Hines Breaks Ground on 684 KSF Austin Industrial Center

Bluebonnet Business Center rendering. Image courtesy of AQUILA Commercial

Hines has broken ground on The Bluebonnet Business Center, a four-building, 684,344-square-foot Class A industrial center in Northeast Austin.

Upon completion in the fourth quarter of 2024, the four buildings will feature a range of cross-dock, front-load and rear-load configurations. Rentable floorplates will range from 20,000 square feet to 685,000 square feet.

According to CommercialEdge data, Building 1 will span 414,809 square feet, with 36-foot clear heights. Building 2 will measure out with 32-foot clear heights and span 92,041 square feet. Also featuring 32-foot clear heights, Building 3 and Building 4 are each anticipated to be 88,747 square feet. The center will feature EV charging stations and solar power panels.

Designed by Powers Brown Architecture and with general contractor Burton Construction, the Bluebonnet Business Center is Hines’ first industrial project in Austin. It is situated in an infill location in Austin’s East submarket, the metro’s leading industrial submarket.

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Situated at 9219 Old Manor Rd., the project is located off of Highway 290 and Johnny Morris Road. Future tenants will be in proximity to U.S. Route 183 and State Highway 130, with larger access to the Austin and greater Texas regions.

Various dining, entertainment and retail options, including the Springdale Shopping Center, Target, Marshalls, Tres Amigos, Subway and In-N-Out are within 8 miles of the development. The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is less than 9 miles from the Bluebonnet Business Center and downtown Austin is 5 miles to the southwest.

In prepared remarks, Leigh Ellis, principal at AQUILA Commercial, said that ideal future tenants include logistics and manufacturing companies, along with vendors to Samsung and Tesla. Both companies operate manufacturing plants around the city, and the latter moved its headquarters there in 2021.

AQUILA Commercial’s Leigh Ellis, Omar Nasser and Blake Patterson will be the leasing agents for the Bluebonnet Business Center.

While the Bluebonnet Business Center is Hines’ first industrial development in the area, the company already has a substantial footprint in Texas. Earlier this year Texas A&M University selected Hines to be the development manager for its new academic center. It is set to feature laboratories, retail and food service areas, as well as indoor and outdoor recreational spaces.

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