2100 Ross,

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"We have close to 80,000 sf signed or in the midst of signingsince we bought it," says Sina Mahfar, principal of SMA Equities.He tells GlobeSt.com that a pair of full-floor tenants will beclosing on their class A deals in two weeks.

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Until then, the team is basking in its latest win: the law firmof Wick Phillips. The 18-attorney firm will move Nov. 1 into 11,580sf on the ninth floor of 2100 Ross, vacating 7,080 sf of subleasespace in Lincoln Plaza at 500 N. Akard St. The deal has been in themarket six to nine months. Wick Phillips has inked a six-year,stair-stepped lease, bumping 2100 Ross' ninth floor to full.

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"This just worked out for them," Jeff Staubach, vice presidentof Dallas-based Staubach Co. says, citing price and location nearthe Arts District as the dealmakers. "It's a good value forDowntown."

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Staubach says Downtown buildings outweighed Uptown's due to theprice differential, ranging from 30% to 50% in per sf costs forclass A stock. "We glanced at Uptown, but the pricing issignificantly higher," he says. The high rise's space is beingmarketed at $16.50 per sf to $19 per sf plus electric.

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In the second win, Haas Petroleum Engineering Services Inc., anoil and gas consulting firm, has added 1,966 sf in a co-terminuslease with a two-year term to double its headquarters space on the18th floor. The firm also subleases space from Ernst & YoungLLP, the building's largest tenant with 244,000 sf in its graspthrough June 2009.

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Haas Petroleum gets keys Oct. 1 to the extra space, says CelesteSignor, vice president with CB Richard Ellis in Dallas. She, CBREsenior vice president Dennis Barnes and former senior vicepresident Malcolm Ross represented the JV owners in bothtransactions. Bruce Hecht, executive vice president and managingprincipal with Swearingen Realty Group LLC in Dallas, is HaasPetroleum's tenant rep.

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"The amount of activity we've had on this building is amazing,"Mahfar says. "I'm very surprised about the amount of activity thatI see Downtown." And, he adds, the pace is equally as brisk at hisother two CBD holdings: Renaissance Tower at 1201 Elm St., which isjointly owned with Moinian, and Republic Center at 325 N. St. PaulSt., a wholly owned SMA asset.

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