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AUSTIN-The first office tenants are moving this weekend into 1001 Congress, a brand-new office building just south of the Texas Capitol. The 26,800-sf building is about 30% leased, according to developer Joel Sher, president of Congress Holdings.

Tenants include the Texas Council of Engineering Cos. and the Lisa Anderson law firm. A Starbucks coffee shop is at street level, fronting on Congress Avenue. Information on how much space each tenant will occupy was not available by press time.

The building’s location–a block south of the capitol–makes it a prime office spot for lobbyists and law firms, particularly when the Texas Legislature convenes its session every two years. Sher tells GlobeSt.com that there’s a “flurry of leasing activity” around the capitol in the fall before a session and he plans to have 1001 Congress in the mix. The legislature convenes in January 2003.

The four-story building has an attached parking garage. Next door is 1005 Congress, a 10-story building with 90,890 sf. Austin-based Congress Holdings is the developer of both buildings.

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