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Miami Commercial Real Estate News June 24, 2020: Renowned NY Developer Plans MXU for Wynwood; CCIM Chief Econ on Economy, CRE; More…

Video: CCIM Chief Economist K.C. Conway on What to Expect Moving Forward for the Economy, Commercial Real Estate

In this two part video series, CCIM Chief Economist K.C. Conway, CCIM, MAI, CRE, joins the host of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss what to expect move forward. Among the discussions expectations for jobs, property values, and economic recovery timing. He notes he is particularly concerned about leisure and travel, which he notes is 10% of global GDP…

The Developer Behind Some Of Manhattan’s Biggest Projects Plans First Miami Project In Wynwood

Two New York developers have formed a joint venture to redevelop a 3-acre assemblage in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, they announced Wednesday. L&L Holding Co. and Carpe Real Estate Partners envision a mixed-use development with a Class-A office tower, indoor-outdoor retail space, a luxury residential apartment building and large public and private outdoor open spaces. The assemblage, at the northeast corner of NW…

$1 Billion Miami Soccer Stadium Project Takes Step Forward, But More Challenges Lie Ahead

Seven years into their quest to establish Major League Soccer in Miami, David Beckham and his business partners finally launched their team, Inter Miami CF, this year. But because of holdups building a stadium in Miami, the team was ready to begin play in Fort Lauderdale, 34 miles north. It was about to host its first game against the LA Galaxy in March when the…

164,432 SF Lease Renewal in Miami Negotiated for Logistics Company

Colliers International has negotiated ECU Worldwide’s 164,432-square-foot industrial lease renewal in Miami. The space at 2401 NW 69th Street has been ECU’s long-term home. The new lease is for a period of a little more than eight years and is valued at more than $10 million. ECU specializes in global multi-modal transport and warehousing services. The property is…

$4.9 Million Medley Storage Asset Sale Arranged

CBRE has completed the $4.9 million sale of A Storage Place, a 56,000-square-foot property at 7450 NW 74th Avenue in Medley, Florida. Senior Vice Presidents Tom O’Loughlin and Larry Genet and Senior Associate Jake Zebede represented both the seller and buyer, two private investors. The new owner financed the purchase with a $3.9 million acquisition loan…

164K SF Lease Signals Resiliency Of Miami Industrial Market

ECU Worldwide’s lease renewal with landlord Realterm and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management at 2401 NW 69th Street in Miami signals the resiliency of the South Florida industrial market. Colliers International Florida’s Executive Managing Director Jonathan Kingsley and Director of Industrial leasing Ryan Goggins…

Industrial Real Estate Sees Promising Future As Sector Benefits from E-Commerce During Pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic? Oil price crash? During this unprecedented time with unprecedented events, DFW industrial real estate—if you can believe it—is cruising into a promising future with even more upside potential. Coming into March, our market was as strong as ever, highlighted by “peak” rental rates, building values, occupancy, absorption, and 30 million square feet…

Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman forecasts “big V” recovery

Will the economy’s recovery from the pandemic resemble a U, V or W-shape? Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman is firmly in the V camp, according to his statements at Bloomberg Invest Global’s virtual event. “You’ll see a big V in terms of the economy going up for the next few months because it’s been closed,” he said, though he noted that the…

For future pandemics, Miami Worldcenter plans $60M health center

Dan Kodsi and Legacy Hotel & Residences To attract guests, hotels have long bragged about pools, spas and banquet space. But in the age of the coronavirus pandemic, one Miami developer is including a medical center with ventilators as part of its marketing pitch. Dan Kodsi’s Royal Palm Companies announced plans to develop a 100,000-square-foot health…

Luxury office, resi project planned for former Rubell museum in Wynwood

L&L Holding Company is expanding outside of Manhattan for the first time, partnering with Carpe Real Estate Partners in Miami to build a mixed-use project in Wynwood. The two firms are under contract to buy a 3-acre assemblage anchored by the former Rubell Family Collection property on Northwest 29th Street and First Avenue, according to Erik Rutter and…

Simon Property Group, Brookfield might bid on J.C. Penney

Two of J.C. Penney’s landlords are trying to buy their way out of trouble. Mall owners Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners are said to be considering a joint bid to buy the beleaguered department store chain, the Wall Street Journal reported. Talks were first reported last week, and at the time, brand management company Authentic Brands Group…

Here’s how much tenants pay for space at Blackstone’s massive industrial portfolio

Blackstone’s Jonathan Gray When Blackstone Group shelled out $18.7 billion last year for 179 million square feet of industrial space, it was one of the largest real estate deals in history. So it’s not surprising that when Blackstone tapped the securitized debt market to finance a large chunk of that portfolio it acquired from Singapore’s GLP, it ended up being one…

Near-zero fed interest rate offers opportunities

The near-zero fed rate can present a special opportunity to some, but it comes at a time of uncertainty, according to one local banker.  Bert Lopez, chief financial officer at US Century Bank, said the federal reserve rate is extremely important to how the bank, as well as the rest of the world, does business. The fed rate cut  is especially impactful on short-term rates…

Florida Grand Opera shares home with aviation company

Florida Grand Opera’s search for a new headquarters has been temporary stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. The opera sold its 35,000-square-foot Doral Center building at 8390 NW 25th Street for $7 million back in October 2019, according to Cushman & Wakefield real estate services, which represented the opera company in the sale. The opera…

Three-judge panel weighs Coconut Grove Playhouse future

A panel of three judges from the Appellate Division of the 11th Circuit Court will determine the fate of the Coconut Grove Playhouse, which is considered one of the Miami-Dade’s historic landmarks. At a June 16 hearing held through Zoom, the three-judge panel consisting of Lisa Walsh, Daryl Trawick and Angelica Zayas heard oral arguments about…

Property values, Covid-19 cut vast hole in Miami Beach budget

The City of Miami Beach has held its first budget meeting for the next fiscal year and the financial outlook is dismal – and not just because of Covid-19. Nearly all commissioners and the mayor participated in the meeting last week, in which Chief Financial Officer John Woodruff walked the elected officials through the outlook for the 2021 fiscal year. While the impact…

Main Street Lending Program downsizes targets

Recent changes to the Main Street Lending Program will make the Federal Reserve-backed loans more appealing to small and mid-sized businesses that were relatively stable before the pandemic took its toll, local experts say. The Fed announced June 8 that the Main Street Lending Program would cover loans as low as $250,000 (down from $500,000) and extend the…

Presidential election may turn spotlight back to Opportunity Zones

November’s presidential election may turn the spotlight back on the Opportunity Zone program, which has faded from view after the initial rush to invest capital into properties and projects ahead of a key deadline late last year. And Steve Glickman, the former Obama administration adviser who helped map out the federal tax break program, thinks…

Alex Karakhanian sells Wynwood property for $17M

Developer Alex Karakhanian sold a Wynwood building leased to Revlon and Scripps Network for $17 million. Karakhanian’s 3704 NE 2nd Ave LLC, a 90.1 percent owner, and Chaim Cahane’s FCM 48 NW 25 LLC, a 9.9 percent owner, sold the 20,730-square-foot office and retail building at 48 Northwest 25th Street in Miami. Property records show the buyer is 3 CI…

Rent Control in Florida? Exploring the Issue

Rent control is one mechanism proposed to address affordable housing issues. Here are some pros, cons, and compromises Long before COVID-19, countries around the world were facing a common crisis: affordable housing. The post Rent Control in Florida? Exploring the Issue appeared first on Commercial Real Estate South Florida….

Church near Flagler Village to be redeveloped into mixed-use project

A Miami developer bought the Fourth Avenue Church of God near Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village, with plans for a mixed-use project that will have a food hall. Eduardo Pelaez’s Wellmeaning Investments acquired the 1.2-acre site at 1219 and 1239 Northeast Fourth Avenue for $2.4 million. The property includes a 6,721-square-foot building and a 12,508-square-foot…

Foundry Commercial scores construction loan on Hialeah Gardens industrial complex

Foundry Commercial scored a $26.3 million construction loan to build two industrial warehouses in Hialeah Gardens. Wells Fargo provided the debt for the development at Northwest 146th Street and Northwest 107th Avenue. Orlando-based Foundry recently secured approval from Miami-Dade County for the project. The warehouses will be 164,567 square feet…

By the numbers: Viral and volatile times for business

Businesses and individuals are taking stock of their losses stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, as reopenings begin in major cities across the country. The full impact has yet to be seen, as office buildings, stores and hotels open back up at reduced capacities and people slowly adjust to new routines. But for the first time since the pandemic hit, the U.S reported…

Care Resource buys Little Havana office building

Miranda Health care nonprofit Care Resource paid $5.4 million for an office building in Little Havana, as the neighborhood continues to attract medical providers. Mohammad Siddiq Khan and Ghazala Bilqees sold the 32,408-square-foot building at 1800 Southwest First Street to Care Resource Community Health Centers, property records show. The four-story…

Unemployment filings stabilize — but at record highs

Another 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, about one-third fewer than the week prior. The number suggests that the rate of job loss in America has stabilized, even though businesses continue to hemorrhage employees at unprecedented levels. The Department of Labor’s unemployment report for the week ending June 13 showed 20.5…

The breakdown: Inside Virgin Hotels’ $330M vision for South Beach and how it vanished

Virgin Hotels had been looking for the right redevelopment opportunity in South Beach for years, and appeared to have found it a few months ago in HFZ Capital Group’s Shore Club. An offshoot of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, Virgin Hotels created a proposal to purchase the 309-key beachfront hotel for $235 million, The Real Deal has learned. It put together a…

Half of deadbeat chains start paying rent again

As retailers reopen for business, their landlords can take a breath of fresh air. Their tenants are starting to pay rent. At this time last month, 18 major retail chains had not paid May rent in any of their locations. This month, only nine out of the 127 retailers in a mid-month Datex report were total deadbeats. H&M made one of the largest…

Miami Developer Harvey Hernandez’s firm alleges RealPage stole trade secrets, poached employees

Fresh off of a settlement with Airbnb, Miami real estate developer Harvey Hernandez’s NGD Homesharing is suing RealPage, alleging the popular property management software company stole trade secrets and employees from Hernandez’s firm. NGD Homesharing is suing RealPage, an affiliate and three of Hernandez’s employees for allegedly misappropriating…

Taubman claims Simon scuttled $3.6 billion merger due to buyer’s remorse

Simon Property Group called off its $3.6 billion merger with Taubman Centers due to a classic case of buyer’s remorse, the spurned seller claims. Taubman submitted a new legal filing in the mall landlords’ court battle that claims the larger rival Simon tried to renegotiate the terms of their deal once the coronavirus pandemic hit, Bloomberg reported. Simon had…

Brian Kingston on Brookfield’s long game

It’s been an especially busy few months for Canadian investment giant Brookfield, which is upping its bets on everything from struggling chain stores to distressed real estate. Brian Kingston, CEO of Brookfield Property Partners, spoke to The Real Deal in June about the company’s rent negotiations with mall tenants, its plans to launch a $5 billion retail…

US hotel occupancy surpasses 40%. And prices are rising

National hotel occupancy crept back up above the 40 percent mark last week as leisure travelers continued to head to tourism spots in states that are reopening. Occupancy hit 41.7 percent for the week ending June 13, according to STR. With more people staying in hotels in these tourist destinations, operators are beginning to feel confident they can start…

Crescent Heights hits a snag with plan to develop high-rise Edgewater project

A city of Miami board narrowly rejected Crescent Heights’ application to close 10-foot-wide alleyways for a future 3-acre development site in Edgewater. Though rejected by the city’s Planning Zoning & Appeals Board during a virtual meeting held Wednesday evening, the decision to close the alleyways will ultimately be up to the Miami City Commission. The…

HTG scores financing for Hollywood affordable housing project

Housing Trust Group secured the financing for an affordable housing development in Hollywood. HTG also broke ground on Hudson Village, an eight-story, 96-unit project planned for 901 South Federal Highway. It will have both affordable and workforce housing apartments. HTG expects to complete the building by August 2021. The Miami-based developer…

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