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Real Deals: GSA building underway on DFW Airport property

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GSA building underway on DFW Airport property

Trammell Crow Co. has started construction on a Class-A, 259,947-square-foot build-to-suit building for the General Services Administration in Irving. The one-story building will house the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Texas Service Center. It will meet the government’s security and energy-efficiency requirements and expected to be completed in early 2020. The project is a joint effort between Trammell Crow’s Dallas Fort-Worth and MidAtlantic offices.

“We are pleased to officially be underway on this important project for the U.S. government,” said Tom Finan, a managing director with TCC’s MidAtlantic Business Unit. “This groundbreaking milestone is the result of a tremendous amount of effort over the past year by our design and development team and the GSA and USCIS teams responsible for the facility.”

The building will be located at the northwest intersection of North Belt Line Road and President George Bush Turnpike, on about 27 acres within the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. It will have a 40-year ground lease.

“By consolidating several locations into one new, efficient building that better promotes employee collaboration, the USCIS will be able to continue it’s important government work,” said Scott Krikorian, senior managing director of TCC’s Dallas-Fort Worth Business Unit. “Our partnership with the DFW Airport, Elm Tree Funds and the City of Irving has been instrumental in the success of this deal.”

Gensler is the project architect and Manhattan Construction Co. is the general contractor. Team members include: Halff Associates (civil), Thompson Ehle Co. (MEP), Cardno (structural), Thornton Tomasetti (security), mycoskie+mcinnis+associates (landscape) and CBRE (property management).

Construction financing is being provided by JP Morgan Chase Bank NA.



Construction has begun on Rogers Roundhouse, a railroad-themed bar and kitchen located at 1616 Rogers Road, behind University Park Village and just minutes from the Trinity Trail in Fort Worth. RJM Contractors Inc. is on track to complete the project in early 2019.

Co-owner and Fort Worth resident Tommy Koons, a bar and restaurant operator, and local business owner Bourke Harvey have partnered to transform the property from a former air conditioning service warehouse. The property is co-owned by Harvey, Robert Dozier and Randall Stepp.

Located a stone’s throw from Davidson Yard, one of the oldest and most prominent railyards in the nation, Rogers Roundhouse is named after the yard’s retired engine repair facility, or roundhouse. Although decommissioned decades ago, the roundhouse at Davidson Yard is still visible in modern aerial photographs.

“I love watching Fort Worth grow while still holding on to its small-town feel,” said Koons. “I want Rogers Roundhouse to feel like an extension of your own backyard. It’s going to be a great place to hang out and enjoy good food, a cold beer, and friends and family, any day of the week.”

At about 10,000-square-feet, Rogers Roundhouse will feature both indoor and outdoor seating and TVs throughout. Much of the menu – as well as many of the decor elements – will be a subtle nod to the railway industry.


Specialty chocolate company Kate Weiser Chocolate has opened its third location, its first in Fort Worth, at the Shops at Clearfork. It joins a Northpark location that opened in late 2016 and the original shop located in West Dallas’ Trinity Groves.

Weiser grew her business from making a few pieces of chocolate at home to producing almost 18,000 bonbons per week, in addition to her seasonal treats including pumpkins and candy-filled skulls for Halloween, and “Carl the Snowman,” a drinking chocolate snowman made of dark chocolate, stuffed with powdered drinking chocolate mix and mini marshmallows.

“We are excited to serve new customers in Fort Worth while still being close to home in Trinity Groves,” said Weiser.

Kate Weiser Chocolate is the first Trinity Groves concept to expand from the West Dallas restaurant development into a second stand-alone store front.

“Kate Weiser is the epitome of why we started Trinity Groves,” said Phil Romano, owner of Trinity Groves. “There’s nothing better than helping a true visionary and entrepreneur get their start, expanding their footprint and seeing the success they become.”


The Howard Miller Family Trust sold a 1,500-square-foot building at 5913 Lovell Ave. in Fort Worth to 1750 Norwood Properties LLC. Bill Tinsley of Ellis & Tinsley represented the buyers, who will use the property for a new office condo. Chris L. Stewart of Vasseur Commercial Real Estate Inc. represented the sellers.


An unnamed tenant has leased 2,450 square feet at 4131 Justin Road in Flower Mound with plans to open a taekwondo and martial arts studio. Sam Chung of SJ Dallas Realty Inc. represented the tenant. Natalia Singer of Henry S. Miller Brokerage represented landlord, JDFIVJ Retail LLC of Dallas.

Raprec Inc. leased 7,000 square feet at 3201 E. Pioneer Parkway. Keaton Duhon of Holt Lunsford Commercial represented the landlord, 303 Associates.

Donnie Rohde and Keaton Duhon of Holt Lunsford Commercial represented the landlord, Riverbend Properties, in the following leases at Riverbend Business Park on Gravel Drive in Fort Worth:

Purple Hearts renewed its lease of 2,000 square feet.

Red Letter Service renewed its lease of 2,700 square feet.

Prime Cargo leased 12,075 square feet; Andy Bearden of Insight Realty Network represented the tenant.

Build Workshop leased 4,000 square feet; William Cady with WCLS realtors represented the tenant.

Petroleum Exploration Co. leased 2,250 square feet at Overton Centre in Fort Worth. Matt Carthey and Jake Neal of Holt Lunsford Commercial represented the landlord, FLDR/TLC Overton Centre. Justin Toon and Tyler Maner of Stream Realty represented the tenant.

World Education has leased 892 square feet at Quorum West, 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. David Cason and Matt Carthey represented the landlord, Hickman Investments.

Main Street Energy has leased 8,282 square feet at 3732 Hulen St. Matt Carthey, Geoff Shelton and Jake Neal of Holt Lunsford Commercial represented the landlord, 3700 Hulen LLC. Jerry Bolz with Worth Commercial represented the tenant.

Strategic Research leased 1,712 square feet at Summit Office Park, 1200-1300 Summit Ave., Fort Worth. Geoff Shelton and David Cason with Holt Lunsford represented the landlord, PBIII SOP LP. Huck Newberry with The Newberry Group represented the tenant.

Delta Structural Technology leased 2,139 square feet at Summit Office Park, 1200-1300 Summit Ave., Fort Worth. Geoff Shelton and David Cason with Holt Lunsford represented the landlord, PBIII SOP LP. Aaron Cullen with Colliers International represented the tenant.

Catalina Ventures leased 1,396 square feet at Northeast Business Park in Fort Worth. George Jennings and Thomas Grafton of Holt Lunsford Commercial represented the landlord, TX Circle 182.

Chicago Financial leased 7,500 square feet at Village Creek in Fort Worth. George Jennings and Thomas Grafton of Holt Lunsford Commercial represented the landlord, TX Circle 182.

Clearchoice Management Services leased 7,913 square feet at One Ridgmar Centre in Fort Worth. Matt Carthey and Geoff Shelton with Holt Lunsford Commercial represented the landlord, FE One Ridgmar Centre LP. Michael Gargiulo with Peloton Real Estate Partners represented the tenant.

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