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May 20, 2020

Miami Commercial Real Estate News February 21, 2024: Santander Plans to Replace its Brickell Tower; Miami International Mall Loan Payoff Missed; More…

Partnership Tops Out 509-Unit Residences at The Wynwood Plaza

Co-developers L&L Holding Co. and Oak Row Equities, along with project partner Shorenstein Properties and capital partner Claure Group, have topped out the Residences at The Wynwood Plaza, a 509-unit apartment development in Miami. The property serves as the multifamily component of Wynwood Plaza, a 1 million-square-foot mixed-use development underway…

Highly touted 830 Brickell office tower opening awaited

Companies from around the globe continue to come to Miami as the city’s most highly touted Class A office building, 830 Brickell, prepares to welcome tenants. “We have tenants that are currently building out their spaces now,” said Ryan Holtzman, executive managing director at Cushman & Wakefield, “but we believe the building will be complete and TCO’d…

Underdeck 33-acre park under signature bridge underfunded

Final negotiations for design of the Underdeck are in progress and the signature I-395 bridge above is on track to be finished in late 2027, but Underdeck costs have risen significantly and the city is still searching for funding. During a virtual information meeting Feb. 13, David Hoot, the City of Miami’s consultant working on the project, provided an update on the 33-acre green space…

Tri-Rail enters downtown Miami using long-planned safety procedures

Even before the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority’s Tri-Rail trains began carrying passengers into downtown Miami in January, safety has been a top priority along the route, Public Affairs Director Victor Garcia told Miami Today this week. The Tri-Rail corridor operates on an advanced Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system, which uses GPS, wireless…

Greystone Provides $419.6M Refinancing for Panorama Tower in Brickell

Greystone has closed a $419.6 million financing package for the refinancing of Panorama Tower, an 85-story mixed-use skyscraper located on Brickell Bay Drive in Miami’s Brickell district. The tower features 821 apartments; 112,731 square feet of Class A offices; 25,219 square feet of retail space; a 2,000-space private parking garage; and an attached 19-story, 208-room Hyatt…

Hollo family scores $420M refi for Panorama Tower in Brickell

Florida East Coast Realty, led by the Hollo family, scored a $419.6 million refinancing for their Panorama Tower in Miami’s Brickell. The deal comes amid a flurry of refinancings across South Florida, showing the tri-county region is defying the national trend of a slowdown in lending due to elevated interest rates. Greystone Commercial Capital provided the refinancing for the 85-story…

Avi Dishi and Elysee pay $48M for Aventura shopping and office plaza

Fresh off buying a downtown Miami commercial building, Avi Dishi and Elysee Investments acquired a grocery store-anchored shopping and office plaza in Aventura for $48 million. Affiliates of New York-based Dishi and Elysee, a Miami-based firm Dishi co-founded, led by CEO Haim Yehezkel, purchased Aventura Plaza at 17985 Biscayne Boulevard, records and Vizzda show.

Alta Developers Requests Administrative Site Plan Review For Second Phase Of Princeton Commons

On February 14, Alta Princeton, LLC, an affiliate of Miami-based Alta Developers led by Felipe Onetto and Juan Ignacio Montes, applied for an Administrative Site Plan Review for Princeton Commons II, a planned residential community within the Princeton Community Urban Center District (PCUCD) in Miami-Dade County. The project, slated for a 10-acre site at 24441 Southwest…

MG Developer proposes 258-unit multifamily project in Princeton

MG Developer proposes a 258-unit multifamily building in Princeton, marking the firm’s first bet on south Miami-Dade County. MG has the 2-acre development site at 13480 Southwest 248 Street in unincorporated Miami-Dade under contract for $5 million, the development firms’ CEO Alirio Torrealba said. Coral Gables-based MG wants to build an 11-story building with 8,300…

23-Story Tech Tower Secures Approval for 10941 SW 7th Street in Miami

Tech Tower has recently secured approval in Miami’s Sweetwater neighborhood. The 23-story apartment building will offer 170 apartments, with 20 percent (34 homes) designated as workforce housing. The building can accommodate up to 678 beds. Communal amenities at Tech Tower include a yoga lawn, fitness studio, and residents’ lounge. There will also be a rooftop…

‘Tal Aventura’ Developer Seeks Approval for Revised Condo Tower with Hotel Addition

The developer behind the approved Tal Aventura condo tower is proposing a significant change to the project by incorporating a hotel component on the lower floors. Initially greenlit by city officials in 2022 for 86 condominiums across 26 stories, the development site, spanning 1.55 acres at 2785 Northeast 183rd Street, has remained untouched, awaiting construction commencement.

Developer Proposes New Plan for Tal Aventura at 2785 N.E. 183rd Street in Aventura

In 2022, Florida YIMBY reported on Tal Aventura, a luxury residential venture slated for Miami-Dade County. Now, our sources have indicated that the developers aim to revise the original plans, adding more condos and hotels. City officials will review the proposal on Feb. 20th. The new Tal Aventura would measure 21 stories and offer 93 condos, 224 hotel rooms, and 453 parking…

Housing Trust Group Commences Construction On Senior Housing Community At 18700 NE 25th Avenue In Aventura

Housing Trust Group (HTG), a leading multifamily developer, has commenced construction on Oasis at Aventura, a new $37 Million affordable senior community with 95 apartments in Miami, Florida. The community is the latest joint venture between HTG and AM Affordable Housing, a non-profit founded by NBA Hall of Famer and Miami Heat legend Alonzo Mourning….

Miami Urban Development Review Board to Consider Proposal for 5401 NW 7th Avenue in Miami

A 35,966-square-foot parcel in Miami’s Model City neighborhood could soon be home to a high-rise tower. Presently, the site is home a Burger King. Yet, if all goes according to plan, it could be reshaped into Principio. Our sources indicate that the 215,256-square-foot venture would measure eight stories, offering 142 apartments. They would measure 585 to 1,121 square feet.

40-Story ‘Santander Tower’ Planned For 1401 Brickell Avenue In Miami’s Financial District

On February 21, Miami’s Urban Development Review Board is scheduled to review the filed plans for Santander Tower, a visionary project at 1401 Brickell Avenue in the Brickell financial district. This 40-story office building, targeting LEED Platinum certification, is designed to redefine Miami’s skyline and urban experience. The development, designed by Handel Architects from New York…

Banco Santander wants to redevelop its Brickell building with 40-story office tower

Banco Santander proposes to replace its Brickell building with a 40-story office tower, marking at least the fourth planned office project in Miami’s financial district. The Spanish bank proposes to demolish its current 14-story office building at 1401 Brickell Avenue and develop a new tower in its place, according to an application filed to the city late last month. The project, called Santander…

H&M Signs 25,000 SF Retail Lease at Shops at Brickell City Centre

H&M has signed a 25,000-square-foot lease to occupy an anchor space at The Shops at Brickell City Centre (BCC) in Miami. Scheduled to open later this year, the global clothing retailer will occupy two levels at the property, which serves as the primary retail component of BCC, a 4.9 million-square-foot mixed-use development that first opened in 2016. Developed by Swire Properties…

H&M Leases Two Floors At Brickell City Centre, Where Foot Traffic Is Breaking Records

H&M is coming to Brickell City Centre. The new H&M will be located on level two of the mall’s North Block, in the former La Centrale and Luna Park space. H&M Brickell will offer women’s, men’s, and kids’ collections. The storefront will feature upgraded finishes, including tile flooring, special tile detailing, open-air ceilings, a grand staircase, guest lounge areas, and a large-scale screen…

Revealed: 765-Foot Santander Tower Planned In Brickell

Plans have been filed to build a major new office building called Santander Tower on Brickell Avenue. A total demolition permit application has already been filed for an existing 14-story office building on the site. The permit is currently in review. The developer says the new building will reset the standards for the pedestrian experience of the street level of Brickell Avenue buildings.

Shadi Shomar, partners propose 278-unit workforce housing complex near Naranja

Shadi Shomar and his partners propose a 278-unit workforce housing complex near Naranja, marking their continued bet on south Miami-Dade County’s multifamily market. Shomar, Gonzalo De Ramon, brothers Ghassan and Roger Abboud, and Royal American Construction want to develop a pair of eight-story buildings on 4 vacant acres at 23435 Southwest 127th Avenue…

Legacy Residential, partner propose 309-unit townhouse complex near Florida City

Legacy Residential Group and CD Group want to develop a 309-unit workforce townhouse complex near Florida City. The developers propose Legacy Villas at Palm Drive on a 50.5-acre site on the southeast corner of Southwest 344th Street and Southwest 199th Avenue in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, according to an application filed to the county late last month. Legacy Residential…

1000-Foot Cranes Approved At 1428 Brickell

The Federal Aviation Admiration gave the green light  this week to install two very tall construction cranes in Brickell. The approval is for the site where the 71-story solar-powered 1428 Brickell residential tower is planned. Both of the cranes are now approved to rise at the same height – 1,001 feet above ground, or 1,010 feet above sea level. The cranes are temporary and are expected…

‘Villa One Tequila Gardens’ To Occupy 12,294-Square-Foot Rooftop Space At Miami Worldcenter’s ‘Jewel Box’

Miami is poised to further cement its reputation as an international hub for culinary innovation and vibrant nightlife by introducing Villa One Tequila Gardens at Miami Worldcenter, the $6 billion mixed-use behemoth revitalizing the city’s urban core. Co-founded by Nick Jonas and menswear designer John Varvatos, Villa One Tequila promises to bring Mexico’s finest tequila…

Here’s how embattled Rishi Kapoor recruited — and alienated — his biggest investors

By August 2022, a once promising business relationship involving Miami Beach-based real estate investors Alex Kleyner and Diana Ulis and Coral Gables-based developer Rishi Kapoor was quickly unraveling. Kleyner and Ulis, who invested $45 million into Kapoor’s Location Ventures and two of the firm’s planned projects, had discovered Kapoor received $1.3 million in alleged…

Fyre Fest founder uses Gil Dezer’s planned Bentley condo to sell $1M tickets to latest venture

Fyre Festival, the ill-fated music festival that landed its founder behind bars, is back for another round — with one of Miami’s top developers and planned luxury condos in tow. Billy McFarland, the embattled con man who was convicted over fraud charges after the disastrous first iteration of his proposed event series, posted on TikTok to announce details of the most expensive…

David and Leila Centner’s real estate strategy expands beyond schools

David and Leila Centner are building a commercial real estate portfolio in Miami-Dade County beyond their private schools. The Miami Beach power couple — who’ve garnered headlines over their anti-vaccine stance, and more recently, for their connection to an ex-Miami elected official facing public corruption charges — recently bought a ground-floor restaurant space in an Edgewater…

Lease roundup: Nick Jonas’ and John Varvatos’ Villa One restaurant on tap at Miami Worldcenter, H&M opening in Brickell

Nick Jonas’ and menswear designer John Varvatos’ Villa One Tequila Gardens will open at Miami Worldcenter. The restaurant leased 12,294 square feet of rooftop space atop the Jewel Box retail building at 150 Northeast Eighth Street, according to a Miami Worldcenter’s news release. The 27-acre, $6 billion mixed-use development is at the intersection of downtown Miami…

Simon fails to pay off $159M Miami International Mall loan on maturity date

Miami International Mall ‘s owner failed to pay off a $159 million debt that matured this month, as the retail center faces sagging occupancy, according to Morningstar Credit. Simon Property Group, the Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust specializing in shopping malls, owns 303,000 square feet of Miami International Mall’s central component. Simon does not…

Simon Fails To Pay Off Debt On Maturing Miami International Mall Loan

A loan tied to a 1M SF Miami mall owned by Simon Property Group is headed to special servicing after the debt matured this month and the retail giant didn’t pay off the $160M balance on its loan. Miami International Mall was 78% leased at the end of 2023 and has seen cash flow fall 13.5% from when its loan was underwritten. The debt tied to a portion of Miami International Mall…

CMBS Loan on Miami International Mall Hits Special Servicing

Simon Property Group is facing a risk of default over a $159 million loan on the Miami International Mall in Doral, Fla. The commercial mortgage-backed debt has been transferred to special servicing following its Feb. 6 maturity date, with the borrowers now seeking a modification and extension agreement, according to a Tuesday report from Trepp.

Coral Gables Zoning Law: Mixed Use Development Overview

The clear evolution of infill real estate redevelopment in South Florida and Greater Miami is towards a true mixed-use environment that makes areas desirable places to work, live, and play. Coral Gables, with its vibrant commercial areas, is an example of a municipality within Greater Miami-Dade County that is leading this charge through a specific mixed-use zoning code overlay…

Miami Beach goes shopping for $6.5 million oceanfront house

Miami Beach is to buy a single-family home for $6.5 million. The site at 7605 Collins Ave. is surrounded by city-owned land on three sides and is the missing piece needed to complete a city-owned oceanfront block with no use yet decided. The city commission discussed its decision to buy the property this month and is act again to finalize the buy. “We’ll direct the administration to work…”

Developer Seeks Approval for Apartment Complex at 31 NE 22nd Avenue in Pompano Beach

GLC Pompano 1 LLC, a Texas-based developer, hopes to get approval for an apartment complex in Pompano Beach. If approved by Pompano Beach’s Development Review Committee, the 19,575-square-foot build site would host 67 apartments in an eight-story building. Per the South Florida Business Journal, the building itself would comprise just over 125,000 square feet of new…

Affiliated pays $15M for Fort Lauderdale multifamily dev site

Affiliated Development acquired a Fort Lauderdale development site for $15.2 million that is approved for a 400-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail. The Fort Lauderdale-based development firm purchased a 2.7-acre assemblage with three single-story buildings and a two-story building slated for demolition at 2125 South Andrews Avenue, records and Vizzda show. The sellers…

Broward County Office Owner Faces Foreclosure As It Pitches Investors On Redevelopment

A 44K SF office building in Lauderdale Lakes is staring down foreclosure as its owner looks to bring on investors to redevelop the property. Best Meridian Insurance Co. of Florida, a subsidiary of Miami-based BMI Financial Group, filed a foreclosure suit on Feb. 13 in Broward County court seeking repayment of a $7.2M mortgage or control of the property at 3361 W. Oakland Park…

Affiliated buys Boynton Beach mixed-use building and 3-acre dev site

Affiliated Development is planning its second workforce housing apartment project in Boynton Beach. The Fort Lauderdale-based firm, led by CEO Jeffrey Burns and President Nicholas Rojo, paid $12 million from a 4.3-acre assemblage that includes a two-story office and retail building and a vacant lot at 2703 and 2755 South Federal Highway, records and Vizzda show. Affiliated…

396 Apartments Planned for 11025 RCA Center Drive in Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Garden officials have approved a second wave of apartments within the PGA Station business park in Palm Beach Gardens. The first phase (which broke ground in 2022) will comprise 396 units in an eight-story building. Known as “The Marc,” construction will end later this year. The second phase will offer 620 apartments divided between two 13-story buildings.

$75M Gift From Billionaire Will Fund New Medical Office In West Palm Beach

The world’s second-richest woman donated $75M for the construction of a medical center in West Palm Beach. The Julia Koch Family Foundation, run by the widow of billionaire libertarian businessman David Koch, provided the donation to help build the NYU Langone Health Ambulatory Care Center. The gift comes a month after the New York University’s health system acquired…

Bang Energy liquidator sues founder Jack Owoc for $100M

Embattled energy drink founder Jack Owoc, ousted from the leadership of his company less than a year ago, now faces a lawsuit seeking more than $100 million in damages for his allegedly reckless management and use of company funds, largely to fund real estate deals. It was Owoc’s “boundless greed” and “self-dealing regime” that caused the collapse of his once booming energy drink…

Charts: Federal Reserve Data Tracks Pronounced Drop in Multifamily Prices Nationally

Multifamily Prices Nationally Have Dipped Nearly 17% from a Year Prior, a Drop Near That of the Great Recession of 2008 In the chart above of the Federal Reserve’s Multi-Family Real Estate Apartment Price Index,, retrieved from FRED (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) on February 9, 2024, one can see that multifamily prices have recently declined considerably. What also stands…

PNC Bank to Invest $1B to Renovate 1,200 Branches, Add 100 New Locations

PNC Bank plans to invest approximately $1 billion to open more than 100 new branches and renovate 1,200 existing locations by 2028. Expansion plans call for new locations in key cities such as Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami and San Antonio, among others, to establish a coast-to-coast network. According to PNC Bank, the goal of the renovations is to create a better customer…

One Size Does Not Fit All in the Office Market

Price declines for the U.S. office market have led to hand-wringing by investors and policymakers with worries over financial instability as prices fall. Will pension funds be able to live up to their commitments given potential losses on office investments? Will lenders remain solvent as office loans mature? These questions are being debated strenuously, but stakeholders need to understand…

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February 21, 2024

Charts: Federal Reserve Data Tracks Pronounced Drop in Multifamily Prices Nationally

Chart Shows That Multifamily Prices Nationally Have Dipped Nearly 17% from a Year Prior, a Drop Near That of the Great Recession of 2008

Multifamily Prices Nationally Have Dipped Nearly 17% from a Year Prior, a Drop Near That of the Great Recession of 2008

In the chart above of the Federal Reserve’s Multi-Family Real Estate Apartment Price Index,, retrieved from FRED (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) on February 9, 2024, one can see that multifamily prices have recently declined considerably. What also stands out is that this level of decline has only happened one other time since 1996, and that was in the recession of 2008, commonly referred to as the Great Recession.

Chart Shows That the Index has Declined 17.63% from it 2022 Q2 High of $417,220M to $344,116M in 2023 Q3

The Index has Declined 17.63% from it 2022 Q2 High of $417,220 to $344,116 (millions) in 2023 Q3

This second chart shows the index itself with the drop from its high in the second quarter of 2022 to the third quarter of 2023 matching the percentage change in the prior chart. When one considers how leverage will multiply this effect on equity, with 50% loan to value before the drop resulting in a 35.26% decline in equity from the decline, the balance sheet stress for some multifamily investors must be feeling is abundantly apparent.

Chart Shows That Median Home Sales Prices Have Had Their Biggest Decline Ever as Recorded by FRED

Median Home Sales Prices Have Had Their Biggest Decline Ever as Recorded by FRED

The decline in home prices, a competing residence option versus (renting from) multifamily, is greater than in the aforementioned Great Recession, and in fact is the biggest decline in this 60 year dataset, as can be seen in the FRED data.

Median Sales Prices of Houses Sold has Declined 12.88% from it 2022 Q4 High of $449,500 to $417,700 in 2023 Q4

Financing Cost Effects

 

Chart Shows That After Hanging Under 3% for Most of 2020 to 2021, 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Have More Than Doubled to 6.64% in February 2024

After Hanging Under 3% for Most of 2020 to 2021, 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Have More Than Doubled to 6.64% in February 2024

These price moves are surely the result of higher interest rates. An increase of rates from 3% to 6% increases principal and interest payments for a 30 year mortgage by 42.9%. That effect will be felt by any owners that are forced to refinancing in this environment. Buyers are affected by it now as they consider purchases. The borrowing power of a given level of net operating income, using the same change in rates from 3% to 6$ with a 30 year amortization, is reduced by 30%. Also, the spread between the cost of money and the cap rate goes against a buyer unless prices move (and as per the chart, they have). Finally, the amount of leverage that can be used is reduced, reducing the attractiveness for buyers. During the heydays, when rates were at their lowest, I found there was a batch of buyers motivated principally by cash on cash returns, pre-tax (post debt service) cash flow as a percentage of cash/equity invested, kind of the multifamily equivalent of the carry trade. That’s a strategy that works until it doesn’t.

But What of Miami Area Multifamily?

Chart Shows that Miami Multifamily Prices Appear to Have Declined Considerably as Well

Miami Multifamily Prices Appear to Have Declined Considerably as Well

The sample size drops as one starts to look at this locally, resulting in noisier data. To reduce the “noise,” in the chart above average prices per multifamily unit are considered on a weighted moving average basis. The current period is given a weight of 4, the prior 3, then 2 for the one prior to that, and finally 1 for the 3 periods prior. This has some of the smoothing effect of a 4 quarter moving average while allowing moves in a current period to have more impact.

Working with the weighted moving average numbers, prices in Miami-Dade appear to have declined as they have nationally. I wonder, however, if given the incredible rent growth in Miami during that period, the decline is in actuality less, that the drop reflected in the data is due to better classes of buildings trading in the earlier data than in the later data. Prices throughout the county vary widely, after all. Nonetheless, Miami multifamily has clearly not been immune to the price chilling effects of higher financing costs.

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Miami Commercial Real Estate News February 14, 2024: Mega MXU with 5,000 Affordable Units Proposed for Little River & Little Haiti; 700 ft. High Downtown Skybridge Between Towers Proposed for Downtown; More…

Swerdlow Group Unveils $3 Billion Mixed-Use Public Housing Vision For Miami’s Little River And Little Haiti Neighborhoods

In a bold move that signals a transformative shift for Miami’s urban landscape, the Swerdlow Group has unveiled plans for a $3 billion mixed-use public housing project, poised to become one of Miami’s most significant developments. Spanning 65 acres across the Little River and Little Haiti neighborhoods, this ambitious proposal is set to introduce nearly 5,000 units of workforce…

Gargantuan Development Proposal Would Bring 5,000 Affordable Units To Miami

Swerdlow Group has proposed a 65-acre redevelopment plan that aims to remake Miami’s Little Haiti and Little River neighborhoods. The Coconut Grove-based developer wants to bring 4,900 new affordable and workforce housing units to a nearly mile-long stretch of the neighborhood in a proposal that includes a new Tri-Rail station, retail space for big box stores and 700K SF of new…

Developers Propose Miami-Dade Mixed-Use Project With 5,000 Apartments

Plans for one of Miami’s largest ever developments have been revealed as part of a bid for county property in the Little River and Little Haiti area, according to the Herald. Swerdlow Group is partnering on the bid with AJ Capital Partners, which controls 27 acres in the area. Four Miami-Dade public housing projects, including Victory Homes and New Haven Gardens, would be redeveloped…

Swerdlow proposes $3B project with 5k affordable apartments in Miami

Swerdlow Group is proposing a massive, mixed-use public housing project spanning 65 acres along Miami’s Little River and Little Haiti neighborhoods. The development could cost $2.6 billion and create nearly 5,000 workforce and affordable housing units. Coconut Grove-based Swerdlow Group responded to Miami-Dade County’s request for proposals to redevelop and expand four…

‘Landmark’ Skybridge To Be Suspended Between Two Towers in Downtown Miami, 700 Feet Above Ground

The developers of the Miami Riverbridge project have released a website and video showing that a “landmark” skybridge is planned at the three-tower development. Three towers, including one supertall, will be replacing downtown Miami’s existing Hyatt Regency. The “spectacular” Skybridge will connect the two non-supertall towers, suspended 700 feet above ground.

Developer Files To Release Covenants At Former Chinatown Site in Edgewater

Miami commissioners are scheduled to have a hearing on a plan to release two covenants and a unity of title at the former Chinatown property in Edgewater. The documents date back to the 90s, when a development known as Chinatown was planned on the site. Miami’s Planning Department is recommending commissioners approve their release. An affiliate of developer Melo…

Six Brickell Properties Being Added To Rapid Transit Zoning Area

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MG Developer, Baron propose 806-unit project with workforce housing near Coconut Grove

MG Developer and Baron Property Group propose an 806-unit apartment project near Miami’s Coconut Grove. The development firms want to build Merric Parc with two 31-story towers on a full city block between Shipping Avenue and Orange Street, and between Southwest 38th Court and 39th Avenue near the Douglas Road Metrorail station, according to an application…

Construction Now Underway At ‘Sophisticated’ Wynwood Station WIth 210 Apartments

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Miami Beach powers up to shut down Spring Break

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BH Group is expanding its development pipeline in its home city with a planned medical office building in Aventura. The Aventura-based real estate firm is seeking to build a nine-story building on a 0.7-acre site at 2740 – 2760 Northeast 208th Street, a site plan application shows. BH Group is planning 50,004 square feet of medical office space on four floors and a ground-floor…

Miami commissioners give preliminary OK to rezone Polish American Club

Polish American Club of Miami is closer to scoring a rezoning of its longtime headquarters in Allapattah to make way for an eight-story mixed-use project. The Miami City Commission on Thursday voted on first reading to change the zoning designation for the club’s property at 1250 Northwest 22nd Avenue from “medium density restricted commercial” to “restricted commercial.”

Celebrity-Backed Rooftop Restaurant & Bar Coming To Miami Worldcenter

Miami Woldcenter’s Jewel Box retail building is getting a new rooftop restaurant and bar in 2025. Villa One Tequila Gardens, co-founded by celebrities Nick Jonas and menswear designer John Varvatos, joins a number of other retail and restaurant concepts coming to Worldcenter. The new restaurant and bar will ‘bring the essence of Mexico’s finest’ to Miami, with over 150 tequila…

This Week’s South Florida Deal Sheet: Nick Jonas Plans Tequila Bar At Miami Worldcenter

Singer Nick Jonas and menswear designer John Varvatos are planning to open a 13K SF rooftop bar at Miami Worldcenter called Villa One Tequila Gardens, according to a release. The bar is set to open in 2025 atop 150 NE Eighth St., a mid-rise retail building known as the Jewel Box with 80K SF. The bar, designed by Mexico City-based KOM Studio, will serve over 150 tequila and mezcal…

NuRock proposes Live Local Act project with 130 affordable rentals near Opa-locka

NuRock Companies proposes a Live Local Act project with 130 apartments near Opa-locka, marking developers’ continued use of the state legislation incentivizing affordable housing construction. The Alpharetta, Georgia-based company wants to build Residences at West View Landing with one 11-story building on the southeast corner of Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 123rd Street…

Limestone, Orion Complete $5M Renovation of Pinecrest Town Center in South Florida

Limestone Asset Management and Orion Real Estate Group have completed the $5 million renovation of Pinecrest Town Center, a 225,255-square-foot mixed-use property located at 12651 S, Dixie Highway in the south Miami suburb of Pinecrest. Renovations at the property, which features retail and office space, included upgrades to the façade and storefronts, the installation…

Limestone Asset Management And Orion Real Estate Group Complete $5 Million Renovation Of Pinecrest Town Center

Miami-based Limestone Asset Management and Orion Real Estate Group recently announced the completion of a $5 million renovation of Pinecrest Town Center, a mixed-use retail and office complex situated at 12651 South Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL. The renovation focused on modernizing the exterior façade and storefronts, the installation of impact-resistant windows…

Landau Properties Breaks Ground On ‘Indian Creek Residences & Yacht Club’ In Bay Harbor Islands

National real estate development firm Landau Properties today announced the groundbreaking of Indian Creek Residences & Yacht Club, a highly anticipated new residential development transforming the south shore of Miami’s Bay Harbor Islands. Following the development’s setting of a new price record for the most expensive condo sale on the islands, project officials…

Mast Capital Lands $600M Construction Loan for Miami Cipriani Project

Cipriani Residences Miami is expected to open in 2028. Image courtesy of Mast Capital Mast Capital has secured a massive construction loan for its 80-story condominium project in Miami, Fla. The developer landed $600 million in financing, including $250 million from Banco Inbursa and $250 million from Ascendant Capital Partners. Newmark arranged the loan, which the developer…

Record-Breaking $600 Million Loan Secured For 80-Story Cipriani Residences Miami Ahead Of Groundbreaking

Mast Capital, a Miami-based real estate developer, is gearing up to begin construction on Cipriani Residences Miami following robust sales activity. The developer has secured a record-breaking construction loan of $600 million from Mexico’s Banco Inbursa and Ascendant Capital Partners, the largest amount ever obtained for a single-tower residential construction in Florida.

Developers Announce Plans For New Transit Oriented Development In Overtown

Lion Development, Property Markets Group and LNDMRK have acquired Overtown’s Block 19, and announced plans for a Transit Oriented Development. The developers paid $16.5 million for the 1.5-acre property, which is just west of the Brightline tracks. The new development will include both market-rate and workforce housing apartments, along with parking facilities for …

Lion, PMG, Lndmrk buy Overtown dev site, plan multifamily project with workforce units

A trio of developers are betting on demand for apartments in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. Michael Simkins’ Lion Development Group, Property Markets Group and Alex Karakhanian’s Miami-based Lndmrk Development scooped up a 1.5-acre development site at 105 Northwest Eleventh Terrace, according to the buyers’ news release. They plan a multifamily project with market…

FAA Issues Approval For Overtown Development Spanning Multiple Blocks

The Federal Aviation Administration issued approval last week for a new development in Overtown planned to span multiple blocks. The plans include four separate structures located along Northwest 2nd Ave between Northwest 11th St, Northwest 10th St and Northwest 9th St, the filing states. The FAA approval letter was mailed to Historic Overtown Partners, LLC, which shares…

Merrimac, Aria Development Land $95M Construction Financing for Miami Tower

600 Miami Worldcenter is scheduled for completion in 2026. Image courtesy of Merrimac Ventures and Aria Development Group 600 Miami Worldcenter is scheduled for completion in 2026. Image courtesy of Merrimac Ventures and Aria Development Group 600 Miami Worldcenter is scheduled for completion in 2026. Image courtesy of Merrimac Ventures and Aria Development…

Yakov and Cheryl Cohen propose 11-story mixed-use project in Ojus

Married couple Yakov and Cheryl Cohen propose an 11-story mixed-use project with offices, retail and apartments in the Ojus neighborhood. The Cohens want to build the Aventura Office Center with 120,000 square feet of offices; 4,400 square feet of commercial space; and 12 apartments at 18802 and 18820 West Dixie Highway, according to Yakov Cohen and an application…

Sale of 89,883 SF Mixed-Use Center in Aventura Arranged

Cushman & Wakefield has arranged the sale of Aventura Plaza, an 89,883-square-foot mixed-use center in suburban Miami. Situated along Biscayne Boulevard, the property comprises a neighborhood shopping center and a two-story office building spanning 23,554 square feet. Aventura Plaza was 92 percent leased at the time of sale to tenants including Ace Hardware…

Grocery-Anchored Shopping Plaza In Aventura Trades For $48M

A shopping center in Aventura’s Biscayne Boulevard retail corridor sold for $48M. The 90K SF shopping center was marketed for sale after boutique grocer Plum Market moved in last year. An entity tied to Miami-based Elysee Investments purchased Aventura Plaza at 17801 Biscayne Blvd., a 90K SF shopping center that includes a two-story office building, according to a release.

AcadeMir pays $17M for Homestead charter school

AcadeMir Charter Schools acquired its Homestead campus for $16.6 million. The Miami-based charter school company bought the two-story educational building at 13330 Southwest 288 Street, according to a press release. AcadeMir Charter School of Math & Science had leased the 3.5-acre property… from the seller, an entity…Miami-based real estate investors Mario and Ramon Castellanos.

Raise a glass: Coral Gables’ beloved bierhaus Fritz and Franz could be set to stay

On a cool December evening, Ernesto Diaz and four of his friends came to their favorite bierhaus to do the same thing they’ve done for the past 10 years. They saddled up around a long, varnished wood bench checkered in red and white, ordered a round of Bavarian brews, and caught up on the old days outside Fritz and Franz in Coral Gables. The five were childhood friends in Cuba.

Developers Known For Luxury Towers Pay $17M For Workforce Housing Site In Overtown

A trio of developers that have previously partnered on projects across Miami added a 1.5-acre development site in Overtown to their stable of planned projects. Property Markets Group, Lion Development Group and Lndmrk Development paid $16.5M for 105 NW 11th Terrace in Overtown between Downtown Miami and Wynwood. The joint venture is planning a transit-oriented…

Details revealed of former HFZ Developer Nir Meir’s arrest in Miami

Nir Meir bought himself time when he filed for bankruptcy in early February, delaying a hearing in New York tied to a $19 million judgment. Then he was taken away in handcuffs in Miami Beach the following week. Now, new details have emerged about the arrest of the former HFZ Capital Group executive who was indicted by the Manhattan district attorney this week on charges…

Lease roundup: Legacy gym coming to Miami’s Little River

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Hollywood Circle developer Chip Abele to convert apartment tower to condos

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Oakland Park Officials Advance Urban League’s Plan For 19-Acre Housing Complex

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Urban Street Development Seeks Site Plan Level III Approval for 904 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

An upcoming development at 904 East Las Olas Boulevard, slated for site plan approval by Fort Lauderdale’s Development Review Committee on February 13, is poised to significantly enhance the commercial fabric of East Las Olas Boulevard. Architectural Alliance, supported by Palmetto as the landscaping architect and Flynn Engineering Services, PA, as the civil engineer…

106-Residence Wellington North Proposed for South Shore Boulevard and Pierson Road

Developer Wellington Lifestyle Partners hopes to move forward with Wellington North, a residential housing complex in South Florida. The project involves annexing 96 acres from the Equestrian Preserve, which presently spans 9,000 acres. Wellington North upon completion would rest on 101.9 acres. The complex, backed by star investors such as Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake…

Wellington approves controversial Bellissimo-led development that takes land out of equestrian preserve

After a series of meetings in January where residents aired their concerns and criticisms over Mark Bellissimo’s plan to build two projects in Wellington’s equestrian preserve, the village council voted to approve the proposal at a six-hour meeting on Wednesday night. The approval means that 96 acres will be transferred out of the 9,000-acre preserve, which has never been done…

Al Adelson, Morrison family propose 25-story condo tower in West Palm Beach

Developer Al Adelson and the Morrison family’s Sympatico Real Estate propose a 25-story condo project overlooking Clear Lake in West Palm Beach. Adelson, who developed The Bristol condo, and father-son real estate duo Carlos Morrison and Thomas Morrison want to build the 191-unit tower on 2 acres at 601 and 621 Clearwater Park Road, according Adelson and an application filed…

Video: BGO Economist Ryan Severino’s View of Commercial and Multifamily Real Estate

The Conversation: Navigating the Future; Insights from BGO Chief Economist on the Economy and Commercial Real Estate Market In this video, BGO Chief Economist Ryan Severino joins America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss the economy and the U.S. commercial real estate market. Discussions include Severino’s views on the various property sectors moving…

The Fed: What Are the Long-run Trade-offs of Rent-Control Policies?

When economists evaluate policies, they typically find both positive and negative effects. These trade-offs are at the core of economics, where there is generally no free lunch. The role of the economist is to identify these trade-offs; the policymaker can, then—with full information—determine how to weigh one aspect of the trade-off against another. These trade-offs are apparent…

Manufacturing Momentum Is Building

Over the past three years, North America has witnessed many announcements regarding new and expanded manufacturing facilities. The pipeline for manufacturing development has reached an unprecedented level, indicating a solid trajectory for further growth in this sector. Numerous factors have converged to build momentum and spur investment in manufacturing construction…

Florida Ports are Flourishing

Cargo and cruise traffic hit record highs last year at Florida seaports, which took advantage of global supply-chain issues and a desire by people to travel as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions waned, according to an industry report released Wednesday. The annual Seaport Mission Plan by the Florida Ports Council said 10 port facilities handled 114.25 million tons of cargo in 2023…

Cresting Revenues in Florida Apartments Now at a Trough

Revenue change in Florida markets hit a recent low in January, a far cry from the extreme peaks of 2021 and 2022. Among the nation’s largest 150 apartment markets, 17 are in Florida. Those 17 markets saw revenues decline an average of 3.4% in the year-ending January, according to data from RealPage Market Analytics. In comparison, U.S. revenues were unchanged for the year.

Changes to Florida’s affordable housing law clear hurdle

The Florida Senate passed amendments to the Live Local Act, which are expected to be approved by the House next. Let’s break them down. Live Local, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis last year, created major zoning incentives for developers that set aside housing for people making up to 120 percent of the area median income, and allocated hundreds of millions of dollars…

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February 14, 2024

Video: BGO Economist Ryan Severino’s Shares View on Commercial and Multifamily Real Estate

The Conversation: Navigating the Future; Insights from BGO Chief Economist on the Economy and Commercial Real Estate Market

In this video, BGO Chief Economist Ryan Severino joins America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss the economy and the U.S. commercial real estate market. Discussions include Severino’s views on the various property sectors moving forward as well as forecasts for interest rates, property values, and opportunities in 2024. This discussion is about commercial real estate across the United States. Given this, it should be noted that some observations may apply less or not at all to Miami commercial real estate.

Fed Policy and Market Sentiment:
The dialogue delves into the Federal Reserve’s role in shaping economic trends, particularly regarding interest rates. Ryan provides insights into how the market reacts to Fed tightening and suggests that a clear signal from the Fed about halting rate hikes could boost market confidence.

2023 Market Recap and 2024 Predictions:
The hosts review transaction volumes from the previous year, noting a decline attributed to uncertainty around Fed policies. Ryan predicts a modest rebound in transaction volume for 2024 as market confidence grows.

Banking and Lending Outlook:
The conversation shifts to the banking sector’s cautious approach, with banks being selective due to full balance sheets and potential risks associated with loan performance. Non-traditional lenders may find opportunities in the market dislocation.

Distressed Asset Market and Capital Raises:
There’s anticipation of distressed asset opportunities as more capital is raised, but the actual market activity hasn’t matched the raised capital yet. Ryan expects more distress in certain property types, creating opportunities for investors.

Office Market Dynamics:
The office market receives detailed attention, with acknowledgment of its diverse performance across different regions and property types. While some segments, like Class A and trophy buildings, thrive, others face challenges, especially in large cities like New York. There’s anticipation of a prolonged recovery period for the office sector.

Opportunities in Other Real Estate Sectors:
The conversation highlights opportunities beyond the office sector, emphasizing the resilience of industrial, residential, and even retail properties. Self-storage properties are particularly praised for their stable income potential once stabilized.

Investment Strategy and Risk Assessment:
There’s a recurring theme of recalibrating investment expectations and risk assessments in light of changing market dynamics. The dialogue emphasizes the importance of understanding market nuances and picking investment spots carefully.

The Transformative Power of AI in Commercial Real Estate:
The conversation took an intriguing turn as the host delved into the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the world, particularly within the realm of commercial real estate (CRE). Ryan Severino shared interesting insights derived from firsthand experience with integrating AI into commercial real estate practices.

Acknowledging Skepticism and Embracing Potential for CRE:
Ryan began by acknowledging his initial skepticism toward AI but quickly transitioned into a fervent endorsement of its potential. As someone deeply immersed in data analysis and market strategies, Ryan’s journey from skeptic to believer speaks volumes about the transformative power of AI. “It’s not just about crunching numbers,” Ryan emphasized. “AI liberates us to engage in higher-order thinking, enabling us to focus on strategic decision-making rather than getting bogged down in mundane tasks.”

Revolutionizing Commercial Real Estate Market Analysis:
He highlighted AI’s capacity for market ranking, targeting, and forecasting rents, emphasizing its ability to process vast amounts of data at speeds unimaginable to humans. This sentiment echoed throughout the conversation as Ryan elaborated on how AI is revolutionizing portfolio strategy and market analysis within the commercial real estate landscape. “What’s truly mind-boggling,” Ryan noted, “is the sheer volume of data and complex mathematical calculations AI can handle effortlessly. It’s like having a supercharged compass guiding us toward optimal decisions.”

Augmenting Human Capabilities for Informed CRE Decisions:
The conversation also touched upon the evolving role of AI in CRE’s human-centric environment. While AI enhances efficiency and provides invaluable insights, Ryan stressed the importance of maintaining human judgment and intuition in decision-making processes. “It’s not about replacing humans,” he clarified. “AI serves as a powerful tool augmenting our capabilities, guiding us toward informed choices while mitigating biases and oversights.”

Addressing Challenges for AI:
The dialogue didn’t shy away from acknowledging the challenges accompanying AI’s proliferation. Ryan and the host explored concerns regarding AI’s energy consumption, particularly in light of the increasing demand for electricity in an era marked by electric vehicles and data centers. “The rise of AI and electric vehicles poses significant challenges for our energy infrastructure,” Ryan admitted. “We need to confront these issues head-on, ensuring sustainable solutions to meet growing energy demands.”

Cautiously Optimistic Outlook for AI in CRE:
Despite these challenges, Ryan Severino remained cautiously optimistic about the future of commercial real estate. He anticipated a shift in market dynamics, driven by improving fundamentals and a more favorable capital markets environment. “As we navigate the uncertainties of today,” Ryan concluded, “I’m confident in the resilience of the CRE industry. While challenges persist, the cyclical nature of our business promises brighter days ahead.”

About BGO:
Based here in South Florida in the city of Miami Beach, Ryan Severino’s firm BentallGreenOak, known and referred to herein by the trade name BGO, stands as a formidable player in the realm of real estate investment. Serving as the real estate investment arm of Sun Life Financial, BGO has solidified its position as one of the premier firms in North America’s commercial real estate landscape. Their offices are in the 555 Washington Avenue building on Miami Beach, which made it to our Miami commercial real estate weekly headlines posts when it was sold to The Davis Companies by East End Capital and BGO for $52M in 2022 after previously making it for trading for $38M in 2018. With a track record of success and innovation, BGO has garnered recognition as one of the largest real estate investment firms in the region. Its strategic approach and commitment to excellence have earned it accolades and respect within the industry. In a testament to its prominence, BGO secured the seventh spot in PERE’s prestigious ranking of Private Equity Real Estate firms in 2022. This recognition, based on total fundraising efforts over the preceding five years, underscores BGO’s ability to navigate and thrive in the competitive world of commercial property investment.

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February 12, 2024

Miami Commercial Real Estate News February 7, 2024: Will Be Miami’s New Tallest Breaks Ground as it Scores $600M Financing; North Bay Village Project Halted; More…

3600 Biscayne Gets FAA, UDRB Approval

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ABH buys Bay Harbor Islands waterfront condo dev site

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Groupe City sells Edgewater dev site for $19M

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No sacred ground: Redeveloping church sites is gospel in South Florida with 2K resi units in pipeline

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Construction Halted At North Bay Village Condo Project After Contractors Push For Payment

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Construction halted at Malaysian developer’s North Bay Village condo tower

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After Ken Griffin, Local Officials Balk, Bill To Bring Casino To Miami Beach Pulled

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“Bad bet for Florida”: Ken Griffin opposes bills that could allow for Miami Beach casino

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Florida Governor DeSantis In Favor Of Casino At Fontainebleau

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Eichner lands $90M construction loan for fully booked Bay Harbor condos

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Deal For Miami Wilds Water Park Is Dead In The Water

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Bal Harbour Blindsided by Shops Plan

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Developers Envision Pedestrian Paradise From Wynwood To The Design District

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Apartment Market Comparison: The South Florida Trio

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Short-Term Rentals Outpace Traditional Condo Development In The Heart Of Miami

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$10.9M Sale of Casa Linda Apartment Building in Coconut Grove Arranged

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Shvo scores approval for office project in Miami Beach

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Barrington Brothers Lands $61M Refi for 282-Unit Miami Project The Kavista

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New Height Limits for MiMo?

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Mast Capital Receives $600M Construction Loan for 80-Story Cipriani Residences Miami Condo Tower

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Mast Capital scores record $600M construction loan for Cipriani condo tower in Brickell

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80-Story Cipriani Tower Is Breaking Ground Today, Brickell’s Tallest Ever at 940 ft.

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18-story residential tower seen as Design District gateway

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Foundation developing affordable Little River housing tower

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In a massive version of “look before you leap,” the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department is undertaking a study to “look at what county growth is expected and project out our needs,” department Director Roy Coley told Miami Today last week. The study began last year, undertaken by the New York-based water system consultant Hazen and Sawyer. The 72-year-old company has…

A final call to give South Miami-Dade real rapid transit as pledged

The trust created to add mass transit isn’t giving up on faster trips from Homestead to Dadeland as the public was promised, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any help. Last week, the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust unanimously called for the minimum we were promised: Bus Rapid Transit all the time. That’s a gutsy call to restore a plan that was cut down to just three hours…

Merrimac Ventures & Aria Development Group Secure $95M Construction Loan For 600 Miami Worldcenter Condominium In Downtown Miami

A joint venture between South Florida-based developers Merrimac Ventures and Aria Development Group is preparing to break ground on 600 Miami Worldcenter, a 32-story condominium tower set within Downtown Miami’s Miami Worldcenter 27-acre mixed-use development, which will deliver 606 fully furnished units with no restrictions on short-term rentals.

Developers Propose the 305 Athletic Club at 11575 NW 7th Avenue in Miami

Miami-based BEA Architects, through affiliate OZ-MIA 11575 NW 7 Avenue LLC, hopes to move forward with a mixed-use venture. The 305 Athletic Club would measure eight stories above grade, requiring 200,000 square feet of new construction. It would offer 40 two-bedroom apartments. Per the South Florida Business Journal, the 305 Athletic Club would host a ground-floor lobby…

JLL Arranges $60.9M Refinancing for Multifamily Development in Miami’s El Portal Village

JLL has arranged $60.9 million in construction takeout refinancing for a new multifamily development underway in Miami’s Village of El Portal neighborhood. The eight-story, 282-unit property, called The Kavista, is set to open later this month. Melissa Rose, Michael DiCosimo and Maddy McMillen of JLL arranged the two-year, floating-rate loan through Varde Partners on…

Miami Worldcenter Tower With 606 Condo Units Sells Out, Gets Construction Loan

Developers of a 32-story tower at Miami Worldcenter are preparing to break ground after preselling all units and obtaining a construction loan. Merrimac Ventures and Aria Development Group obtained a a $95 million construction loan from Banco Inbursa to build the new tower, known as 600 Miami Worldcenter. Groundbreaking is upcoming, with completion expected in 2026.

Construction Permit Now In Review For 25,000 Seat Stadium at Miami Freedom Park

A construction permit is in review for a stadium at Miami Freedom Park. The construction permit application was filed on December 21, with the full plans filed December 27. The new facility will have a 25,000 person occupancy, the permit states. Total hard construction cost is estimated on the permit at $225m. There are also separate filings for phased vertical permits at the site.

UM Gets FAA Approval For 310-Foot Health District Tower

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the height of an upcoming tower planned by the University of Miami. The new tower is approved at a height of 306 feet above ground, or 310 feet above sea level, according to the February 1 approval letter. The project site is listed as 1099 NW 14th Street. UM is planning to build Project Ignite on the site, which will allow the Miller…

Related Breaks Ground on Miami Mixed-Income Project Gallery at Marti Park

Gallery at Marti Park will include residences for low-income seniors. Rendering courtesy of Related Group Gallery at Marti Park will include residences for low-income seniors. Rendering courtesy of Related Group Gallery at Marti Park will include residences for low-income seniors. Rendering courtesy of Related Group Related Group has broken ground on Gallery at Marti Park…

Developers Wrangle $127M Refi for Miami Community

The 460-unit market-rate rental community is in northwestern Miami-Dade County. Image courtesy of Terra and New Valley Terra and development partner New Valley have landed a major refinancing for their market-rate community in northwestern Miami-Dade County, Fla. The duo secured a $127 million permanent financing for their Natura Gardens development.

Terra Closes On $127 Million Refinancing Loan For ‘Natura Gardens’ At 17351 NW 94th Court In West Hialeah

Terra and New Valley, the development partners behind Natura Gardens, a new multifamily community in Northwest Miami-Dade County, have secured $127 million in permanent financing. The loan, issued by an affiliate of MF1 Capital, will be used to pay off and refinance an existing $65 million construction loan provided in 2021 by Bank OZK. Completed in the Summer…

Jackson Health System Plans $300M Renovation, Expansion at Miami Hospital Campus

Regional healthcare provider Jackson Health System has announced plans for a $300 million renovation and expansion project at its Miami hospital campus. According to the project team, the facility is the busiest emergency department within Miami-Dade County, receiving an average of 120,000 visits per year. The project will expand the campus’ existing emergency…

Nichols Architects-Designed 36-Story ‘Modera Riverside’ Tops Out At 300 SW 2nd Avenue In Downtown Miami

Nichols Architects-designed Modera Riverside has topped off in downtown Miami. As of Friday, January 26th, the 410-foot-tall structure reached its final height of 36 stories, positioning itself at the intersection of Brickell, Downtown Miami, and the burgeoning Miami River District. The residential tower boasts 428 apartments, offering a diverse range of living spaces from cozy studios…

The Calta Group Completes Allapattah Assemblage Acquisition For New Mixed-Use Transit-Oriented Project

The Calta Group… announced it has completed the acquisition of an assemblage of seven parcels in Allapattah from Enis Realty and Grupo Park for $17.2 million. The firm purchased six lots at 1415, 1433, 1435, 1453 Northwest 13th Terrace, and 1410 Northwest 14th Street in December, with the seventh and final 15,000-square-foot parcel at 1469 Northwest 13th Terrace closing…

Mixed-Use Project MidRiverVu with Multifamily, Retail, Dining, & Office Announced for Allapattah, Steps From Civic Center Metrorail Station

A mixed-use, transit-oriented project has just been announced in Allapattah. Developer The Calta Group said it paid $17.2m for an assemblage where it plans the new development. It closed on the final parcel this week. The property is a block from River Landing, and across from the site where another 28-story tower called MidRiverVu is planned with 475 apartments.

Aby Rosen’s Lincoln Road retail building hit with foreclosure lawsuit

Aby Rosen could lose a Lincoln Road retail building to foreclosure — if he doesn’t sell it first. On Jan. 30, Wilmington Trust sued an entity managed by Rosen, principal of New York-based RFR Realty, for allegeding defaulting on a $15.1 million mortgage debt collateralized by the single-story building at 318-334 Lincoln Road. The complaint was filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

Metromover Could Be Expanded West To FIU Under New Proposal

An expansion of Metromover westward to FIU has become a possibility, according to Miami Today. A vote by Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization last week could eventually lead to the new people mover route. The potential east-west Metromover extension would run along Flagler Street. It would take about 35-40 minutes to get to FIU, compared…

Terra, New Valley Obtain $127M Refinancing for Natura Gardens Multifamily Community in West Hialeah

Terra and New Valley have obtained a $127 million loan for the refinancing of Natura Gardens, a newly built multifamily community located in Miami’s West Hialeah neighborhood. The co-developers are using the loan, which was provided by an affiliate of MF1 Capital, to pay off and refinance a $65 million construction loan that Bank OZK provided in 2021. Keith Kurland…

Developer Who Amassed $10B Condo Portfolio Arrested In Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Scheme

New York developer Nir Meir, who fled to Miami after his company collapsed, was arrested in South Beach Monday on an out-of-state warrant. Meir, a former executive at HFZ Capital Group, was arrested at the 1 Hotel South Beach and faces extradition to New York, where he is expected to be charged in connection to a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme, sources told…

Lease roundup: Padel courts on tap in Wellington, RFB + Fisher Potter Hodas opens Citigroup Center office in Miami’s CBD

Law firm Rottenstreich Farley Bronstein Fisher Potter Hodas opened a downtown Miami office. The firm, founded and led by Richard I. Segal and Zachary Potter, leased 6,900 square feet at Citigroup Center at 201 South Biscayne Boulevard, according to the tenant’s news release. Ryan Rosalsky of Newmark represented the tenant. Steven Hurwitz and Madeline Fine of…

Three Towers Approved in North Miami Beach

The North Miami Beach city commission voted 5-2 last month to approve a large-scale housing development that just weeks prior seemed to have little support. Developer May NMB LLC – a collaboration between New Jersey-based Accurate Builders and Kastel Development – brought forth a series of compromises in response to outcries from both commissioners and residents in December…

1986 Cold Case Murder of North Miami Beach Real Estate Developer Shirley Brant Reopened with Hopeful Advances in DNA Technology

In a chilling unsolved mystery that has haunted North Miami Beach for 37 years, the murder of Shirley Brant, a successful commercial real estate developer, remains a painful chapter in the community’s history. However, there’s newfound hope as police reopen the case, counting on advancements in DNA technology to potentially bring justice to a grieving family and a perplexed…

Apollo, Liberty Base score $56M construction loan for Dania Beach multifamily project

Apollo Companies and Liberty Base Investments secured $55.6 million in construction financing for the first phase of their 101 Dania Beach mixed-use project. Israel Discount Bank provided the loan to the joint venture, records show. 101 Dania Beach’s first phase is a planned 12-story building with 278 apartments, a cafe and 449 parking spaces. In May of last year, Apollo…

High-Rise Olakino House to Offer 83 Condos at 551 Bayshore Drive in Fort Lauderdale

In March 2023, Florida YIMBY reported on the EDITION Residences in Fort Lauderdale, a residential venture that aimed to offer 65 condos between two 11-story towers. Yet, amid various legal battles, the project never came to fruition. Now, 551 Bayshore SPE LLC owns the 1.58-acre site, and it aims to move forward with a project even larger in scope. Meet Olakino House.

Newgard Development Group Unveils Plans For 40-Story, 384-Unit Natiivo Fort Lauderdale

Miami-based Newgard Development Group has unveiled plans for Natiivo Fort Lauderdale, a 40-story resort condominium at 200 West Broward Boulevard. Occupying a prime 1.08-acre site in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the project is designed by the renowned Arquitectonica, with interiors by ID & Design International. It will feature 384 fully finished and furnished residences…

Developer Unveils Plans To Build 40-Story Natiivo Fort Lauderdale

Newgard Development Group has unveiled plans to build a 40-story tower called Natiivo Fort Lauderdale. The developer says it is the first turnkey resort condominium property in Fort Lauderdale purposely designed, built, and licensed for short-term rentals. Natiivo Fort Lauderdale is planned to include 384 condo units which will be delivered fully finished and furnished. Unit sizes…

10-Story Condominium ‘Glass House Boca Raton’ Slated To Break Ground In Q1 Of 2025

Slated to break ground in the first quarter of 2025, Glass House Boca Raton marks a significant addition to downtown Boca Raton’s architectural landscape. This venture, led by 280 E Palmetto Park Road, LLC, with Brandon Chasen and Paul Davis of the Baltimore-based Chasen Companies and Adam Gottbetter of Boca Raton-based ASG Development, will introduce the first…

Glass House Slated for 2025 Groundbreaking at 280 East Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton

Sales have launched for Glass House, a boutique luxury condo development in Boca Raton. The 10-story building will offer 28 units, measuring 2,550 square feet to 3,900 square feet each. Per the South Florida Business Journal, buyers can have units that span an entire floor or half a floor. In-unit offerings include private terraces with built-in grills, along with various high-end…

Christ Fellowship Church pays $24M for Boca Raton Macy’s store

Christ Fellowship Church acquired a Macy’s Furniture and Mattress Gallery in Boca Raton for $23.5 million. An affiliate of the Palm Beach Gardens-based church acquired the 50,000-square-foot retail store at 9339 Glades Road, records and Vizzda show. The deal expands Christ Fellowship’s real estate portfolio in Palm Beach County, where the church purchased a Jupiter…

Developer Proposes 323-Unit Oasis Tower at 1415 Centrepark Boulevard in West Palm Beach

Index Investment has plans for a 2.2-acre parcel in West Palm Beach. Oasis Tower would measure 12 stories above grade and comprise 323 apartments, with 64 homes designated as workforce housing. Layout plans would span from studios to three-bedroom units. Communal amenities would include a swimming pool, fitness center, work-from-home space, and rooftop terrace…

NYU pays $33M for Langone medical office dev site in downtown West Palm Beach

New York University dropped $33 million for a medical office development site in downtown West Palm Beach, with plans to move its Langone Health to the new building. NYU bought the 0.6-acre property at 324 Datura Street from an affiliate of Boca Raton-based Morning Calm Management, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. The site now houses a four-story…

Video: Buligo Capital CEO Itay Goren Shares Institutional Foreign Investor Views on U.S. Commercial Real Estate Market

The Discussion: Navigating the Landscape of Commercial Real Estate. In a recent episode of “America’s Commercial Real Estate Show,” the show welcomed Itay Goren, founder and CEO of Beluga Capital, a public company based in Israel with investments in various property types across the United States. The conversation delved into the current market conditions, investor…

Video: CoStar Director of Office Analytics Phil Mobley Discusses Office Sector Outlook

The Conversation: Deciphering the Complexities of the 2024 Office Real Estate Market In a comprehensive conversation with Phil Mobley, Director of Office Analytics at CoStar, the world leader in commercial real estate information, invaluable insights into the intricate dynamics shaping the 2024 office real estate market were gained. As we delve into the multifaceted…

Adam Neumann is trying to buy WeWork, but Third Point says financing not committed

Billionaire Adam Neumann is trying to buy back bankrupt real estate company WeWork, which he founded in 2010 and was ousted from in 2019. Neumann’s counsel said it had the support of Dan Loeb’s Third Point, but the hedge fund told CNBC that it had not committed financing and discussions were only “preliminary.” Neumann’s letter, first obtained by DealBook, suggests months…

Adam Neumann Seeks To Buy WeWork, Partners With Hedge Fund Manager Daniel Loeb

WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann is reportedly trying to take back control of the coworking giant. Neumann’s real estate company, Flow Global, and hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb have been pushing for months to buy WeWork out of bankruptcy, The New York Times reports, citing a letter Neumann’s lawyers sent to WeWork on Monday. “We write to express our dismay with…”

JP Morgan on the role of cap rates in real estate

It’s critical to analyze like-kind comparables, such as property type, location, income/expense, quality/condition, durability, when looking at cap rates. Factors such as actual or projected income and expenses can also make a big difference. While they aren’t considered a primary driver of cap rates, interest rate changes can influence cap rates as the cost of borrowing will impact…

Investors Seek To Shut Down CrowdStreet After Nightingale Fiasco

A group of investors who lost their money in Nightingale Properties’ now-infamous offerings on CrowdStreet are looking for payback and focusing their attention on the real estate crowdfunding platform they say let it happen. Attorneys acting on behalf of a dozen investors who collectively had more than $1.5M misappropriated from Nightingale’s failed bid to acquire the Atlanta…

Federal Court Partially Blocks Florida’s Ban On Chinese Landownership

A controversial Florida law that bans Chinese nationals from buying certain land in the state was dealt a significant blow last week, with a federal court signaling it is unlikely to survive legal challenges. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Thursday blocked the law from being enforced against two Chinese nationals who were in the process of purchasing property, ruling…

Federal appeals court halts enforcement of Florida law targeting Chinese real estate buyers

A federal appeals court has halted the enforcement of a controversial Florida law that restricts Chinese citizens from buying land, siding with two Chinese immigrant plaintiffs represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that the plaintiffs demonstrated a “substantial likelihood of success” in proving that the law, championed…

International Monetary Fund Sounds Warning Over US Commercial Real Estate Market

If you want a barometer for how dark the storm clouds gathering over America’s commercial real estate market are, look no further than a recent warning by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In late January, the IMF posted an article on monetary policy expressing deep concern over the impact of two specific threats to commercial real estate: rapidly rising and maturing debt paired…

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February 7, 2024

Video: CoStar Director of Office Analytics Phil Mobley Discusses Office Sector Outlook

The Conversation: Deciphering the Complexities of the 2024 Office Real Estate Market

In a comprehensive conversation with Phil Mobley, Director of Office Analytics at CoStar, the world leader in commercial real estate information, invaluable insights into the intricate dynamics shaping the 2024 office real estate market were gained. As the conversation delves into the multifaceted landscape of office properties nationally, it’s crucial to recognize the nuances and regional variations that define market trends and investment opportunities. Miami office property dynamics in particular can be and are indeed unique. Discussions include office property values, leasing trends, occupancy quality, lender behavior, cap rates for office property, conversions, and opportunities to look for in 2024.

1. Understanding Office Tenant Behavior and Market Dynamics

The conversation illuminated how tenant behavior continues to evolve in response to enduring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and shifting workplace preferences. Mobley highlighted the resilient demand for office space, particularly in Class A buildings constructed within the last three to five years. These modern, amenity-rich spaces remain in high demand, reflecting companies’ preferences for contemporary work environments.

However, Mobley also noted disparities within the Class A category, distinguishing between newer constructions and “commodity Class A” buildings. While the former enjoys sustained demand, the latter faces challenges, with sublease concentrations impacting absorption rates. This nuanced understanding underscores the importance of assessing asset quality beyond conventional classifications.

Furthermore, Mobley emphasized the significance of regional variations, noting that while nationally, the office market exhibits certain trends, local dynamics may diverge. For instance, the Miami office market showcases resilience, fueled by in-migration and limited supply, contrasting with broader national patterns.

2. Geographic Variations and Market Resilience

Geographic markets play a pivotal role in shaping office real estate trends, each exhibiting unique responses to economic shifts and industry dynamics. Mobley highlighted the contrasting experiences of cities like San Francisco and Miami, illustrating the divergent trajectories influenced by local factors.

San Francisco, heavily dependent on the tech sector, has grappled with employment slowdowns, leading to increased office vacancies. In contrast, the Miami market has demonstrated resilience, driven by population influx and constrained office supply. These regional nuances underscore the importance of localized analysis in understanding market dynamics and investment prospects.

Moreover, Mobley discussed the nuanced differences between suburban and central business district (CBD) markets, highlighting how suburban offices have exhibited greater resilience amidst changing commuting patterns and health concerns. The commercial diversity and accessibility of suburban locations contribute to their attractiveness, presenting opportunities for investors attuned to local market dynamics.

3. Investment Trends in Office Real Estate and Capital Markets

Investment trends in office real estate reflect a complex interplay of factors, influenced by market sentiment, economic conditions, and risk perceptions. Mobley emphasized the divergent trends observed across property sizes and asset classes, noting distinctions between institutional-grade properties and smaller buildings targeted by owner-occupiers.

While larger properties have experienced declines in value, smaller buildings present opportunities at attractive price points, reflecting a nuanced investment landscape. Additionally, Mobley discussed the impact of rising interest rates on cap rates, highlighting the importance of granular analysis in assessing investment opportunities and navigating market uncertainties.

4. Adaptive Strategies and Silver Linings

Amidst challenges, opportunities emerge for investors and landlords willing to embrace adaptive strategies and innovative approaches. Mobley discussed the potential for office space conversions facilitated by government incentives, offering transformative possibilities at the neighborhood level. Additionally, he highlighted the quality of occupancy as a silver lining, characterized by committed tenants and stable lease terms amidst market uncertainties.

5. Looking Ahead: Strategies for Office Property Success

As stakeholders navigate the complexities of the 2024 office real estate market, strategic foresight and flexibility are paramount. By understanding regional nuances, embracing adaptive strategies, and leveraging market insights, investors can position themselves for success amidst evolving market dynamics. The conversation with Phil Mobley underscores the importance of nuanced analysis and localized understanding in navigating the intricacies of the office real estate landscape in 2024 and beyond.

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February 5, 2024

Miami Commercial Real Estate News January 31, 2024: $82M Miami Beach Office Sale Collapses; 806 Unit MF Planned Near Douglas Metrorail; LA Fitness Building Trades for $15M; More…

Nightingale’s $82M Miami Beach Office Sale Collapses In Flurry Of Lawsuits

The planned $82M sale of a Miami Beach office building owned by Nightingale Properties has failed to close, sparking a court battle between the embattled developer and the planned buyers. The dispute rose to the surface just as CEO Elie Schwartz began repaying $53M in funds he misappropriated from two crowdfunding campaigns, including… 1601 Washington Ave

Robert Rivani, Mathieu Massa cancel $82M purchase of Starwood’s former Miami Beach HQ

Robert Rivani’s Black Lion and Mathieu Massa pulled out of their $82 million purchase agreement for Starwood Capital’s former headquarters in Miami Beach. And now the partners are in a legal fight with the seller, New York-based Nightingale Properties, over a $2 million deposit.The cratered deal is the latest setback for Nightingale, which was counting on proceeds from the sale…

806 Apartments Proposed Within Walking Distance Of Douglas Road Metrorail Station

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Developer Proposes 120K SF Office With Studio Apartments In Aventura

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1.5M Square Foot Sawyer’s Walk in Overtown Now 100% Leased, Completion In Summer

The retail and office space at Sawyer’s Walk is now 100% leased, with completion expected this summer. It is the largest mixed-use project in Overtown in decades, with 1.5 million square feet. The development will include 175,000 square feet of retail, including a 50,000-square-foot Target store, a 25,000-square-foot Aldi supermarket, and new locations for Ross Dress for Less…

Plans For New Midtown Miami Building Submitted To FAA

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Rock Soffer adds to Wynwood development site

Developer Rock Soffer acquired additional land for a planned project in Wynwood. An entity led by Soffer paid $7.8 million for a third of an acre at 119 Northwest 24th Street in Miami last week, according to Metro 1 broker Juan Andres Nava. Nava and Bernardita Banfi of the same firm brokered the off-market Wynwood deal. A company managed by Elias and Aida Mitrani sold the property.

Related Breaks Ground On 176 Units Next To Brickell; Gallery at Marti Park

Related Urban Development Group and Miami-Dade County held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for Gallery at Marti Park. The 12-story development is being built a block away from Brickell. Around half of the units will be normal market-rate apartments. The remainder of apartments will be targeted towards low-income seniors under the Rental Assistance Demonstration…

Ram Realty sells LA Fitness building in south Miami-Dade for $15M

Ram Realty Advisors sold a recently completed standalone retail building leased to LA Fitness in south Miami-Dade County for $15.4 million.An affiliate of West Aventura Developers, a Sunny Isles Beach-based firm led by Marina Kessler and Gustavo Lumer, acquired the 5.3-acre retail site at 15400 Southwest 127th Avenue, records show. The buyer obtained a $3.5 million mortgage…

Historic boutique hotel in Miami Beach sold for $8.9M, set to become teacher housing

A historic boutique hotel in Miami Beach has been sold, and it will likely be converted into residences. Collinaire Luxury Suites, located at 221 Collins Ave., was sold for $8.9 million on Jan. 16. The sale was handled by Susan Gale of Miami Beach-based Gale Group International, an affiliate of Coconut Grove-based One Sotheby’s International Realty. The 9,160-square-foot property,,,

Modera Riverside Tops Off In Downtown Miami At 36 Stories

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Belmont Village Senior Living has broken ground on Belmont Village Aventura in Aventura, a coastal city in Miami-Dade County. The 11-story project is being built in partnership with Turnberry and will be Belmont Village’s third location in South Florida. Located at 3510 Yacht Club Way, the property is scheduled to open in early 2026. This venture is Turnberry’s first collaboration…

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Codina turning former Doral offices, part of former Koger Center, into a retail site

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Codina Partners to Add 25,000 SF of Retail Space to Downtown Doral

Codina Partners will add 25,000 square feet of retail space to Downtown Doral, the developer’s 250-acre mixed-use community in Miami-Dade County. The new plans for Downtown Doral include the addition of 13 customizable retail units with a rooftop deck featuring amenities including pickleball courts. Plans also include 929 additional parking spaces. Established in 2005…

Codina reveals plans for final phase at Downtown Doral complex

Codina Partners is nearing the finish line at Downtown Doral. The Coral Gables-based firm will develop 25,000 square feet of retail with 13 tenant units and rooftop amenities such as pickleball courts, as well as garages with 929 spaces along Northwest 87th Avenue, according to a Codina news release. Construction of the retail is expected to start this summer and completion…

Developers Increase Size of 5050 Residences at 5050 NW 22nd Avenue in Miami

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Closure plan coming for Doral solid waste plant

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1,000-square-foot pedestrian bridge to link Morningside buildings

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Midtown Miami’s 228-Unit The Standard Residences Gets Master Permit, Construction Underway

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343-Unit Downtown Miami Tower Without Parking Garage Close To Topping Off

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Prologis Signs Seaboard Marine to 308K SF Lease Renewal at Industrial Park in Medley, Florida

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‘Longest Pile Driver Ever In Florida’ Working At 750-Foot St. Regis Sunny Isles Beach

Contractors working on the foundation for first tower at The St. Regis Residences, Sunny Isles Beach are using the “longest pile driver ever in the state of Florida,” according to a newly released construction update from Fortune International Group, which is overseeing sales. The first tower is planned to rise 62 stories and 750 feet, the tallest ever in Sunny Isles. A second tower…

Abinger Capital files to foreclose on ex-Best Buy store in Pinecrest

After Best Buy said “bye-bye” as a tenant, a retail landlord could lose his big box store in Pinecrest to foreclosure. An affiliate of Abinger Capital, a New York-based real estate investment management firm, is suing an entity managed by Azhar Said in Miami for allegedly defaulting on a $11.5 million mortgage. In the complaint filed this week, Abinger alleges Said’s Maria Investments…

Cranes Coming Back To Royal Caribbean PortMiami HQ Office Complex For 4,000 Employees

It appears that construction cranes will soon return to the Royal Caribbean headquarters office complex at PortMiami. According to a filing with the FAA earlier this month, five cranes are planned to be installed at the site, including four tower cranes and one mobile crane. The cranes will range in height from 212 to 305 feet above ground. The work schedule for the cranes is listed…

Terra And Grass River Secure $245 Million Permanent Loan For 23-Story ‘Grove Central’ Mixed-Use Development in Miami

Miami-based developers Terra and Grass River have secured $245 million in permanent financing for Grove Central, a newly completed mixed-use development at 2800 Southwest 27th Terrace in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. The loan, issued by JP Morgan Chase & Co., will be used to pay off the development’s existing construction loan, provided in 2021 by Apollo…

Terra, Grass River score $245M refi for Grove Central

Terra and Grass River secured a $245 million refinancing for Grove Central, a mixed-use retail and apartment project they recently completed in Miami’s Coconut Grove. J.P. Morgan provided the permanent debt for Grove Central, replacing a $204.5 million construction loan Apollo Global Management provided in 2021, according to a spokesperson for the developers.

Turnberry Breaks Ground On 33-Story ‘ONE Park Tower by Turnberry’ At SoLé Mia In North Miami

Turnberry, an Aventura-based real estate developer, has broken ground on ONE Park Tower by Turnberry. The 33-story tower, located at 2411 Laguna Circle in North Miami – within the multi-billion dollar, 184-acre master-planned community of SoLé Mia, is slated to offer 299 residences. Over 50% of the units were sold within the first 18 months of sales. The condominium complex…

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For 33-Story One Park Tower at SoLé Mia

Developer Turnberry held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 33-story One Park Tower At SoLé Mia. A total of 299 residential condo units are planned. Demand has exceeded expectations, with over 50% of residences now sold, the developer said. The tower is being built in front of the Laguna Solé, a crystal clear swimmable lagoon the size of 21 Olympic-sized pools. Residents will have…

Miami-Dade mayor’s $2.5B bond proposal targets affordable housing

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava proposes a $2.5 billion bond program for county projects, including affordable housing. The “305 Future Ready” borrowing plan would be financed through an existing property tax that already repays county debt, and would require voters’ approval through a referendum, the Miami Herald reported. Levine Cava, who is up for reelection…

Celebrity hotspot Vous Church opens Miami Gardens sanctuary

Vous Church, a celebrity hotspot led by the pastor who officiated Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s 2014 wedding, expanded to Miami Gardens. Vous bought the 100,000-square-foot sanctuary at 17801 Northwest Second Avenue for $12 million from Trinity Church, according to records. The buyer assumed a mortgage from the seller with a $9.6 million balance maturing in 2041.

Sterling Bay, Key International to Develop Miami Office Tower

Rendering of an 848 Brickell balcony. Image courtesy of Sterling Bay Rendering of an 848 Brickell balcony. Image courtesy of Sterling Bay Rendering of an 848 Brickell balcony. Image courtesy of Sterling Bay Sterling Bay, a national real estate development firm known for building creative office and mixed-use projects, is teaming up with Key International…

Sterling Bay Joins Key International As Co-Developer Of 51-Story 848 Brickell In Miami’s Financial District

Key International, led by Diego and Inigo Ardid, has announced Sterling Bay, a national real estate development firm known for its pioneering approach to developing award-winning creative offices, as the co-development partner of 848 Brickell, a 761-foot-tall Class A creative office and retail tower proposed in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. Sterling Bay joins Key International…

Sterling Bay, Key International Propose 51-Story Office Tower in Miami’s Brickell District

Sterling Bay has joined Key International as a co-developer for 848 Brickell, a proposed 51-story mixed-use tower in downtown Miami’s Brickell district. Plans for the Class A tower include 750,000 square feet of creative offices, structured parking for 1,000 vehicles and 7,500 square feet of ground-level retail space. The project is pursuant to zooming approval by Miami-Dade County.

Brightline Carries 2M Passengers In 2023, Up 67%

Brightline says it passed 2 million passengers in 2023. A total of 2,053,893 passengers rode Brightline in 2023 (up 67% over 2022), generating revenue of $87.7 million (up 174% over 2022). The company launched service to Orlando in late September, and continues to see strong demand for the new long-haul trains. A total of 115,683 passengers rode Brightline’s long-distance service…

Notable Retail Leases Signed in South Florida Q4 2023

South Florida Retail Real Estate Leases 2023 We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the top retail leases signed by square footage in South Florida during 2023. This past quarter was busy overall, and there were a few big box leases signed and sealed. Despite the sentiment that the traditional retail market is taking a hit due to several factors, particularly e-commerce and…

The 93 Ocean High-Rise Residential Slated for 9317 Collins Avenue in Surfside

In 2022, Florida YIMBY reported on the 93 Ocean, a high-rise residential tower planned for Surfside, Florida. Now, our sources indicate that the project is one step closer to fruition. Per the South Florida Business Journal, the 12-story tower will replace Regent Palace Condominium, a 34-unit complex erected in 1951. Multiplan Real Estate Asset Management purchased the 37,456 sf…

Trump could claim over $320M in tax deductions thanks to Doral golf course deal

Donald Trump may claim more than $320 million in federal income tax deductions, thanks to an easement that restricts development of the Blue Monster golf course at Trump National Doral Miami. The Trump Organization struck a deal in late 2022 to donate the development rights for the 184-acre course to the city of Doral. The Blue Monster is one of four golf courses at the…

Lease roundup: Morgan Law relocating within Coral Gables, Bondi Sushi opening in Oakland Park

Two law firms and a spa leased at Amerant Bank’s headquarters building in Coral Gables. In the biggest deal, The Morgan Law Group took the entire 20,000-square-foot fifth floor, where it will move in the second quarter from 55 Merrick Way in Coral Gables, according to a news release from the landlord’s broker. Law firm Kelley Kronenberg took 9,000 square feet on the fourth floor…

The Dixiana Apartments Planned for 182 Dixiana Street in Hollywood

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Lennar Corp. Moves Ahead with Tuscan Springs at 18452 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines

Miami-based Lennar Corp. has purchased a 6.47-acre parcel in west Pembroke Pines. The end goal? A townhouse community named “Tuscan Springs.” Per the South Florida Business Journal, the developer initially proposed the development in 2023, where it wanted a rezoning change for the parcel. Upon full buildout, the residential complex will offer 50 three-bedroom townhomes…

The Era Apartments Could Offer Workforce Housing at 2125 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale

Affiliated Development is moving forward with a residential venture in Broward County. At full buildout, the Era Apartments would offer 400 homes, 3,650 square feet of retail, and 549 parking spots. Presently, the Fort Lauderdale-based developer is requesting $5.5 million from the county to include workforce housing as part of the project…

Kaplan Residential wins approval for 190-unit multifamily development in Wilton Manors

Kaplan Residential won approval for a six-story mixed-use development with 190 apartments in Wilton Manors, marking its first major project in South Florida. The mixed-use multifamily development, to be called Generation at Wilton Manors, will be built on 3.6 acres at 1209 Northeast 24th Street, 1225 Northeast 24th Street, 1401 Northeast 24th Street, 2449 Northeast 13th Avenue…

Grass River plans 252-unit mixed-use redevelopment of Wilton Manors shopping center

Grass River Property won approval to raze part of a shopping center in Wilton Manors to make way for a six-story, mixed-use building with 252 apartments. The Wilton Manors City Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a development agreement between the city and Miami-based Grass River, along with a public access easement agreement and a plat amendment…

Portopiccolo buys Regents Park assisted living facility in Sunrise

A family office bought the Regents Park of Sunrise for $26.7 million, marking continued investment appetite for assisted living facilities. The Portopiccolo Group purchased the one-story, 120-bed property at 9701-9711 West Oakland Park Boulevard from an affiliate of Healthcare Realty Trust, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. The buyer secured loans for $67.4 million…

Fairstead buys affordable housing complex in Lauderhill, starts renovations

Fairstead bought an affordable housing complex in Lauderhill for $26.5 million, marking continued investment in South Florida’s low-income rental market. The New York-based firm, led by Jeffrey Goldberg, purchased Lauderhill Point at 3144-3146 Northwest 19th Street and started renovating the 177-unit property, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. An affiliate…

GL Homes drops $29M on 120 acres in Westlake

GL Homes dropped $29.4 million on a 120-acre swath of farmland in Westlake, Palm Beach County’s newest municipality. Records show an affiliate of the Sunrise-based homebuilder bought the land between 140th Avenue North and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road from Silver Lake Enterprises, a Florida entity managed by Philomena Liu, Kin Man Tse and Ryan Liang. Liang is a former…

JP Morgan 2024 commercial real estate outlook

Key takeaways: Multifamily and neighborhood retail stay strong, while industrial may be starting to soften. The future of office buildings remains unclear. The future of interest rates is uncertain as the economy begins to slow down. It’s critical that owners, operators and investors across commercial real estate optimize their cash so they can capitalize on opportunities as they…

IBM Tells Employees To Relocate Near a Corporate Hub or ‘Separate’ From Company

IBM employees who don’t live close enough to commute to an office have been asked to relocate or leave the tech giant in a sign of an increasing crackdown on remote work in favor of in-person attendance. The Armonk, New York-based computer hardware maker is immediately requiring most U.S.-based staff to report to an office or corporate hub at least three days weekly…

CRE Transaction Volumes Nationally Plummeted In 2023, But Prices Were More Resilient

Commercial property sales volume sank like a stone in 2023, tallying just $374.1B, a 51% drop from the year before, according to MSCI Real Capital Analytics 2023 Capital Trends report. The conditions were “reminiscent of the worst parts of the Global Financial Crisis,” the report’s authors wrote. Apartments saw the largest decline in sales volume year-over-year, totaling $119B in 2023…

Apartment Defaults Nationally To Double This Year, Fitch Predicts

A major ratings agency is predicting that the U.S. multifamily market is on the verge of a surge in loan defaults. Apartment delinquencies for CMBS loans could hit $1.3B this year, exceeding the losses seen during the height of the pandemic, Multifamily Dive reported, citing a Fitch Ratings report. Apartment landlords are experiencing headwinds due to a record onslaught of new supply…

U.S. Apartment Occupancy Hits Decade Low Nationally

U.S. apartment occupancy hit a 10-year low at the end of 2023, as sizable new supply volumes weighed on market fundamentals. But some markets bucked that trend. After the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the country started to open back up at the end of 2021 and the first few months of 2022, apartment occupancy – and prices – saw a drastic hike. Feeling renewed, developers…

With Capital And Patience Dwindling, Short Sales Begin To Hit The Office Market Around the USA

Investors raised billions of dollars last year as they awaited distressed real estate assets to come to market at steep discounts. However, they found few opportunities as office owners largely found ways to hold on to their properties. That’s now starting to change. Office buildings across the country are starting to trade at significant markdowns, in many cases selling for less than…

The office meltdown will result in $1 trillion of losses, real estate billionaire Barry Sternlicht says

Billionaire Starwood CEO Barry Sternlicht sees losses on office properties hitting $1 trillion, per Bloomberg. The billionaire slammed the Fed for leaving a “serious mess” in the real estate market. Office values have plummeted as remote work proves to be a lasting legacy of the pandemic. The ailing office market is headed for $1 trillion of losses, billionaire and Starwood Capital…

What are the opportunities for commercial real estate in 2024

In 2024, the commercial real estate outlook is optimistic, thanks to lower interest rates, Florida’s robust economy, and a significant capital influx into South Florida. I recently participated in the CCIM Commercial Real Estate Outlook Conference, an event where industry leaders converge on the latest trends and insights within the capital market. The panelists portrayed..

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January 31, 2024

Chart: The Remarkable Post-COVID Run of Industrial Property Prices in Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade Average Industrial Sales Price Since COVID | Scaled to 100 Data from Costar, 1/23/24

The chart illustrates the dynamic changes in the average selling price of industrial property in Miami-Dade since 2019 Q4, a date just prior to the onset of COVID, with each data point scaled relative to the baseline value of 1.00 at the end of 2019. Several notable trends and patterns emerge from the dataset.

In the early stages of the dataset, from 2019 Q4 to 2020 Q3, there seems to be a gradual decline in the average selling price, reaching its lowest point of 0.91 in 2020 Q3. This period likely reflects the initial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the real estate market, with economic uncertainties influencing property prices. At that time, it seemed everyone was anxious about what the shutdown would mean for the economy overall and thus commercial real estate. I had a few calls from buyers asking for any distressed deals that arose, convinced that severe issues were just around the corner, and recall multiple buyers being agitated because my sellers would not respond to their well below asking price offers. The consensus was almost completely “uh-oh;” there was really nobody thinking “here we go” in an optimistic sense. For brokers, the phones stopped ringing.

However, starting from 2020 Q4, there is a noticeable rebound, and the average selling price experiences an upward trajectory. The rebound continues through 2021, with substantial increases in 2021 Q1, reaching 1.37, and 2021 Q4, reaching 1.52. This suggests a recovery and potential resilience in the industrial property market as economic conditions stabilize / heat up.

The year 2022 shows further fluctuations but generally maintains an upward trend. Notably, 2022 Q2 sees a significant spike with a scaled price of 1.75, indicating a notable surge in the average selling price during that quarter. Never underestimate the power of The Fed.

As we move into 2023, the dataset continues to depict volatility, with peaks and troughs in subsequent quarters. The scaled price reaches its highest point of 2.09 in 2023 Q1, underlining a potential period of robust growth. However, by 2023 Q4, there is a slight dip, emphasizing the dynamic nature of the real estate market and perhaps a bit of data noise. Prices appear to be moving around a range approaching double what they were pre-COVID. Higher financing costs have no doubt have slowed the price increases.

In the most recent data point, 2024 Q1 QTD, the scaled price stands at 1.94, perhaps showcasing a continuation of positive momentum in the early days of the year, though more likely only a reflection of limited data that happens to be on the high side. Overall, the full dataset suggests a resilient industrial property market in Miami-Dade, characterized by fluctuations influenced by external factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic and broader economic conditions.

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January 29, 2024

Video: Buligo Capital CEO Itay Goren Shares Institutional Foreign Investor Views on U.S. Commercial Real Estate Market

The Discussion: Navigating the Landscape of Commercial Real Estate

In a recent episode of “America’s Commercial Real Estate Show,” the show welcomed Itay Goren, founder and CEO of Beluga Capital, a public company based in Israel with investments in various property types across the United States. The conversation delved into the current market conditions, investor sentiments, and emerging trends in commercial real estate (CRE) throughout the United States. Goren’s views on debt, equity, and performance of retail, industrial, senior housing, and multifamily properties moving forward were shared in this wide ranging discussion.

Commercial Real Estate Market Dynamics Amidst Global Challenges

The dialogue commenced with a reflection on the challenging times facing Israel, where Beluga Capital is based, with both hosts expressing solidarity with those affected by ongoing crises. Despite the backdrop of global uncertainties, the focus shifted swiftly to the CRE landscape, with Goren highlighting the evolving dynamics of raising capital in the current market.

Shifting Investor Appetites and Market Opportunities

Goren pointed out the noticeable shift in investor appetite compared to previous years, attributing this change to increased interest rates and a broader range of investment alternatives. However, despite the subdued appetite, Beluga Capital managed to secure investments and close deals, indicating pockets of opportunity amidst the market flux.

Impact of Federal Reserve Policies and Financing Landscape

Discussion then turned to the recent Federal Reserve announcements regarding interest rates, with Goren noting a subsequent easing in treasury rates and increased lender flexibility. This shift in financial dynamics hinted at a potentially more active market in the coming year, driven by renewed investor interest and improved liquidity in the debt market.

Projections for Property Performance and Investment Strategies

Looking ahead, Goren outlined a cautiously optimistic outlook for property performance, citing factors such as upcoming property deliveries and the impact of interest rate adjustments. Despite short-term challenges, Beluga Capital remained bullish on sectors such as multifamily, senior housing, and industrial, buoyed by favorable supply-demand dynamics and anticipated rent increases.

Not part of the discussion but notable for this site given that Hawkins Commercial Realty is Miami based is that the performance of Miami industrial and multifamily properties have been very strong. The run up in prices in Miami industrial property were recently highlighted in a post, Charting the Remarkable Post-COVID Run of Industrial Property Prices in Miami-Dade.

Navigating Sectoral Opportunities and Risks

The conversation delved into specific sectors, with insights shared on senior housing, multifamily, industrial, and retail properties. Goren emphasized the resilience of grocery-anchored retail centers and highlighted opportunities in smaller industrial properties, driven by last-mile logistics demand and favorable occupancy trends.

Construction Cost Dynamics and Investment Goals

Addressing construction cost dynamics, Goren acknowledged recent cost escalations but expressed optimism for a potential moderation in the near future. Looking ahead to 2024, the overarching goal for Beluga Capital was to capitalize on market opportunities across diverse property types while maintaining a balanced approach to risk and return.

Global Investment Trends and Foreign Capital Inflows

In response to queries about foreign investment trends, Goren noted an increasing allocation of capital from foreign investors into the U.S. CRE market. He highlighted the U.S. market’s attractiveness due to its transparency, liquidity, and stability, indicating a reservoir of capital poised for deployment in the coming months.

Closing Remarks: The Ever-Evolving Real Estate Landscape

As the conversation drew to a close, Goren underscored the enduring appeal of real estate as an asset class and the resilience of the U.S. market amidst global uncertainties. The dialogue concluded with a nod to the importance of continuous learning, adaptation, and a spirit of optimism as stakeholders navigate the ever-evolving landscape of commercial real estate.

In summary, the discussion between the show host and Itay Goren provided valuable insights into the current state of the commercial real estate market, investor sentiments, and emerging trends. Despite challenges, opportunities abound for astute investors willing to navigate the dynamic terrain of the CRE landscape.

A Bit About Itay Goren & Buligo Capital

Itay Goren stands as a pivotal figure within Buligo, holding the position of Chief Executive Officer. His role encompasses a wide array of responsibilities, ranging from strategic planning and investment analysis to business development and fundraising initiatives. With a wealth of expertise in the realm of private equity real estate, Mr. Goren boasts a distinguished track record in sourcing, negotiating, structuring, financing, and successfully closing high-value transactions, investment programs, and funds.

Before co-founding Buligo, Mr. Goren held a prominent position overseeing a multi-division operation within a prominent Israeli investment firm for over 11 years. During this tenure, he steered substantial equity investments exceeding hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of major institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. His academic background is equally impressive, having graduated magna cum laude from Tel Aviv University with a BA in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws. Additionally, he holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s esteemed Kellogg School of Management.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Mr. Goren has also served with distinction as a Major in the Israeli Defense Forces, further exemplifying his leadership capabilities and commitment to service.

Itay Goren’s firm, Buligo Capital, stands out as a prominent player in the global real estate investment sphere, offering investors opportunities to participate in diverse ventures alongside seasoned operators. Boasting a strategic presence with offices in Israel and the United States, coupled with strategic alliances spanning the globe, Buligo Capital provides its clientele with a comprehensive array of investment avenues tailored to varying risk profiles.

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January 28, 2024

Miami Commercial Real Estate News January 24, 2024: MSC Announces Downtown Miami HQ; Evacuated Surfside Condo Bought as Dev Site; Major Live Local Act Reach Testing Lawsuit Filed;

Bal Harbour Shops Owner Files First Major Lawsuit Testing Reach Of Live Local Act

The owner of the Bal Harbour Shops is stepping up its fight with local politicians to add four residential towers to the luxury shopping center. Whitman Family Development, which owns the shops, filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a judge to compel the village to approve its plan to develop more than 500 apartments on the property under the Live Local Act. The filing marks one…

Bal Harbour Shops sues village over response to its planned expansion

The owner of Bal Harbour Shops is counterattacking the village’s plan to fight a mixed-use expansion of the high-end shopping center under Florida’s new affordable housing law. Bal Harbour Shops, owned by Whitman Family Development, filed a lawsuit against Bal Harbour on Tuesday, two weeks after submitting an application under Florida’s Live Local Act to build up to 275…

Craig Zinn Automotive pays $24M for Kendall dealership dev site

Craig Zinn Automotive Group paid $23.5 million for a development site in Kendall. The Hollywood-based car dealer acquired an 8.3-acre property at 15200 Southwest 136th Street, records and Vizzda show. The site is approved for a two-story auto retail building spanning nearly 76,000 square feet and 580 parking spaces, records and Vizzda show. The seller, an entity managed…

Whole Foods Applies For Permit To Build Store Next To Midtown Miami

Whole Foods is getting ready to begin building a large new supermarket near Midtown Miami. Miami Building Department records show that a construction permit application for the new store was filed on January 22. According to the filing, a total of 50,812 square feet will be built out at an estimated cost of $7 million. C.E. Gleeson Constructors of Troy, Michigan is listed as the contractor.

Chart: The Remarkable Post-COVID Run of Industrial Property Prices in Miami-Dade

The chart illustrates the dynamic changes in the average selling price of industrial property in Miami-Dade since 2019 Q4, a date just prior to the onset of COVID, with each data point scaled relative to the baseline value of 1.00 at the end of 2019. Several notable trends and patterns emerge from the dataset. In the early stages of the dataset, from 2019 Q4 to 2020 Q3, there seems to be…

South Florida industrial asking rents rise in the fourth quarter

South Florida’s industrial market ended the fourth quarter of last year with a seismic shift in ownership of 1.4 million square feet in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Boston-based Longpoint Partners acquired 25 industrial buildings in eight cities from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based Seagis. Longpoint’s $262 million portfolio purchase clocked in as the priciest industrial…

MG Developer completes assemblage for Metro Parc South apartments in Hialeah

MG Developer completed the assemblage for its planned Metro Parc South multifamily project in Hialeah. The firm paid $16.3 million in three deals for 1.8 acres along East 24th and 25th streets, near Ninth Avenue. In the biggest purchase, MG paid $10.5 million for the sites at 975 East 24th Street, as well as at 934 and 954 East 25th Street, according to records. An entity led by Michael…

Chicago Developer Sterling Bay to Partner On New Brickell Office Tower: ‘Best Office Market In The Country’

Chicago developer Sterling Bay has announced plans to partner on a new Brickell Avenue office tower. The company will team with Miami’s Key International on what is being called Miami’s “most iconic class-A office tower” at 848 Brickell Avenue. Sterling Bay’s Chief Investment Officer Chang Lee told Bloomberg that Brickell has become “the best office market in the country.”

Phased Vertical Construction Permit Issued For 100-Story Waldorf Astoria Miami

Miami’s Building Department has issued a phased vertical construction permit for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Residences supertall tower in downtown Miami. The phased vertical permit was approved and issued on January 10. John Moriarty is listed as the contractor. A phased foundation permit for the Waldorf Astoria tower was issued to John Moriarty in July, and construction…

224-Unit Wynwood Haus Gets TCO, Move-Ins Underway

Wynwood Haus is now officially open, with move-ins underway. The 20-story apartment tower, which broke ground in June 2021, received its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Miami on January 12. The building includes studios, one- and two-bedroom floor plans, ranging from 394 to 945 square feet, as well as about 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail and 222…

Demolition Of I-395 Ramps To Make Way For Signature Downtown Miami Bridge Now Underway

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Miami-Dade County Votes To Authorize More Funding For Northeast Corridor Commuter Rail Design Work

Miami-Dade commissioners voted last week to approve additional funding needed for design work for the Northeast Corridor commuter rail line. It is the final design work needed before a possible grant approval, according to Brightline. The new service will include up to five new stations between downtown Miami and Aventura, where it could then continue into Broward County…

Sale Arranged of Nine Big Lots Retail Locations in California & Florida – Including 1 in Miami – for $50.7M

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Global MSC Group plants its US base in Miami’s Overtown

On Overtown land where the City of Miami once planned 1,050 units of affordable and mid-income housing, a global cargo firm and cruise line will invest $100 million to develop a new US headquarters, uniting its 250 South Florida employees under one roof. Switzerland-based MSC Group announced the new headquarters last week after county commissioners earlier…

Why Retail Rents Have Tripled In Miami’s Glitziest Shopping District

No prime shopping district in the country has seen its star rise faster than Miami’s Design District. Asking rents for Design District retail have risen 200% since 2019, according to a JLL report. The run-up is by far the steepest increase of any North American prime retail corridor over that time period — second place was M Street in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood…

Hotels Rejoice; Miami Area Spring Visitor Numbers Taking Off

Miami-Dade’s domestic and international travel is ramping up. Conventions, sporting events, hotel demand, plus airline and cruise travel are key cogs in this year’s expected growth. The county enjoyed soaring visitor numbers to kick off the year, said Rolando Aedo, chief operating officer at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. “That first week of January, which runs…”

Hotel coming? Harry Gross’ G Holdings buys Edgewater dev site for $29M

New York hotel developer Harry Gross’ G Holdings bought a development site in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood, The Real Deal has learned. Infinity Real Estate sold the 1.1-acre property at 2501 Biscayne Boulevard for $28.5 million, according to the seller’s news release. The firm had planned to develop the site with a 308-unit apartment project, and was on the cusp of submitting…

Miami may scale back its downtown billboards aims

A year after Miami expanded its outdoor advertising sites, the city commission may reverse the decision and return to just the three places allowed under a 2015 law. Today (1/25), the commission is to hear a resolution to repeal a policy that allows outdoor ad signs at ten government-owned sites. If approved, the measure would reinstate the 2015 law that allows for billboards up…

Evacuated Surfside Condos Slated To Be Replaced With 10-Story Luxury Project

A Miami developer is moving ahead on a luxury beachfront condo project in Surfside that was first proposed more than a year ago. Multiplan, led by Brazilian developer Joe Issac Peres, acquired the property at 9309 and 9317 Collins Ave. from an entity controlled by Vivian Dimond, founder of Bayshore Grove Capital and a broker at Brown Harris Stevens Miami.

Multiplan pays $64M for oceanfront Surfside dev site

Brazilian developer Jose Isaac Peres’ firm bought an oceanfront site in Surfside for $64 million, following a complicated condo buyout and termination. Multiplan Real Estate Asset Management acquired the site at 9309 and 9317 Collins Avenue from R Palace, an entity led by Vivian Dimond. Dimond, principal at Bayshore Grove Capital and broker at Brown Harris Stevens Miami, has…

Omni Building Gets New Tenant Key Point Academy For 62k Square Feet

The Omni building has a new tenant. Key Point Academy signed a lease for 62,349 square feet in the 1501 Omni Building. It was formerly a Jordan Marsh department store. Resorts World Omni is the landlord. “Resorts World Omni is delighted to champion Key Point Academy’s relocation, nurturing educational growth in South Florida,” said Robert DeSalvio, President of Genting Americas East.

Report: Miami Airport Could Be At Risk Of State Takeover

Miami International Airport’s highly publicized maintenance issues could mean Florida legislators may try to take control of the facility, according to the Herald. Commissioner Juan Carlos Bermudez warned at a meeting earlier this month that the county was in a “situation” with the state, and both MIA and PortMiami could be takeover targets, the report said. The county has been…

Updated Plans Filed For ‘Calle 8’ In Brickell, Gets Height Boost To 856 Feet Above Ground Across 65 Stories

Miami-Dade County planners have been presented with updated plans for Calle 8, a mixed-use development proposed for 190 Southwest 8th Street in Brickell, innovatively designed by BMA Architects and developed by Millennium Developments of Brickell LLC, an affiliate of Aston Martin Residences developer G&G Business Developments. The January 17th filing represents a significant…

Sterling Bay partnering with Key International on Brickell office tower

Key International scored Sterling Bay as a partner on its planned 51-story 848 Brickell office tower. The Ardid family’s Brickell-based Key International and Chicago-based Sterling Bay plan to co-develop the building with more than 750,000 square feet of offices, 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 1,000-plus-space garage at 848 Brickell Avenue in Miami, according to a Key…

Construction Commences on The Addison in Palmetto Bay at 18185 SW 98th Avenue in Palmetto Bay

Coastland Construction, an affiliate of Coastland Residential, has broken ground on The Addison in Palmetto Bay, a residential development in Miami-Dade County. Per the South Florida Business Journal, the rental community will offer 83 units spread across 13 two- and three-story buildings. Floorplans include three-bedroom and four-bedroom options.

Foreclosure Averted For Downtown Miami Building With $27M Sale

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January 24, 2024

Video: AFIRE CEO Gunnar Branson Discusses International Real Estate Investor Survey; Fall 2023 Pulse Report

Gunnar Branson, CEO of AFIRE (Association for International Real Estate Investors), joins America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss the results of their latest international investor survey, the AFIRE Fall 2023 International Investor Survey. The discussion discussed topics related to how international real estate investors assess US market challenges and opportunities.

The Discussion

Introduction:
In a recent conversation with Gunner Branson, CEO of AFIRE, the Association for International Real Estate Investors, key insights into the dynamics of the US commercial property market were unveiled. Aires conducts an annual survey of investors worldwide, providing a comprehensive view of their sentiments and strategies. The third-quarter 2023 survey results were discussed, shedding light on the current challenges and opportunities in the ever-evolving landscape of US real estate.

Changing Trends and Market Sentiments:
The conversation opened with a reflection on the evolving sentiment among international investors. Branson highlighted a shift in tone compared to a year ago, emphasizing a more cautious and subdued atmosphere. Investors are actively reassessing existing portfolios, particularly in the office property sector, as the capital markets experience a pause, and debt becomes scarcer and more expensive.

Global Perception of US Real Estate:
Despite challenges, the US continues to be perceived as a safe haven for real estate investment. Branson pointed out a 34% net increase in intended allocations for real estate in the US among international investors. The depth of the US market, with numerous institutional cities and the continued strength of the US dollar, contributes to the confidence placed in the country’s real estate.

Debt Market Challenges and Opportunities:
The discussion delved into the debt market, highlighting concerns about the rising cost and reduced availability of debt. Regional banks’ departure and the impact on refinancing were discussed, with Branson acknowledging the challenges but also pointing to opportunities for debt investors. As the debt landscape undergoes restructuring, investors are exploring alternative debt providers and debt funds to navigate the changing dynamics.

Foreign Investors’ Allocation Strategies:
Foreign investors are adjusting their allocation strategies, with a notable interest in alternative assets. Sectors such as data centers, movie studios, and niche plays like cold storage are gaining traction. The survey also revealed a focus on single-family rental properties, especially in markets like Atlanta, addressing the growing demand for rental housing amid a housing shortage.

Assessment of Office Market:
The conversation addressed the challenges facing the office market, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Branson acknowledged the overbuilding of office spaces in the last decade, leading to distress, especially in older buildings. The survey indicated a potential shift towards conversions, including multifamily, hospitality, storage, and surprisingly, urban farming. The adaptability of existing office spaces to meet evolving needs was highlighted.

Central Business District vs. Suburban Office Properties:
The discussion touched upon the evolving preferences regarding central business district (CBD) versus suburban offices. While there was a previous trend favoring suburban offices, the survey results indicated a shift, with confidence in CBD offices holding value more effectively. However, concerns about the decline in office values were noted, emphasizing the need for a mixed-use environment and the impact on perceived value.

Insurance Challenges and Climate Risk:
Branson addressed the rising concerns about insurance costs, particularly in coastal regions facing climate-related risks. The survey highlighted a significant increase in insurance premiums, impacting the economics of real estate deals. The recognition of climate risk and the need to account for it in pricing were discussed as ongoing challenges for investors, with potential implications for investment decisions in vulnerable areas.

Conclusion:
The conversation with Gunner Branson provided valuable insights into the complex landscape of international real estate investment in the US. As investors navigate challenges in the debt market, changing office dynamics, and rising insurance costs, opportunities emerge in alternative assets and strategically chosen sectors. The survey results reflect a nuanced outlook, emphasizing the importance of adaptability and a keen understanding of evolving market trends in making informed investment decisions.

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AFIRE, the association for international real estate investors focused on commercial property in the United States, is a forum for real estate investment thought leadership. AFIRE members gather throughout the year to help each other become Better Investors, Better Leaders, and Better Global Citizens through conversations, research, and analysis of real estate capital markets, cross-border issues, policy, economics, technology, and management. Known as representing the “who’s who” in the global real estate investment industry, AFIRE membership is exclusive to principals and senior executives. Click here for previous AFIRE videos.

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January 22, 2024

Video: Janney Montgomery Scott Director or Research Chris Marinac Discusses if Banks Handle Upcoming Loan Maturities

The financial soundness of banks and accessible lending are important for the economy and for commercial real estate. The “if it bleeds it leads” headlines and clickbait like “doom loop” – referring to maturing loans – can lead to a lack of confidence. Chris Marinac joins show host Michael to share the real story with banks, and what to expect moving forward. The discussion covers various aspects of the current state of the banking industry and real estate market. The main points include:

1. Data and Information Sources: The conversation mentions the use of Tre data, a service that provides information about lending. It emphasizes the importance of having accurate and detailed data to understand the real estate market and banking system.

2. Challenges in the Banking System: There’s a discussion about the challenges faced by banks, especially related to loans outside the banking system. The speaker suggests that there might be a significant number of loans outside traditional banking that need to be addressed separately.

3. Context of Real Estate Loans: The speaker highlights that not all real estate loans are problematic, and there are borrowers trying to adapt to changing circumstances. The context of each loan, such as demand, needs, and changes in usage, should be considered.

4. Buying Power in the Marketplace: The conversation notes the presence of buying power from new players, such as family offices and private funds, taking advantage of opportunities when prices drop.

5. Example of Capital One: An example is provided where Capital One sold $900 million of office loans, and the actual losses were less than initially assumed. This illustrates the importance of having real data and not relying solely on assumptions.

6. Recognizing Losses and Restructuring: The speaker mentions the importance of recognizing losses and restructuring, drawing a parallel to strategies employed in the past, such as during the RTC days in the early ’90s.

7. Bank Assertiveness in Recognizing Issues: The speaker praises certain banks like Bank of America and Truist for being assertive in recognizing issues related to office loans. The assertion is made that banks have been more proactive in dealing with problems compared to investors.

8. Banking in 2023-2024 vs. 2008-2009: A comparison is made between the banking industry’s response to issues in 2023-2024 and the challenges faced in 2008-2009. The speaker suggests that banks have been more assertive and effective in addressing problems.

9. Bankruptcy Data: The conversation touches upon bankruptcy data, noting a reported increase in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. However, it emphasizes the need to consider a longer-term perspective and highlights that bankruptcy levels are still significantly below historical levels.

10. Banking Behavior and Liquidity: There’s a discussion about changes in banking behavior, increased liquidity, and how banks are better equipped to handle issues. The speaker notes that liquidity has been positively impacted by government stimulus checks and programs.

11. Deposit Behavior and Loan Contracts: Banks are mentioned to be requiring more deposits, with some introducing loan contracts tied to maintaining certain deposit levels. This behavior is seen as a positive change.

12. Behavior Change in Banking: The conversation underscores the shift in behavior within the banking industry, including better detection of issues and improved problem-solving approaches.

13. Short Sales and Loan Sales: The discussion acknowledges that short sales and loan sales are active, with banks willing to work through problems without resorting to foreclosures.

14. Expectations for Banks in 2024: The speaker expects banks to become more active in lending once regulatory uncertainties regarding capital rules are clarified. The importance of having a bank relationship for small businesses is emphasized.

15. Loan Growth Expectations: While overall loan growth is expected to be modest, the conversation notes that smaller and midsize banks might have more significant loan growth as they pick up the slack left by larger banks.

16. Opportunities for Banks: The speaker sees opportunities for banks to make safe loans, build relationships, and grow their businesses, especially by attracting new customers through lending.

Overall, the conversation provides insights into the current dynamics of the banking industry and real estate market, highlighting positive aspects and dispelling concerns raised by certain media narratives. Though Miami commercial real estate exists in a parallel universe without the stress other markets are perceiving, developments around the country can nonetheless affect financing, which is of concern to all investors, including those in Miami and the rest of South Florida.

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January 22, 2024

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Elev8 Fun to Replace Kohl’s at 1275 N.W. 107th Avenue in Miami

Kohl’s once dominated the department store landscape before the advent of online shopping. Now, the chain is closing dozens of stores––including its location at the Miami International Mall in Doral. The store’s website notes that the store will officially close on January 13. Our sources indicate that Elev8 Fun would occupy the 110,000-square-foot, one-story building.

Drivers License Data: Miami Growth Continued In 2023

Miami-Dade continued to grow in 2023, according to drivers license exchange data. The Miami Association of Realtors analyzed Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles data for the report. Overall, the number of drivers exchanging their out-of-state or overseas license for one from Florida rose 15.9% in Miami-Dade in 2023 compared to 2022. Drivers license exchanges for those…

Signature Bridge: Demolition Of I-395 Bridges Set To Begin

Demolition of the old I-395 bridges will begin shortly as part of Miami’s Signature Bridge project, according to a presentation released yesterday (pdf). Demolition equipment will be mobilized during the week of January 15. Demolition of the first section is scheduled to begin the week of January 22. Completion date for the overall project remains late 2027, with a budget of $840 million.

Pier 5 Opens Today At Bayside With Food, Entertainment, & Miami’s Largest Bar

Pier 5 is holding a grand opening beginning today and running through the weekend at Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami. The venue is being opened by the creators of The Wharf, which closed for construction of a massive new complex on the property. A total of three bars are planned at Pier 5. The largest will have over 200 feet of bar space, which is said to be the biggest in Miami.

“A screeching halt”: South Florida retail construction drops off

In the fourth quarter of last year, newly completed retail construction was virtually zero in many of South Florida’s most well-known retail submarkets, according to a recent report. Downtown Fort Lauderdale, downtown West Palm Beach and Miami neighborhoods such as Wynwood, the Design District and Brickell had no new retail completions during the final three months of last…

South Florida developers tap world-renowned architects. Here’s a map of their projects

South Florida has long attracted celebrities and wealthy investors from across the globe. Now, developers are increasingly hiring the world’s preeminent architects, from Japan to Uruguay, to lend an extra dose of beauty and creativity to their projects. Though it’s not a new phenomenon, more and more international firms — and a number of major U.S. architects, including some…

GCF Development Secures $133 Million Refinance Loan for Hollywood Circle At 1776 Polk Street

GCF Development, a national real estate development firm led by Chip Abele and Peter Jago, has successfully secured a refinancing loan of $133.5 million for Hollywood Circle, a mixed-use project approximately 1 million square feet in size, designed by CFE Architects. Located at 1776 Polk Street in Hollywood, FL, the property was refinanced through Deutsche Bank USA. Jay Miller…

Chip Abele’s GCF lands $133M refi for Hollywood Circle mixed-use building

GCF Development landed a $133.5 million refinancing for a completed mixed-use project in downtown Hollywood. Deutsche Bank USA refinanced an existing $117.5 million debt it held on the Hollywood Circle development and increased the loan by $15.9 million, according to records. The deal comes amid an active South Florida real estate financing market. Construction loan and refinancing…

The Villages at Oakland Park Proposed for 2301 Northwest 26th Street in Oakland Park

Two developers are spearheading an affordable housing venture in Broward County. The Urban League of Broward County and the Harris Chapel United Methodist Church want to move ahead with the Villages at Oakland Park, a mixed-use housing development on a 19.4-acre plot. The parcel is presently under contract from Broward County Public Schools. Per the South Florida Business…

Chip Abele, partners win approval for waterfront Fort Lauderdale condo project

GCF Development and its partners won Fort Lauderdale approval to build Ocean Harbor, a 20-story, 36-unit condominium along the Intracoastal Waterway. The planned project, at 3013 and 3019 Harbor Drive, was approved by the Fort Lauderdale City Commission on Tuesday. GCF is developing Ocean Harbor together with Vertical Developments, led by Fernando de Nunez…

Broward buys Fort Lauderdale dev site for police crime lab, medical examiner’s office

Broward County bought a commercial building in Fort Lauderdale, with plans to replace it with a new police crime laboratory and medical examiner’s office. Broward dropped $18.5 million for the two-story, 133,300-square-foot office building at 2000 West Commercial Boulevard, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. An affiliate of Brooklyn-based Center for Allied Health…

Meyers Accesso buys office building at Park at Broken Sound in Boca Raton for $25M

Meyers Accesso scooped up an office building within the Park at Broken Sound mixed-use development in Boca Raton. Alchemy-ABR Investment Partners sold the three-story The Atrium at Broken Sound at 6111 Northwest Broken Sound Parkway for $25 million, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. The buyer took over the seller’s existing $15.9 million debt on the property.

Savanna proposes second West Palm Beach residential tower

Savanna began the review process this week for its second West Palm Beach residential development. The New York City-based developer is proposing a 369-unit apartment building at 1830 North Dixie Highway. Savanna met with the West Palm Beach Plans & Plats Review Committee on Thursday, and the project will next be reviewed at the city’s March Planning Board meeting. The proposed…

Fanjul family’s Florida Crystals buys 1,600 acres in Palm Beach County

The Fanjul family’s Florida Crystals bought 1,626 acres of agricultural land in western Palm Beach County. The West Palm Beach-based sugar cane giant paid $15.7 million for the swath of land that’s east of U.S. Highway 27 in unincorporated Palm Beach County, near South Bay, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. An entity tied to The King Realty Company, led by Kristopher…

Construction lending swells in South Florida, bucking the national trend. Here’s why

South Florida developers scored a surge of more than $1.2 billion in construction loans in recent weeks, in stark contrast to other top regions across the country. The financing comes even as high interest rates and soaring insurance premiums have held new developments hostage. Much of the recently secured financing is for condo towers and some mixed-use projects. Another $1 billion…

Video: MSCI Real Asset Chief Economist Jim Costello Discusses U.S. Capital Trends

MSCI Real Asset’s Chief Economist Jim Costello joins America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss trends in the debt market, including upcoming maturities, transaction volume, and thoughts on interest rate increases or decreases. This covers topics discussed in his recent article 2024 Trends to Watch in Real Assets. The conversation begins with a focus on the upcoming…

2023 U.S. Apartment Market By the Numbers

Supply and demand constituted the primary storylines of 2023’s multifamily industry. The final quarter of 2023 marked a considerable rebound in apartment demand – but that still wasn’t strong enough to keep pace with massive amounts of new supply. Some 129,015 units delivered across the top 150 markets tracked by RealPage Market Analytics in 2023’s 4th quarter. That pushed…

The Fed’s Beige Book Finds Slow Growth, Steady Prices

The Southeast’s economy grew slowly from mid-November through December as most companies generally held consumer prices steady, according to the new Beige Book report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The holiday shopping season yielded mixed results for retailers, the Beige Book shows. Instead of an alarming pullback, contacts said consumer spending continued…

Lawmakers Mull Major Changes To Landmark Live Local Act

Proposed changes to Florida’s Live Local Act, which changed the landscape for housing development in the Sunshine State, are under consideration in the state legislature that would smooth out ambiguities in the law that have been used to push back on proposals. They would also tighten rules around project heights and the types of sites that qualify under its provisions. The amendments…

Grant Cardone sues John Legere for calling him ‘biggest bulls**t artist on the planet’ and other insults

Grant Cardone is 10X mad at his onetime pal, former T-Mobile CEO John Legere. In June of last year, Legere called Cardone “the biggest bullshit artist on the planet” and other alleged slanderous insults during an online group chat that was widely circulated on social media platforms, according to a recently filed lawsuit. Cardone, who leads Aventura-based Cardone Capital, sued Legere…

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January 17, 2024

Video: MSCI Real Asset Chief Economist Jim Costello Discusses U.S. Capital Trends

MSCI Real Asset’s Chief Economist Jim Costello joins America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss trends in the debt market, including upcoming maturities, transaction volume, and thoughts on interest rate increases or decreases. This covers topics discussed in his recent article 2024 Trends to Watch in Real Assets.

The conversation begins with a focus on the upcoming maturities in the commercial real estate market, amounting to around $1.5 trillion between the present and 2026. The discussion emphasizes the potential challenges arising from these maturities, especially considering recent interest rate increases.

The conversation then delves into the impact of interest rate hikes on property values, using examples to illustrate how even moderate increases can lead to significant value declines. They discuss the varying effects on different property types, with offices experiencing more significant declines compared to the warehouse sector.

Jim Costello highlights the issues surrounding small banks, a significant source of commercial real estate loans, and how they are becoming more cautious in their lending practices. He points out the lack of transparency in the commercial real estate sector, making it challenging to fully understand the situation.

The discussion touches on the softening deal volume in the current market, and the challenges faced by buyers and sellers due to differing expectations. The conversation also addresses the potential impact of geopolitical events, like those in Israel, on the real estate market.

As the conversation shifts to the economic outlook, Jim Costello expresses cautious optimism, pointing out positive indicators such as job growth and consumer activity. However, he remains watchful for signs of weakness, particularly in hiring and job creation.

The discussion concludes with a reflection on the opportunities for lenders in the current market, emphasizing the potential benefits of building relationships and providing loans with safer underwriting. Jim Costello suggests that loans made after a downturn often outperform in the long term.

Throughout the episode, there is a recurring theme of uncertainty in the market, driven by factors like interest rates, maturities, and geopolitical events. Jim Costello’s insights provide a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities in the US commercial real estate and debt markets.

He discusses the lending environment, the affects of the current lending environment on commercial real estate, and the various factors affecting the lending environment.

MSCI  is an American finance company headquartered in New York City. The company, also know as Morgan Stanley Capital International, is a global provider of equity, fixed income, real estate indices, multi-asset portfolio analysis tools, ESG and climate products.

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January 15, 2024

Tax Credits, Grants, & Abatements for Converting Office to Multifamily

The Discussion: Navigating the Challenges of Office to Multifamily Conversions: A Closer Look at Incentives

Introduction:
In a recent episode of “America’s Commercial Real Estate Show,” Guest Ron Gart with Seyfarth delves into the complexities and challenges of converting office properties to residential spaces. The conversation explores the current state of the commercial real estate market, particularly the struggles faced by office properties in certain markets. The focus then shifts to the incentives provided by governments, both local and federal, to encourage and support this transformation.

About Guest Ron Gart, Partner at Seyfarth:
The episode features Ron Gart, a partner at Seyfarth, a prominent law firm in the U.S., as the guest expert. Ron provides insights into the difficulties associated with office-to-residential conversions, addressing factors such as national vacancy rates, remote working trends, and distressed office loans. He emphasizes the broader impact on communities, including reduced tax income for municipalities and potential repercussions for surrounding businesses.

Government Initiatives and White House Guidelines:
Ron highlights the significant role governments play in addressing the challenges posed by distressed office properties. He specifically mentions the White House’s recent release of a “Commercial to Residential Conversion Guidebook” on October 27th. This guidebook outlines existing federal programs, totaling 21, aimed at supporting developers, owners, and lenders in converting office spaces into residential units.

Incentives and Programs:
The conversation covers various incentives provided by governments, including tax abatements, tax credits, tax increment financing, and reductions in transfer taxes. Ron emphasizes the importance of zoning changes, especially in urban areas, to permit residential use. The guidebook identifies programs such as rehabilitation tax credits, loan guarantees from the Department of Energy, and funds from the Department of Transportation for transit-oriented development projects.

Local Efforts and Grants:
Ron details the local efforts made by cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston to incentivize office-to-residential conversions. These efforts involve grants, zoning changes, and pilot programs, all aimed at fostering affordable housing and revitalizing urban areas. The guidebook also outlines a range of grants, including a $10 billion grant from HUD, to support these conversions.

Closing Thoughts and Call to Action:
In closing, Ron stresses the urgency of addressing the conversion of distressed office properties to residential spaces. He emphasizes the need for a collaborative approach involving city planners, governmental bodies, and community members. Ron encourages stakeholders to explore and leverage the available incentives to mitigate the potential negative impacts on communities, tax revenues, and surrounding businesses.

Conclusion:
The episode sheds light on the evolving landscape of commercial real estate, with a particular focus on repurposing struggling office buildings around the country (not so much so in Miami). By examining government initiatives, incentives, and the White House’s guidelines, the conversation provides valuable insights for industry professionals, developers, and community members grappling with the challenges of transforming office spaces into vibrant residential hubs.

January 15, 2024

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Whitman Family Development Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Development Within Bal Harbour Shops Property

Whitman Family Development, the family-owned company behind the creation of Bal Harbour Shops, has submitted plans for a new mixed-use development in the Village of Bal Harbour, Florida. Aimed at enhancing the 18-acre property, this project proposes the addition of attainable and market-rate residences, alongside a boutique hotel, in the commercial district.

Bal Harbour Shops Files Plans To Build Multiple Residential Towers, Workforce Housing

The owners of Bal Harbour Shops have filed plans to build an expansion that includes 600 residential units. The proposal was filed under Florida’s new Live Local Act, which allows developers to bypass certain local zoning regulations in exchange for committing to build 40% of units as workforce housing. “By adding workforce and market-rate housing catering to service and hospitality…

Whitman Family Development Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Expansion at Bal Harbour Shops

Whitman Family Development has submitted plans for a mixed-use project at its Bal Harbour Shops in Miami’s Bal Harbour village. Plans call for 600 apartment units, 40 percent of which are earmarked for workforce housing and 60 percent of which will be luxury housing. There will also be a 70-room, 20-story hotel and an additional 45,700 square feet of retail space. Bal Harbour Shops…

Whitman plans to add affordable housing to Bal Harbour Shops under new law

The owner of Bal Harbour Shops plans to move forward with a mixed-use expansion of the high-end mall, using the state’s new affordable housing legislation. Whitman Family Development filed plans with Bal Harbour to develop a 70-room hotel, 600 residential units and another 46,000 square feet of retail, according to a press release. Part of the project would be built where a Barneys…

Miami’s Unemployment Rate Remains At Record Low 1.4%

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Brickell’s Tallest-Ever Office Tower Nearing Completion (Photos)

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CREI Holdings Receives $41M Refinancing for Affordable Seniors Housing Community in Sweetwater

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CREI Holdings Secures $41 Million Loan For Affordable/Workforce Housing In West Miami-Dade County

Miami-based development firm CREI Holdings has secured a $41 million loan from Lument for the refinancing of Li’l Abner II apartments, completed in April 2023 in the city of Sweetwater. The transaction closed on December 29, 2023, and was led by Marc Suarez, a managing director at Lument. Designed by Burgos Lanza Architects and Planners, an architectural firm based in Coral Gables…

Sale Arranged of 141,246 SF Office Building at Doral Square

CBRE has arranged the sale of The Offices at Doral Square, a 141,246-square-foot office building located at 8600 NW 36th Street in Doral, a suburb of Miami. The Class A property is the office component of Doral Square, a mixed-use development that also features 150,000 square feet of shops and restaurants. A partnership comprising “several Miami families” purchased the asset…

Terra And Grass River Property Complete ‘Grove Central’ Mixed-Use Development At 2800 SW 27th Terrace In Coconut Grove

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Transit Oriented Development At Coconut Grove Metrorail Station Reaches Completion

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Key International wants to build a 42-story multifamily tower next to the historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral that’s at the foot of the Venetian Causeway in Miami. The proposal marks the latest planned redevelopment of a South Florida religious site. While some plans allow for the preservation of churches, others call for moving the congregation elsewhere. Key, led by the Ardid family…

27-Story Edgewater Tower Submitted To Urban Development Review Board

A proposal for a 27-story tower has just been revealed in a filing with Miami’s Urban Development Review Board. The tower will feature a contemporary design, a letter from the developer’s attorney said. It is planned to top off at 351 feet and include: 180 condo-hotel units (ranging from studios to 4 bedrooms) 4,768 square feet of ground floor retail 117 parking spaces on levels 1, 2…

Rentyl Resorts to Develop 44-Room Boutique Hotel in Miami Beach

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Terra, Grass River Property Complete Grove Central Mixed-Use Development in Miami

Terra and Grass River Property, two Miami-based development firms, have completed construction of Grove Central, a transit-oriented, mixed-use development in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. The property comprises a 23-story apartment tower, 1,250-space public parking garage and 170,000 square feet of retail space leased to tenants including Target and Sprouts…

Vestcor buys Naranja dev site planned for 576-unit multifamily complex

Less than a year after proposing a 576-unit apartment complex in south Miami-Dade County’s Naranja neighborhood, Vestcor scooped up the 7.7-acre site. Vestcor paid $12.5 million for the assemblage of seven lots between South Dixie Highway and the South Miami-Dade Busway, north of Southwest 280th Street in unincorporated Miami-Dade, according to records and real estate…

Tri-Rail ready to load in downtown Miami

“One more way to get people to avoid the Turnpike and I-95,” is how David Dech, director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Agency, describes this Saturday’s long-awaited arrival of Tri-Rail trains in downtown Miami. The achievement adds a fourth leaf, the one that symbolizes success and luck, to mass transit’s four-leaf downtown clover. “You’ve got Brightline, Metrorail…”

Naftali Group Chairman Miki Naftali Unveils Visionary Miami Project at The Real Deal Showcase

South Florida real estate is about to undergo a transformative shift with Naftali Group’s entry into the vibrant Miami market. In an exclusive interview with The Real Deal, Naftali Group’s Chairman and CEO Miki Naftali discussed the driving forces behind their expansion, showcased their upcoming project “Jem,” and highlighted the unique qualities that set Naftali Group apart in…

ComReal sells Doral industrial facility for $18M

ComReal sold a warehouse in Doral for $17.5 million to Aventura-based real estate investor Sebastian Guejman. An entity managed by Guejman acquired Lakes Edge Innovation Center, an 80,158-square-foot industrial facility at 9000 Northwest 15th Street, records and Vizzda show. The deal breaks down to $218 a square foot. Guejman’s entity took out a n $11 million mortgage…

Swiss developer Empira Group led by Rafael Aregger opens new North American headquarters in Miami

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Little River 12-story project seeks city waivers

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Ex-MLB player Mo Vaughn partners with Hyperion on 147-unit multifamily project in Little Haiti

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Cofe sells office and industrial complex near Medley for $39M

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Whole Foods pays $21M for its commercial space at downtown Miami’s Met3

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UHealth on track to open in Doral

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Luis de la Aguilera: Chairman links US Century Bank to small business loans

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690-Unit Dolphin Square Planned for 1556 NW 110th Street in Miami

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Tri-Rail Starting Train Service To Downtown Miami This Week (Transfer Required)

Tri-Rail has announced that it is finally launching train service into MiamiCentral later this week – but a transfer will be required to use the service. The new Downtown Miami Link is being launched as a shuttle train, with all passengers to and from MiamiCentral required to transfer at the Metrorail Transfer Station in Hialeah. Initially, there will be just six trains per day in and out of out…

Grandview sells recently built Medley warehouse for $42M

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$17.7M Sale Arranged of Days Inn Airport Hotel, Brewery in Miami

Marcus & Millichap has arranged the $17.7 million sale of a Days Inn hotel located at 7250 N.W. 11th St. in Miami. The 103-room hotel, which includes an onsite Beat Culture Brewery & Restaurant, is situated on the campus of Miami International Airport. Leo Reilly and Robert Hunter of Marcus & Millichap’s Fort Lauderdale office represented the seller, a private investor, in the…

CMC Group Lands $239 Million Construction Loan For Vita at Grove Isle Condo At 5 Grove Isle Drive in Coconut Grove

Miami-based CMC Group, led by real estate developer Ugo Colombo, has obtained a $239 million construction loan from Bank OZK to develop Vita at Grove Isle. This luxury condominium project, currently under construction at 5 Grove Isle Drive on the private island of Grove Isle, near Miami’s Coconut Grove, will consist of a seven-story building with 65 waterfront residences, each boasting…

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Ugo Colombo scores $239M construction loan for Grove Isle condos

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Treo scores $53M construction loan for 163-unit student housing project in South Miami

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BH teams up with Kolter to redevelop White House Inn site in North Miami

BH Group landed a new partner to redevelop a waterfront North Miami site approved for a boutique condominium, The Real Deal has learned. Kolter Urban, a division of Delray Beach-based Kolter, and Aventura-based BH paid $20 million for the former White House Inn property at 2305 Northeast 123rd Street, representatives for both development firms confirmed to TRD.

South Florida’s Industrial Market Slows, But Wave Of Sales Signals Investor Confidence

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Developers Secure FAA Approval For 390-Foot-Tall Structure At 401 NE 29th Street in Edgewater

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted approval for 2900 Terrace, a 38-story mixed-use development planned at 401 Northeast 29th Street in the Edgewater neighborhood of Miami. These permits, approved on January 2 and set to expire on July 2, 2025, mark a significant step forward for the project. Designed by Arquitectonica and developed by LNDMRK…

“Leave our egos at the door”: Daniel Lebensohn on BH3’s approach, 2024 headwinds

Daniel Lebensohn is familiar with navigating complex projects and market challenges. BH3 Management, the company he leads with his partner, Greg Freedman, got its start in 2009 when it began buying non-performing loans from banks. One of their first deals was with Michael Dell’s MSD Capital in Miami Beach. Lebensohn was listening in remotely while Freedman and their…

“My predecessor was arrested on corruption charges because of that property”: Miami commissioner seeks to kill controversial deal with Centners

Miami Commissioner Miguel Gabela wants to put the kibosh on the no-bid city park deal with David and Leila Centner that led to criminal charges against his predecessor, Alex Diaz de la Portilla. Gabela placed a resolution on the agenda for Thursday’s city commission meeting that would terminate the city’s licensing agreement with Perpetual Love Trust, an entity managed by the Centners…

13th Floor Investments Proposes 30-Story Mixed-Use Tower At 500 NE 3rd Avenue In Fort Lauderdale

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1000 Marina Mile Apartments Proposed for 1000 W State Road 84/Marina Mile in Fort Lauderdale

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Wurzak sues Fort Lauderdale over approval of site plan for Naftali’s 1,000-unit project

Hotel developer Jake Wurzak is suing the city of Fort Lauderdale over its approval of Naftali Group’s towers planned for the site next door to his Dalmar Hotel. Wurzak, via his 299 N. Federal Master LLC, is alleging the city commission’s Dev. 5 site plan approval of Naftali’s nearly 1,000-unit development at 201 North Federal Highway is invalid and not final. The vote allowed for two…

Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority Secures $8.75 Million Construction Loan From Synovus Bank For Transformation Of Huizenga Park

The Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has secured a $8.75 million construction loan to renovate Huizenga Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The DDA requested proposals seeking lenders to fund the Huizenga Park capital improvement project. After a thorough selection process, Synovus Bank was chosen as the best partner for financing the construction project…

Old Town Square II Planned for 2026 Completion at 217 NE 3rd Street in Pompano Beach

Our sources indicate that Pompano Beach-based Cavache Properties has secured approval for its second Old Town Square project in South Florida. Old Town Square II will comprise two buildings: one measuring 10 stories and offering 229 units, and another measuring six stories and offering 90 residences. The pair will be connected by a pedestrian bridge. Adache Group Architects is the architect…

Global Partners pays $28M for Dania Beach fuel depot

A national gas station owner and petroleum distributor made a high-octane real estate purchase in Dania Beach. An affiliate of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global Partners paid $27.9 million for Motiva Enterprises South Terminal at 1200 Southeast 28th Street, records and Vizzda show. Near Port Everglades, the 51.5-acre property includes five industrial buildings and 12 fuel containers…

140-Condo Shorecrest Proposed for 1901 North Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach

The Related Companies, in partnership with Stephen M. Ross, has proposed plans for Shorecrest, a luxury high-rise venture in West Palm Beach. The community will rest on a 1.83-acre build site. Per the South Florida Business Journal, Shorecrest will measure 26 stories, offering 140 condos, ranging from one-bedroom to four-bedroom condos. They start at $1.5 million––although…

Witkoff, Access take over troubled Banyan Cay Resort, scores $75M loan

Witkoff and Len Blavatnik’s Access Real Estate have taken over ownership of the troubled Banyan Cay Resort & Golf Club project in West Palm Beach, and landed a $75 million loan from the seller. Three entities managed by New York and Miami-Beach-based Witkoff’s co-CEOs Steve and Alex Witkoff obtained the mortgage from an affiliate of Los Angeles-based Calmwater Capital…

Steve Ross’ Related plans waterfront condo tower on Temple Israel site in West Palm

Related Companies is moving forward with plans for a luxury condo tower on the site of a waterfront temple in West Palm Beach. Related is proposing a 26-story, 140-unit building on the site of Temple Israel of West Palm Beach, at 1901 North Flagler Drive. The New York-based firm, led by billionaire founder and Chairman Steve Ross, will go before the city’s plats and permits review…

Video: KPMG Partner Roger Yang Discusses Firm’s 2023 Global CEO Outlook Survey

Roger Yang, Audit partner in KPMG’s Building, Construction and Real Estate practice, joins Michael Bull, CCIM to discuss their (KPMG’s) 9th annual CEO Outlook, which surveys CEO’s from over a dozen industry sectors. Discussions include growth outlook, generative AI, ESG, and renewed optimism for return to office. He noted that business leaders overall are confident with regard…

CRE Experts Round-Up: Top Retail Trends to Expect in 2024

In another edition of our annual tradition, we reached out to several CRE experts from around the country specializing in retail real estate across the country to provide their predictions and insights regarding what they expect to see within the retail market and upcoming trends moving into 2024. The overall expertise provided by the selected retail professionals are upbeat.

Adaptive Reuse Extends to Higher Education Real Estate Amid Online Learning Shift

The term “adaptive reuse” in real estate circles typically conjures images of repurposing old, obsolete commercial buildings. Meanwhile, academic buildings, administrative offices and other properties on college campuses rarely come to mind. But NAI has noted a growing need among higher learning institutions with vacant or underused assets, particularly as a result of growing online…

Vacancy rate for industrial real estate nationally exceeds 5% mark for first time in 12 quarters

The industrial vacancy rate for commercial real estate in the fourth quarter of 2023 surpassed the 5% mark for the first time since the third quarter of 2020, thanks to muted demand and a healthy rate of speculative construction completions, according to a report from real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. Specifically, the industrial vacancy rate ticked higher by 60 basis points (bps) to 5.2%…

Industrial Cooldown Continues: Warehouse Vacancy Nationally Rises To Highest Level Since 2020

Average warehouse vacancy rates in the U.S. rose to 5.2% in the fourth quarter of 2023 with 156M SF of new space becoming available, another sign the formerly red-hot sector has chilled from its pandemic heights. Q4 marked the second-highest quarterly construction completion on record, helping push the vacancy rate past 5% for the first time since the onset of the pandemic…

U.S. Office Vacancy Breaks All-Time Record

Office buildings across the U.S. have more empty space than ever before, breaking records set during the real estate crashes of the 1980s and ’90s. Roughly 19.6% of office space in major American metropolitan areas was vacant at the end of the year, according to new data from Moody’s Analytics. That is up from 18.8% at the end of 2022 and higher than the previous record of 19.3%…

Lawmakers propose changes to Florida’s new affordable housing law

Florida lawmakers are looking to make changes to the new affordable housing law that would clarify the state’s overriding of local zoning laws and restricting the height of new projects. Sen. Alexis Calatayud filed Senate Bill 328, and Rep. Vicki Lopez is sponsoring the sister legislation in the Florida House that would ban counties and local municipalities from restricting floor area ratio…

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January 10, 2024