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Wile Interests kicked off the second retail phase of Katy Green, its mixed-use development in West Houston.

This Week's Houston Deal Sheet

We snapped Wile's Mark Kaufman and Randy Wile on the 12-acre site at I-10 and Greenhouse Road. The mixed-use project will have Class-A office, restaurants and dining. (We wrote all about the office portion here--Stream partnered on development, and the first 203k SF building now houses URS Corp.) This newest phase of retail is 19k SF and will deliver this April. Existing retail tenants include Potbelly's, Starbucks, Pure Smile, Smashburger and Memorial Hermann. Randy tells us the planned hotel component of Katy Green is on hold for now.

EXECS

David Littwitz joined Edge Realty Partners as VP. He has 32 years of commercial real estate experience. He was previously with Chodrow Realty Advisors, where he focused on restaurant site selection for clients including Union Kitchen, El Tiempo and Niko Niko’s.

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CREW Houston announced its 2015 board of directors, including Dow Golub, Remels & Beverly’s Debra Gilbreath as president, MidFirst Bank’s Ashley Grigsby as president-elect and Camden’s Laurie Baker as past president.

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Trammell Crow’s Brandon Houston was promoted to principal. He specializes in new office development and investment opportunities. Since joining the firm in 2012, he has managed more than 2.5M SF of Class-A spec office in Houston, including Noble Energy Center One & Two; Energy Center Three, Four and Five; and One Grand Crossing. He has 10 years of experience.

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Wood Partners changed its leadership—Ryan Dearborn is stepping down as CEO (he’s been with the firm since its inception in ’98), and president/CFO Joe Keough will replace him. Development director Patrick Trask has been promoted to president, and director/general counsel Sean Reynolds will expand his roles to include COO. Ryan will continue as chairman of the board. Wood Partners has $1.5B of development and acquisitions in its 2015 pipeline.

SALES

This Week's Houston Deal Sheet

MIG Real Estate purchased Alta Heights. CBRE’s Ryan Epstein repped seller Wood Partners. The 256-unit mid-rise community was delivered in Q1 ’14 in the Heights, and has been leasing 25 apartments a month.

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Ridgeline Capital Partners purchased the 48k SF Patients MOB connected to the CHI St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center. The property is at the corner of Beltway 8 and Crenshaw and is 73% occupied. Transwestern is handling leasing and management.

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Atlantic Pacific Cos purchased six Class-A multifamily communities totaling 1,941 units in Georgia and Texas, a $200M acquisition. That includes the firm’s first buy in Houston, Villas at West Road. The 240-unit community is in North Houston. Atlantic Pacific will make capital improvements to the portfolio and will handle leasing and property management in-house.

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Frost acquired 52k SF on the northwest corner of FM 2920 and Spring Plaza. UCR’s Scott Gardner and Jim Hendrix repped the buyer, and Richard Lindley repped the seller.

LEASES

PMRG’s Wade Bowlin and Marci Phillips signed two leases totaling 21k SF at Gateway I. The property is at 3663 N Sam Houston Pkwy E and is owned by Laurus Corp. Regus leased 15k SF, and Badger Midstream Energy leased 6k SF. CBRE’s Elliott Hirshfeld and Mike Kay repped Regus, which opened two offices in the last year and a half, and has several others planned/under construction. General Development Corp’s Richard Stromatt repped Badger.

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This Week's Houston Deal Sheet

DCT executed three pre-leases totaling 172k SF in DCT Northwest Crossroads Logistics Centre. This brings the first phase (362k SF) to 100% pre-leased. It will deliver this quarter, and the firm is now actively marketing the second phase, 320k SF. (It broke ground in Q3 ’14 and will deliver next quarter.)

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ImpactWeather renewed 11k SF for its HQ at 12650 Featherwood. NAI Partners’ Dan Boyles Jr and Liz Westcott-Brown repped the tenant, and Moody Rambin’s Derek Beck and Kurt Kistler repped landlord Derrick Management.

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Master-Halco renewed 35k SF at 1111 McCarty St. NAI Partners’ Nick Peterson repped the tenant, and landlord McCarty Street Partners represented itself.

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Hartman Income REIT’s Jennifer Rabon repped the landlord in-house for three leases: Keane Frac TX expanded into 10k SF at 11200 Westheimer, Fast Eddies renewed 14k SF of retail space at 5020 FM 1960, and Triple Point Technology renewed 10k SF at 11200 Westheimer. NGKF’s Brandi McDonald repped Triple Point Technology.

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Abby Executive Suites renewed 17k SF at 2500 Wilcrest. Moody Rambin’s Griff Jaggard and Kurt Kistler repped the landlord, and NAI Partners’ Randy Wilhelm repped the tenant.

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Flowserve US leased a 28k SF office/warehouse facility at 14219 Westfair West. SRA’s Marc Drumwright repped landlord NW Ltd, and JLL’s Mark Nicholas and Sam Weatherby repped the tenant.

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LTD Financial Services renewed 62k SF for its HQ at 7322 Southwest Fwy. NAI Partners’ Jon Silberman and Griff Bandy repped the tenant, and Boxer’s Trey Miller repped the landlord.

DEVELOPMENT

NEUTEX LED Lighting is expanding its corporate, manufacturing and warehouse HQ by 30k SF. After three months of planning and design, it’s close to breaking ground. The new facilities will include a dedicated lab, meeting room, management offices and a fourth LED fixture manufacturing room.

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Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital expanded with the opening of a 36-bed patient care unit in its North Pavilion. The new facilities were designed with flexibility in how beds are designated, whether there is a need for medical-surgical services or critical care services in the future. The hospital has expanded repeatedly since opening 14 years ago, and it has more growth planned.

FINANCING

This Week's Houston Deal Sheet

Q10 KDH’s Larry Peters arranged a $20M loan for Sam Houston Business Park. The property was newly completed with several moving parts, Larry says, and he secured immediate funding even though several tenants hadn’t taken occupancy yet, and the fourth/final building was under construction. The borrower, Levey Group, got a 15-year term.

THIS AND THAT

This Week's Houston Deal Sheet

Boxer Property retrofitted two office buildings with LED lights, 7676 Hillmont (pictured) and 2450 NASA Parkway. Both were recent acquisitions. Boxer’s BEST team (Boxer Energy & Sustainability Tracking) focuses on raising energy sustainability in its office buildings. BEST director Rob Hamon says adopting LED lighting has historically been expensive, but last year it dropped enough that implementation has a reasonable payback period. This is the first time Boxer has fully retrofitted older office buildings with LED lights.

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CBRE acquired UCR (and its Austin affiliate office), and its 100 employees joined the CB team. (Primary UCR owner Mickey Ashmore is now vice chairman of retail services, and UCR Asset Services leader Scott Weaver is now senior managing director in CB’s asset services team.) UCR was founded in ’88 and today manages 8M SF of retail properties across the US for institutional investors. It also leases 20M SF and represents 200 retailers and restaurants. This is the second regional retail real estate firm CB has acquired in the past 16 months. (It bought Fameco in September 2013.)