Any lingering uncertainty about the survival of retail has waned, and, today, we seem to be in one of the stronger landlord markets in recent memory. What drove this radical shift from fear and hesitation to boundless market optimism?
Israel’s Mishorim Development Group is preparing to develop a mixed-use project after closing on the purchase of a parking garage.
Mishorim paid $18,250,000 for the Suntrust Annex garage. Crocker Partners was the seller. Real estate broker Shai Ben Ami represented Mishorim in the transaction. Mishorim, has holdings in Israel, the U.S. and Canada, and is led by CEO Gil Blutrich.
According to Ben Ami, Mishorim has retained the services of Kobi Karp to design a mixed-use project for the site. It will include hotel, residential, and “great retail.” The 247,000-square-foot garage, located at 255 Northeast First Street, is situated on a 37,500-square foot lot.
The property is across from the Yotel development site, and a block and a half away from the Waldorf Astoria development site. Buildable square footage for the Mishorim site totals 1.35 million square feet, which includes zoning for 860 residential units.
Blutrich and Ben Ami also own the 4,350-square-foot retail space at the 37-story Centro tower nearby. They secured two leases for that space five months after purchasing it at $75.00 per square foot, which is believed to be among the highest retail rents for Downtown Miami.
Source: The Next Miami
NP International obtained a $95 million construction loan for its Paseo de la Riviera mixed-use project across the street from the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
Starwood Property Mortgage, as the administrative agent for a group of lenders, assumed the $16.5 million loan originally granted last year by TotalBank and boosted it to $95 million. The borrower is 1350 S. Dixie LLC, an affiliate of NP International led by President Brent Reynolds. The general contractor is Balfour Beatty.
“Paseo de la Riviera will break ground before the end of 2017 and will take two years to complete,” Reynolds said. “Getting the construction loan is a big milestone. We’re pleased to have a great partner like Starwood.”
NP International has yet to announce a hotel brand for the project or select a leasing manager for the commercial space.
The company acquired the 2.7-acre site at 1350 S. Dixie Highway for $44 million in 2016. The 55-year-old Holiday Inn there is being demolished to make way for Paseo de la Riviera.
The project would have 240 hotel rooms, 200 apartments, 4,380 square feet of restaurants, 20,000 square feet of retail, and a parking deck.
“The hotel will have 10 stories, and the apartment building will rise six stories on top of the parking deck,” Reynolds said. “There will be separate pools for apartment residents and hotel guests. The hotel will have a conference room to serve the community, but not full banquet facilities. There really hasn’t been a new or upgraded facilities in quite some time, so to have an upgraded, modern lifestyle brand that serves not only the community and the university, but also the businesses, in the area is a win-win. There will be a paseo for pedestrians to walk between two the buildings, passing from U.S. 1 to a public park. The paseo would draw the community into the project’s open space and encourage both the apartment residents and hotel guests to go downstairs and congregate. It’s almost like an urban living room.”
Developers of two major projects submitted proposals to a city of Miami board, including plans for a hotel in the Arts & Entertainment District and for a mixed-use tower in downtown Miami.
Behar Font & Partners submitted plans for the Sterling, a proposed 73-story tower at 555 North Miami Avenue called the Sterling. Property records show Dania Beach-based Miami 6th Street LLC, an affiliate of the Turkish Okan Group, owns the 36,000-square-foot development site.
Plans call for 362 residential units, a 300-unit key hotel, 55,400 square feet of office space, and retail space.
The Istanbul developer paid $18.1 million for the parking lot near the historic Central Baptist Church in March. At the time, a broker involved in the sale said the site was zoned for a 1,000-foot building with as much as 1.3 million square feet of space for retail stores, offices, hotel rooms and condos.
One Miami Biscayne Bay and Arts District Hotel, a company controlled by Vinay Rama, submitted plans for 42-story, 270-key hotel on the corner lot at 511 Northeast 15th Street in Miami’s A&E District.
Rama heads Miami-based Mandala Holdings, a hospitality investment platform. His firm paid $8 million for the development site north of downtown Miami. The plans, designed by Shulman + Associates, include meeting space, a lobby with retail space, office space for the hotel management, a pool deck and fitness center. The proposal also calls the project Marriott Miami.
Both developments will go before the Miami Urban Development Review Board.
Source: The Real Deal
Year-end surges in the office, industrial and retail sectors foreshadow robust economic growth across South Florida for 2017, commercial real estate experts say.
A lack of new supply pushed office rents higher, particularly in the downtown corridors, and the optimism displayed by businesses looking to expand is prompting developers to strongly consider shovels in the ground after a decade of inactivity.
West City Partners has proposed a 500,000-square-foot office building in downtown Fort Lauderdale, although the project isn’t expected to break ground until an anchor tenant commits.
The Stiles real estate firm is in talks with Broward College for a ground lease at the two-building site on Las Olas Boulevard. Stiles would tear down the buildings and replace them with a 350,000-square-foot office tower, said Doug Eagon, the developer’s vice chairman.
“It is time to introduce the next generation of office space into the downtown market,” Eagon said.
Last year, Stiles paid $13.1 million for the Bank of America building next to Broward College.
“The firm is considering its options, with retail and residential likely,” Eagon said.
Meanwhile, demand is soaring for warehouse and distribution space as e-commerce suppliers struggle to keep up with online retail sales, according to a report from the Colliers International real estate firm.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, Broward’s industrial vacancy rate plummetted to 4.4 percent from 6.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, the Colliers data show. Palm Beach County’s vacancy dropped to a nine-year low of 4.2 percent.
Boca Raton and Jupiter had the county’s two lowest industrial vacancy rates, at 1.2 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Those two markets also had the two highest rents — $14.53 a square foot in Boca Raton and $11.43 a square foot in Jupiter.
“Palm Beach County has more than 422,000 square feet of industrial space under construction, the majority of it at McCraney Property Co.’s Turpike Business Park adjacent to Florida’s Turnpike at Belvedere Road,” Colliers said.
In Broward, Butters Construction and Development and Bristol Group Inc. are planning a 925,000-square-foot business park at the site of the former Deerfield Country Club off Interstate 95 and Hillsboro Boulevard.
Tom Capocefalo, senior managing director for the Savills Studley commercial real estate brokerage in Miami, said the tri-county region is geographically positioned to easily ship goods domestically or internationally to the end users.
“We’re finding that the South Florida marketplace is one of the top-tier distribution markets in the country,” Capocefalo said. “It’s incredible, the pace of it.”
“Industial developers are moving north into Palm Beach County because the county has more available property than either Broward or Miami-Dade,” said Ken Krasnow, executive managing director for Colliers in South Florida, said
“Land is a scarcity,” Krasnow said. “We’re not making any more of it.”
“Palm Beach County also had a banner year in retail, with more than 1 million square feet of space leased – the highest level since 2006 and nearly double the 515,050 of 2015,” Colliers said.
Broward totaled 1.4 million square feet in new retail leases, its best showing in a decade. The first phase of Dania Pointe, an $800 million shopping and entertainment center, is expected to open this year just east of Interstate 95 at Stirling and Bryan roads in Dania Beach.
Colliers said small blocks of space in the 2,000-square-foot range are most in demand as Broward tenants seek to control costs in an era of rising rents and the growth of e-commerce. With smaller spaces more in vogue, the challenge for retail landlords this year will be to find tenants for the available “big box” spaces across the region, market observers say.
Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy and went out of business, closing 13 stores across South Florida and auctioning 10 others. In January, Macy’s said it would close stores nationwide, including one at CityPlace in West Palm Beach.
“Landlords will first try to find a tenant to take the space in its current configuration,” said Peter Reed, managing principal at Commercial Florida Realty Services in Boca Raton. “When those efforts are exhausted, they’ll have to ask themselves, ‘How do I repurpose this?’ In some cases, they’ll be able to multi-tenant it, but in other cases the best thing may be to scrape it and do something different.”
A new urban living complex is slated for once-gritty Wynwood.
East End Capital has filed plans with the City of Miami for Wynwood 25, a mixed-use development that would feature 289 rental apartments, collaborative work spaces, bike storage, dog-washing facilties and a rooftop pool terrace, plus retail space, according to a release. The 400,000-square-foot project is located between NW 24th and 25th Streets immediately west of Northwest Second Avenue.
The apartments — mostly studios and one bedrooms — are designed to appeal to cost-sensitive millennials. About 80 percent are expected to rent for less than $2,000 per month, according to the developer. The project was designed by Miami architect Kobi Karp to reflect the neighborhood’s industrial history. A pedestrian walk between 24th and 25th streets will include interactive art.
The project includes 340 parking spaces in the parking-challenged neighborhood.
“Wynwood is known for its cutting-edge art, world-class restaurants, creative office and hip retailers,” said Jonathon Yormak, managing principal of East End Capital, via a release. “Wynwood 25 marks the neighborhood’s next phase — an architecturally significant building that brings reasonably priced rental housing to people who appreciate Wynwood’s unique character and want to be a part of the community.”
Plans now must go before the Wynwood Design Review Board and the City of Miami’s Urban Design Review Board. East End hopes to break ground in the first quarter of 2017.
Source: Miami Herald
Developer PMG received approval today from the FAA to build a 1,049-foot tower at 300 Biscayne Boulevard, and they fully intend to build to that height.
PMG principal Ryan Shear told TNM that the developer “has full intention to use every foot.” The tower would be the tallest in Miami.
The approved height is 1,041 feet above ground, or 1,049 feet above sea level. At that height, it will be taller than the 93-story Empire World Towers project that was once proposed for the same site.
Details of the project haven’t yet been revealed, but it is expected to include about 500 luxury condos.
Source: The Next Miami
An Argentine developer, who is not named, is planned on building a thirty story mixed-use apartment tower at 1700 Northeast 164th Street in North Miami Beach, currently a parking lot.The site is further west than most new development in the area, which are concentrated along the Biscayne Boulevard corridor, but is a few blocks east of the old 163rd Street Mall and its Walmart Supercenter, and will be one of the tallest buildings in the area.
Source: Curbed Miami
The majority of new condo buyers in Miami have been looking to capitalize on their investments by flipping the units or renting them out, according to research by CraneSpotters.com.
Looking at the four largest condo towers completed in greater downtown Miami since construction resumed in 2011, anywhere from 45 percent to 96 percent of the units sold by the developers in each building were placed back on the market or put up for rent. That indicates a high level of investor ownership in those buildings, and also raises some questions.
With more than 18,100 condo units either under construction, planned with approvals or proposed in greater downtown Miami, according to CraneSpotters.com, is there enough rental demand at higher price points to support that many new units? And how will they be impacted by the nearly 7,800 apartments in the development pipeline?
The recently completed condo towers in Miami sold in the mid-$400s per square foot, but the average price per square foot for new projects is more than double that now, CraneSpotters.com principal Peter Zalewski said. When the sales prices climb, so must rents. Are there enough high-earning renters in Miami to fill those units?
“We strongly believe that when Brickell CityCentre opens and people will be able to walk to a shopping mall with a Saks Fifth Avenue, 11 cinemas and 500,000 square feet of retail, Brickell condos will raise in value and so will rents,” said Carlos Rosso, head of the Related Group’s condominium division. “Twenty-four-hour urban living close to the workplaces is and will continue to be in high demand.”
Here’s a look at how the four largest recently completed condo projects in Miami have performed:
NINE AT MARY BRICKELL VILLAGE
Units sold/price per square foot: 300 for $501
Active MLS listings/price per square foot: 17 for $469
Units resold: 0
Asking rentals/price per square foot: 95 for $2.78
Closed rentals/price per square foot: 23 for $2.47
1100 MILLECENTO RESIDENCES
Units sold/price per square foot: 376 for $435
Active MLS listings/price per square foot: 99 for $403
Units resold: 1
Asking rentals/price per square foot: 67 for $2.59
Closed rentals/price per square foot: 120 for $2.25
Units sold/price per square foot: 374 for $504
Active MLS listings/price per square foot: 91 for $627
Units resold: 7
Asking rentals/price per square foot: 64 for $3.63
Closed rentals/price per square foot: 77 for $3.24
Units sold/price per square foot: 192 for $360
Active MLS listings/price per square foot: 31 for $379
Units resold: 8
Asking rentals/price per square foot: 19 for $2.67
Closed rentals/price per square foot: 126 for $2.01
It looks like some of these condo towers are more like apartment buildings. Projects in other South Florida cities have behaved quite differently. For instance, in Broward County’s largest newly completed condo tower:
BEACHWALK – HALLANDALE BEACH
Units sold/price per square foot: 289 for $448
Active MLS listing/price per square foot: 49 for $532
Units resold: 1
Asking rentals/price per square foot: 6 for $2.97
Closed rentals: 0
There’s a fair amount of resale activity, but not many rentals. However, Beachwalk has a rental pool system managed by the hotel management that doesn’t show up on MLS, so many unit owner participate in that. CraneSpotters.com also looked at the largest recently completed condominium in Palm Beach County, Bay Colony Juno Beach, and found only two of its 121 units on the rental market, although it had 23 resales.
For more on the South Florida condo market, see this week’s feature story with comments from the region’s leading condo experts. Most of them agree that sales are slowing.
An affiliate of Codina Partners obtained two big loans from Regions Bank to build its 2020 Salzedo mixed-use project in Coral Gables.
The bank (NYSE: RF) made a $53.54 million mortgage to Codina CG for the residential portion and a $15.35 million loan to Salzedo Office for the office portion. The site covers 1.6 acres at 2020 Salzedo Street.
Codina assembled the property with purchases of $5.2 million in 2010 and $977,500 in 2013 and then paid the owners of historical properties to transfer development rights to the property.
The project will have 213 apartments in 16 stories, 46,000 square feet of office in four stories, 5,000 square feet of retail and 559 parking spaces. The parking garage will have a rooftop amenity deck with a pool.
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