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Skanska breaks ground on Seattle retail, office tower

BY Michael Fickes

Seattle — Skanska USA Commercial Development Inc. has broken ground on 400 Fairview alongside its first major office tenant — Tommy Bahama.

Skanska is the first developer to start work in the South Lake Union area of Seattle since the City Council rezoned the one-time industrial hub for office and retail.

The 400 Fairview building will be a 13-story tower with 320,000 sq. ft. of office space and 17,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. Skanska is targeting LEED Gold certification on the building.

Tommy Bahama plans to move into its new 120,000-sq.-ft. headquarters offices in 2015.

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Mansour Group completes sale of Houston LA Fitness

BY Michael Fickes

Houston — The Mansour Group has completed the sale of an LA Fitness in Houston for $12 million. The 45,000-sq.-ft. facility is located in Houston’s Memorial Area, the wealthiest neighborhood in the city and the sixth wealthiest zip code in the state.

Mansour www.themansourgroup.com marketed the property on behalf of the seller, a national REIT. The buyer was another institutional REIT.

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Stirling expands into Mobile, Ala.

BY Michael Fickes

Covington, La. — Stirling Properties has opened a new office in downtown Mobile, Ala. The company’s first location in the state, the new office joins 11 others located in Louisiana and Mississippi, further strengthening Stirling’s presence in the Gulf South.

“This office will not only serve the surging market and growing economy of Mobile but also anchor the eastern side of the Interstate 10 corridor for Stirling Properties,” said Marty Mayer, Stirling’s president and CEO.

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