Exclusive: Castle Hills developer kicks off $1B corporate office park

recent news Published Articles October 09, 2014

The developer behind mega-development Castle Hills has started work on a $1 billion, 3 million-square-foot corporate office park — similar in size and scope to Hall Office Park in Frisco — near the not-yet-completed Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony.

The 150-acre office park — called Crown Centre at Castle Hills — will sit on the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Lewisville and will attract Fortune 500 companies and firms seeking a high parking ratio, Bright Realty CEO Chris Bright told the Dallas Business Journal in an exclusive interview Thursday.

“This was always part of the original plan,” said Bright, who has worked on the Castle Hills mega-development for the past 25 years. “We are starting on the first phase of the 150-acre office park or about 45 acres with the idea we can deliver 3 million square feet of office space and a hotel.”

Bright recently started on the $1 billion development, with work underway on the office park’s first 200,000-square-foot office building. Bright Realty is already marketing the speculative office building.
Each building in the park is expected to range from 150,000 square feet up
to 400,000 square feet, depending on tenant demand, Bright said.

“This is part of an upper-end development with access to amenities and major retailers near the site,” he told me. “This is almost an infill site, we aren’t pioneering a lot anymore and we are taking advantage of the
demand that’s already there.”

Right now, Bright Realty’s Castle Hills development has added nearly $1.6 billion to the tax base, he said. In the next five to seven years, Bright expects to add more than $1 billion to the property tax base.

Bright Realty has continued to develop home lots, with 3,300 homes or home lots on the ground after the community’s first resident moved into the development in 1998. At full build-out, mega-development Castle Hills
is expected to have roughly 4,200 single-family homes.

“We think we are creating a residential environment that provides and effective workforce for those types of businesses with a reasonable commute, which I think will become more important over time as the region
grows,” Bright told me.

The corporate office park, which will take 12 to 20 years to completely develop, is expected to have a lake with water views and outdoor art installations. 505 Design and LandDesign designed the office campus. The first building at Crown Centre is expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter in 2016.
Dallas Business Journal

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