Friday, January 16, 2009

Bush picks Preston Center high-rise for Dallas office

President George W. Bush will have a short commute from his North Dallas home to his new private office.

The General Services Administration said Wednesday that it's leased the soon-to-be-former president an 8,000-square-foot space in a Preston Center high-rise.

The Sherry Lane Place tower is just east of the Dallas North Tollway and less than three miles from the house the Bushes own in nearby Preston Hollow.

The government is paying almost $39 per square foot for a 10-year lease in the building.

Bush is paying top dollar for his new office digs. The average office rent in North Texas is only about $21.

The president plans to move into the space this summer.

In the meantime, he'll have a smaller temporary office in the nearby The Berkshire at Preston Center building.

By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News