Offices Rising in Growing Corridors: Straussberger Draws Crye-Leike, Physician into Larger Quarters

By Mike Pare, staff writer


Two new office buildings are going up in growing corridors of Hamilton County.

Crye-Leike Realtors is shifting its Hixson branch to a site off state Highway 153 just north of Oak Park Town Center near Grubb Road.

A 13,290-square-foot building is under construction for the real estate company and two other firms, said John Straussberger, owner of The Strauss Company  Inc., which is the contractor for the office project.

Also, the company is building a 9,000-square-foot office structure for Dr. Thomas R. Cook III, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, on Morrison Springs Road.

Rachel Millard, Dr. Cook’s practice manager, said the building is expected to be ready for patients in February.

“He wanted to find an area ready for growth and wanted to get in on the ground floor,” she said about the site across from Erlanger North hospital.

Concerning the Highway 153 development, Mr. Straussberger said about 80

percent of the structure is leased already. The project, designed by Billingsley Architecture, is estimated to cost about $2 million, Mr.

Straussberger said.

Harold E. Crye, chief executive of Crye-Leike, said the real estate firm had been searching for a better location for its Hixson branch, which is

now in the Northgate area.

“This new location gives us excellent exposure,” he said in a statement about the building to be finished by year’s end.

Mr. Straussberger said development is expected to continue on Highway 153 between Hixson Pike and U.S. 27. Wolford Development, which built Oak Park Town Center, is considering another large retail development in the area near Winding Lane.

“This is where growth is going to be seen when it comes to development on Highway 153,” Mr. Straussberger said.

The Morrison Springs Road building is near the Erlanger North complex, he said.

“That area has some room for growth,” Mr. Straussberger said. At Morrison Springs and Mountain Creek roads, an $8 million development of 51

townhomes and five estate homes is already under way.

Ms. Millard said Dr. Cook’s East TN Facial Surgery office is relocating from its Hamilton Place area site.

“We’re moving from under 3,500 square feet to almost a 10,000-square-foot building,” she said.

Mr. Straussberger estimated the Morrison Springs Road project at about $1.4 million.

The contractor said his company, which has 44 employees, is working on nine projects the same size as the two office buildings.