by Adolfo Pesquera
Houston (Harris County) – Trammell Crow Company and joint venture partner Clarion Partners announced the Phase II groundbreaking at Fallbrook Pines Business Park, one of many Harris County area projects designed by Powers Brown Architecture.
Meanwhile, Lovett Commercial is nearing completion on plans for the restoration and expansion of the former Houston Post newspaper campus into a mixed-use development in the EaDo District.
Scheduled for completion in November 2018, Phase II will include two Class A speculative industrial buildings totaling 660,073 square feet.
Designed by Powers Brown Architecture, Phase II will include a 291,606-square-foot cross-dock building and a 368,467-square-foot cross-dock building, both of which are divisible. Additional project features include 32-foot clear heights, 52-foot wide column spacing, extra trailer parking/outside storage, ample car parking, wide truck courts and ESFR sprinkler systems.
A conceptual site plan of the Trammell Crow Company/Clarion Partners development in Fallbrook Pines Business Park. Courtesy of TCC.
“We are very pleased with the success of the first phase and are confident tenants will continue to be attracted to the park’s true northwest location, proximity to major highways, and distinguished business park environment highlighted by unique architecture, new roads, and mature trees,” said Jeremy Garner, a Trammell Crow principal in the Houston office.
“Fallbrook Pines Business Park is the premier location for industrial tenants seeking new distribution space in Northwest Houston,” he added.
Fallbrook Pines is a 127-acre business park strategically located near the intersection of Beltway 8 and Highway 249. It is southeast of the intersection of Fallbrook Drive and Fallbrook Pines Drive in the heart of Houston’s Northwest Industrial Submarket.
Multiple options for access to and from Beltway 8 exist including Fallbrook Drive, Fairbanks North Houston Drive and Gessner Road.
The first phase totaling 709,000 square feet was completed in October 2015 and is currently 100 percent leased to seven tenants. The project’s design is versatile and targets a wide range of tenants including consumer goods distributors, e-commerce companies, and light manufacturers.
Eighteen acres within the park remain available for a build-to-suit project or future phase.
Rosenberger Construction is the general contractor for the project. Faron Wiley, Senior Vice President, and Joseph Smith, Senior Vice President, with CBRE’s Houston office have been appointed leasing agents for the project.
In addition to the Fallbrook Pines project, Powers Brown has more than $50 million in new construction and major renovation projects that have recently broken ground or will within the next several months in the Greater Houston area. That does not include projects the architecture firm has been designing elsewhere in Texas. For example, Powers Brown is working on the $30 million Thompson Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, a tower at 115 Lexington Avenue that will start going up this summer and is scheduled for completion in February 2020.
Other Powers Brown projects in the Houston area include another Trammell Crow property. They are doing improvements to an existing warehouse at Park 890, Suite 190 in Missouri City.
Source: Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation AB Data.
Houston Post Building in EaDo District
A 2017 conceptual rendering of a mixed-use development at the Houston Post property. Courtesy of Lovett Commercial.
The most prominent real estate project that Powers Brown is working on in Houston would probably be the former headquarters of the defunct Houston Post newspaper, 2410 Polk Street in East Downtown (EaDo District). This is a $5 million renovation and adaptive reuse project being done for Lovett Commercial.
The Houston Post Building is 115,500 square feet in area and Lovett controls the entire city block. Lovett is trying to market this as a mixed-use project that could include a Sprouts Farmers Market, restaurant tenants and other retail in a new building. A pharmacy, possibly a CVS, would occupy the renovated existing structure, and include office space in the upper two floors.
Parking would occupy the rest of the property, including three levels above the grocery.
The historic Houston Post Building has sat vacant for years. Image: Google Maps. An April 2017 conceptual site plan (below) by Identity Architects, courtesy of Lovett Commercial.
This article includes material from a Trammell Crow Company press release.