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St. David's selects general contractor for $58M hospital expansion

St. David’s HealthCare has upped the price tag for the expansion of its South Austin hospital and selected a general contractor for the job.

It now expects the major renovations at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center to cost $58 million, the Austin American-Statesman reports. DPR Construction Inc. will oversee the project, with work expected to start in mid-2017 and finish in early 2019. …Read Entire Post

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Austin Oaks in limbo as it awaits zoning approval

Austin City Council has postponed consideration of a planned unit development rezoning that would transform a Northwest Austin office park into a mixed-use center with offices, stores and apartments.

City Council was slated to vote a second time on the Austin Oaks rezoning at its March 2 meeting. But a long debate on the planned Plaza Saltillo redevelopment meant that Council did not get to Austin Oaks until after midnight. …Read Entire Post

Plaza Saltillo won final zoning approval from city council

The deal sets a building height limit of 70 feet for the entire project, which sits on about 10 acres along Capital Metro train tracks, but Endeavor could exercise the option to build a 125-foot office building.

Ten acres around the Plaza Saltillo train stop will soon go vertical after a mixed-use project won final zoning approval Thursday. …Read Entire Post

500,000-sf HQ, distribution center delivers

Capitol Wright Distributing’s new 500,000-square-foot headquarters and distribution hub has delivered at 10095 U.S. Hwy. 290 East in Manor, TX.

Capitol Wright formed in 2015 following the merger between major Austin-area beer distributors Capital Beverage Co. and Wright Distributing Co. The recently launched outfit’s $39 million facility broke ground in early 2016 and will serve to consolidate several regional operations under one roof. …Read Entire Post

GSAM Private Real Estate Acquires Two-Building Office Complex

Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Private Real Estate has purchased Quarry Oaks I and II, a two-building office complex located at 10900 Stonelake Blvd. in Austin. Principal Real Estate Investors sold the 292,421-square-foot complex for an undisclosed price. At the time of sale, the property was 100 percent leased to tenants including Forepoint, Microsoft Corp. and Microchip Technologies.

Click here to read the original article: GSAM Private Real Estate Acquires Two-Building Office Complex REBusiness 2-7-2017

Yeti Coolers unveils first store

YetiYeti Coolers LLC is ready to pull the veil off its first retail store at 220 S. Congress Ave. — a major step for the company to directly reach consumers, and a promising development for a long-vacant property at the gateway between downtown and trendy shopping to the south. …Read Entire Post

$114M sale of Oaks at Lakeway completed

aus_620SLakeway_austinAfter its attempt to sell The Oaks at Lakeway retail center fell through last year, Stratus Properties Inc. returned to the negotiation table. Its efforts paid off earlier this month with the successful sale of the property to the same buyer who previously experienced cold feet.

TA Realty of Massachusetts, through an affiliate named FHF I Oaks at Lakeway LLC, purchased the center in the tony suburb of Lakeway northwest of Austin for $114 million in cash on Feb. 15, the companies announced. …Read Entire Post

The Holdsworth Foundation will make its HQ on 44 acres along Lake Austin

The foundation selected the site, on RM 2222 just east of Capital of Texas Highway, because of its scenic beauty and relative isolation, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The land is a prime swath of lakefront property.

The Holdsworth Center, a training institute for Texas public school administrators, will sit on 44 acres near RR 2222 and Capital of Texas Highway in Austin. …Read Entire Post

Travis County negotiates with developers

County commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday for staff to begin negotiating with one of five unidentified real estate development firms to sell the 300 block of Guadalupe Street just south of Republic Square Park in the heart of downtown Austin.

The property is currently home to a parking lot and, occasionally, a food trailer. But it was also the site where Travis County officials had hoped to build a new court facility to alleviate overcrowding. Voters in 2015 defeated a $287 million bond referendum to fund the construction of such a courthouse. …Read Entire Post

REOC Releases 4Q 2016 Office Market Report

The Austin office market finished strong in the final quarter of the year with plenty of momentum heading into the New Year. New leases and expansions generated 567,035 square feet of positive net absorption in the fourth quarter.

No new office space was delivered in the fourth quarter keeping the year-end total at nearly 779,000 square feet. As a result, new leases and expansions tightened the citywide vacancy rate from 8.7% last quarter to 8.0% at the end of the fourth quarter.

Strong demand has propelled rental rates to an all-time high. At the close of the fourth quarter, the citywide average rental rate reached $34.83 per square foot on an annual basis which marks a healthy 3.5% annual increase over the same period last year. At the top of the market, Class A buildings in the CBD command an average quoted rental rate of nearly $53 per square foot. (To adjust for buildings which quote rents on a triple net basis, operating expense figures have been added into the equation to arrive at an average equivalent full-service rate.) …Read Entire Post