News release

Booming Austin economy fuels sale of Congress Commons

JLL Capital Markets led the sales efforts for the historic creative office building on behalf of the seller, Asana Partners

October 05, 2021

Kristen Murphy

Capital Markets, Hotels & Hospitality and Value & Risk Advisory PR
+1 617 848 1572

DALLAS, Oct. 5, 2021 – JLL Capital Markets announced today that it has closed the sale of Congress Commons, a fully leased, 50,244-square-foot mixed-use creative office and retail property in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas.

JLL marketed the property on behalf of the seller, Asana Partners. Clarion Partners purchased the asset on behalf of Clarion Partners Real Estate Income Fund (CPREIF).

Originally built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Congress Commons brings together three historic Austin properties – the McKean-Eilers, Day and Swift buildings – that were once home to some of the most successful businesses of the day, including the Swift Meat Packing Company and Davis Hardware. Repositioned in 2013 into a mixed-use creative office property, Congress Commons is fully leased to Accenture, One Medical, Sushi Junai, Swift’s Attic and the Elephant Room.

The property is positioned along one of Austin’s most heavily trafficked streets – Congress Ave., between 3rd and 4th Streets. This location is in the heart of downtown Austin offering walkability to a world-class amenity base comprising more than 190 dining, 140 entertainment and 135 retail options. The property also has direct access to Austin’s best outdoor amenities, including Lady Bird Lake and the 10-mile hike and bike trail. In addition, Congress Commons is accessible from nearly all of Austin’s trendiest spots, including the Capitol Complex, UT Health District, Innovation District, Market District and Rainey Street District.

Austin has witnessed tremendous demand throughout the last decade with more than a 75% growth in population. The tech surge is predicted to continue to boost the Austin economy with a more than 20% population growth predicted through 2025.

The JLL Capital Markets Investment Sales and Advisory team representing the seller was led by Senior Managing Directors Ryan Shore and Chris Gerard, Managing Director Kelsey Shebay, Senior Associate Patrick McCord and Analyst Erin Lazarus.

JLL Capital Markets is a full-service global provider of capital solutions for real estate investors and occupiers. The firm's in-depth local market and global investor knowledge delivers the best-in-class solutions for clients — whether investment and sales advisory, debt advisory, equity advisory or a recapitalization. The firm has more than 3,000 Capital Markets specialists worldwide with offices in nearly 50 countries.

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About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.6 billion in 2020, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 92,000 as of June 30, 2021. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

About Asana Partners

Asana Partners is a vertically integrated real estate investment company that creates value by acquiring, enhancing, and operating distinctive mixed-use and retail properties in dynamic urban and near-urban neighborhoods in the United States. For more information, visit

About Clarion Partners

Clarion Partners, an SEC-registered investment adviser with FCA-authorized and FINRA member affiliates, has been a leading U.S. real estate investment manager for more than 39 years. Headquartered in New York, the firm maintains strategically located offices across the United States and Europe. With over $63 billion in total assets under management, Clarion Partners offers a broad range of real estate strategies across the risk/return spectrum to its more than 500 domestic and international institutional investors. More information about the firm is available at