HOUSTON—Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, thelargest Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the world, has purchaseda site near downtown Houston for its new headquarters. The site,totaling 23,505 square feet, is located at Washington and Franklinat the entrance to the central business district.

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Randy Hopper, senior vice president with theHouston office of The Weitzman Group, handlednegotiations for Big Brothers Big Sisters LoneStar. Hopper worked nearly twoyears to identify the right property for the newheadquarters.

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“We first considered buying anexisting building to considering a renovation project to finallyidentifying the ideal site at Washington and Franklin,” he said.“The land is located at the V where Washington and Franklin mergeand turn into Washington going into downtown. The site has anexisting building which will be demolished for this newheadquarters project.”

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Pierce Bush is executive vice president of BigBrothers Big Sisters Lone Star and oversees the Houston market forthe agency.

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“I can't say enough good thingsabout all the great work that Randy Hopper and The Weitzman Groupcontributed to this project," Bush said. "Ultimately, theyhelped us secure the right property that will enable Big BrothersBig Sisters to double the number of at-risk Houston kids that weserve going forward. 1003 Washington Ave is at the perfect Houstonintersection of the kids that we serve and the ideal volunteerdemographic we need to constantly engage with to serve more ofthem. Randy is a stand-up guy to work with and he was very helpfulthroughout this whole process.”

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star currently operates out of abuilding in the Sharpstown area of southwest Houston. Theirexisting building already has been sold to a neighboring buildingfor expansion.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star serves more than 9,500children in 100 counties in Texas.

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