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DALLAS-In one month of dealmaking, nine transactions have filled 55,594 sf of class A space in the former Equity Office Properties Trust portfolio, bought in two takedowns by the Woodland Hills, CA-based Younan Properties Inc.

Younan, becoming the region’s second-largest office building owner in mid-October, easily has nudged the 80%-leased portfolio’s overall occupancy by several points, according to Larry Blankenship, Younan’s senior vice president who oversees the third-party leasing teams. With what’s been done and what is sure to close within 30 days, the teams will have filled 191,847 sf since Younan took over the near two-million-sf package, he tells GlobeSt.com. He picked up the first round of deeds in late August.

One renewal, with an expansion, and one newcomer took care of 11,993 sf and 7,645 sf, respectively, at 9400 N. Central Expressway, a 379,556-sf, 16-story building that’s now 85.12% leased. The accounting firm of Smith, Jackson, Boyer & Bovard upped its 9,070-sf office by 2,923 sf, working out a five-year deal for a lease that was going to expire in 2006, Blankenship says. The four-year tenant, getting the extra space at the end of January, was represented by Sanders Thompson with the former NAI Stoneleigh Huff Brous McDowell firm.

Meanwhile, the William Arnold & Associates law firm has just moved into 9400 N. Central Expressway, also signing a five-year lease. The firm was represented by Bill McClung and Clay Vaughn with Cushman & Wakefield of Texas Inc.

Blankenship says the Trammell Crow Co. leasing team of Jeff Eckert, James Esquivel and Russ Johnson has another 18,000 sf in two deals set to close within a month for 9400 N. Central Expressway. The quoted rent is $14.50 per sf to $16.50 per sf plus electric.

At 12801 N. Central Expressway, the TCC team renewed and expanded Hart, Gaugler & Associates for 6,474 sf and re-upped Teng & Associates for 3,500, both five-year pacts. The Hart firm, getting keys in January to another 1,312 sf, was represented by David Besserer with DMC Corporate Services in Dallas; Teng’s broker was Kelley Winn with Studley.

Blankenship says another 14,000 sf in deals should close next month. The 346,575-sf, 17-story building’s occupancy is now 71.32%; the quoted rent is $14 per sf to $16 per sf plus electric.

At 8080 N. Central Expressway, Renaissance Capital added 1,000 sf to take its total to 6,813 sf in a five-year direct deal negotiated by Younan’s team, Celeste Signor and Amanda Farmer, both with Grubb & Ellis Co. In another direct deal, they renewed the Herbert H. Thomas law firm to 4,099 sf, including an extra 1,233 sf. The 283,707-sf, 18-story building’s occupancy is 86.54%, according to Blankenship, who says there is another 3,200-sf lease that will be signed by year’s end. The quoted rent is $18 per sf to $20 per sf plus electric.

The 394,324-sf, 19-story Four Forest at 12222 Merit Dr. is 82.18% occupied, with the TCC team signing one newcomer for 4,664 sf, a 7,843-sf lease extension and a 2,563-sf direct deal for a former sublease space. The American Construction Benefits Group will move in at the end of January. The organization, signing a five-year lease, was represented by Stephen Lamure with Dominus Commercial Inc. in Dallas. Meanwhile, Parmount Pictures Corp., represented by Andy Iverson with locally based Jackson Cooksey Inc., added one-year to its term for its office. The law firm of Steven J. Sanders & Co. made the switch to a direct deal with a three-year pact, Blankenship says, noting a 6,722-sf tenant will be re-upping within a week. The space is on the market for $15.50 per sf to $17.50 per sf plus electric.

Lakeside Square at 12377 Merit Dr. is the only piece of the Equity portfolio that didn’t get a closed deal with the leasing flurry. But, Blankenship says the Grubb & Ellis team is zeroing in on a 15,000-sf transaction for the 397,328-sf building, which is 85.48% filled. Talks are opening at $16.50 per sf to $18.50 per sf.

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