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Foreign investment in the U.S. may have slowed down during the coronavirus pandemic, but it didn’t disappear, and it’s been growing since international travel picked up, Miami real estate experts say.
While COVID may be a catalyst, core reasons for businesses coming to South Florida remain solid: access, taxes and lifestyle. CLICK ON THE HEADLINE FOR MORE
Moishe Mana and the Mana Group plan a large-scale tech center, anchored by Flagler Street, for downtown Miami, representatives just told the Downtown Development Authority.
“Mana Tech will bring tech and venture capital companies into the city’s core very much at the direction of Moishe Mana,” said Paul Lambert, managing principal of Lambert Advisory. “Flagler Street will be the center, and he plans to re-do the entire block.”
The area, bounded on the east and west by Southeast First and Southwest First avenues and on the north and south by Northwest Second and Southwest Second streets, will contain 11 buildings, most of which already exist and will be renovated.
“A pocket park will be adjacent to one building,” Mr. Lambert said.
The Mana Group, already a presence in Wynwood, began acquiring downtown buildings in 2014; it has been reported that Moishe Mana owns about 45 buildings near Flagler Street now.
“Permits will be pulled shortly to begin renovations, with the earliest of the buildings to be ready in the first quarter of 2021,” Mr. Lambert said.
“There is tech in Miami, but it is isolated, and it’s not working as one,” said Uri Adoni, Mana Tech managing director. “We want this whole area to be about tech, and not just local tech. We want to import start-ups, possibly from South America. Start-ups need services, and that’s what we will supply. Usually, these companies would be based in New York City, but Miami can be a target.”
“This really has the power to be transformative, based on the sheer assets and resources you’re deploying,” said authority board member Philippe Houdard, founding principal of Pipeline Workspaces and Skybank Financial. He asked whether the group has any firm commitments from potential tenants.
“We want a mix of tenants; it can be relatively young start-ups with 50 to 100 employees,” Mr. Adoni said. “We’ve also had initial talks with large corporate tenants, but I can’t say it’s mature yet. Give us any leads you have and we’ll filter them.”
“Flagler is the spine and nervous system of downtown,” said Ken Russell, authority chair and Miami commissioner. “We’re setting the table” with the renovation of Flagler Street itself, which is to resume after the February Super Bowl. That project has been driven by the authority and is being funded by the city, the county, the authority and property owners.
“We want to help you recruit,” he told Mr. Adoni. “And we have a bank account that’s meant to do just that.”
Source: Miami Today
In the future, potential renters may visit available units, apply for leases and execute paperwork without ever seeing a human being.
That’s what PropTech investor John Helm is banking on. Helm is the managing director for Real Estate Technology Ventures (RET Ventures), an industry-backed early stage investor fund. He made his prediction of human-free leasing during a recent panel at the Urban Land Institute Miami fall symposium.
“Cutting leasing staff can significantly trim expenses for an apartment building,” said Helm. “But the savings won’t come from a single app. We tend to follow things and invest in companies that compliment one another.”
His team is investing in artificial intelligence companies that digitize the screening of a would-be renter online and allow that renter to schedule an appointment to tour the unit. RET Ventures is also investing in lock-and-entry technology using facial recognition software to give access to a person to tour an apartment.
“The ability to tour a home solo also correlates with higher closing rates,” said Helm. “Data shows that renters who tour units without human leasing agents are more likely to close.”
Panelist Tigre Wenrich, CEO of Lab Ventures Miami, is focusing on a different real estate sector: construction. Lab Ventures is investing in apps that monitor construction workers to simplify payroll and track progress. In addition, it has invested in Licify, a marketplace for the Latin American commercial construction industry.
LAB Miami Ventures is also investing in a 3D visualization product that will allow a prospective customer to see how an office or residential space might look when customized to the client’s wishes.
Source: Miami Herald
OKO Group, the US-based development company founded by international real estate and hotel magnate Vladislav Doronin, and Cain International, a privately held real estate investment firm, have revealed plans for 830 Brickell, the first new office tower to launch in Miami in nearly a decade.
The soaring 57-story, 724-foot-tall skyscraper designed by one of the world’s leading architecture firms will introduce a premium commercial offering to the city’s booming financial district and will reinvent the workplace lifestyle for the highest-caliber of global workforce. Cushman & Wakefield’s leasing team is launching the marketing of the building to prospects now, ahead of 830 Brickell’s completion in 2022.
At the core of 830 Brickell’s innovative approach to office space is its stunning design by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), the internationally acclaimed firm responsible for the world’s tallest buildings, including the Burj Khalifa, Jeddah Tower and the tallest residential building in the U.S., New York’s Central Park Tower.
The tower will feature spectacular only-in-Miami panoramic ocean and city views, floor-to-ceiling windows, column-free spans, state-of-the-art digital infrastructure with Wired certification and a LEED Silver certification due to its progressive environmentally efficient design. It will be Miami’s most contemporary office tower, befitting the city’s growth into an international capital of business.
Set within the urban destination of Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, 830 Brickell is at the center of the city’s most exciting cultural, culinary and retail experiences. Tenants will have direct, walkable access to Brickell City Center, Mary Brickell Village, Downtown Miami offering a suite of upscale hotels and restaurants. Known as the city’s financial district and the Wall Street of Latin America, Brickell is a rapidly transforming neighborhood for residents, tourists and businesspeople alike. The location is also convenient to Miami International Airport as well as the Port of Miami.
830 Brickell will also be differentiated by its unprecedented lifestyle offerings for a commercial tower, which will promote out-of-the-box collaboration, work-life balance and wellness. Aimed at attracting the world’s largest companies and progressive visionaries, the project touts an elite roster of first-rate amenities – including an upscale rooftop restaurant and bar on the 56th and 57th floors, a 30th floor sky lobby with a nearly 2,500-square-foot health and wellness center and first-class conference facility, a 14th floor outdoor terrace designed by Enea Landscape Architecture, valet parking and electric vehicle charging stations, cafés and shopping.
Offering white-glove customer service, the tower also boasts a forward-thinking culture of seamlessness, highlighted by a 24-hour concierge responsible for event planning and coordination, booking restaurant reservations, sending out dry cleaning, organizing deliveries and more. Additional services will include bicycle storage, a shoe shining stations and much more.
This project is innovative through its use of programming outdoor spaces that serve as amenities for the tenants, both at the podium level and at the skyline level. The rooftop restaurant and bar are outstanding amenities, affording sweeping views of downtown that will energize the building at night. Additional roof terraces will allow tenants to enjoy the Miami weather without being on the street level. The 30th floor sky lobby with café and fitness center offers more advantageous views to all tenants.
This commercial tower will set the new gold standard in Miami and will be the catalyst for additional high-end development in the area. The design of 830 Brickell was influenced and inspired by the world-class-quality of art infused in the city since the introduction of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair in 2002. AS+GG’s aim was to elevate the architectural expression of the building to the level of museum-quality art.
Source: The Real Deal
Whereas some scientific fashions predict sufficient polar ice soften to convey no less than 10 ft of sea stage rise to South Florida by 2100, only a modest 12 inches would make 15% of Miami uninhabitable, and far of that beachside property is amongst America’s most beneficial.
Even now, as extra frequent “king tides” bubble up via Florida’s porous limestone, pushing fish via sewers and onto streets, residents are changing into extra conscious that their metropolis is constructed on the rippling cabinets, ridges and canyons of a fossil seabed.
“Water is just going again to the identical locations it flowed ages in the past,” says Sam Purkis, Chair of the College of Miami’s Geosciences Division. “The irony is what occurred 125,000 years in the past goes to dictate what occurs to your own home now.”
The fickle undulations between metropolis blocks might imply the distinction between survival and retreat, and the rising price of altitude is sparking a noticeable shift in neighborhood activism and municipal budgets.
Miami Seaside is spending hundreds of thousands elevating roads, upgrading pumps and altering constructing codes to permit residents to lift their mansions by 5 ft. However in working-class, immigrant neighborhoods like Little Haiti, year-to-year sea stage rise will get misplaced within the day-to-day wrestle, and most had no concept that they dwell a lofty three ft increased than the rich of us on Miami Seaside.
They came upon when builders began calling, from all over the place.
“They have been calling from China, from Venezuela. Coming right here with circumstances of cash!” says Marleine Bastien, a neighborhood organizer and longtime resident. “We used to assume that the attract of Little Haiti was the truth that it is near downtown, near each airports and near the seashore. Unbeknownst to us, it is as a result of we are positioned at the next altitude.”
Mentioning a row of vacant outlets, she ticks off the names of a dozen small enterprise homeowners she says have been compelled out by rising rents, and lists others who she says unwittingly took lowball presents with no understanding of Miami’s housing disaster.
“In case you promote your private home in Little Haiti, you assume that you simply’re making a giant deal, and it is solely after you promote, and then you definately understand, ‘Oh, I can’t purchase anyplace else.’”
After her neighborhood middle and day faculty have been priced out of three totally different buildings, she caught wind of plans to construct the sprawling $1 billion Magic Metropolis growth on the sting of Little Haiti, that includes a promenade, high-end retail shops, high rise residences and imagined by a consortium of native buyers, together with the founding father of Cirque du Soleil.
Magic Metropolis builders insist that they picked the location based mostly on location, not elevation. They promised to protect the soul of Little Haiti and provides $31 million to the neighborhood for inexpensive housing and different applications, but it surely wasn’t sufficient for Bastien.
“This can be a plan to really erase Little Haiti,” Bastien says. “As a result of that is the one place the place immigration and local weather gentrification collide.”
She fought the event with all of the protesters and hand-lettered indicators she might muster, however after a debate that went till 1 a.m., commissioners authorised the allow with a Three-Zero vote on the finish of June.
“The world we took was all industrial,” says Max Sklar, VP with Plaza Fairness Companions and a member of the event staff. “There was no actual thriving financial system round these warehouses or vacant land. And so our objective is to create that financial system. Can we appease all people? Not 100%, that is not possible. It is not sensible. However we have listened to them.”
He repeats a promise to ship $6 million to a Little Haiti neighborhood belief earlier than ground is even damaged and, as an indication that he listened to no less than one demand, acknowledges that the advanced will now be known as Magic Metropolis Little Haiti.
However whereas Bastien mourns the defeat, her neighbor and fellow organizer Leonie Hermantin welcomes the funding and hopes for the perfect.
“Even when Magic Metropolis didn’t come immediately, the tempo of gentrification is so speedy that our folks won’t be able to afford houses right here anyhow,” Bastien says with a resigned head shake. “Magic Metropolis is just not the federal government. Reasonably priced housing insurance policies have to return from the federal government.”
“Local weather gentrification is one thing that we are very intently monitoring,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez tells me. “However we have not seen any direct proof of it but.”
Suarez is the uncommon Republican who passionately argues for local weather mitigation plans and helped champion the $400 million Miami Perpetually bond, authorised by voters to fund motion to guard the town from the ravages of upper seas and stronger storms.
“We really created in our first tranche of Miami Perpetually, a sustainability fund for folks to renovate their houses in order that they’ll keep of their properties somewhat than having to promote their properties,” Suarez says.
However that fund is a comparatively small $15 million, not sufficient to dent a housing disaster that grows with every warmth wave and hurricane, in a metropolis the place over 1 / 4 of residents dwell under the poverty stage.
Philip Alston, the UN Particular Rapporteur on excessive poverty and human rights, mentioned there was already proof of how the local weather disaster impacts the wealthy and poor in a different way. And he identified that these harm most have been seemingly these least accountable.
“Perversely, whereas folks in poverty are accountable for only a fraction of world emissions, they’ll bear the brunt of local weather change, and have the least capability to guard themselves,” Alston wrote final month.
Source: Nosy Media
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