Houston-based Hines announced April 4 it broke ground on the towering 46-story apartment high-rise known as The Preston downtown.
The luxury apartments will be where the old Houston Chronicle parking garage was, at the corner of Preston and Milam, and about a block from the newspaper’s old headquarters, where Hines and Ivanhoe Cambridge are developing the 47-story Texas Tower.
The greater Houston area counts 148 zones, with 105 in Harris County alone.
Hines is developing The Preston with the Cresset-Diversified QOZ Fund, a fund started by Cresset Partners and Diversified Real Estate Capital in 2018 to invest in qualified Opportunity Zones around the country.
The Opportunity Zone Act, part of the 2017 tax changes, lets property investors create “Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds” that can be used to reinvest proceeds from the sale of long-held properties back into Opportunity Zones.
Landlords are eligible for tax breaks if they reinvest at least 90 percent of the gains from those sales back into the federally approved Opportunity Zones, according to a report by the American City Business Journals, the Houston Business Journal’s parent company.
New rules related to Opportunity Zone investments haven’t yet been released.