DALLAS—Despite being positioned along construction-clogged LBJFreeway in North Dallas, Galleria Plaza isflourishing thanks to one new lease and two expansions.

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The 187,644-square-foot class A office building has undergone amajor renovation, which helped to lure law firm Blalack& Williams, which will move into 8,688 square feet onthe seventh floor in September. The firm has signed a seven-yearlease; it will be relocating from 5550 LBJ Freeway.

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The project's largest tenant, BenefitMall, hasexpanded to 50,689 square feet, taking down 7,150 square feet.

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"Because of last year's renovation, BenefitMall has stayed andexpanded in Galleria Plaza despite the freeway construction," saysSharon Friedberg, senior vice president ofDallas-based Bradford Commercial Real EstateServices. "It's tough to live through the roadwork, buttenants realize they're getting rates now that aren't going to beavailable in 12 months."

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Galleria Plaza was one of two properties on the law firm's shortlist.

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"The location, view and building upgrades tipped the scale inour favor," Friedberg says. "It also helps to have goodrelationships with brokers." Representing the law firm andBenefitMall were Robbie Baty and Bill McClung of Cushman& Wakefield of Texas Inc.

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The just-signed deals have pushed occupancy above 85 percent forGalleria Plaza's California-based landlord, YPI CentralExpressway Properties LP.

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The building now boasts a conference center, upgraded securitystation and new finishes in the lobby and first-floor corridor.

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"The renovation absolutely has helped with leasing, particularlythose floors with good views," Friedberg adds. "Everyone knowsrates will go up in the area after LBJ's expansion is completed sothere's been even more interest in the building."

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