Florida Commercial Real Estate News Roundup 2020

Jan 03
Florida Commercial Real Estate News Roundup 2020

Florida Commercial Real Estate News – Q4 2020

The update for Q4 2020 includes: predictions for South Florida CRE in 2021, a few major retail property acquisitions, and the demand for industrial real estate spaces in the region.

South Florida Industrial Space in High Demand Due to Surge in Online Sales During Pandemic

More industrial real estate developments are predicted to match the growing demand for online retail sales, as big brands are making a push for more warehouse / logistical spaces. Read More

RK Centers Acquires Retail Center Anchored by Best Buy

RK Centers acquired its second Best Buy-anchored shopping center in South Florida this year. Read More

Miami Worldcenter Sells the Property Space of Future Legacy Hotel and Condos for $34M

The massive retail / mixed-use project, Miami Worldcenter, sold the site of the future Legacy Hotel, which is set to break ground in Q1 of 2021. Read More

Kendall Corners, Florida Retail Shopping Center, Gets New Tenant, Aldi

MMG acquired the Kendall Corners retail center in March 2017.  The Kendall Corners’ original business plan included replacing Ashley Furniture with a grocer upon their lease expiration in 2020, as a means to incorporate more grocery-anchored retail centers to the portfolio. Read More

South Florida CRE Experts Are Looking Forward to the Influx of New Residents from Other States Nationwide

The expansion of remote work due to the pandemic has many people “escaping” states with higher taxes, such as New York and California, in search of more tax-friendly regions. South Florida is one of the beneficiaries of this immigration, and this presents many opportunities for the economy, especially for commercial real estate companies / professionals. Read More

South Florida Retail Survived 2020, But More Turbulence is Expected in 2021

BisNow covers the retail real estate activities in 2020 provided by some CRE experts in the region, and despite maneuvering through the storm that was 2020, there are more challenges that lie ahead. Read More

Marcus & Millichap Brokers Sale of Retail Property in Ft Myers for $2M

Marcus & Millichap arranged the sale of a 1,974-square-foot retail property for $2.1 million in Fort Myers. The property is net leased to Taco Bell currently. Read More

Plaza Advisors Arranges Sale of 135-K SF Retail Center in Naples

Plaza Advisors inked the sale of Naples Towne Center, a 134,707-square-foot retail center in Naples. The price of the sale was not disclosed to the public. Read More 

CBRE Brokers Record Sale of Industrial Development Property in Doral

CRE-Sources reports on the record sale of an industrial development property space in Doral, FL. Read More

Cushman & Wakefield Brokers 81,000 SF in Office Leases

Despite the evident downturn of office space use during the pandemic, Cushman & Wakefield stayed busy during 2020 reporting five leases signed for a total of 80,944 square feet. Read More

South Florida Real Estate Expert Provides Insights on How CRE Will Do in 2021

GlobeSt covers the upcoming year and how the pandemic, as well as the Georgia Runoff Elections could play into upcoming changes for the year and the CRE industry in South Florida and nationwide. Read More


Florida Commercial Real Estate News – Q3 2020

The update for Q3 2020 includes: a record Miami office real estate lease, the opening of retail spaces on the Miami River, Amazon expanding its South Florida industrial real estate presence, and a few major commercial real estate deals.

Mixed-Use Real Estate Project Proposed Near Aventura Mall in Miami

The Gateway, a mixed-use real estate project has been proposed for development near the Aventura Mall in Miami, FL. The project would have a hotel, office spaces, and several retail locations available for lease. Read More

Firm of Miami Heat Part-Owner, RK Centers, Buys Best Buy-Anchored Retail Property for $20M

RK Centers owned by one of the owners of the Miami Heat acquired a retail center property in Sweetwater, FL. The commercial property is situated in a great location for retail activity, as it is between two major malls according to South Florida Business Journal. Read More

Miami Beach Office Property Closes Record 8-Year Lease

The Yukon Miami, a class-A office building in Miami Beach, just broke an office lease record in spite of the economic challenges going on during the pandemic. J. Goldman & Co signed an eight-year lease for a record $92 per square foot. Read More

Amazon Acquires Land in Miami-Dade County for $22M as Part of Plan for Massive Development

Amazon inked a deal for land in Miami-Dade County that will be used for their future distribution center in the region. The plan is for this industrial real estate property to have the largest distribution center in Miami-Dade. Read More

Retail Real Estate Brokers Are Optimistic About Filling Closed Retail Leases Post-Pandemic

As Florida is reopening the economy and business sectors along with other states nationwide, brokers in the region are confident that the retail leases and properties that closed will be refilled quickly with new businesses looking to capitalize on the newly available retail spaces. Read More

Panda Kitchens Acquires Industrial Property in Doral for New Distribution Center

Panda Kitchens purchased a 28,800-square-foot industrial real estate property for $6.5 million. The plan is to build a warehouse and distribution center for their company’s needs. Read More

Major Miami Mixed-Use River Real Estate Project Begins Opening Phases Starting with Retail

The River Landing Shops & Residences built on the Miami River for $425 million is starting to open its facilities. The first phase is bringing in brand-name stores and tenants into the retail spaces of the project. Read More

SRS Real Estate Brokers $21M Sale of South Florida Retail Portfolio

SRS Real Estate Partners arranged the sale of a five-property, single-tenant retail portfolio currently occupied 100% by Pollo Tropical. The five restaurant spaces sold for a total of $21 million and the properties are in Pembroke Pines, Doral, Coral Springs, and Weston. Read More

Duke Realty Seals the Deal on a 161K-Square-Foot Lease in South Florida

Duke Realty secured a 160,793-square-foot industrial lease for a new logistics warehouse in Medley, FL. The property is one of two logistics facilities planned for the area which will be known as the Miami 27 Business Park. Read More 

The USA’s Biggest Shopping Mall Owner Is Now Its Own Tenant?

Simon Property Group is incorporating “a series of unconventional deals” that shed light on the ongoing crisis for brick-and-mortar retailers. They are trying to save big-name retailers, such as Brooks Brothers, by becoming part owners of them. Read More

Miami-Dade Office Vacancy Up a Bit, However the Outlook Is Not 100% Dark

Miami-Dade’s office real estate market reported its first negative absorption quarter-over-quarter since over a year ago. It experienced a predictable drop in office occupancy since April 2020. Read More

Florida Commercial Real Estate News – Q2 2020

The update for Q2 2020 includes: the state of the Miami-Dade retail market, tips for retail lease up effortspublic transportation in Miami, an update of the American Dream mega mall, and several property transactions.

Miami-Dade Retail Fundamentals Stay Stable During Q1 2020

Miami-Dade’s retail market is affected by the pandemic, as is the case across the board with many business sectors; however, reports coming out of Q1 2020 show that fundamentals (vacancy rates and asking rates) are staying stable for the time being.

Tips for Retail Lease Up Efforts in Summer 2020

BisNow interviewed Beth Azor, from Azor Advisory Services, to discuss the many tactics one can utilize to boost lease up efforts in the retail sector. There are many modern resources and tools that are useful for prospecting and building relationships with retail store owners.

The Saga for David Beckham’s Miami Soccer Stadium Continues

Despite having their plans to start the MLS season in March by the pandemic, Beckham and his partners are pushing forward to get new plans approved for their stadium in Miami proper. This will likely cause some litigious proceedings, but their resolve to get their stadium their way seems tireless.

Mass Transit Project Connecting Miami Beach to Downtown Miami May Be in the Form of a Monorail

For years developers have been working on plans to connect Downtown Miami with Miami Beach via public transit. After several proposals, a likely candidate to bridge the gap is the monorail.

Miami CRE Developers Adapting Plans to Have Less Retail & Bigger Offices

The pandemic has certainly shaken some business sectors, as people are adapting to the presence of the virus throughout the country / world. Due to this presence, CRE developers are adjusting plans of several ongoing projects to have smaller / less retail spaces and larger office spaces.

American Dream Mega Mall Is Inching Closer to Reality

BizJournals covers the latest updates for American Dream, the Miami mega mall that is in the works is set to break ground in 2021, and will rival Mall of America and other mega malls of the country. There are also a number of renderings provided in the report.

Grocery-Anchored Property Sold for $47M in Coral Gables

Whole Foods-anchored center, San Remo Plaza, in Coral Gables sold for $46.75 million. According to South Florida Business Journal, the mixed-use center is in an affluent part of the city.

Miami Worldcenter Hotel Developing Pandemic-Ready Medical Center

Miami Worldcenter is preparing to develop a 100,000-square-foot medical center that will be stocked with ventilators, MRIs, CT scans, and surgical rooms in order to bolster efforts in fighting and mitigating the pandemic.

Court Battle Looming for Sawgrass Mills, Owners of Dolphin Mall

Simon Property Group is trying to get out of a deal to purchase Taubman Centers’ 26 malls across the United States. This decision will likely bring them to court.

Pandemic Creates Opportunities for Latin American Investors in CRE

CPExecutive interviewed Claudio Mekler regarding the current pandemic, and how it is creating opportunities for investors from around the world, particularly from Latin American countries.

FA Commercial Seals $5M Sale of CVS Property in SF

FA Commercial set up and completed the sale of NNN CVS Pharmacy in South Florida for $4.6 million. CVS has had a number of sales at this particular property with a cap rate of 5%.

Florida Commercial Real Estate News – Q1 2020

The update for Q1 2020 includes: how CRE companies are adapting to the current pandemicMMG selling a commercial retail property, and several CRE property refinances around the state.

How Real Estate Executives Are Preparing for / Adapting to Pandemic Reality

BisNow covers the shift in commercial real estate during this “new reality” for several CRE executives around the country. One thing is for sure, “the commercial real estate industry never stops.”

South Florida Developers and Brokers Giving Back During the Pandemic

South Florida property developers and CRE brokers are giving back in various ways to the community in an attempt to assist with medical workers and others who are on the front lines.

Homeland Security Declares Real Estate as ‘Essential Business’

Real estate professionals around the United States get some welcome news, as the business sector is declared ‘essential business’ by the government’s Homeland Security Department.

Major Retailers Nationwide Furlough Employees, Withhold Rent

National retailers, such as Urban Outfitters, are implementing various tactics in order to mitigate the huge financial losses they will take while their stores are forced to be closed for the foreseeable future.

How Architecture in Real Estate Buildings Can Help Mitigate Possible Pandemics

While it is well known that architecture involves the structural and visual aspects of real estate properties, many don’t know that it also involves design of ways to mitigate possible spreading of viruses. Architects incorporate crowd control, proper ventilation and other factors t0 help curb the effects of an illness.

South Florida CRE Was Up Big in Late-2019, but Will the Trend Continue?

South Florida commercial real estate was on fire in late-2019; however, experts are speculative as to the amount of gas that is left in the tank moving into 2020.

MMG Sells Homestead Shopping Center for $22.7M

MMG Equity Partners sells the Crystal Lakes Shopping Center in Homestead, Florida for $22.7 million, at a price of $265 / square foot.

Florida-Based Grocer, Publix, Will Waive Rent for Shopping Centers it Owns

Publix steps up to the plate in assisting tenants with the current pandemic by waiving rent for the retail tenants in the many shopping centers they own around the country.

Trader Joe’s Anchored Retail Center Sold for $36 Million

Wellington Village Green Center in Wellington, Florida sold to a publicly traded company for $36 million. The shopping center is anchored by Trader Joe’s.

Miami Gardens Grocery-Anchored Retail Center Sells for $33 Million

The Palmetto Plaza in Miami Gardens, anchored by Aldi, sold for $33 million to CORE Investment Management.

Terra Group Gets $45 Million Refinance for South Florida Retail Center

Terra Group sealed the $45 million refinance of their 150,000-square-foot, Pines City Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida. It’s a mixed-use / lifestyle venue with a luxury apartment complex on the premises.

Fed Looks to Lease Warehouse Properties for Coronavirus Defense

The federal government is contacting  commercial real estate property owners and brokers nationwide to lease empty industrial / warehouse spaces for temporary medical facility purposes.

Aztec Group Seals Refinance for Miami Retail Property

Aztec Group inked a $17.4M refinance for Sunset Strip, a retail center in Miami. The property is 86,029 square feet. The center is anchored by Presidente Supermarket and Dollar Tree.

Treo Group Lands Financing for $125 Million Transit-Anchored Development in South Miami

Treo Group, based in Miami, sealed a construction loan for $33.3M to start development of VOX Miami. VOX Miami is a two-phased, $125-million transportation-anchored CRE project in South Miami.

KPR Centers Obtains $29 Million Refi for Tamarac Retail Plaza

An affiliate of KPR Centers, a real estate investment, development, and management company, inked a $28.5M loan to refinance Sunshine Plaza. The retail center is anchored by Publix and Marshall’s.

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