City To Work With Capital Metro On Financing New Broadmoor And McKalla Place Rail Stations As Development Boom Looms

The city of Austin expects the areas around the Broadmoor Campus and McKalla Place—the site of the new Austin FC stadium—to be primed for dramatic increases in development and subsequently heightened demand for transportation. City Council acknowledged that looming boom Nov. 14 when it directed City Manager Spencer Cronk to work with the city’s public transportation authority, Capital Metro, to help finance the completion of new rail stations in the two areas. Last year, City Council greenlit the first phase of a massive, 20-year, phased mixed-use development at the 66-acre Broadmoor Campus, an area currently occupied by the IBM campus. Plans for the area include at least 2,000 housing units and buildings reaching 360 feet tall. The area has been referred to as Austin’s future second downtown. The developers agreed to help relocate the Kramer Lane MetroRail station to the Broadmoor Campus. Click to read more at www.communityimpact.com.

Texas To Provide Microsoft $4.9M Grant As Part of Las Colinas Workforce Expansion

Texas has awarded Microsoft Corporation a nearly $4.9 million grant as part of economic incentive deal that will bring hundreds of new jobs to the company’s Las Colinas office. Microsoft is expanding its operations in Las Colinas with $31 million in investments and the creation of 575 new jobs, according to a news release from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The grant comes from the state’s Texas Enterprise Fund, which is a “deal-closing” grant for companies considering investments in Texas, according to the Governor’s Business and Community Development Division. “We are excited that Microsoft has renewed its commitment to Irving-Las Colinas and believe it’s a testament to our business-friendly climate and high quality of life for companies and their employees,” Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer said in the release. “As a valuable corporate stakeholder in our community, we look forward to working with Microsoft as it builds [its] workforce and creates thousands of valuable technology jobs in Irving.” Click to read more at www.communityimpact.com.

TEXAS JOB FORECAST

DALLAS – Texas employment will grow 2.1 percent this year, according to the Texas Employment Forecast by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Based on the forecast, the state will add 263,700 jobs this year. Employment in December 2019 will reach 12.9 million. This prediction comes after incorporating September 2019’s annualized employment growth of 0.7 percent and a decrease in the leading index. “After strong growth in June and July, Texas jobs decelerated in August and September,” said Keith R. Phillips, Dallas Fed assistant vice president, and senior economist. “The weakness in oil and gas extraction is spilling over to other sectors such as transportation and warehousing, which experienced job losses in both August and September. “Manufacturing employment continues to grow at a good pace, however, in part driven by continued strength in petrochemical and refining activity. Construction activity also remains robust.” Click to read more at www.recenter.tamu.edu.

Montrose’s ‘Cool’ Attracts National Real Estate Attention

When the commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield looked across the United States and Canada for the “coolest” neighborhoods, Montrose made the top 20. That, says Cushman & Wakefield, makes it prime property. For Houstonians, the announcement may feel obvious. Certainly it’s not news that Montrose is cool? Bob Marley and the Wailers took over a floor of the Plaza Hotel (later Tradition Bank Plaza) in the ’70s, cooking Rasta gumbo as the magazine Texas Monthly got its start in the same building. It was, and still is, Houston’s haven and political center for the LGBTQ community. Beyoncé went to high school there. But for Cushman & Wakefield, the neighborhood’s culture and walkability is of special appeal as retail fights e-commerce to bring customers into stores. “Ignore cool at your own peril,” wrote Cushman & Wakefield when it first started scouting cool neighborhoods in 2016. Click to read more at www.mysanantonio.com.

Don Quick & Associates Celebrates 50 Years of Commercial Real Estate by Giving Back to the Community in a Big Way

ROUND ROCK, Texas, Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Don Quick & Associates, Inc. – the largest commercial real estate company in Williamson County – is celebrating 50 years in business in 2020. The company specializes in leasing and sales of office, retail, industrial and land properties throughout Northern Travis and Williamson Counties. Since 1970, the company has solidified its place as a leader in the commercial real estate industry and as a part of their monumental anniversary celebration in 2020, they are determined to become a leader in giving back to the community. In order to achieve that goal, Don Quick & Associates, Inc. is committing to serve 50 charitable organizations from now until the end of 2020. “We believe the best way to celebrate 50 years in Central Texas is by giving back to the people who empower our community every day. These charitable organizations are the heart and soul of this area, and we want to show our appreciation,” says Darren Quick, President of Don Quick & Associates, Inc. Click to read more at www.prnewswire.com.

Austin Steals The Show From Dallas in Annual Real Estate Ranking

Blame it on Austin. Texas’ capital city has knocked Dallas off its perch as the country’s best real estate market. Big D was the top dog for real estate in a property industry beauty contest last year. But the best Dallas-Fort Worth gets is a sixth-place consolation prize in the just-released Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2020 forecast. In its 41st year, the closely watched annual property market report by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers asks real estate pros from across the country to rate the top market for the year ahead. After Austin’s winning performance, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville, Charlotte, and Boston placed ahead of D-FW in the forecast for 2020. Click to read more at www.dallasnews.com.