,000 parking spaces. The 10-acre project, located on ... Read More »

Houston Area’s First ‘Even’ Wellness Hotel to be Developed

HOUSTON – A 5-story, 135-room “EVEN” branded hotel, which emphasizes wellness, will be built in the Shenandoah community north of Houston, according to Colliers International. Colliers International announced the sale of the 6.4-acre site, a vacant land parcel on Shenandoah Park Drive at David Memorial Drive in Montgomery County. Tom Condon, Jr., and Charles Herder of Colliers International represented the seller.  Kevin Staloch ... Read More »

A Year Before Opening, Houston’s New Convention Hotel Books an Amazing 200,000 Room-Nights

HOUSTON – Boosted by the 2017 Super Bowl, the new 1000-room Marriott Marquis Houston, which will open next year, has booked almost 200,000 room-nights, a phenomenal amount of advance business, a hotel executive says. The downtown hotel, which will be linked by skybridge to the convention center, has booked a sizable number of rooms for the Super Bowl. But the ... Read More »

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