HOUSTON-The US Census Bureau is gearing up to begin its 2010 count, taking down 11,946 sf in two locations. The mix of industrial and office space will be used for data accumulation and a workplace for the census takers.

The bureau has leased 5,269 sf for 27 months at the Plaza Park Business Center at 7509 S. Freeway in the city’s southern tier. The 6,677-sf balance is part of Westbelt Plaza at 1450 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. on the western side of the metro. The tenant is taking the Westbelt space for 28 months to house about 50 workers at peak operation. The move-in date is late summer.

Daniel Nixon Jr., senior vice president of leasing and redevelopment for Whitestone REIT, the local owner, says the Census Bureau required shell condition for its spaces. He says the owner also kicks in tenant improvements specific to the bureau requirements. The buildings’ quote lease rate is $12 per sf, triple net.

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