Law firm O’Melveny & Myers signs new lease at Harwood No. 14

A new lease has been announced by Harwood International at its new office tower, Harwood No. 14. Expanding its office footprint, O’Melveny & Myers, an international law firm, has signed a lease to triple its office space .

Set to occupy 75,000 square feet, O’Melveny will join Haynes and Boone and S2 Capital in Harwood International’s tallest tower, in the heart of the 19-city Harwood district.

“We go where our clients need us, and right now that’s Texas,” said Teresa Doremus, managing director of global operations and real estate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. “We are confident Harwood No. 14 will be a great fit for our attorneys and staff as we continue to grow in Dallas.”

Despite opening just over a year ago, the 27-story Harwood Tower No. 14 is now about 70% pre-let before its completion in 2023, according to a statement. And, Harwood International continues its growth trend in 2022 with over 122,000 square feet of leases signed year-to-date.

Crediting this success to high quality customer service and a prime location, Kelly Whaley of Harwood International said, “We are proud of a tenant retention rate of over 90% due to our ability to offer a margin growth and our exceptional level of service.

PROTO Park in Dallas.
Courtesy of M2G Ventures

Beginning of the construction of the PROTO park

North Texas-based real estate investment and development firm M2G Ventures has announced the start of construction for two of its tenants, Dynasty Spirits and Taxila Stone, in its urban industrial redevelopment project, PROTO Park. In total, these tenants represent 136,020 square feet of distribution and showroom space on the 250,000 square foot building.

PROTO Park is located at 3200 Irving Blvd. in Dallas.

“We are delighted that Dynasty Spirits and Taxila Stone have chosen PROTO Park to be their primary distribution and production facilities,” said Jessica Miller Essl, co-founder of M2G Ventures. “Their careful attention to design and their desire to be in a centrally located urban facility with high-end design and modern amenities made them the perfect fit for the project.”

Downtown High-Rise, Ross Tower, is the New Headquarters for Four Law Firms in Dallas

Four law firms, including Godwin Bowman, Kessler Collins, McGinnis Lochridge and Steptoe & Johnson, have signed office leases at Ross Tower, located at 500 N. Akard Street.

Businesses are expected to occupy nearly 60,000 square feet of the downtown skyscraper over four floors, according to an announcement from HPI Real Estate Services & Investments. The landlord was represented by HPI Real Estate Services & Investments Dallas partner Hunter Lee, Vice President Ben Cuzen and leasing agent Luke Aviles during lease negotiations for each transaction.

McGinnis Lochridge LLP has signed on to expand its current space in the Ross Tower, doubling its 22nd floor space to over 7,000 square feet. Meanwhile, Kessler Collins, Godwin Bowman and Steptoe & Johnson PLLC will relocate or open new offices in the tower.

“We are delighted to be in our new suite at Ross Tower,” said Elizabeth Cromwell, Managing Member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. “Our space’s location, amenities and modern aesthetic will be a wonderful way to welcome clients to our Dallas office.”

Jackson-Shaw Announces Development of Two New Urban Industrial Parks in Houston

Jackson-Shaw, a national real estate development company headquartered in North Texas, announced the development of two new urban industrial parks in Houston.

The 43-acre Post Oak Logistics Park in Houston’s southwest submarket was the first to be announced. It is located near the south side of US Highway 90 Alternate, slightly west of the South Post Oak Boulevard intersection. Slated to house two buildings totaling 536,992 square feet, completion is scheduled for mid-2023, according to the statement.

In Houston’s northeast submarket, the development of the Northeast Crossing Urban Industrial Park was also recently announced by Jackson-Shaw. Also slated for completion in mid-2023, the Urban Park will include a 424,404 square foot building on a total of 27.45 acres.

Dental Company Expands Headquarters to North Dallas

Dallas-based DECA Dental Group signed an 18,730 square foot lease at Park Central 7 in North Dallas. Facilitated by Cushman & Wakefield, DECA Dental Group continues to expand its presence in North Dallas with the lease.

DECA Dental Group’s headquarters was previously located at Park Central 8. Following the move, the operation will now be anchored at the intersection of US-75 and the LBJ Freeway.

Representing the tenant in the lease negotiations was Ryan Hoopes of Cushman & Wakefield. Blake Shipley and Ahnie Sheehy of JLL represented the owner.

HE-B’s fourth DFW location in Allen

HEB continues its expansion in North Texas with construction officially underway on a new store site in Allen. Located at the northwest corner of Exchange Parkway and Greenville Avenue, the new store will open in late summer 2023. The store marks HEB’s growing presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro as the fourth location in the region, following announced locations in Plano and Frisco (opening later this year) and McKinney (opening in 2023).

“We have been welcomed with open arms into the Collin County community,” said Juan-Carlos Rück, HE-B Executive Vice President, Northwest Food/Drug Division. “We are thrilled to be neighbors in another vibrant and growing North Texas city. We look forward to providing an exceptional Allen shopping experience with the best HEB has to offer.

The 117,000 square foot store will include HEB Curbside Home and Delivery Services, a True Texas BBQ Restaurant, a full-service HEB Pharmacy and, most notably, a HEB Wellness Primary Care Clinic.

Bringing a coordinated approach to health care, the HEB Wellness Primary Care Clinic will offer full-service primary care, physiotherapy, nutritional coaching, clinical pharmacists, and more. Allen’s newest location will be the first North Dallas HEB to include the clinic.

Retail Overview

Massage Therapy Spa signed a 1,156 square foot lease at 111 E. University Drive in Denton. David Zoller with Weitzman handled lease negotiations for the landlord.

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa has leased 3,080 square feet of retail space at The Plaza at Rockwall, located at 995 E. Interstate-30 in Rockwall. Gretchen Miller and Stephen Wise along with Weitzman handled negotiations for the mall. Silver Oak Commercial Realty represented the tenant.

Pure Hockey has signed a lease for 7,087 square feet of retail space at Gateway Plaza (2956 E. Southlake Blvd.) in Southlake. David Levinson and Thad Beckner of The Retail Connection represented the owner in the transaction. Bryson Battle of Quoin Commercial represented the tenant.

Texas Health Breeze Urgent Care has leased 4,000 square feet of space in the Pleasant Run mall in Cedar Hill. David Levinson and Thad Beckner of The Retail Connection represented Kite Realty, the owner, in the transaction. Rob Franks of JLL represented the tenant.

Batteries Plus will occupy 1,930 square feet of retail space in the Denton Crossing Mall, located at 1732 Loop 288 in Denton. David Levinson and Thad Beckner of The Retail Connection represented Kite Realty, the landlord and tenant in the transaction.

Resort Nail and Spa has leased 3,000 square feet at Debbie Lane stores in Arlington. Chris Flesner and Brian Sladek of RESOLUT RE represented the owner. Rose Meza of JLL represented the tenant.

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