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New Headquarters of World’s Largest Brokerage Stalls Amid Financing, Office Demand Concerns

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An upscale seafood restaurant known for its oysters and crabs, Truluck’s is busy at its two-story McKinney Avenue location in uptown Dallas on one of the city’s most famous streets. And that can cause problems for some local commercial real estate.

The bustling activity at the independent restaurant has since been torn down to make way for the 27-story tower that will serve as the new headquarters for the CBRE Group, the world’s largest commercial property. , comes as a surprise to some property managers. Mediation by Income.Multiple real estate sources told CoStar News that the proposed project 2401 McKinney Ave. Markets appear to be stalling as interest rates and inflation rise.

Lack of progress is a rare problem for a metropolitan area that is a national leader in attracting businesses that promise millions of dollars of investment and the creation of thousands of jobs. Goldman Sachs, for example, plans to employ at least 5,000 people at his $500 million new office in uptown Dallas on his campus. Scheduled to start construction early next year.

“Nowadays it takes a proven development team with a sophisticated lender with more equity than usual to get anything done from start to finish and it has to be a strong deal. said Jack Matthews, a developer who has experience working with the city. He has been involved in the Dallas project and is well versed in regional development, but is not involved in the CBRE project. “In the past, there have been other trades, but I think it will take two to five years to get back to those trades.There is a lot of uncertainty in the market right now.”

CBRE’s proposed 750,000-square-foot office tower was scheduled to be built this February, according to state permits.Not only has construction not started, Tollac is still under construction We are accepting reservations for next year. As it stands, the project may not meet the construction schedule set out in the incentive agreement between CBRE and the city of Dallas, and real estate experts say the broker has no access to some public funds. It may be gone.

Truluck’s, a two-story, 14,063-square-foot fine dining restaurant in Uptown Dallas, is known for its business lunches. (Co-star)

The broker signed a formal contract with the city of Dallas on the proposed tower a year ago, helping the broker secure nearly $4 million in state and local economic incentives. in exchange for meeting certain guidelines. Some of these guidelines include that CBRE will lease at least 200,000 square feet for its global headquarters in a new office tower to be developed by Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co., CBRE’s U.S. development arm. It contains.

The contract stipulates that the new tower should be built by the end of 2024 and CBRE should be occupied by the end of 2025.Probably 3 years, development will take several years, according to real estate experts CBRE is unlikely to meet the construction milestones outlined in the incentive package.

CBRE declined to comment to CoStar News on the status of the project. A spokesman for Trammell Crow also declined to comment. The city of Dallas has not received an update from CBRE on the project since the formal agreement was signed on December 1, 2021, city officials told CoStar News.

Yet deadlines are still years away and incentives should the company not complete the project on time or try to negotiate changes to delay the deadline to qualify for incentives or miss incentives. There is no certainty of giving up. Construction deadline.

A lot has changed in the past year since Dallas-based CBRE signed the deal. take significant cost-cutting measures, including the dismissal of an unknown number of employees. The company plans to cut $400 million in spending by mid-2023, much of it related to job cuts.

CBRE’s proposed new tower had an initial estimated cost of $200 million, at least when state permits were filed in July 2021. time.

Trammel Crow told a neighborhood watch group In September 2020, the tower was funded. But now, more than two years later, the construction tenders and funding needed to develop the same skyscraper today are probably inadequate, as construction materials and labor costs have increased, industry experts say. says the house.

If the project is on hold, it may be difficult for CBRE to move forward with the incentives agreed with the city of Dallas, said Larry Hamilton, chairman and CEO of Hamilton Properties Corp. The city works on various projects but is not affiliated with any CBRE projects.

The City of Dallas approved a $250,000 economic incentive in exchange for leasing space in the CBRE building and new tower. This has created hundreds of jobs and formed an internship program with a local university. In addition, CBRE received $3.45 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund, qualifying it to invest more than $29 million in its Dallas headquarters and create 460 new jobs. The deal also includes additional funding for CBRE to expand its operations center in Richardson, Texas. State Closed Fund Provided financial incentives to real estate agents.

The agreement with the state did not specify the address where CBRE planned to invest in its Dallas headquarters. CBRE’s headquarters will be at his 2100 McKinney Ave. in Uptown Dallas as of 2020. Headquarters moved Originally from Los Angeles. CBRE’s proposed new headquarters development is located one block north of the brokerage firm’s existing headquarters.

Uptown Dallas is one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods for upscale real estate, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences, and office space near where the occasional streetcar appeals to pedestrians . CBRE rivals such as JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, Newmark and Avison Young have offices in walkable, upscale neighborhoods. McKinney Avenue is known for having the highest office rents per square foot in the city. Uptown’s vacancy rate is 15.6%, slightly lower than the city’s average of 17.4%, according to CoStar data.

But Uptown faces headwinds, with the trend of working from home causing office tenants to reassess their leases, impacting future office demand with uncertainty. Future uncertainty for office space is likely playing a role in slowing progress on CBRE’s proposed new towers, industry experts say.

The proposed office and retail tower at 2401 McKinney Ave. is planned to be approximately one block away from the site of CBRE’s existing headquarters. (Co-star)

CBRE is expected to lease about 25% of the proposed new tower’s office space, leaving about 500,000 square feet untenanted and remaining on the balance sheet as the company shrinks. Lending has been tight since his early September, and in the third quarter he saw a sharp drop in CBRE sales and loan originations, casting a shadow over brokerage earnings. CBRE plans to cut costs related to job cuts by $300 million, the company said in its third-quarter earnings report.

Other major new office projects are underway uptown, including two being developed by Dallas-area developers.Granite Property Breaks Ground 23 Springs In June, Dallas-based Harwood International broke ground. Harwood No.14 2021 years.

King White, president and CEO of Dallas-based Site Selection Group, said that as the uncertain economic climate hits businesses across the country, CBRE is working with cities and states to offer performance-based economic incentives. He said it would gain some traction in renegotiating the deal.

The agreement between the City of Dallas and CBRE contains a force majeure clause, or “force majeure” clause. became an important part of real estate negotiations during a pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, so-called acts of God were commonly practiced in connection with war, natural disasters, or other uncontrollable circumstances to relieve landlords and tenants from responsibility for lease terms. It’s not clear whether the force majeure clause in his CBRE contract, which allows the city to extend deadlines in certain circumstances, will likely act as a negotiating tactic with the brokerage firm’s new headquarters.

Construction of 23Springs in uptown Dallas. (Co-star)

White, who isn’t involved with CBRE’s financial incentives, said the company wouldn’t be the only company looking to renegotiate financial incentives agreements that involve a shift to remote work. A specific location or city for receiving incentives.

For example, the city of Plano, a suburb north of Dallas, revised its incentive agreement last year to accommodate JP Morgan’s remote work policy. JP Morgan received approximately $5 million in incentives from the City of Plano, which has a campus of more than 1.5 million square feet and 4,500 employees, in a deal that began in 2016.

In addition, rising construction costs and tight working conditions are upending adherence to incentives agreed years ago, King said.

“The office sector is not very stable right now and it is difficult to secure funding,” added King. We expect rates to remain high and continue to rise for at least another year.”

Meanwhile, national seafood chain Truluck’s has been operating in its existing 14,063-square-foot restaurant on McKinney Avenue since 2015. Executives at the corporate chain declined to comment on the proposed new tower or whether the restaurant plans to move to a temporary location during construction.

Truluck’s Director of Hospitality and Managing Partner Riley Hutton has no comment at this time out of respect for the 75 employees who work at the McKinney Avenue store. “We still have a very successful operation that needs to be protected and there is no closure date for this location.”

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