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Breaking News: KPMG to Lease Hall Arts? The Deal Sheet

Sources tell usthat serious talks are under way between KPMG and the folks at Hall Arts Center about pre-leasing space. That would makethis towerthe first one in for the win.

hall office tower renderings

Last month, Craig Hall filed abuilding permit request for a 16-story office tower for the siteon Flora Street across from the Meyerson Symphony Center.This project has been on the developers radar since he bought the site in 95 for $10.5M.Last spring, Craig revealed plans for his 454k SF building, as well as a future 29-story residential building, a 45-story mixed-use building (with hotel, office and condos), and a fourth tower TBD. As early as last summer, rumors circulated that KPMG was looking for new digs after the foreclosure of its home: the 34-story KPMG Centre on Harwood Street, where the firm occupies about 200k SF. LNR Property Corp bought KPMG Centre out of foreclosure for $42M; it had been owned by Younan Properties since 2006. Developers from KDC to the Crescent were rumored to be wooing KPMG to kick-start their projects, too.

KPMG centre

Transwestern SVP Riis Christensen tells us the CRE community knew that only one or two buildings would get kicked off this year in the CBD/Uptown area, and as of now, it looks like Hall may be a winner.In addition to attracting and retaining top talent, companies are trying to provide more collaborative and inviting work spaces. Some companies are also willing to pay a premium for signage and building naming rights to promote their corporate brand, identity, and image, he says. Another rumor: Samsung seeking 1M SF in Richardson. Let us know if you have the details.

LEASES

14330 Gillis Road

El Rancho Supermarkets' corporate HQ and the La Bodega Wholesale distribution center are moving fromfrom their 140k SF facility at 2600 McCree Rd in Garland to about 240k SF at 14330 Gillis Rd in Farmers Branch this summer, the formerGlazier Foods Co location. (Glazier inked a deal last month to expand into 294k SF at 777 Freeport Pkwy in Coppell.) CBREs Kevin Kelly repped La Bodega. Since 2006, LaBodega has grown from a 30k SF user to more than 140k SF in the current location, Kevin tells us. Hes also working to help the firm sublease its existing space, which is mostly freezer/cooler.

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Nautilus Hyosung America added 75k SF to its existing 62k SF at Parc 114. Nautilus relocated there in October 2010 to expand its US HQ. The addition of space brings the companys total occupancy atParc114to 137k SF and brings the developments total occupancy to 88%.North Pointe Commercial Realty prez Kurt North repped the tenant. Stream Realtys Chris Jackson, Blake Kendrick, and Jeremy Kelly exclusively rep Parc114, a JV development of Jackson-Shaw and ORIX Capital Markets.

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General Electric Co will keep its Southwest regional distribution hub in the Great Southwest Industrial District, renewing a long-term lease to occupy the entire470k SF Regency II at 1011 Isuzu Pkwy in Grand Prairie. Bradford managing directorMichael Spain and CEO Kevin Santaularia repped landlord OTR GP. CBREs Steven Berger repped the tenant.

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SCM Real Estate Services secured two new leases and three renewals for nearly one-third of the office space in a 71k SF suburban building acquired last year by its affiliate, SkyWalker Property Partners. The 23k SF of newly signed deals raise occupancy to 68% at 3301 W Airport Frwy. Among the leases inked:13k SF renewal for Allsectech. SCM senior leasing agent Renee Etimoff repped the landlord. NAI Robert Lynns Michael Newsome represented the tenant.

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Fitness Connection inked an almost 33k SF lease in Irving Mall from Simon Property Group. The Retail Connections Sherman Hinkebein and Wyatt Russo repped the tenant.

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Conn Appliances signed a 321k SF industrial lease at 4800 Langdon Rd. The landlord, Weeks Robinson, was represented by Colliers Internationals Chris Teesdale and Tom Pearson. The tenant was represented by CBREs Dave Anderson.

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bbc motorsports

Henry S. Miller Brokerages automotive real estate specialist Bill Bledsoe arranged the expansions for both BBC Motorsports and Toyota of Dallas. Bill represented Toyota of Dallas with the acquisition of the Vonco Medical building at 11480 Anahiem Dr in Dallas, which includes 2.03 acres and an existing 33k SF warehouse. Bill also helped BBC Motorsports double its HQ facility. This adds 59k SF to its current 70k SF lease at 1320 Chemical St in Dallas; now theBBC Motorpsorts Showroom will now occupy almost 75% of the warehouse.

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Starkey Mortgage will relocate its HQ with the purchase of 6101 W Plano Pkwy. JLL managing director Steve Thelen and associate Stephen Holley repped the buyer. Michael Bowles of the former John Bowles Co repped the seller.

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K-E Real Estate Holdings purchased 3.31 acres at the southwest corner of the I-20 service road and Beltway Place in Arlington from Redhawk Communities. The Retail Connections Michael Thum repped the buyer.

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Bentall Kennedy and the Trammell Crow Co sold Trade Center I, II & IV (a 1.4M SF Class-A industrial portfolio just north of the DFW Airport) to Invesco Real Estate. TradeCenter I is vacant while the other two properties are 92% leased. CBREs Jack Fraker, Josh McArtor, Jonathan Bryan, and Heather McClain Venegoni represented the sellers.

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The 8,100 SF Shoppes at Brownstone at 2410 W Abram St in Arlington sold to Mercer Lacy.Marcus & Millichaps Chris Gainey and Philip Levy exclusively market the fully occupied shopping center for the seller, the Pennington Family.

NEW BUSINESS

Prologis signed two build-to-suit agreements with BMW of North America, totaling 609k SF, for projects in Redlands, Calif, and Dallas. The Dallas facility will be located in PrologisPark 20/35. The fully-secured, LEED Silver building will total 282k SF and have expansion capabilities to 370k SF. At full build-out, the park will include more than 3.1M SF of logistics space.

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Blake Burnett was promoted to senior associate in the Marcus & Millichap Dallas office. He joined Marcus & Millichap in July 2006 as a sales agent specializing in retail property sales.

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Raymond Garfield, Greg Garfield, and Stephen Moffett joined Encore Enterprises as leaders of Encore Garfield Public/Private.They will direct the firm's national public/private development and financing activities. Prior to joining Encore, Ray and Greg were co-founders of Garfield Corp and principals of Garfield Traub Development. Steve was president of Garfield Traubs hospitality division.

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