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Swire Signs 180-KSF Lease with Akerman LLP at Brickell City Centre Green

20 Oct 2014, 2:24 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Akerman LLP will soon move its headquarters to Brickell City Centre Green. The largest law firm in the Sunshine State will occupy 108,000 square feet, 80 percent of the Class A office space in Swire Properties’ tower.

The new anchor tenant is a top 100 U.S. transactions and trial law firm with more than 600 lawyers and government affairs professionals. With offices in 20 cities nationwide, the company is also ranked among the top 50 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard. Akerman’s Miami branch is the largest on the local market, with 160 lawyers, currently in the SunTrust building at One Southeast Third Avenue. The firm acts as real estate and land use counsel to Swire Properties in the development of Brickell City Centre, Miami’s 5.4 million square-foot, billion dollar development which is the largest mixed-use project currently under construction in the U.S.

Brickell City Centre Green is one of two office buildings under construction within Brickell City Centre. Located at 98 SE Seventh Street, on the East block of the property, the tower has direct access to the Eighth Street Metromover station, which the is currently being upgraded by the developer. The top of the building will wear a sign with Akerman LLP’s name.

The complex has also recently welcomed Saks Fifth Avenue as retail anchor. Reach, the first residential tower of the project is over 70 percent sold at the moment. The second office tower, to be called “Two”, is expected to open in early 2016.

Tere Blanca, President and CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate represented the tenant with support from Alexander Cahlin and David Valdez. The relocation has been this year’s largest corporate lease transaction in Miami.

Photo credits: Swire Properties Inc.

Moss to Carry out Penn-Florida’s Via Mizner Project in Bocal Raton

13 Oct 2014, 3:04 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Penn-Florida has recently awarded Moss & Associates a construction contract for the first phase of its 830,000-sq.-ft. Via Mizner mixed-use development in downtown Boca Raton.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, the contractor is a privately-held construction firm with several successful projects in Palm Beach County, including the Boca Raton Resort, Harbourside Place in Jupiter, City Place South Tower in West Palm Beach, and Publix in the Town of Palm Beach. Its wider portfolio includes luxury high-rise residential, landmark mixed-use developments, hospitality, primary and higher education, justice and solar energy facilities. The company is focused on construction management at-risk, design-build and public-private partnerships and operates 11 regional offices over the U.S.

Located at 998 South Federal Highway, the project in the popular Silver Palm Park district is just one mile from the beach. The 366-unit, 14-story Mediterranean-style luxury apartment building to be constructed in phase one encompasses 458,000 square feet along with 18,000 square feet of street-level retail and office space. The complex will also include a 254,000 square-foot covered parking garage. The amenities deck on the fifth floor will boast a heated pool, private reflecting pool and lounge area, clubroom, gym, yoga studio, café and locker rooms.

The range of residences will include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, each one featuring a balcony with a view of the city, the Atlantic Ocean or the adjacent golf course. Urvanx, a Miami-based architecture firm, designed phase one. A five-star hotel and luxury condominium residences will be built in the subsequent phases.

Image courtesy of Moss & Associates

The Historic Shelborne South Beach Reopens Following $90M Renovation

6 Oct 2014, 5:44 am

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

The rebranded Shelborne reopened in late September as Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach after a $90 million restoration and renovation process.

Co-owned by the Galbut family of Miami and Flag Luxury Group’s Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos, the building was built in in 1940 according to Art Deco architect Igor Polevitsky’s plans. The original owners partnered with the two Flag Luxury Group investors to implement the renovation.

Located in South Beach’s Art Deco District, the oceanfront facility is within walking distance to Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. Shelborne Wyndham Grand features more than 15,000 square feet of event areas that include several meeting rooms, an executive boardroom, breakout rooms, a grand ballroom as well as indoor and outdoor flexible space. The hotel includes multifunctional areas such as the Drawing Room Bar & Lounge that serves as a business center and reading room by day.

Meg Sharpe of Meg Sharpe Interiors and Richard Mishaan of Richard Mishaan Design were in charge of the interior design of the reborn property. Sharpe designed the public areas, including the main lobby reception, the Drawing Room Bar & Lounge, the Blue Harmony Spa beauty and wellness destination, and the pool and lounge area along with the nearby cabanas. Mishaan was tapped to design the guest rooms, suites, corridors, meeting spaces and ballrooms. The Glamorous Group of Tokyo designed the Shelborne’s 180-seat indoor-outdoor Morimoto South Beach restaurant.

Shelborne Wyndham Grand will add two specialty suites by year-end, including a spa suite and its penthouse suite, which will feature a vinyl lounge.

Photo credits: Wyndham Hotel Group

The Harbour Luxury Condo Comes to Biscayne Boulevard

26 Sep 2014, 8:19 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Visual rendering of The Harbour

Key International and 13th Floor Investments teamed up to deliver another luxury residential project, this time to North Miami Beach. The team behind the new community has previously worked together on projects like 400 Sunny Isles, Mint, The Ivy, Eden House and 1010 Brickell. The Harbour is a 330-unit waterfront condominium at 16385 Biscayne Boulevard created by Corwil Architects and The Design Agency, an interior designer company based in Toronto.

The Harbour comprises two mirrored 26-story towers and a marina of over 4.5 acres which is currently awaiting approval. The development will feature seven floor plans per tower with a selection of one-, two- and three-bedroom units and additional penthouses, ranging from 1,032 to 2,442 square feet. The units feature open-concept floor plans, private elevators, expansive private balconies, and smart-home ready technology. Common amenities include a multi-level breezeway lobby, infinity pool, boat rental service, on-site sports courts, children’s playgrounds, fitness center with juice bar, an outdoor restaurant and bar, dog park, outdoor BBQs and a personal activities coordinator service at the private Waterfront Club and Aqua Activities Club. The Harbour will also have a spa with a full range of therapies and treatments including hydrotherapy plunge pools, steam and sauna rooms. Additionally, The Grove Social Lounge will provide a two-story entertainment area and media room exclusive to residents and guests.

Key International Sales is the exclusive brokerage of record for the Harbour with Ivan Ramirez named Director of Sales. Sales will officially begin this November with median prices starting from the $500,000’s.

Image source: theharbourmiami.com


Aloft South Beach Tops Off

22 Sep 2014, 2:55 am

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Aloft South Beach, an adaptive reuse project announced earlier in May topped off according to JMH Development, one of the partners in the joint venture that develops the new 235-room hotel in the heart of Miami’s South Beach submarket.

With a presence in fourteen countries, Starwood’s portfolio of Aloft branded hotels has the modern, active traveler in its crosshairs, offering state-of-the -art tech solutions such as smartphone-based check-in at more than 100 of its locations worldwide. Aloft South Beach joins Aloft Miami-Brickell and Aloft Miami Doral as the brand’s third hotel in the Miami area.

JMH teamed up with Madden Real Estate Ventures to develop the new hotel, which is an adaptive reuse of the historic Motel Ankara. ADD Inc. is responsible for the design and Plaza Construction servies as the main contractor.  Apart from the Motel Ankara building, the project also includes a new eight-story tower.

The Aloft South Beach’s waterfront site has access to Lake Pancoast and the Collins Canal, which practically wrap around the property. On-site amenities will include an outdoor pool, roof deck lounge, a 24-hour fitness center and 2,349 square feet of flexible meeting space ideal for both business meetings and social gatherings

Its location just one block from the shores of Miami Beach also grants easy access to the Miami Beach Convention Center, several art galleries, the Bass Museum of Art and numerous night clubs, restaurants and boutiques. Its rooms averaging over 360 square feet makeit unique in the South Beach market.

Aloft South Beach will be first newly constructed hotel to open in South Beach since 2009 and it is scheduled to start its activity in early 2015.

Photo credits: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide 

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