New retail and office space is coming to fast-growing Leander
A new retail and office project is coming to booming Leander.
St. John Properties plans to break ground early next spring on a 120,000-square-foot project with ground-floor retail. It will become the suburban community’s first top-tier office building and the first commercial component of the 116-acre urban, mixed-use Northline development 30 miles north of Austin.
The four-story building will offer high-quality finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as 15,500 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space.
The floor design will be able to accommodate tenants that are diverse in size and services. Located at 1157 Main St., the project is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2025.
Frequently listed among the fastest growing cities in the nation, Leander has seen tremendous residential growth over the last decade, fueling demand for commercial space among retailers and other businesses.
“This project will help meet pent-up demand for office space in Leander, including among small business owners living in the area who want to work close to home,” said Brooke Harlander, regional partner at St. John Properties.
The Northline location will offer restaurant and retail options both in the building and nearby, as well as walkable amenities which are increasingly valued by employers and workers but not often offered in most suburban office buildings, he said.
The start of construction on the new office building will mark a milestone for Northline, Leander’s new downtown district. The district is slated to include more than 5 million square feet of office, retail, residential, hotel and civic space as well as a signature park. The construction of Northline is expected to last for years.
Leases for Northline’s first apartment building, developed by Slate Real Estate Partners, are anticipated to begin in mid-November. Owners of the first townhomes, developed by Novak Brothers, are expected to move into their homes by early October.
The Slate multifamily project will have 343 units and Novak currently has 25 townhomes completed or under construction.
“We’re in the process of creating a downtown mixed-use environment and the addition of this building is the first big step in diversifying and enhancing commercial space at Northline,” said Alex Tynberg, principal of Northline Leander Development Company.
Tynberg added that the building’s ground floor retail space will help attract other retailers to Northline by providing a regular customer base for shops and restaurants on weekdays — including workers coming into Leander from other communities.
The office project fits into economic development plans of Leander, which has prioritized attracting more employers and retailers to the community in order to diversify its tax base and provide more employment opportunities to residents closer to home.
Baltimore-based St. John Properties is one of the nation’s largest privately held commercial real estate firms with assets of more than $5 billion across 11 states. The developer opened a Texas regional office in Austin in 2022, which Harlander leads.
St. John Properties specializes in multi-tenant buildings designed to serve tenants small to large such as law firms, tech companies and business consultants. Suites offered in the new Northline building will start at 2,000 square feet.
The company frequently builds in suburban areas to be near the residences of business owners, and the Northline project will match the company’s approach to construct office buildings in a walkable, mixed-use suburban development, Harlander said.
“This development greatly enhances Leander’s opportunity to bring primary employers to our community,” said Randall Malik, Director of Economic Development for the City of Leander. “Given that many companies have a condensed timeline for relocation, the presence of move-in ready office spaces in Leander positions us to be a more attractive destination for new businesses.”
The project team for St. John Properties Northline office building includes architect Beck Design, civil engineer Kimley-Horn and landscape architect KW Landscape Architects.