HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – Google is establishing a new office in Houston, leasing 12,000 SF in the new One Buffalo Heights boutique office project, part of a mixed-use project just west of downtown near Buffalo Bayou.
“Google is a major player, not just as a driver of innovation and economic transformation, but also as an engaged member of the community. We are pleased they chose Buffalo Heights when they were making a commitment to Houston,” said Russell Gordy, who, with his family, owns BKR Memorial II, LLC and is developing The Buffalo Heights District.
The Buffalo Heights District launched last October with the opening of H-E-B Buffalo Heights and the St. Andrie apartments. The site is located between Buffalo Bayou Park, South Heights Blvd., Studemont, and Washington Ave.
“Buffalo Heights affords the rare opportunity to create a healthy, walkable lifestyle built around one of Houston’s signature green spaces, Buffalo Bayou Park,” said Jonathan Brinsden, CEO of Midway, the Houston-based developer of Buffalo Heights phase one. “Innovative companies such as Google understand how walkable, mixed-use environments positively impact recruiting and retaining the best talent.”
BKR Memorial II, LLC was represented in lease negotiations by Michael Anderson and Connor Saxe with Cushman Wakefield (formerly Colvill Office Properties). Google was represented by Weldon Martin with CBRE.
Office leasing for future phases of the Buffalo Heights District will be handled by Michael Anderson and Connor Saxe with Cushman Wakefield. Retail leasing for the Buffalo Heights District will be handled by Lacee Jacobs with CBRE.
Arch-Con Construction was the general contractor for the seven-story, 742,000-SF Buffalo Heights District mixed-use development designed by Ziegler Cooper Architects. A new 96,000-SF urban prototype H-E-B is located on the ground floor. The second floor will have more than 111,000 SF of parking for H-E-B customers.
The third floor will act as the first floor for One Buffalo Heights, the 36,000-SF office building, with separate parking for residents and office tenants.
Houston-based Midway has a portfolio of mixed-use projects in Houston that includes CityCentre, Kirby Grove, GreenStreet and Kings Harbor, the redevelopment of the former headquarters of KBR as East River, a massive project which is expected to transform the east side of downtown. The Midway portfolio of projects completed and/or underway consists of 45 million SF properties in 23 states and Northern Mexico.
Houston Endowment, the philanthropic institution that formerly owned the Houston Chronicle, has announced plans to develop its new headquarters adjacent to Buffalo Heights. Houston Endowment’s 40,000-SF $20 million project will overlook Spotts Park.
Google has a major presence in Texas. A 35-story office building under construction in downtown Austin next to Lady Bird Lake will be fully occupied by Google.
June 17, 2020 Realty News Report Copyright 2020