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Area developer starts Texas project

North Forest Office Space, a Clarence-based office suite developer, is continuing its out-of-state expansion, launching the first phase of its first project near Austin, Texas.

North Forest has started developing a 34,000-square-foot office park in the city of Pflugerville, about 15 miles northeast of the state capital.

Plans call for a mixture of professional, medical and dental space to meet demand among small and mid-sized firms, which is North Forest's specialty. It has numerous single-story office buildings around Amherst with distinctive gabled roofs.

The Texas project will be completed in four phases, starting with the first 9,000 square feet, which is slated to be ready for occupancy by early summer.

"Central Texas has seen significant growth over the past 10 years, and with that growth comes a need for businesses to locate in the area," said Brendan Jordan, North Forest's area manager for Central Texas and son of the company's founder, Roy A. Jordan.

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Pflugerville has seen its population nearly triple in 10 years to 46,936 in 2010 from 16,335 in 2000.

"This project adds to our evolving commercial developments by providing much-needed professional office space for our growing community's needs," said Patricia Gervan-Brown, president and CEO of the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce.

Founded in 1987, North Forest specializes in building affordable commercial office buildings with suites for professional and medical practices, typically of 5,000 square feet or less but ranging up to 13,000 square feet.

The company has 21 office parks with more than 750,000 square feet of leased space in Western New York, Rochester and the Denver area, where it expanded a few years ago.

"Our business model works because the office needs and concerns of business owners are largely the same," Jordan said. "Our customers want a presence that is comfortable, convenient and built with their needs in mind."