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Stratus Properties Inc. (NASDAQ: STRS) announced today that it has obtained a $36.8 million construction loan from Southside Bank to finance construction of the retail component of Stratus' Jones Crossing project, a new HEB Grocery Company, L.P. (HEB)-anchored, mixed-use development in College Station, Texas. Jones Crossing, situated on a 72-acre tract of land located near Texas A&M University, is expected to total approximately 258,000 square feet of commercial space and will be developed in three phases. Phase 1, the retail anchor phase, will be comprised of a 106,000 square foot HEB grocery store, five mixed-use retail buildings totaling 47,250 square feet, six pad sites for sublease, and road, utility and storm water infrastructure for the entire development. Phase 2 will include a 40,000 square foot secondary anchor building and three build-to-suit pad sites for sublease. Phase 3 is planned to include 600 student-focused multi-family units. William H. Armstrong III, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stratus, stated, "We are pleased to secure financing on favorable terms and commence construction of our new Jones Crossing mixed-use project in College Station. The project is located at the intersection of two major roadways less than two miles from Texas A&M University. Consistent with other Stratus projects, Jones Crossing combines our expertise in commercial and residential development and is consistent with our goal of developing projects in areas experiencing steady population growth. We look forward to enhancing the value of this property and creating value for shareholders." Construction of the first two phases of the Jones Crossing project commenced today. The HEB grocery store is expected to open in mid-2018. Stratus is a diversified real estate company engaged primarily in the acquisition, entitlement, development, management, operation and sale of commercial, hotel, entertainment, and multi- and single-family residential real estate properties, primarily located in the Austin, Texas area, but including projects in certain other select markets in Texas.