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CRE Company Plans $23M Redevelopment Of Aventura Shopping Center

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Regency Centers is investing $23 million in the redevelopment of three retail buildings totaling more than 28,000 square feet.

Located in Northeast Miami’s highly affluent Aventura suburb, Avenida Biscayne, a ground-up redevelopment, emphasizes an outdoor-oriented dining experience with large canopies situated adjacent to the restaurant locations.

Slated to open in 2025, the shopping center, located on a prime corner in a regional shopping trade area, will offer great visibility, ease of access and ample parking for the restaurants and upscale retailers and service providers.


Source:  SFBJ

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Lights Now On Five-Park, Miami Beach’s New Tallest Building


The lights have now been turned on at South Beach’s new Five Park tower.

The 48-story tower broke ground in 2021 at the entrance to South Beach. It is said to be taller than any other building in the city of Miami Beach, at 519 feet. When complete, it will include 280 luxury residential units.

The tower was designed by Arquitectonica. Terra and GFO Investments are the developers.



Source:  The Next Miami

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One Of Wynwood’s Biggest Apartment Buildings Now Open

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Get ready for hundreds more residents in Wynwood.

AMLI Wynwood, a property with 316 luxury apartments, is now open, according to the AMLI Residential blog.

Units are available now, the property website shows.

A cross-block pedestrian passage is also now open, the blog post said.

The project also includes 388 parking spaces, and is among the largest to break ground in Wynwood.


Source:  The Next Miami

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Neology Development’s ‘The Julia’ Residences In Allapattah Receives TCO

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The Julia Residences, a $100 million, 14-story residential tower developed by Neology Life Development Group, announced the receipt of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) for its 323 upscale one- and two-bedroom apartments in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood.

Residents of The Julia will enjoy an array of amenities, including its signature ninth-floor “Sunset Sky Lounge” with a resort-style pool deck, shaded gardens, cabanas, an indoor/outdoor club lounge, a wellness center, and a starlight dining terrace. The property also features private co-working areas, a dog spa, a children’s play area, high-speed fiber optics, and 13,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

“We are excited to announce The Julia Residences has received TCO,” said Lissette Calderon, Founder and CEO of Neology Life Development Group. “This milestone marks the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to creating a distinctive living experience that embodies the spirit and energy of Miami and it’s founder Julia Tuttle. The Julia Residences is a tribute to the significant role women have played in shaping Miami.”

Despite its scale and complexity, The Julia Residences was completed expeditiously, showcasing Neology’s commitment to delivering high-quality developments efficiently. This achievement underscores the company’s dedication to providing attainable luxury living while meeting Miami’s evolving housing needs within a dynamic urban landscape.

“We are very excited to be leading the residential transformation of Allapattah – helping meet the demand for housing while being able to deliver quality and access to professionals that want to live, work, and play within close proximity to the health district, downtown Miami and so many great Miami venues,” added Calderon. “Our three developments in the heart of Allapattah perfectly embody this vision.”

Located at 1625 NW 20th Street, just blocks west of the main entrance to Jackson Memorial Hospital and the new Transplant Institute, The Julia is positioned in the heart of Allapattah, a historic neighborhood bordering Wynwood and home to elite cultural institutions such as the Rubell Museum and Superblue. Allapattah has rapidly emerged as one of Miami’s most coveted neighborhoods, with a burgeoning scene of new businesses, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Inspired by Miami’s original real estate visionary, American businesswoman Julia Tuttle, The Julia embraces a “tropics-meets-metropolis” aesthetic, combining elements of Art Deco with 1950s-style glam.  The pet-friendly property features floor-to-ceiling windows, 9-12 foot ceilings, walk-in closets, and balconies in every unit. Each apartment is equipped with energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertops, European-inspired kitchen cabinetry, and in-unit washer and dryers.

As with Neology’s prior buildings, the general contractor for The Julia is JAXI Builders, Inc.; the architect is Behar Font Architects; interior design is by designBAR; and Witkin Hultz Design is the landscape architect.

The Julia’s central location offers convenient walking access to, the Civic Center Metrorail Station, the University of Miami Health System, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Miami-Dade College Medical Center.  It is also a short distance from Brickell and Downtown, home to major employers, dining, shopping, and popular attractions such as Marlins Park, Kesaya Center, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Neology also anticipates achieving TCO for Fourteen Allapattah Residences, its third apartment community in the district, by Q3 of 2024. Neology’s current ownership portfolio consists of 1,000+ apartments recently built or under construction in Miami’s urban core, with another 1,600 apartment units in the permitting or predevelopment phase and a pipeline of 2,000 additional units in South Florida and beyond.


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WeWork’s Last Remaining Miami Beach Office Is Up In The Air

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Major coworking space operator WeWork submitted a move to revoke the lease at its Miami Beach facility.

Based in New York, WeWork submitted a motion to the United States Bankruptcy Court District of New Jersey to reject two leases on April 16. One of the leases is in South Beach at 429 Lenox Avenue. The other is in Irvine, California. On May 31, WeWork may terminate both leases, per court filings.

A spokeswoman for WeWork said the company wants to remain at Lenox Avenue, but has to make preparations to exit in case a deal can’t be worked out. WeWork is the sole tenant in the five-story building.


Source:  SFBJ

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Gridline Properties Signs Leases With Monster Energy, 7 Others At Wynwood Office Building, Achieving 100% Occupancy

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Gridline Properties has closed eight lease agreements totaling nearly 40,000 square feet of space on behalf of commercial real estate investor and landlord, Big Move Properties, marking 100 percent occupancy of the newly renovated office building at 1900 NE Miami Ct.

Leasing Director and Senior Associate Emilia Howard facilitated the lease transactions on behalf of the landlord for the centrally located building at the intersection of Wynwood and Downtown Miami.

The three-floor office building, owned by Big Move Properties, is known as ‘The Sky Building’ and spans a total of 58,500 square feet. The new tenants will reside on the second and third floor, totaling nearly 40,000 square feet. The first floor was previously leased. The building was recently renovated, designed by interior design firm, ReDefine Design, to include modern, loft style offices with glass partitions, LED lights, natural light, high ceilings and exposed, artistic brick walls. Big Move Properties offers tenants build-to-spec office options. Located along North Miami Avenue, Wynwood’s most trafficked artery, the property offers easy access and walking distance proximity to many Wynwood eateries.

Leases were signed with Touchland LLC, Seitrack US, 4Eon, Building Drops, Supply Caddy, Aroma 360, MicroDesign, Sherpa, and Monster Energy, newcomer to the market. All tenants have moved in, except for Monster Energy, which is slated to move in in early May. Details of the newly signed leases and tenants can be found below.

  • Monster Energy – Company that produces a variety of energy drinks, coffee drinks, hydrating sports drinks, juices, teas, beer and alcoholic beverages. | Leased 7,932 square feet | Represented by Vivian Gonzalez and John Marshall of Cushman and Wakefield
  • Aroma 360 – A luxury scenting company that provides scenting solutions for homes, businesses, and commercial spaces – even cars. | Leased 9,588 square feet | Represented by Gridline Properties
  • Supply Caddy – A leading global manufacturer and supplier of packaging and disposables for the food service industry. | Leased 4,298 square feet | Represented by Carlyle Coffin of Stream Realty Partners – Florida
  • Touchland LLC – An award-winning lifestyle brand that produces a unique hand sanitizing mist experience in a variety of scents. | Leased 2,927 square feet | Represented by Emilia Howard of Gridline Properties
  • Seitrack US – Artist management and booking agency specializing in key areas for artistic development. | Leased 2,625 square feet | Represented by Emilia Howard of Gridline Properties
  • Building Drops – A structural engineering consulting company with a focus on the glazing industry. | Leased 3,375 square feet | Represented by Mateo Romero of Gridline Properties
  • Mircro Design & Sherpa – The two full-service food & beverage design companies will share an office. | Leased 2,550 square feet | Represented by Gridline Properties
  • 4EON – A leading, full-service experiential marketing agency that specializes in merging both the live and digital worlds for top global brands. | Leased 1,334 square feet | Represented by Luca Migliore of Gary Hennes Realtors

Despite market challenges with office leasing, Gridline Properties was able to secure a strong roster of local and institutional tenants to this adaptive reuse project in the Wynwood neighborhood.

“The success we’ve had while leasing this building proves that Wynwood continues to appeal to growing businesses,” said Emilia Howard, Leasing Director and Senior Associate at Gridline Properties. “We are thrilled to have guided these tenants through the leasing process and to work with a visionary landlord like Big Move Properties that continues to meet the evolving needs of today’s businesses.”

Big Move Properties is a commercial real estate development firm specializing in unique, creative spaces customized for businesses seeking to capitalize on the energy of Miami’s most exciting neighborhoods including Wynwood, Allapattah and Little River.

“The Sky Building is an idyllic property that embodies the essence of Wynwood and offers a dynamic work environment for tenants,” said Doug Levine, Chief Executive Officer of Big Move Properties. “We enjoyed working with Gridline Properties throughout this process and are excited to welcome our new tenants.”


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Trimont Acquires Kayak Miami Beach Hotel

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Trimont Real Estate Advisors paid $13.6 million for the Kayak Miami Beach in a deed in lieu of foreclosure sale.

Atlanta-based Trimont acquired the 51-key property for roughly $260,000 less than the outstanding mortgage debt that the seller owed the lender, Minneapolis-based Varde Partners, records and Vizzda show. Trimont, led by executive managing director Cindy Barreda, is a Varde subsidiary.

The sale price equates to about $267,000 per room.

The seller, an affiliate of New York and Santa Monica, California-based Raven Capital Management, led by Josh Green, bought the two-story hotel at 2216 Park Avenue in Miami Beach for $20 million in 2018. Raven financed the purchase with a $13.6 million loan from Varde, records show.

Raven rebranded the 1936 building under the Kayak flag in 2021 after renovating the hotel.

Last year, Varde sued Raven’s Kayak ownership entity in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, seeking to foreclose on the property. The complaint alleged that Raven missed its maturity date payment in December 2022 after Varde had extended the deadline twice in the previous two years.

At the time the lawsuit was filed, Raven allegedly owed $13.9 million including interest and attorney fees, court records show.


Source:  The Real Deal

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Terra’s David Martin Buys Stake In Deauville Miami Beach Site, Plans Reconstruction

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Developer David Martin acquired a minority stake in the site of the former Deauville Beach Resort, a property that billionaire developer Stephen Ross had under contract two years ago.

Deauville Associates, led by the Meruelo family, sold a 25 percent interest in the 3.8-acre oceanfront property at 6701 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach for $12.5 million. TMG 67 Communities LLC, a company tied to Martin’s Coconut Grove-based Terra, purchased the stake, records show.

A spokesperson for Terra said the firm is “leading plans to bring an iconic development” to the site and suggested that Terra plans to reconstruct the former resort. The company declined to share additional details about its plans.

Terra also did not respond to a request for comment on whether the $12.5 million represents the full amount of its investment in the deal.

The Deauville, a historic hotel built in 1957, designed by Melvin Grossman, was demolished in 2022 after the Meruelos submitted a structural report to the city that determined it was an unsafe structure. The Meruelo family, led by Belinda Mereuelo, was criticized for not maintaining the building. It had been shuttered since 2017.


Source:  The Real Deal

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$40M Whole Foods Project In Miami Beach Gets Green Light

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Russell Galbut’s plan for a $39.8 million Whole Foods Market-anchored retail building in Miami Beach is getting a kick start after nearly a decade of inactivity.

The Miami Beach Design Review Board on Tuesday approved the planned four-story project spanning 199,000 square feet at 1901 Alton Road. Miami-based Crescent Heights, led by Galbut, Sonny Kahn and Bruce Menin, is under contract to purchase the 1.3-acre site from Wells Fargo.

Crescent Heights would demolish the existing single-story building, currently occupied by a Wells Fargo branch. National grocer Whole Foods and a new Wells Fargo branch would occupy 38,100 square feet of ground-floor and mezzanine level spaces in the new building, documents filed with the city of Miami Beach show. The planned project would also have 277 parking spaces.

Crescent Heights also secured Whole Foods as the anchor tenant at Nema Miami, a mixed-use project in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood that will have 50,000 square feet of retail space. In 2020, the national grocer signed a 20-year lease with six five-year renewal options, records show.


Source:  The Real Deal


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7-Story Hotel Proposed In Miami Beach

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On April 25, the Miami Beach’s Planning Board will take a look at the application for the 0.63-acre property located at 1509 and 1515 Washington Ave.

Currently, it consists of a thirteen-unit apartment complex constructed in 1948 and an 11,458-square-foot retail structure added in 1959. Playa Café, Charlotte Bakery, Cheese Burger Baby, and 123 Liquor are some of the recent tenants.

Current property owner Washington Gardens MB LLC has agreed to sell the development site to 1515 Washington Acquisition LLC, co-owned by Xaver Kriechbaum and Gavin Crescenzo of Aventura-based Keyah Real Estate Group, according to the application.

Under the proposal, the property would be developed with a 91,230-square-foot hotel featuring 238 rooms, a 5,677-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor, a pool deck with a small bar on the second floor, and a 3,525-square-foot restaurant on the top floor. There would be no parking on site.

According to the renderings, the property is labeled as a Cloud One Hotel, a European chain with one site in the United States right now, in New York City.


Source:  SFBJ

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