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Biggest Deal Ever? Foreign Investors Bid Heavy on a Houston Trophy Tower

HOUSTON – A dozen investment groups, including foreign buyers, submitted bids this week to buy the 1000 Main building in downtown Houston – a transaction that may become the biggest deal ever in the Bayou City. Foreign buyers, including players from Europe, the Far East, the Middle East and Canada submitted offers to purchase the 36-story building, said Bernard Branca, ... Read More »

ULI Houston Names Finalists for Development of Distinction Awards

HOUSTON –The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute announced the finalists for their 2015 Development of Distinction Awards. The prestigious award recognizes developments that exemplify best practices in design, construction, economic viability, community health, marketing and management. “The development of distinction awards is unique in that projects must be complete, from design, to management, to market success, to ... Read More »

Houston Leads the Nation in Office Construction – Followed By NYC, San Jose and Dallas

HOUSTON – More than 50 office buildings totaling 17.1 million square feet are under construction in Houston – which has more than twice as much construction as the No. 2 market – New York with 7.9 million square feet, according to the CBRE Econometric Advisers. The Greater Houston Partnership reports Houston’s commercial construction permits were up a whopping 193 percent ... Read More »

The Biggest Spec Building in America Drawing Tenant Interest

HOUSTON – The biggest spec office tower in the nation, under construction by Hines on Main Street in downtown Houston, is attracting interest from corporations that are interested in leasing space there, as expected. “We are in advanced discussions with several large tenants,” said Hines spokesman Mark Clegg. But at this point no leases have been signed. The foundation of ... Read More »

Hines Starts 130-acre Residential Project New New Exxon Mobil Campus

HOUSTON –  Hines – the Houston-based developer that has created 37,000 residential lots encompassing 12,000 acres over the past four decades – is starting a relatively small project near the new Exxon Mobil campus north of Houston. The latest addition to the Hines residential portfolio is Laurel Park North, a 130-acre project on the east side of David Wayne Hooks ... Read More »

Hines Buys Calif. Building with Angelo Gordon

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Hines, along with partner Angelo, Gordon & Co. has acquired San Mateo Centre, a 217,544-square-foot, three-building office complex located in San Mateo. The low‐rise, three‐story buildings were constructed between 1985 and 1987, and sit on a 9.79‐acre parcel bordered by Gateway Drive and Highway 92 to the north, Gateway Drive to the west, and Edgewater Boulevard ... Read More »

Hines Sells the 24-Story 101 North Wacker Building in Chicago

CHICAGO — The Chicago office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced that a subsidiary of the firm’s U.S. Office Value Added Fund II sold its 101 North Wacker, a 24-story, 600,000-square-foot office tower in Chicago, to an affiliate of LaSalle Investment Management on behalf of a European investor. Hines was advised by JLL on the transaction. Starling Cousley, ... Read More »

Houston Galleria Area Office Building Sells for $125 Million

HOUSTON – MetLife Real Estate Investors paid about $125 million to purchase a 22-story building just south of The Galleria. CBRE has retained the leasing and management assignment for the Class A office building, 3040 Post Oak Boulevard, on behalf of the new owner. The 426,009-square-foot office building is part of the Lakes on Post Oak complex near The Galleria. ... Read More »

Hines Pouring Foundation This Weekend for 48-story Office Tower

HOUSTON – Downtown Houston will be lined with a parade of concrete trucks this weekend as Hines, the Houston-based real estate firm, undertakes a massive concrete mat pour for the foundation of a 1 million square-foot office tower. The process will run more than 17-hours to set the foundation for Houston’s next  skyscraper – 609 Main at Texas Avenue. The ... Read More »

Pier I Headquarters Building in Ft. Worth Purchased by Hines

FORT WORTH – Hines, the Houston-based real estate firm, has acquired the landmark Chesapeake Plaza, a 409,977-square-foot, 20-story, office building located on more than 14 acres of land along the Trinity River in Fort Worth’s central business district. Pier I Imports, the décor and furniture retailer, has its headquarters in the building, occupying 313,000 square feet. Hines said the building ... Read More »

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