HOUSTON-Engineering and construction company KBR has changed its mind about a move to the west side, instead opting to renew and expand its downtown space. The 20-year, 1.2-million-square-foot lease, negotiated with property owner Brookfield Properties, will commence in July.

Dan Bellow, president of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Houston office, tells GlobeSt.com that the company had been in its digs at KBR Tower at 601 Jefferson St. and nearby 500 Jefferson St. for 20 years. Changes were afoot however, as KBR unveiled plans in 2008 to build a 910,000-square-foot campus on 123 acres on Interstate 10 and Grand Parkway near Katy, TX.

Bellow, who teamed with JLL colleague Mike Boehler in the lease deal, says the west side campus won’t happen. While analyzing its prospects on the west side, he explains, KBR was also analyzing the prospect of a long-term commitment in the CBD.

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