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Lincoln Road Retail Building Targeted In Foreclosure

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A 24,259-square-foot retail building on South Beach’s famed Lincoln Road at 318-334 Lincoln Road has been targeted in a $15.13 million foreclosure lawsuit.

Wilmington Trust, as trustee for a securitized mortgage trust, filed a foreclosure complaint on Jan. 30 against 318 Lincoln LLC.

The borrower, RFR Holding Corp., acquired the property for $20.5 million in 2019 and obtained a $17 million mortgage that was securitized as part of a mortgage trust. According to the lawsuit, 318 Lincoln LLC defaulted on the loan by missing payments in November and December 2023 and owes $15.13 million in principal, plus interest and fees.

 

Source:  SFBJ

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Project Breaks Ground Near Proposed Train Station In Wynwood

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Chicago real estate development company Fifield Cos. broke ground on a high-end apartment building in Wynwood that will be less than a block away from a proposed train station.

The company announced it started construction on Wynwood Station at 45 N.E. 27th St. on Feb. 8. The eight-story building will consist of 210 market rate apartments ranging between 567 and 1,036 square feet in size and include 11,000 square feet of retail.

Financed by a $66.9 million construction loan, Wynwood Station is being built on a 1.41-acre site that Fifield Cos. acquired for $19.5 million in January 2022.

Designed by Kendall-based MSA Architects, the project is slated to be finished by April 2025.

 

Source:  SFBJ

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Historic Boutique Hotel In Miami Beach Sold, Set To Become Teacher Housing

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A historic boutique hotel in Miami Beach has been sold, and it will likely be converted into residences.

Collinaire Luxury Suites, located at 221 Collins Ave., was sold for $8.9 million on Jan. 16. The sale was handled by Susan Gale of Miami Beach-based Gale Group International, an affiliate of Coconut Grove-based One Sotheby’s International Realty.

The 9,160-square-foot property was on the market for four months before the deal closed.

According to the sale announcement, the seller was Collins 221 LLC and the buyer is 2024 221 COLLINS LLC. A warranty deed filed with Miami-Dade Clerk of the Courts confirms the property’s sale and ownership transfer.

The new owner of the eight-suite hotel, 2024 221 Collins LLC, currently has plans to turn the property into a living space for teachers who’ll work at an upcoming elementary school in South of Fifth called BaseCamp 305, according to the Gale Group and Sotheby’s spokesperson.

Miami-Dade Property Appraiser records show 221 Collins Ave. was built in 1922.

 

Source:  SFBJ

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Developers Envision Pedestrian Paradise From Wynwood To The Design District

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As the warehouses of Wynwood give way to high-end apartments, developers are spreading their tendrils beyond the dense retail core and into neighborhoods that were all but ignored less than a decade ago.

“It’s almost like there was a memo that went out to all developers across the country: Spend a lot of money in Wynwood and Midtown,” said Ryan Shear, managing partner at Property Markets Group.  “And it’s happening, you’re watching it happen before your eyes.” 

The rapid growth of Wynwood in the last five years is spilling northward into Midtown as developers look to connect the city’s creative core with its luxury retail center of the Design District, tying together distinct neighborhoods into a unified hub of activity.

Developers from outside of Florida are especially interested in starting projects in Wynwood, Amanda Hertzler, executive managing director at the architecture firm MKDA, said at a Bisnow event Tuesday held at the Hyatt Regency Miami on the future of Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District.

The out-of-state firms are “looking at Wynwood specifically, not just South Florida but Wynwood specifically, as where they want to put shovels in the ground not just for one, not just for two but for multiple projects,” she said.

The interest extends beyond the confines of Wynwood, where developers in recent years have worked to transform what had been a neighborhood of low-rise industrial buildings into a creative hub and hospitality destination.

Midtown, north of Wynwood, is also drawing significant attention from developers who are looking to create a natural connection between the nightlife and hospitality that dominates Wynwood and the high-end shopping that defines the Design District.

“Wynwood has really pushed a walkable area,” Hertzler said. “What’s challenging is the walkable area does kind of stop at some point. The idea is to really connect the Design District to Midtown to Wynwood in a really pedestrian-friendly way and get cars off the street.” 

The push into the 18 blocks that make up Midtown has been decades in the making and is being shepherded along by a master plan that encourages the development of walkable streets, speakers at the event said.

Two decades ago, the neighborhood was a largely undeveloped industrial expanse known as the Buena Vista railyards. Florida East Coast Railway sold the property to Miami developer Michael Samuel and Joe Cayre, the chairman of New York-based Midtown Equities, who in turn sold half the land to Cleveland-based Developers Diversified Realty, The New York Times reported in 2009.

The real estate investment trust built the 470K SF Shops at Midtown, creating a nominal link between Wynwood and the Design District that is now being supercharged by a wave of recent development.

“In 2005, I was with a different group and we financed the Cayre family to buy the land in Midtown Miami,” said Greg Newman, senior managing director at Bank OZK, one of the most active lenders on developments in Miami. “Everybody in Miami, most of my developer clients, thought we were nuts. But sometimes it takes somebody outside the town to see the vision.” 

Miami-based Rosso Development is building The Standard Residences, Midtown Miami in the neighborhood. The 120-story condo building had 80% of its 228 units pre-sold as of October, when Bank OZK provided a $45M construction loan for the project.

Carlos Rosso, the firm’s founder and a former minority partner at Related  Group, said the neighborhood was beginning to realize its full potential under its master plan.

Midtown has a “design intent in the whole neighborhood that I don’t think we have anywhere else in Miami,” he said.

Generous sidewalk requirements that extend up to 20 feet wide, a focus on substantial tree cover to shade pedestrians from the South Florida sun and requirements that the ground floors of new developments must be at least 80% glass all help to promote foot traffic and street-level activations, he said.

“Northeast First Avenue, where The Standard is, has been designed from day one as a natural connection between the Design District and Wynwood,” Rosso said. “The whole street doesn’t have one loading dock, one garage entrance, you don’t smell trash, you’re always walking on a sidewalk that is always the same material.” 

He pointed to the June purchase by Terra Group, led by David Martin, and Lion Development Group of a 1.7-acre site at 3501 NE First Ave. for a planned condo project as further proof that the neighborhood was rising to meet the moment.

“When the Cayres bought Midtown, I think they paid something like $30M for the whole neighborhood,” he said. “David Martin just paid $40M for 1 acre.”

The neighborhood is being boosted by the success of the Design District, which itself is reaching the culmination of a decade-long redevelopment.

Dacra, led by billionaire Craig Robins, had been repositioning the district since 1998 before partnering with L Catterton, the private equity arm of LVMH and its CEO, Bernard Arnault, in 2010 to bring the firm’s luxury brands to the district.

The pandemic boosted Florida’s profile among the wealthy elite, propelling the Design District into Miami’s premiere luxury retail destination.

“We are getting tenants from the Design District inquiring about our retail spaces at The Standard,” Rosso said. “They say the people that are in the Design District, guess where they live? They live in Midtown.”

The master planning that developers credit with Midtown’s success is also playing out in Wynwood, which passed its own regulations in 2020 to promote pedestrian traffic.

“The common thread between Midtown and the Design District is that they both have streetscape master plans that were very intentional,” said Raymond Fort, vice president at Arquitectonica. “Wynwood also has a streetscape master plan, but it’s not controlled by a single entity. It’s up to the responsibility of each individual developer to build out their frontage.” 

Developers have been diligent in the implementation of the new design standards, Fort said, adding that the neighborhood has plans to create pedestrian-only streets as more projects get built.

“It’s not just the building that’s going to create the neighborhood, but the streetscape and the landscape as well,” he said.  

Hertzler said the regulations went into effect just as developers began amassing larger assemblages to build denser projects in the neighborhood, helping to promote designs that will make the neighborhood more navigable to pedestrians.

Her firm designed PMG’s Society Wynwood, a 318-unit apartment building at 176 NW 25th St. that is expected to open next month. A primary feature of the development is its paseo, a pedestrian walkway that cuts through the property and helps connect the neighborhood’s long blocks.

PMG’s project was one of the first large assemblages to begin construction when it broke ground in 2021, she said, but other developers have followed suit to design projects that will add paths crisscrossing the neighborhood.

“It creates this shaded, really interesting, meandering path through Wynwood,” she said. 

As Wynwood sees a burst of residential development, neighborhood officials also moved in 2020 to tackle Miami’s housing affordability issue. The Wynwood Business Improvement District created the Wynwood Public Benefit Trust Fund, which is financed by developers who pay into it in exchange for additional square footage at their sites.

Those funds can then be disbursed to developers who include workforce housing inside their projects, a scheme that Miami-based developers Black Salmon and LD&D embraced at their Wynwood Haus project at 23 NE 17th Terrace.

The 224-unit luxury apartment building, also financed with a construction loan from Bank OZK, has units set aside for tenants making between 100% and 140% of the area median income. Part of the lost income from what the units could be leased for at market rates are rebated back to the developer by Miami’s Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, said Diego Bonet, managing partner at LD&D.

Wynwood Haus opened its doors less than a month ago and is now 17% leased by around 45 tenants, most of whom are occupying the workforce-priced apartments, he said.

“Those units have been flying off the shelves, as you’d expect them to,” Bonet said. “Just knowing that we’ll have a base of the building that’s always rented de-risks the project to a certain extent. To us, it was really a win-win solution.” 

As more large-scale projects fill into Wynwood, the quiet Wynwood Norte neighborhood just north of the core and west of Midtown is also attracting developers eyeing smaller-scale projects.

PMG and Lndmrk Development spent $20M on a 1.1-acre assemblage in the neighborhood in October. Plans haven’t been announced for the site, but Shear said Tuesday that PMG was preparing to launch a condo project in the neighborhood during the second quarter.

Wynwood Norte has separate zoning from the rest of Wynwood that encourages the development of lower-density projects. These will become attractive relocation options for the boutique retailers that are being pushed out of Wynwood’s core or tenants looking for a smaller scale than Midtown.

“Wynwood Norte is smack in the middle of both these neighborhoods,” Shear said. “It’s already becoming one of the anchor neighborhoods that will connect both of these places.” 

 

Source:  Bisnow

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Calta Completes Allapattah Assemblage Slated For Mixed-Use Project

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Calta Group purchased a 0.3-acre office property in Allapattah that completes an assemblage for Revv at the River District, a planned mixed-use project featuring workforce housing.

The Coral Gables-based developer is in the midst of a $47.2 million buying binge in Allapattah with plans to build four new projects. The firm’s latest acquisition, a $7.2 million purchase of a seven-story building at 1469 Northwest 13th Terrace, will be coupled with another 0.7-acre adjacent site for Calta’s first planned project.

Miami-based Benworth Capital provided Calta with a $9.4 million cross-collateralized loan for the acquisition, records and Vizzda show.

The property’s seller, an entity controlled by Miami-based Alisa Capital managing partner Arturo Siso, paid $5.9 million in 2012.

 

Source:  The Real Deal

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New Class A Office Planned For South Beach

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An approved plan calls for the construction of a new Class A office building in South Beach by premium real estate developer Shvo.

The Miami Beach Planning Board unanimously approved the construction of One Soundscape Park on January 30, according to Michael Shvo, CEO and Chairman of the real estate development company. Located at 1665-1667 Washington Ave., this five-story Class A office building spans 62,500 square feet and is situated across from both SoundScape Park and the New World Symphony.

According to a press release, the project would be the first office structure built by Peter Marino Architect, a 160-person architecture business based in New York that Marino started in 1978. The building will have a roof terrace, on-site valet parking, and a private porte-cochere entrance with vertical gardens. It will be co-designed by Miami-based firm Kobi Karp Architects.

 

Source:  SFBJ

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Bills Threatening Miami Beach Buildings Are Back

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Last May, preservationists across Florida breathed a sigh of relief when a bill seeking to gut protections for historic coastal buildings died in the Florida House after passing the Senate. But similar proposals are back for this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee, sending local leaders scrambling once again.

On Monday, the Senate version of the bill passed its first committee hearing — a 6-2 vote of the Community Affairs committee — despite a parade of speakers saying they feared the language would let developers strip away the unique character of tourist destinations like Miami Beach, St. Augustine and Key West. At the legislation’s core is a notion that old buildings near Florida’s coast ought to be demolished if a local building official deems them unsafe or if they don’t meet federal standards that call for flood-resistant materials and elevated structures in vulnerable areas. Preservationists say few historic buildings conform to those rules.

Both the Senate bill and its companion bill in the House would exempt single-family homes, as well as structures that are individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In Miami Beach, that includes the Fontainebleau, Cadillac and Ocean Spray hotels. But historic hotels along Collins Avenue in the Mid-Beach and North Beach neighborhoods would not receive similar protections under either proposal. Among them are Art Deco buildings like the Faena, Sherry Frontenac, Casablanca and Carillon.

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The Senate bill sponsor, Bryan Avila, a Republican from west Miami-Dade, acknowledged during Monday’s hearing that the idea is controversial. His proposal would kneecap Miami Beach’s Historic Preservation Board, which is empowered to block demolition of historic buildings and, if a building is knocked down, dictate what can go in its place.

Avila reiterated arguments he made for similar legislation he filed last year. He painted Miami Beach as a community that has gone too far in its historic protections, upsetting what he described as a “very delicate dance” between preserving history and maintaining property rights. About 2,600 buildings in Miami Beach are part of locally designated historic districts.

HOUSE BILL WOULD SOFTEN THE BLOW

Rep. Spencer Roach, R-North Fort Myers, has filed a companion to Avila’s bill in the Florida House with language that would soften the legislation’s impacts. Last year, Roach abandoned a similar bill amid fierce opposition from local governments but vowed to bring it back in 2024. While Avila’s bill would affect buildings within a half-mile of the coast, Roach’s proposal is limited to properties at least partially east of the state’s coastal construction control line, a boundary that hugs the coast and is meant to restrict construction near beaches. Roach’s bill, which has not yet faced a hearing, would also exempt buildings in nationally designated historic districts established before 2000 — meaning the Miami Beach Architectural District, an area that stretches from Ocean Drive at Sixth Street to Collins Avenue at 22nd Street, would be protected.

‘BAD, BUT LESS BAD’

Facing questioning Monday from Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-Hollywood, Avila pledged to revise his bill to make it more like the House version.

“I am committed to going in that direction and working with the House sponsor to adopt that language,” he said. Avila did not respond to an inquiry from the Miami Herald on whether he would adopt the entire House bill or parts of it. The House bill is “bad, but less bad than [the Senate] one,” said Daniel Ciraldo, executive director of the Miami Design Preservation League, which advocates for historic preservation in Miami Beach. “They’re trying to undo decades of good urban planning and community consensus building,” Ciraldo said. “We’re basically trying to explain why Miami Beach should still exist.”

Miami Beach City Commissioner Alex Fernandez said at Monday’s hearing that the city has worked cooperatively with owners of historic buildings to revitalize Art Deco gems, pointing to a $500 million renovation of The Raleigh and an $85 million makeover for The Shelborne.

The proposed legislation, Fernandez said, would only encourage owners to let their properties fall into disarray in order to incur unsafe structure violations and make it easier to knock buildings down. In Key West, Mayor Teri Johnston said she hopes the city will ultimately be removed from the legislation. Last year, language added to Avila’s proposal exempted “areas of critical state concern,” which includes Key West and much of the Florida Keys.

‘WHAT HAPPENED TO PROPERTY RIGHTS?’

Lawmakers supporting the bills say property owners should have more freedom to develop than Miami Beach and other cities with strict historic protections allow.

“What happened to property rights?” Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Lady Lake, said at Monday’s hearing. “Everybody else has a claim to somebody’s property but the person that owns it, apparently. I don’t share that viewpoint.”

The bills’ backers also say the changes are crucial to ensuring building safety and resiliency against flooding near Florida’s coast. Last year, Avila argued it was necessary to replace older buildings with new structures that meet FEMA rules for flood- and storm-surge resistance to obtain insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program.

Opponents say they’re skeptical and that they believe powerful — and secretive — interests may be behind the effort. Last year, a group called A Resilient Future Florida hired a lobbying firm to push for the bills, according to public records. One of the firm’s lobbyists, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ former chief of staff Adrian Lukis, sent a draft of the legislation to staffers for Avila and Roach, according to records obtained by reporter Jason Garcia.

But it’s unclear who is funding the group, which donated $40,000 late last year to several political committees supporting Republican lawmakers. It was incorporated last March by Tallahassee elections attorney Natalie Kato and lists two Jacksonville residents, Joey McKinnon and Casey Hendershot, as its officers. Reached by phone, McKinnon and Hendershot declined to talk about their roles in the group or what it does, referring questions to Kato. Kato did not respond to a request for comment. This year, records show the group has again retained Lukis to lobby on the legislation. Lukis did not respond to a request for comment.

 

Source:  Miami Herald

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Developer Proposes 120K SF Office With Studio Apartments In Aventura

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Privé Group is planning to build 120K SF of office space in the Ojus neighborhood near the Aventura Mall.

The Aventura-based investment and development firm filed a pre-application on Wednesday seeking approval from the county to build an 11-story office building and a small residential building connected by a seven-story parking garage at 18802 and 18820 W. Dixie Highway.

The Arquitectonica-designed development is called Aventura Office Center in a site plan for the three structures submitted with the application. The office building includes 4,400 SF of ground-floor commercial space and a rooftop terrace with landscape architecture from the Miami office of Enea, which is headquartered in Switzerland.

The office would front Dixie Highway with a two-story residential building set in the rear of the 1.32-acre site behind the parking garage. Privé is planning 12 studio units at the building sized at around 380 SF each.

Floor plates at the office building would span around 14K SF, with elevators, staircases and bathrooms in the core of the building.

The proposal is an update to plans submitted more than six years ago called Aventura Square. A local community council approved plans in June 2017 for Privé to build 94K SF of office condos, 5,700 SF of retail and 340 parking spaces on the site, the South Florida Business Journal reported. The council also approved up to 12 apartments at the property.

The original plans called for an eight-story building, but zoning rules have since been modified to allow buildings up to 12 and 15 stories in the Ojus District, allowing Privé to submit its 11-story plan, according to the letter of intent submitted by Vazquez with the application.

Source:  Bisnow

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Construction Permits Filed For 186-Unit Wynwood Residential Development

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Another residential development has entered the construction permitting process in Wynwood.

The construction permit application is for a 12-story mixed-use building replacing a parking lot formerly owned by the Salvation Army.

The permit filing was first created in late November, with the full plans filed in late December. Review is currently underway by Miami’s Building Department.

Beauchamp Construction is listed as the contractor on the permit.

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board voted unanimously in October to approve the development without requiring any modifications.

The mixed-use development is planned to rise 12 stories and include:

  • 186 residential units
  • 9,444 square feet enclosed amenity space, plus outdoor amenity space
  • 14,618 square feet of ground floor retail space
  • 167 parking spaces on three levels

Breakers Capital and Alchemy-ABR Investment Partners of New York are the developers.

Arquitectonica is the architect.

 

Source:  The Next Miami

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Miami Beach: Where The Magic Numbers Add Up To Investing In Real Estate

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Miami, known as “The Magic City”, is where the world’s richest choose to invest in real estate. Based on the volume of transactions over US$10 million per annum, Miami ranks as the fifth most important property market; only London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong place higher.

Last year in the Magic City, around 146 luxury residences sold for $10 million plus, and there were 23 recorded real-estate deals at $25 million. Ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) have been very active—including Kenneth C. Griffin, a billionaire hedge-fund manager who purchased two glamorous homes for more than $150 million combined.

Miami is much more than a tourist destination with its beautiful beaches and bayfronts; a sunny, warm climate; and a vibrant culture that reflects Florida’s laid-back lifestyle with a metropolitan sense of excitement, although this backdrop has certainly contributed to the strong rental appetite. Known as a luxury holiday destination to a steady tribe of tourists, it is also home to expatriates, young professionals and entrepreneurs. Such a varied surge of incomers has driven the demand for quality rental units in the city’s desirable residential areas. Investors have seen their rental investment properties provide excellent yields throughout the past year. Figures produced by Zillow show that in Miami Beach, the median rent is $1,200 higher than the national median.

The real-estate sector has always capitalised on those elements that make Miami feel like a prize offering, and this has been reflected in the volume and variety of investment opportunities and big-name developers stealing slices of the Miami property pie. Rarely a day passes without a big-time developer making headlines for acquiring a site, transacting on a building for redevelopment or launching a state-of-the-art luxury residential scheme in a prime location.

So, who are some of these major real-estate players, and what are the biggest benefits of owning condos, apartments and beachfront villas in Miami Beach?

Tax benefits

Unlike most other US states, Florida has no state income tax, which offers financial benefits to property owners. Investing in Miami Beach real estate also brings other tax advantages, including deducting mortgage and property taxes from federal income taxes. For those who want to commit to long-term investment plans, these tax benefits can substantially boost overall real-estate investment portfolios.

Capital appreciation

The city’s limited amount of available prime beachfront property guarantees that demand will always exceed the supply of superior investment real estate. Miami Beach has seen real-estate prices increase substantially over the last decade as it has become an international jet-setters’ destination, attracting a new breed of resident and their wealth. Experts predict that property values will continue to rise with substantial capital gains over time.

Liquidity

Property owners in Miami Beach find selling their real estate comparatively easy and quick, providing an attractive liquid asset. Interest in this popular global city from local and international buyers is continuous. Unlike other investments that may take time to convert into cash, well-located properties in a popular destination can be relatively easy to sell. Miami Beach property owners manage their investments effortlessly and flexibly.

Lifestyle

Miami offers a rare blend of superb lifestyles and wealth opportunities. The city boasts exciting nightlife, fine dining and cultural events throughout the year, as well as a healthy way of life with the beach and sunshine on tap. Property owners can enjoy the city’s diverse offerings while maximising their potential investment returns.

Entry for UK citizens retiring to the US

For those seeking to retire to the United States from the United Kingdom without the benefit of a Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) or marriage to a US resident, there is another route: applying via the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. This requires a minimum investment of US$500,000 in a US enterprise. It is not a retirement visa per se, but a popular route for many retirees.

The popularity of Miami Beach and its dynamic real-estate market full of opportunities is ideal not only for experienced investors but also for newbies looking for safe, attractive havens and avenues to join a thriving coastal community of real-estate investors.

 

Source:  International Banker

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