Bruce Conti, president of Conti Warehouses in Fort Worth, is under contract to buy the Star-Telegram’s printing plant facilities off Hemphill Street and Interstate 20 in Edgecliff Village.
Conti is buying the nearly 270,000-square-foot building and 38 acres. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in early fall, are not being disclosed.
Conti is known for buying large warehouse buildings and repositioning them in the market. Last year, he and J. Searcy bought the 353,643-square-foot Walls Industries building at 301 Risinger Road.
He also owns a former grocery warehouse at Loop 820 and I-20, the Village Creek Business Park in southeast Fort Worth, the former Target Store on Cherry Lane in White Settlement, the former Ranch Style Beans plant downtown, the former Levitz Furniture building on Camp Bowie Boulevard, and the former Sam’s Club warehouse on Baker Boulevard in Richland Hills.
The Star-Telegram stopped printing newspapers at the plant in March, when it launched a joint publishing deal with The Dallas Morning News. It had moved its printing operation from downtown Fort Worth to the facility, known as the South Plant, in 1986.
Employees working at the South Plant will move to the newspaper’s downtown offices, at 808 Throckmorton St., where it occupies the first, fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the former Commerce Building.
The Star-Telegram has expanded its lease to include 12,000 square feet of the second floor. The newspaper will now lease 76,327 square feet of office space.
Todd Burnette and Matt Montague of Jones Lang LaSalle represented the Star-Telegram in the lease. Jaime Galati, also of JLL, represented the landlord, RYLB FW Properties.
Football stadium gets testosterone sponsor
Will student athletes get a mixed message?
While the UIL, which governs Texas high school sports, lists testosterone among its banned substances, Flower Mound is embracing the hormone.
On Monday, the Southlake-based Low T Center chain of hormone replacement therapy offices became a title sponsor of the district’s Marcus Marauder Stadium in Flower Mound.
“We are excited at Marcus football to partner with the Low T Center, particularly it being a community-based company,” coach Gerry Stanford was quoted as saying in a company release.
“We are excited about the opportunity to not only help support the Marcus High School football program, but encourage MHS dads to be proactive with their health,” Mike Sisk, founder of Low T Center, said in the statement.
Low T Center’s release says various studies indicate testosterone deficiency has been linked to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and high blood pressure. “Experience shows testosterone injections may lead to improved energy, strength, and libido, as well as decreases in body fat, irritability and depression,” it asserted.
We love that the chain uses the word libido in a story about a high school facility.
But the jury is still out on the hormone, whose profitable use has skyrocketed in the past decade.
“Think carefully about using any long-term medication and discuss the pros and cons with your doctor,” cautioned the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Lifestyle changes such as adding or increasing exercise, eating a healthier diet, and losing weight may help the symptoms of low testosterone without need for medication.”