A Chinese investment group paid $38.5 million for less than 1 acre at 6747 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach.

China City Construction Company Da Tang Development and Management LLC struck the eight-figure deal with the Peebles Corp. for a 0.98-acre oceanfront site approved for high-density multifamily development.

The buyer, part of China City Construction Holding Group, has New York-based operations as well as offices in Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. It operates six regional service centers in China, targeting high-profile investors looking to acquire U.S. properties.

China City Construction Co. acquired the site at 6747 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach.

China City Construction Co. acquired the site at 6747 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach.

Its new purchase sits between 67th and 69th Streets with the Deauville Beach Resort to the south and Sterling condominiums to the north.

Approved plans allow a 19-story development with 60 residential units and a 150-room condo hotel with gross building square footage of up to 93,600 square feet. The company appears to be wasting little time moving forward with plans for the site.

Dr. Shan-Jie Li, chief executive officer of American Da Tang Group

Dr. Shan-Jie Li, chief executive officer of American Da Tang Group

Information on its website shows CEO Shanjie Li and general manager Haibo Pan traveled to Miami and Atlantic City between March 31 and April 6 to scout development prospects. While in Miami, they met with real estate developers, architects and lawyers to create a land development plan, according to the site. Their meetings likely included CBRE Inc.‘s Miami-based hotel division since the real estate brokerage house announced Thursday it handled the massive sale.

CBRE executives Robert Taylor and Paul Weimer of the hotels division teamed with Gerard Yetming of the firm’s multifamily arm and Irving Padron of Engel & Volkers to represent Peebles Corp. They marketed the land as one of Miami Beach’s last vacant oceanfront properties.

“This beachfront site is ideally situated in one of the nation’s most sought-after real estate markets, a top-performing hotel market and a place where residential sales top $2,000 per square foot,” CBRE senior vice president Robert Taylor said.

Peebles chairman and CEO Donahue Peebles called the site a “prudent investment with immeasurable potential.”

“As the Peebles Corporation shifts focus to our large-scale projects in the Northeast, we will watch with great enthusiasm as China City Construction Co. brings this exciting development opportunity to life,” Peebles said.

American Da Tang Group and Borda Commercial Real Estate represented the buyers in the transaction.


Source: DBR

A retail development site in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood traded for $64 million, or $200 per square foot, to a well-known businessman.

The 7.35-acre site at the northwest corner of Northeast 17th Street and Northeast Second Ave. was previously approved as Bayview Market with 653,659 square feet of retail, a 2,047-square-foot gym/spa and 24 apartments. The seller obtained approval in 2009 but didn’t start construction.

EdgewaterMiamiBayviewMarketBDB Miami LLC and 110 Avon, a partnership between Atlanta-based BDB Realty and Redwood Capital Investments, sold the property to Rebuild Miami-Edgewater, which is headed by Richard Meruelo. The deal included $34 million of seller financing.

Meruelo was the co-founder and chairman of EVOQ Properties, which was sold in 2014 to Atlas Capital Group and Square Mile Capital Management. EVOQ was one of the largest property owners in downtown Los Angeles. He’s also part of the Cuban American Meruelo family, which has owned the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach for many years.

The deal was brokered by CBRE’s Gerard Yetming, Robert Given, Zachary Sackley, Casey Rosen, Dennis Carson and Tim Gifford.

CBRE said the site could be zoned for up to 3 million square feet of development. Edgewater has a host of new condo towers rising along Biscayne Bay.

“BDB Miami is the perfect canvas for a visionary developer,” Yetming said in a news release. “Population growth for the one-mile radius around this site is forecast at nearly 10 percent over the next five years. With this acquisition, the buyer has an opportunity to capitalize on all of the new energy associated with Miami’s most transformative commercial real estate development projects.”


Source: SFBJ

WeWork signed a lease for 40,000 square feet to open a co-working space in Miami Beach.

CBRE’s Maggie Guajardo Kurtz and Nancy Cibrano, of N Cibrano Realty, were the brokers for the landlord at 350 Lincoln Road. The 50,000-square-foot building, owned by The Wings Group, is now fully leased.

“This property’s location on the doorstep of the world-renowned Lincoln Road, along with its unique, historic features, makes it ideal for WeWork’s first Miami location,” Kurtz said in a news release.

WeWork offers flexible leases, from individual desks to small office spaces. Tenants are supported with high-speed internet and conference rooms, and also get discounts on services such as Shopify, Uber, Zipcar and legal services. It has more than 20 locations.

“The vibrancy of Miami’s small business and start up communities is the perfect match for WeWork’s unique offerings and energy,” said Mark Lapidus, director of real estate at WeWork. “We look forward to opening our doors and fueling the growth of the city’s many small businesses.”

WeWork should open in Miami Beach in the first quarter.


Source: SFBJ

Condos may get all the publicity, but industrial space in Miami is hot again, with developers competing for land and tenants.

More than 4 million square feet of space is in the development pipeline. And land prices are reaching record level, attracting as much as $1 million per acre. The investment industry now considers Miami a tier 1 city, which is attracting more institutional investors, Steve Medwin, managing director for Jones Lang LaSalle South Florida told WPC News. “REITs, the life insurance companies, private equity firms, all have raised tremendous amount of capital for real estate… they want to have a location here,” Mr. Medwin said.

Several catalysts are driving the market, including the Panama Canal expansion, which will bring Panamax-class container ships to Miami’s port in 2015, as well as the growth of the economy in Latin America.   Developers delivered almost 300,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution space in Miami during the third quarter. An additional 733,737 square feet is currently under construction, according to CBRE. Another 3.9 million square feet of space is in the development pipeline.

The largest delivery during the third quarter was Building 1 in South Florida Logistics Center, adding 171,545 square feet to the area known as Airport/Doral. The South Florida Logistics Center will eventually add 1.6 million square feet of industrial space across 200 acres next to Miami International Airport.

net-absorption-cbre-research-q3-2013The popularity for land in Doral has pushed up prices for competing investors.  “Prices went from a $1 million an acre [before the recession], down to about $400,000 an acre in the bottom of 2009 in Doral, and are now back to about $750,000 an acre — if you can find it,” Mr. Medwin said.   The year-to-date net absorption of 794,356 square feet at the end of the third quarter already surpassed the total absorption for 2012. Starboard Cruise Services signed the largest lease — 220,000 square feet at the future Flagler Station Building 34, according to CBRE.

The vacancy rate for Miami’s industrial market is down to 4.9 percent, dropping 40 basis points from the previous quarter, and down 120 points from last year. Average asking rates were up to $7.81 per square foot during the third quarter, which is $0.43 per square foot higher than last year, CBRE reports.

The recent development has led to a glut of product in certain areas, which is helping to keep down prices, Mr. Medwin says. “We are seeing is a lot of speculative construction by these big institutions who were able to buy land in the last couple of years and they are all delivering around the same time,” Mr. Medwin said. “There are a number of choices so rental rates are staying low there, they’re not shooting through the roof.”

under-construction-and-completions-cbre-research-q3-2013The demand for Miami’s industrial product should continue to increase, analysts say. “Several sizable investments sales, both institutional and private, are expected to close during Q4 2013, resulting in a boost in sales volume,” CBRE said in the report.

Although land is predominately scarce, the city still offers potential for developers and investors, analysts say.   “It’s a supply constrained market, so there’s not a lot of land around,” Mr. Medwin said. “But there’s enough to build another 10 million to 20 million square feet, which is 5 to 10 percent of the base we already have in Miami, over the next 3 to 5 or 10 years.”


Source: World Property Channel