Woodall Rodgers Purchase Announced by PRG Realty & BH Funds

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DALLAS, Texas (February 10, 2004) – PRG Realty Investors and Behringer Harvard Funds announced the purchase of 1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, Texas, a 74,090 square foot, multi-tenant office building built in 1986, and an adjacent 1.6 acre Uptown Development Site. Located across the Freeway from the Dallas Arts District in the Uptown submarket, the popular urban commercial and residential district, the Precept Building is home to Precept Builders, Republic Title, and Bank One of Texas.

The property is being purchased by Behringer Harvard Funds in conjunction with PRG Realty Investors, a Dallas-based corporate real estate advisory and investment banking firm. According to PRG Principal, Mark Robertson, “The Uptown sector is poised to continue its strong growth, and the building is an ideal mid-rise investment - not to mention the superb opportunity of acquiring one of the few prime vacant parcels remaining in the District”. The site consists of approximately 1.6 acres that fronts primarily on a most sought after address – McKinney Avenue, bounded by Harwood and St. Paul Streets – and is capable of supporting a variety of well-established uses including office, residential and lodging.

With its views and proximity to Dallas’ CBD, the 1909 Woodall Rodgers location is incomparable due to its convenient access from North Dallas. The desirability of the location was noted by Jason Mattox, SVP of Harvard Behringer Funds, “All of the building’s tenants have consistently indicated that they find the location and the layout of the building one of the best they’ve ever seen or occupied.”

Development Talks Begin for $10M Uptown Buy
By Connie Gore
Last updated: Mar 24, 2004 11:13AM

DALLAS-Talks have begun with developers for a high-profile property in Uptown, bought a month ago as the first acquisition from the $110-million Behringer Harvard Short-Term Opportunity Fund I LP with PRG Realty Parters. A decision to develop hotel or multifamily could come within 90 days.

The Dallas-based duo of Behringer Harvard and PRG Realty picked up the deal when another fell out for 1909 Woodall Rogers, a 74,000-sf, class A office building and abutting Bank One drive-through facility and 1.6 acres of prized developable land. Real estate sources tell GlobeSt.com that seller Olympus Real Estate Partners got in excess of $10.2 million despite the trio's infill positioning in a high-brow location.

"For us, it's an opportunity play," says Robert Aisner, partner in Behringer Harvard. With office development less than likely, talks have started with developers as hotel and multifamily grab the spotlight. A decision could be forthcoming in three months, Aisner tells GlobeSt.com. As for the play itself, he says the mid-term fund's plan is simple: buy, reposition and sell in three to five years.

Mark Robertson, PRG principal, says the two struck a 50-50% partnership to pick up the asset. "It was the right size, has excess land and it's not right for a lot of people because it's a ground lease," says partner, Roger Burke. "But, it's right for us. It's a perfect match between us and Behringer." The properties are leased for 99 years from Mrs. Orien Woolf of Dallas.

The assembly of mixed uses has "plenty of upside potential," says Mattox. "Among the options being considered is a continuity among all the tracts." But, the immediate plan is to address some deferred maintenance for the office building and garage.

Olympus acquired the properties in 1998 in a portfolio takeover. With $3.5 billion in three funds under management, Olympus has just one other asset in Uptown and that hold too is coming to a close as buyers are sought for the remaining condos at the 1999 McKinney Lofts, developed with locally based CLB Partners, says Greg Adair, a partner in Olympus. The 1909 Woodall Rogers sale, he says, was normal turnover of assets that resulted "in a transaction that most parties were pleased with."

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