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Foreclosed Wynwood Site Fetches $26M

Gamma Real Estate sold a foreclosed development site in Miami’s Wynwood district for $26 million, property records show.

The New York-based seller gained control of the 1-acre assemblage that encompasses 2825 Northwest Second Avenue, 169 and 179 Northwest 28th Street, and 166 and 172 Northwest 29th Street last year through a foreclosure auction, after the U.K.-based owner The Collective went bankrupt.

The site consists mainly of vacant lots, except for a one-story, 10,500-square-foot retail building at 2825 Northwest Second Avenue built in 1936; and a one-story, 2,000-square-foot commercial building at 166 Northwest 29th Street built in 1953, property records show.

In 2019, Gamma had lent the now-defunct co-living company $23 million for a mixed-use project and, in 2021, Miami’s Urban Development Review Board approved a 12-story development for the site. But it never broke ground. The approved plans included 180 residential units, 70 hotel rooms and 9,508 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Jonathan Kalikow, president of Gamma Real Estate, declined to reveal the buyer, known in records only as 2825 Wynwood Holding LLC, but did divulge that it’s a “sophisticated institutional investor” already active in Florida. 2825 Wynwood Holding LLC ties to Investment Property Exchange Services, or IPX1031, a company based in Phoenix, AZ with locations nationwide that handles 1031 exchanges on behalf of clients.

Cushman & Wakefield‘s Robert Given and Troy Ballard negotiated the sale.

The site, which sits at the corner of NW 29th Street by the northern end of the neighborhood, houses a single-story apartment building, two retail properties and four vacant lots.


Source:  Commercial Observer


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Lender Takes Control Of The Collective’s Wynwood Dev Site Through Foreclosure Auction

The Collective lost its planned co-living development site in Wynwood to its lender through a foreclosure auction.

New York-based Gamma Real Estate took control of the property at 166 Northwest 29th Street by placing a “credit bid,” or an offer using its existing debt of $27.6 million, to win the UCC foreclosure auction last Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board in May approved a mixed-use project for the site. The Collective’s plans included an eight-story to 12-story co-living building with 180 residential units, 70 lodging rooms and 9,508 square feet of ground-floor retail. Units would range from studios to six-bedroom apartments geared toward young professionals, according to the developer’s proposal.

Gamma Real Estate, led by the Kalikow family, sought to foreclose on the Wynwood site amid The Collective’s broader financial troubles. Occupancy levels at its co-living locations dropped during the pandemic and forced delays on its projects in the pipeline. In September, the British company fell into administration, the U.K equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, after failing to find a buyer.

The auction was conducted by Matthew Mannion of Mannion Auctions.

The Collective has also faced foreclosures on its properties in Brooklyn.

In January, the firm sold its development site in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg for $54 million, avoiding a foreclosure. The proceeds went to pay off a $49 million mortgage held by Gamma Real Estate. The company recently lost another Brooklyn property in Bed-Stuy to a foreclosure.

The Collective still has locations in West London and Canary Wharf in the U.K., and The Paper Factory in New York City’s Long Island City neighborhood, according to its website.


Source:  The Real Deal

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