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Telx Expansion May Boost Dallas Building

The owner of 8435 Stemmons in Dallas hopes the presence of a new Telx interconnection facility will attract additional data center tenants.

The Dallas data center market continues to see brisk activity. On Tuesday Telx opened its new facility at 8435 Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, where it has leased 25,000 square feet of space. The building's owner, Diversified Capital, is hoping that the presence of Telx will attract additional data center tenants to fill space vacated by First American Financial Corp.

Telx will link the new facility with its Meet Me Room at the Univision Tower Building (2323 Bryan Street), enabling customers in the new Stemmons site to access more than 70 networks. "This gives us the foundation to do further leasing," Bruce Stern, vice president of business development at Diversified Capital, told the Dallas Morning News. "It fills up the most valuable space in the building, and it's data center space, which is much more lucrative than office space."

Yesterday we noted that Unified Infrastructure Services has been aggressively buying up data center space in the Dallas market, including the carrier hotel at 2020 Live Oak. Dataside recently announced plans to build a fifth data center in the Dallas market, while Databank, Securus, Skyrise Properties and Behringer Harvard have all acquired data center space in Dallas since last summer.

Telx will use the space to house more than 800 cabinets for network providers and enterprises to exchange traffic. The New York company recently rebranded its Meet Me Rooms as Telx "Xchange Centers"

"The Dallas market has always been a center for technology and is starting to see growth in the financial services sector," said Eric Shepcaro, Chairman and CEO of Telx. "Dallas is an important part of our national facility footprint. Dallas is situated in an important geographical location where nationwide networks interconnect which makes the city an excellent place to manage global network services such as call centers or back-up and storage requirements."

First American vacated the 11-story building, 230,000 square foot facility in 2005, when it relocated to a new 615,000 square foot headquarters in the Solana corporate park in Southlake, Texas.