WHAT BUILDING FEATURES DO OWNERS NEED TO ATTRACT TODAY’S TENANTS

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MIAMI – December 14, 2021 – The South Florida office market has not only been showing signs of resilience since the early days of the pandemic, but investments have climbed to an all-time high. Since the beginning of the year, transactions for office space in the Miami area have totaled $1.3B, its highest amount within the last five years.

The demand for offices in Miami is expected to remain strong as more people return to the office. The question for South Florida building owners is: How can I attract these tenants and create a space that helps them welcome their employees back?

One way to do this is to deploy a style of architecture that encompasses personality and individual expression in the development of spaces. Another way is to bring in amenities that enhance comfort and productivity while on the job.

Jorge Bromberg, developer and managing partner at Inmobiliaria Brom, believes that both aspects are necessary to help create an ideal office environment.

Bromberg’s company has developed Optima Towers in Aventura, Florida. This new office development consists of three Platinum LEED-certified towers — The Red, White and Onyx Towers — that have been designed with a state-of-the-art style to meet the needs of today’s tenants.

Bisnow spoke with Bromberg to gain insight on how building owners can think outside the box to create visually appealing and functional office spaces that can help attract modern tenants.

Bisnow: What can Optima Towers offer its clients that an older building can’t? 

Bromberg: Our building includes aspects of architecture, construction and design that can meet tenants’ current needs and, as an added bonus, allow them to feel excited to walk into an office building that looks sleek and has a creative feel. We wanted to develop an office that could be sustainable, both in its structure and in incorporating energy-efficient technology such as solar panels that manage electricity and a sprinkler system that takes in and continually releases rainwater.

Additionally, because the South Florida weather can be unpredictable, especially with hurricanes that have the potential to cause power outages, the building has to be strong enough to hold up regardless of the circumstances — this is something we can design for with a modern building, while older buildings may not be prepared. Some of these features include large, sturdy, missile-proof glass windows throughout, a glazing that can withstand the strong winds of a hurricane while utilizing less power to keep the office at a mild temperature and a generator that is regularly inspected.

Bisnow: What was the objective of the Optima Towers project?

Bromberg: With this project, the goal was to rise above the standard of what an office space should look and feel like and create a unique experience for a diverse population of tenants.

We wanted to combine both art and design features and elements of health and wellness, incorporating the aspects of the office experience tenants find most important. Ideally, tenants who rent in Optima Towers would be looking to sign long-term leases and stay in the area.

Bisnow: What amenities are you offering?

Bromberg: Each of the buildings features a rooftop that contains a track for walking or jogging, a pool and greenery, and scenic ocean views. The campus also has places to park that total 1K SF. The campus will soon feature a café on the bottom floor of the Onyx Tower, so that tenants will be able to enjoy a premier dining experience.

To ensure a safe working environment, the campus also features design elements that are environmentally sustainable and can accommodate a post-pandemic era. These include MERV 13 filters powered by UV lighting that are dispersed into the air and contactless sink faucets and dispensers in the bathrooms. For the things that people touch on a daily basis that can’t be contactless, such as elevator buttons and door handles, we have added antimicrobial properties.

Bisnow: Can you tell us a little bit about your partners?

Bromberg: The developers did an amazing job of executing the vision of what businesses need to have an elite office experience, always keeping in mind what amenities are needed to attract tenants into the right spaces.

The towers are just a short distance by shuttle from the Brightline Aventura Train Station, offering an accessible proximity to the downtown areas of Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach as well as the shopping and dining facilities of the Aventura Mall. The Red and White Optima towers have also been recognized for their creative design.

We encourage any prospective tenant who is interested in learning more about leasing opportunities to reach out to Tere Blanca, Juan Ruiz or Randy Carballo at Blanca Commercial Real Estate.

 

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, property management, development consulting, tenant representation, tenant community services, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com.

WATERFORD BUSINESS DISTRICT NUVEEN REAL ESTATE/ALLIANZ REAL ESTATE OFFICE PORTFOLIO IN MIAMI AWARDED WIREDSCORE CERTIFICATIONS FOR HIGHEST CALIBER OF CONNECTIVITY

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MIAMI – March 31, 2021 – Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Florida’s leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm, today announced that the seven buildings in the portfolio owned by the JV between Nuveen Real Estate and Allianz Real Estate at Waterford Business District have been awarded Wired Certified Silver and Wired Certified Gold designations. WiredScore is the internationally recognized, digital connectivity rating system for real estate. The 1.65-million square-foot “Class A” office portfolio adjacent to Miami International Airport now joins an exclusive network of Wired Certified buildings worldwide that offer the highest caliber of connectivity.

Specifically, the 5200, 5201 and 1000 Waterford buildings received WiredScore Gold status, while 701, 703, 800 and 5301 Waterford achieved WiredScore Silver certification.

WiredScore is an assessment of a building’s resilience, future readiness, mobile connectivity, availability of providers and overall user experience. According to a WiredScore report, “Achieving WiredScore certification establishes the office buildings as being at the cutting edge of technology, showing that it is an office campus that’s forward-thinking in terms of connectivity, and completely digitally tailored to handle the needs of any modern business. In achieving both Gold and Silver throughout, The Waterford Business District has truly excelled in all the above criteria, proving just how future-forward its Class A office product is.”

“Investing in technology focused enhancements and infrastructure is part of our commitment to deliver a cutting-edge, connected office campus providing the highest-quality amenities and tenant experiences,” said Charles Russo, Nuveen’s Office Sector SE Regional Head and Senior Director. “We will continue to stay at the leading edge of trends as we further enhance the experience for all our tenants, from Fortune 500s and multinationals to local startup businesses.”

““ESG, innovation and digitalization are core to our investment strategy at Allianz Real Estate. We have been focusing on these aspects since 2019 when we initiated our path towards decarbonization which we plan to reach by 2050. As such, we constantly look to add value to the assets in our portfolio by fostering the implementation of user-centric features that increase tenant well-being and benefit the community where the asset is located,” said Peggy DaSilva, Head of Asset Management, Allianz Real Estate, United States.

The WiredScore certification is the latest announcement surrounding Waterford Business District. The District is recognized as Florida’s premier corporate and professional hub addressing the evolving needs of innovative companies in Miami and those relocating to and expanding in the region. The seven office properties owned by the JV are surrounded by lush landscapes, expansive lake frontage, water features and outdoor collaboration areas. The District features a broad array of on-site amenities including seven hotels, a 30,000 square-foot retail center offering varied food options, state-of-the-art conference facilities, cafes, and fitness centers as well as outdoor yoga classes, bike share, shuttle and Tesla transportation services –  which may be accessed via the WBD Tenant App; exclusive to the tenants in the Nuveen Real Estate and Allianz Real Estate portfolio.

“The WiredScore certification further evidences the ownership group’s close pulse on what today’s tenants demand from office space, and the importance of delivering best-in-class technological capabilities that ensure business continuity and connectivity,” said Tere Blanca, CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the exclusive leasing agent for the JV’s portfolio at Waterford Business District. “Based on its unique offerings, central location in Miami, proximity to Miami International Airport and the region’s major expressways, we expect to see a continued growing interest from local and out-of-state companies for existing Class A office space and for further development of build-to-suit corporate headquarters across the 30 acres of fully entitled, available land at Waterford.”

The Blanca Commercial Real Estate team for the JV’s portfolio at Waterford Business District includes Tere Blanca, Juan Ruiz and Andres del Corral. More information and lease opportunities at Waterford Business District are available by contacting the Blanca Commercial Real Estate team at info@blancacre.com or (305) 577-8850.  Waterford Business District is managed by JLL led by Amarjit Bains and Edgar Hidalgo.

 

About Nuveen Real Estate

Nuveen Real Estate is one of the largest investment managers in the world with $133 billion of assets under management. Managing a suite of funds and mandates, across both public and private investments, and spanning both debt and equity across diverse geographies and investment styles, we provide access to every aspect of real estate investing. With over 80 years of real estate investing experience and more than 600 employees* located across over 25 cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, the platform offers unparalleled geographic reach, which is married with deep sector expertise. For further information, please visit us at: nuveen.com/realestate.

 

About Allianz Real Estate

Allianz Real Estate is a PIMCO Company, comprising Allianz Real Estate GmbH and Allianz Real Estate of America and their subsidiaries and affiliates. It is the dedicated real estate investment manager within the Allianz Group and has grown to become one of the world’s largest investors in real estate. Allianz Real Estate develops and executes worldwide tailored portfolio and investment strategies on behalf of a range of global liability driven investors, creating long-term value for clients through direct as well as indirect investments and real estate financing.

The operational management of investments and assets is performed out of 19 offices in key gateway cities across 4 regions (West Europe, North & Central Europe, USA and Asia Pacific). As at 31 December 2020, Allianz Real Estate held $87.3 billion assets under management. For more information, please visit: http://www.allianz-realestate.com

 

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, property management, development consulting, tenant representation, tenant community services, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com.

BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AND WEWORK ANNOUNCE AN EXCLUSIVE BROKERAGE PARTNERSHIP IN MIAMI

Blanca Commercial Real Estate to Lease 480,000 square feet in seven WeWork Locations

 

Miami, FL, March 5, 2021 – Today, Blanca Commercial Real Estate announced it has been selected as the exclusive broker for WeWork, a global leader in flexible space solutions, in seven locations throughout Miami.

Ranging from individual suites, to private floors, to entire buildings, the greater Miami area WeWork portfolio includes:

  • Brickell City Center in Brickell – 79,000 SF
  • Southeast Financial Center in Downtown – 89,000 SF
  • Wynwood Garage in Wynwood – 30,000 SF
  • Giralda Place in Coral Gables – 57,000 SF
  • 2222 Ponce de Leon in Coral Gables – 35,000 SF
  • 429 Lenox Avenue in Miami Beach – 44,000 SF
  • 830 Brickell Plaza in Brickell – 147,000 SF (opening ~2023)

In today’s dynamic workplace environment, flexibility is the top priority for many companies looking for workspace. WeWork offers flexible lease terms and move-in ready space complete with meeting rooms, on-site staff, unique common areas, phone booths, stocked kitchens and business-class office amenities including printers and wireless connection. Additionally, tenants have access to the amenities that are unique to each building, such as fitness centers, bike rooms and on-site parking.

Over the past year, WeWork has invested in updating their entire portfolio of over 700 buildings to adjust for social distancing protocol and enhanced safety features. Because of these efforts, WeWork’s health and safety measures, response plans and space modifications have been independently audited and endorsed by Bureau Veritas, and the company has been awarded a certificate of conformity.

“We are thrilled to launch a collaborative effort with WeWork to meet the office space requirements of anyone looking to establish or expand operations in South Florida. WeWork’s exceptional inventory of office space is an ideal choice for companies and entrepreneurs who can benefit from deploying the fully stocked and furnished, ready-for-occupancy workspace and complete array of concierge style office services and community networking that WeWork can provide on an immediate basis.” said Tere Blanca, Chairman & CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate.

The Blanca Commercial Real Estate leasing team for the Miami WeWork locations is led by Executive Vice President David M. Valdez and Associate Alex Marquez with strategic support by Chief Executive Officer Tere Blanca. For more information about office leasing, please contact david.valdez@blancacre.com or alex.marquez@blancacre.com.

 

About WeWork:

WeWork is a global leader in flexible space, providing businesses of all sizes with the space, community, and services they need to run and grow their business. With 859 locations, in 151 cities in 38 countries across the world, WeWork delivers flexible space solutions to its 542,000 members worldwide.

 

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, property management, development consulting, tenant representation, tenant community services, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com.

STYLISH ON MAIN

A new downtown development offers more urban living, some of the city’s most modern office space – and a new grocery store.

 

FORT LAUDERDALE MAGAZINE,– January 4, 2021

Potential central Fort Lauderdale residents want Flagler Village-style options south of Broward Boulevard, in the heart of downtown. Potential office tenants want state-of-the-art amenities and facilities that give employees the options they want. The increasing number of people living downtown want a supermarket right where they live.

Broadly, these were the ideas that led the Stiles Corporation to a new downtown development that could be said to be ambitious, even by their standards. The Main Las Olas, a 1.4-million-square-foot mixed-use development on East Las Olas Boulevard near SE Second Avenue, includes a 27-story tower, 341 residential units at a mixture of price points, and retail including a GreenWise Market.

The first residents began moving into Novo Las Olas, the development’s residential side, in late November. As this story was being written, GreenWise was aiming for a late December opening, and Stiles was considering retail tenants for the Las Olas side of the development.

People at Stiles have been thinking about a project like this for some time – and believe that now is the right time to make it happen.

“The vision of this project started 8 to 10 years ago,” Stiles CEO and board director Ken Stiles says. “We’ve put a lot of thought into it. We looked into the downtown market. We felt like it was the right time…for a new building to be built.”

Though just one of a number of tenants, the GreenWise Market is a key part of the development. Owned by Publix, GreenWise locations tend to be smaller – like this one, often on the ground floor of buildings rather than standalone Publix supermarkets.

“With the GreenWise concept, it’s not your traditional Publix,” Stiles says. “It will have your regular groceries, but for a lot of it, it will be prepared foods” like a Whole Foods or a Fresh Market.

Photography: Stiles.

“Our relationship with Publix has been great over the years,” Stiles says. “I think we’ve developed 41 Publixes throughout the Southeast. In the last six years, they really wanted a location around downtown.”

Stiles looked around Flagler Village, but with so much multistory residential being built there, it was never going to work financially to find a spot for a standalone Publix, Stiles says. A GreenWise sounded like the better option for central Fort Lauderdale. When Publix looked at the area’s demographics – the increasing number of people living downtown, within walking distance to work and entertainment – they liked what they saw.

“If we’d suggested this 10 years ago, I don’t think they would have agreed,” he says. “They felt they had the walkability to move forward for it.”

Photography: Stiles.

A supermarket in the building is also a great offer for attracting tenants. “We felt that it’s going to be the biggest amenity, and also the hype,” Stiles says. He thinks residents will also be attracted by what goes in on the Las Olas side, although they’re still looking at exactly what that is going to be.

“On the Las Olas side, we’ve got a lot of interest,” he says. “We’re just kicking around what we’re going to do there – whether it’s going to be more restaurant related, social, or a bank, which we’ve considered as well.”

The apartments themselves have a number of different price points, with the least expensive coming in at less than $1,800 a month.

Photography: Stiles.

“This was really the (question) from the beginning – how do we build a downtown building for the resident who lives in Flagler Village? Give somebody south of Broward something with a grocery store, something walkable,” Stiles says. “That’s how the design really came about.”

It feels different from other Stiles projects. “It’s got a more edgy feeling, I would say,” Stiles says. “It’s a lot more exposed concrete; we’ve got graffiti artists going in to add art to it.” That said, it’s also got amenities like a pool deck and grilling/socializing spaces. Social spaces are also a big part of the development’s other component, its office space.

There have been hardly any new office buildings built in downtown Fort Lauderdale in the last couple decades, Stiles notes, and when they were thinking about this one, he and several others flew around the country looking at other new office developments.

“The glass is a perfect example,” he says. “We wanted a different look than we’ve done in the past.” The only place that the non-glassy, transparent glazing system they wanted had been used was in one building in Denver, which they looked at.“That was one of the first differences we did on the aesthetic side of it.”

Meanwhile the 14-foot slab for a floor meant 12-foot glass in the offices. “And it has been a wow factor when tenants have toured the space,” he says.

Photography: Stiles.

They also took some of what they’d learned about residential developments and incorporated it into the office side. That means a residential-style lounge or amenity area, outdoor bar and firepit, patio and breakout spaces with a living room feel.

There’s also a gym, showers and a bike storage system. They felt it was important for the gym to have shower facilities for those who want to cycle to work, have a jog at lunch or work out before going to work.

It’s all part of an ongoing activation of the downtown portion of Las Olas. Twenty years ago, Stiles notes, the part of Las Olas that anyone not working there wanted to visit ended at the tunnel. Eventually restaurants spread out – but then Third Avenue became the kind-of cutoff. Now downtown is becoming one uninterrupted space.

“It’s not just our project but all the projects there,” Stiles says, “that are really activating that part of Las Olas.”

BLACKSTONE’S TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS TEAM CLOSES LEASE AT SHORENSTEIN’S 2 MIAMICENTRAL

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BLACKSTONE’S TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS TEAM CLOSES LEASE AT SHORENSTEIN’S 2 MIAMICENTRAL

 

NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO and MIAMI,– January 4, 2021 – Blanca Commercial Real Estate,

 Shorenstein Properties, LLC (“Shorenstein”), an owner and operator of high-quality office, residential and mixed-use properties across the U.S., today announced that Blackstone (NYSE:BX) has signed a 41,000-square-foot lease at 2 MiamiCentral in Downtown Miami. Blackstone intends to create a new office to expand the firm’s in-house technology capabilities with plans to hire more than 200 tech-focused employees in Miami in the coming years.

Following today’s announcement, 2 MiamiCentral is now 98 percent leased to a diverse base of national, institutional tenants including Carlton Fields, Ernst & Young and New Fortress Energy. The building is located in Miami’s thriving downtown district, immediately adjacent to the MiamiCentral train station.

Miami is a vibrant city with a pipeline of top technology talent available from best in class university programs, as well as an experienced workforce that will enable us to diversify our talent pool and grow our technology team. 2 MiamiCentral’s prime downtown location and access to mass transit make it an ideal office location,” said John Stecher, Blackstone’s Chief Technology Officer.

“Shorenstein is pleased to welcome Blackstone to 2 MiamiCentral and Downtown Miami,” said Claude Esposito, Vice President, Capital Transactions at Shorenstein. “South Florida has long been a strategic focus for Shorenstein, and Blackstone’s commitment to 2 MiamiCentral is a testament to the property’s distinct features and desirable, transit-oriented location. As the working world continues to evolve, we remain focused on providing our tenants with high-quality office spaces that are equipped with cutting edge technology to prioritize safety and sustainability.”

Shorenstein’s ownership of properties in South Florida also includes The Main Las Olas in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, a newly delivered mixed-use development that includes a 25-story, 385,000-square-foot Class A office building that is currently leasing to prospective tenants. In addition to the property’s amenities, which include covered and uncovered outdoor terraces with ocean views, club rooms, lounges, flex multipurpose spaces and a state-of-the-art fitness center, The Main Las Olas’ adjacent residential tower, Novo Las Olas, will have Fort Lauderdale’s first Publix GreenWise on its ground floor. Publix GreenWise is a grocer that offers a variety of organic, natural and specialty groceries including a hot bar with ready-to-go items.

“This is an exciting deal that comes as Miami sees a wave of new-to-market activity. The South Florida office market is thriving and continues to attract world class tenants such as Blackstone,” said Danet Linares, Vice Chairman of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. “This deal affirms South Florida’s position as the technology hub in the southeast.”

Financial terms of the lease were not disclosed. Blackstone was represented by Alan Kleber and Ryan Nunes of JLL. Shorenstein was represented by Danet Linares of Blanca Commercial Real Estate with support from Andres del Corral and CEO Tere Blanca.

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate
Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, property management, development consulting, tenant representation, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com.

About Shorenstein Properties LLC
Founded in 1924, Shorenstein Properties LLC is a privately-owned, real estate firm that owns and operates high-quality office, residential and mixed-use properties across the U.S., with offices in San Francisco and New York. Since 1992, Shorenstein has sponsored twelve closed-end investment funds with total equity commitments of $8.8 billion, of which Shorenstein committed $723.5 million. The firm uses its integrated investment and operating capabilities to take advantage of opportunities that, at the particular time in the investment cycle, offer the most attractive returns. Investments have included ground-up developments, asset repositioning and stabilized assets; investment structures have included asset acquisitions, mezzanine loans, preferred equity investments and structured joint ventures. These funds have invested in properties totaling 67 million square feet in transactions with a gross investment value in excess of $16 billion. More information is available at www.shorenstein.com.

CITIGROUP CENTER SELECTS BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AS EXCLUSIVE LEASING AGENT

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CITIGROUP CENTER SELECTS BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AS EXCLUSIVE LEASING AGENT

 

MIAMI – September 24, 2020Blanca Commercial Real Estate,

Florida’s leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm, today announced that it has been selected as the exclusive leasing agent for Citigroup Center, located at 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131, in downtown Miami. The move comes as the building recently completed a $20 million renovation, enhancing the building’s entrance, lobby, common areas, amenities, and the valet arrival area.

The iconic, 34-story, Class A office tower with 813,000 square feet of leasable space, features some of the most spectacular, unobstructed, panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and Bayfront Park. Citigroup Center is owned by Crocker Partners, a premier owner-operator and developer of commercial real estate throughout the Southeast and Southwest U.S., and the largest office landlord in Florida.

Citigroup Center also offers a remarkable set of amenities including on-demand tenant services via a mobile app and virtual platform, an exclusive tenant lounge, state-of-the-art conference facilities and flexible meeting rooms, along with diverse on-site dining options. The high-rise building also connects to the iconic Miami Intercontinental Hotel giving tenants access to concierge services, a top-of-the-line fitness center, and restaurants.  Additionally, Citigroup Center offers the highest efficiency in space utilization within the marketplace, allowing tenants to maximize their space utilization to effectively manage their occupancy costs. The building is also the only Class A Office tower on the east side of Biscayne Boulevard offering direct access to Bayfront Park and waterfront walking paths.

The Blanca leasing team at Citigroup Center is led by Blanca’s Executive Vice President Randy Carballo with support from Blanca’s Associate Nicole Kaiser while under the strategic leadership of Blanca.

More information and lease opportunities at Citigroup Center are available by contacting Blanca Commercial Real Estate at (305) 577-8850.


About Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, property management, development consulting, tenant representation, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com.


About Crocker Partners

Active in the commercial real estate business for over 35 years, Crocker Partners has established a reputation as a premier owner, operator, and developer of office and mixed-use projects throughout the Southeast and Southwest United States. Since 1986, Crocker Partners has acquired and managed over 154 properties, totaling 45.9 million square feet and representing $5.4 billion invested. They are currently Florida’s largest office landlord and rank 39th largest in the United States. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, they have regional offices in Miami, Jacksonville, and Atlanta.

BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SELECTED AS EXCLUSIVE LEASING AGENT FOR THE MAIN LAS OLAS

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BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SELECTED AS EXCLUSIVE LEASING AGENT FOR THE MAIN LAS OLAS

 

MIAMI – September 15, 2020Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Florida’s leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm, today announced that it has been selected as the exclusive leasing agent for The Main Las Olas, located at 201 E. Las Olas, in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

Spanning a full city block and slated to deliver in November 2020, the project redefines the city’s epicenter with 1.4 million SF of mixed-use office, residential and retail space that stands alone across South Florida as nothing short of revolutionary. Combining a dramatic and stunning 25-story all-glass design by nationally acclaimed architecture firm Cooper Cary with world-class leading amenities, The Main Las Olas offers nearly 370,000 SF of office space with expansive 12-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for maximum light, volume, and transparency. Connected to a luxury apartment tower with a Publix GreenWise grocer on the ground floor, the office tower’s outdoor and indoor amenity spaces, conference centers and fitness center rival even the most cutting-edge office spaces found across the region.

“We are delighted to be awarded an assignment as remarkable and dynamic as The Main Las Olas,” said Tere Blanca, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. “Considering its design, amenities, central location, and proximity to mass transit and travel corridors, the work done by Shorenstein and Stiles at The Main Las Olas has given Ft. Lauderdale a premier trophy office project that will no doubt draw quality companies across various industries from the South Florida region. It will also be of great appeal to companies looking to move their headquarters to Florida or open new satellite offices.”

The Main Las Olas offers a compelling range of amenities totaling 11,012 SF for its prospective tenants. They include a full-fledged fitness center, office lounges and conference centers, all found on a beautifully appointed 3,303 SF amenity deck and wraparound “Sky Deck” that features panoramic views of Las Olas.
LEED Gold-certified and with a focus on environmental consciousness and the wellness of its occupants, tenants at The Main Las Olas will also enjoy energy efficient, touchless fixtures, electric vehicle charging stations, and a state-of-the-art ionized air filtration system that helps eliminate airborne virus, allergens, and mold particles. The building is inspired by the vibrant culture and energy found in the Las Olas neighborhood and is proximate to the Brightline Ft. Lauderdale Station, which allows it to easily connect with Miami-Dade and Palm Beach, offering tenants the ability to attract and retain top talent from all three counties.

Tenants at The Main Las Olas include the law firms of Akerman and Berger Singerman and holding company BBX Capital.

“Blanca Commercial Real Estate’s stellar reputation and track record in South Florida speaks for itself,” said Stiles President Scott MacLaren. “We look forward to working closely with their team on our overall leasing strategy as we near completion of this iconic project on Las Olas.”

The Blanca leasing team at The Main Las Olas includes Vice Chairman Danet Linares, Associate Sky Jones with strategic leadership from Tere Blanca.
More information and lease opportunities at The Main Las Olas are available by contacting the leasing team at Blanca Commercial Real Estate at (305) 577-8850.


About Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, property management, development consulting, tenant representation, build-to-suit advisory services, and land/investment property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com.


About Shorenstein

Founded in 1924, Shorenstein approaches real estate as a dynamic business driven by ever-changing tenant requirements, demographic trends, technological innovation, and global capital flows. Shorenstein is a privately-owned real estate firm that owns and operates high-quality office, residential and mixed-use properties across the U.S., with offices in San Francisco and New York. Shorenstein currently manages assets totaling more than 23 million square feet and valued at over $9 billion.


About Stiles

Stiles has shaped the downtown Ft. Lauderdale skyline for nearly seven decades, creating a legacy of development that is unrivalled. Established in 1951, Stiles is a full-service commercial real estate firm with a clear mission: Invest. Build. Manage. Stiles services include development, construction, tenant project management, brokerage, property management, architecture, asset management, acquisitions, and financing. They are recognized for developing and constructing more than 48 million square feet of award-winning office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use properties as well as luxury residential communities throughout the Southeast, with offices in Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE ADDS SKY JONES AS ASSOCIATE IN BROKERAGE SERVICES AND KATRINA MIRAZO AS LEASING AND MARKETING COORDINATOR

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BLANCA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE ADDS SKY JONES AS ASSOCIATE IN BROKERAGE SERVICES AND KATRINA MIRAZO AS LEASING AND MARKETING COORDINATOR

 

MIAMI – June 23, 2020Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Florida’s leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm, today announced that Sky Jones has joined the firm as an Associate and Katrina Mirazo has joined as Leasing and Marketing Coordinator. This is the latest in an ongoing series of strategic hires as Blanca Commercial Real Estate continues its expansion plans to provide strategic real estate advisory and brokerage services across the region.

 

Jones has joined the firm’s tenant representation practice to help companies secure the space that best aligns and supports their needs. Prior to joining Blanca, Jones built a strong track record of successful outcomes for clients as an Associate at Jones Lang LaSalle.

 

Mirazo joins Blanca’s marketing team and will support the firm’s brokerage team and implement new digital marketing strategies. Leveraging more than a decade of experience, she is a well-seasoned marketer with extensive knowledge, ranging from graphic design and website development to event logistics and sales. Before joining the firm, Mirazo worked as a Porsche Assistant Service Manager and E Commerce Manager at The Collection, and as a Senior Regional Manager at Newmark Knight Frank.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Sky and Katrina to our team who are fully aligned with our company’s client-first approach, culture of collaboration and unwavering commitment to excellence ,” said Tere Blanca, CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. “Their talents will be instrumental in our efforts to continue to develop and implement customized strategies that deliver outstanding results for our clients.”

 

Added Jones: “It is an honor to join this highly renowned team of professionals, one whose leadership, teamwork and ethics are unsurpassed within the South Florida community. Through my collaboration, my goal is to deliver added value to our clients and support the firm’s continued success.”

 

Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida with a concentration in professional sales, and he was a key member of the UCF Professional Selling Program.

 

Mirazo also added: “I truly admire the Blanca team for its unrelenting nature as it continues to grow steadfast during these difficult times. I look forward to bringing that same level of zeal and tenacity to my work.”

 

Mirazo received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Master of Science in Global Strategic Communications from Florida International University. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Art Direction from Miami Ad School.

 

About Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in Florida, provides a complete range of brokerage and advisory services to owners and users of commercial real estate. Established in 2009, the firm is noted for delivering distinct client value through a personalized approach, unique methodology, data-driven insight, vast network and deep community engagement. Practice areas include landlord representation, tenant representation, build-to-suit advisory services, land/investment property acquisition and disposition and property management services. For more information, visit www.blancacre.com

Opinion: Landlords are adopting ‘must-have’ technologies to remain competitive

Predictions For South Florida CRE in 2020

December 18, 2019

By Deidra Funcheon

So 2019 is drawing to a close, having given the world of commercial real estate things we expected — like a booming industrial market — and things we didn’t (WeWork and opportunity zones were among the greatest flops of the decade). Bisnow asked some South Florida real estate pros what 2020 may bring. Here are their thoughts:

Jeff Gordon, vice president, JLL:“We have a number of interesting new office developments delivering or in the pipeline across Miami’s office market over the next few years. This will create variety and optionality not previously seen in Miami as it pertains to emerging submarkets, deepening options in changing submarkets and the way in which the office use is amenitized with other product types across the market as a whole. This variability will provide opportunities for tenants that approach their future leasing with a proactive strategy. In line with this, it will also be interesting to see the impact that the continued expansion of the Virgin Trains stations will have on the connectivity of Aventura and Boca with our Central Business Districts and the continued goal of connecting Florida’s growing talent and workforce.”

 

Tere Blanca, founder and CEO, Blanca Commercial Real Estate:

“Miami’s vibrant and diverse economy, its business-friendly environment (and tax advantages) and its convenient lifestyle and connectivity to the world via Miami International Airport will continue to spur the relocation to Miami of talented professionals and companies across various industries both domestically and internationally.
Key factors driving this movement include this increase in people relocating here due to tax incentives including the lack of a state income tax. The strong population growth in the past five years, with continued projected growth, will continue to motivate companies to establish a presence in Miami. Also, the uncertain political climate in key Latin American countries may attract investment into Miami from these markets that include Mexico and other nations. With limited new office supply delivering in 2020 and robust demand from companies touring the market, we expect the market to remain stable and steady with positive absorption and modest increase in rents. Also, new office deliveries in 2020 will be well-received given Miami’s persistent flight-to-quality trend and this in turn will drive owners of older, existing buildings to undertake strategic renovations to remain competitive. With flight-to-quality prominent among tenants today, we expect new supply to attract tenants across various submarkets, while also attracting new-to-market entrants.”

Courtesy of Tere Blanca Tere Blanca, founder, chairman and CEO of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate.

Cory Yeffet, director of acquisitions, Integra Investments:
“We expect multifamily development and sales to remain active in 2020. Although rent growth has slowed due in part to significant new supply, demand remaining strong and multifamily cap rates remaining at record lows will continue to support a healthy development and sales environment. This is why Integra continues to be active in the sector, with four multifamily projects under development in South Florida, including the 315-unit Bella Vista project in Lauderdale Lakes, which we intend to deliver and stabilize in 2020. The biggest commercial real estate concern we see for 2020 is the uncertain impacts of the election year, and how global economic and sociopolitical dynamics may slow down private sector expansions.”
Doug Jones, co-founder and managing partner, JAG Insurance Group:
“For about the last 10 years, rates have consistently gone down. But with the influx of natural disasters, reinsurance went up in 2019 and that will continue in 2020. That trickles down to the consumer. Also, while risk of sea level rise continues to be a concern, thanks to the recent expansion of the private flood market, consumers will actually have more options in 2020 than ever before to make sure their assets have the proper coverage.”

David Druey, Florida regional president, Centennial Bank:
“I predict minimal, if any, slowing down in deal flow of construction financing in any of the major sectors. Smart developers are seizing the opportunities of low interest rates through use of bank financing for construction financing and securing forward commitments with institution investors for stabilized projects. The ongoing major risk is if the developer can actually complete the project on time and budget. Most of the more substantial projects, outside of apartments, typically have the stabilization piece solved prior to construction commencement.”

Ronald Fieldstone, partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr:
“The new EB-5 regulations went into effect at the end of 2019 and we are still seeing increasing interest from investors, especially from Latin America, in the EB-5 program despite the higher threshold. Over the past 10 years, developers have grown dependent on raising EB-5 capital to finance their projects due to the low cost of EB-5 borrowing. We expect it to continue to remain a viable source of financing for development projects in downtown Miami west of Biscayne Boulevard, Little River, areas around Miami International Airport and certain sections of Coconut Grove.”
Stephen Rutchik, executive managing director, Colliers International:
“Although one of the original iterations of coworking, WeWork has collapsed on a corporate level, I expect that the concept and most of the existing locations will continue to perform well over the next year. On a larger scale, office landlords in South Florida are increasingly incorporating the coworking concept into existing office buildings. This is attracting new tenants who previously would have either been priced out of traditional office space or who require flexibility that a traditional lease cannot provide. The coworking concept is much larger than WeWork. It has quickly become a part of the American office culture and I expect this trend to grow in the coming years.”

Adam Lustig, partner and incoming real estate practice group leader, Bilzin Sumberg:
“With continued low interest rates, increased employment and significant population growth, I expect the South Florida real estate market to remain strong in 2020. In particular, I see health-related real estate and senior housing as areas of opportunity with the aging of the population and the need for urgent care centers, hospitals, medical office space and senior housing facilities. As shopping center owners try to adapt to dramatic changes in the retail market, medical, health and wellness uses will continue to expand. The major threats to continued growth in South Florida remain traffic, lack of public transportation and affordable housing. One other threat that is not being talked about enough, but that we are very focused on, is the phase-out of Libor at the end of 2021 which affects trillions of dollars of commercial real estate loans.”

Chris Chakford, managing director of origination, Kawa:
“Kawa sees ground leases as an ongoing trend in 2020 as banks pull back on commercial fee simple financing in non-core markets, most notably in hospitality and office sectors. With sponsors needing creative solutions to fill out capital stacks and lessen their equity requirement, Kawa has created a ground lease program that offers a complete financing solution to meet these needs. This type of financing vehicle offers a highly adaptable bifurcation structure that accommodates owners’ needs while typically enhancing returns, providing tax benefits, being nonrecourse, and mitigating interest rate risk by offering perpetual financing. In the last three years, Kawa has executed 12 ground lease transactions with a total value in excess of $652M and anticipates ground leases to be a prominent alternative for providing creative financing solutions with flexible capital that can be deployed quickly as we look ahead into 2020.”

Peter Mekras, president of Aztec Group:
“2020 is likely to be a year filled with volatility. Interest rates and the political environment both locally and nationally will be the main drivers of market volatility in 2020. Irrespective of the trend of volatility in 2020, we expect capital markets to remain liquid. Equity capital will continue to flow into Florida real estate in 2020. Florida will maintain its label as one of the few states positioned for strong long-term fundamentals and a uniquely favorable business environment for real estate investors. Florida is projected to experience better than national trend employment growth and will continue to benefit from strong population growth. Rental apartments, senior housing and well-located office and shopping centers will be the beneficiaries.”

Lissette Calderon, president and CEO of Neology Life Development Group:
“Allapattah is seeing significant residential and commercial real estate investment underway that will enhance the neighborhood’s appeal and quality-of-life offerings. With Miami’s growing population seeking lifestyle living alternatives within the urban core at attainable price points, our mission is to provide a solution to this need by developing attainable luxury rental units that are modern, functional and offer upscale amenities.”

Michael C. Brown, executive vice president and general manager, Skanska USA Florida:
“Come the new year, I anticipate the two sectors poised to fuel Miami’s economic growth will be healthcare and higher education, which continue to be the largest sectors for us across the state and in South Florida. I believe we will also continue to see a more pronounced shift into environmentally friendly building, specifically with companies looking to minimize their carbon footprints.”

Martin Melo, principal, The Melo Group:
“2020 will prove to be a year full of challenges, mostly driven by the political landscape throughout Latin America, the upcoming elections and the increasingly low interest rates and low income tax in Florida. We can expect to see an influx of new residents who come to South Florida searching for a more attractive and stable socioeconomic climate as opposed to the current situation in their own countries. The demand for multifamily and market-rate apartments will continue to rise and interest rates will remain low, which will ultimately spark a bigger interest from developers and investors in the area.”

Shawn Gracey, executive vice president of hospitality, Key International:
“As the hospitality industry becomes increasingly diverse, there will be even more emphasis on presenting a unique value proposition to today’s travelers. We’ve found that our customer profile is seeking experience-based and design-driven accommodations in key coastline cities, which led us to develop the AC Hotel by Marriott in Fort Lauderdale Beach, which will be one of the newest, upscale select-service properties in the area when it’s delivered next year.”

Rishi Kapoor, CEO, Location Ventures:
“Pointing to various indicators, the fortress submarkets of Miami’s luxury condo inventory are the prominent choice in 2020, compared to areas of oversupply. Foreign buyers will remain a challenge, despite promising pockets from target countries in Latin America; the true stability is in the end user, who traditionally purchases a primary residence rather than investment product, and is more likely to focus on lifestyle moves in the market. This is why more protected submarkets, such as Coral Gables, will be a strategic play, as we’re seeing a wave of retirees or empty nesters, coupled with growing families, seeking to place roots in a neighborhood with a thriving business environment, limited top-tier condo product and a historic record for stability.”

Miguel Díaz de la Portilla, attorney, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr:

2020 will be an exciting year of American Dream Miami. We have our land use and zoning approvals in place and will be finalizing the design of the project, applying for administrative site plan approval, and moving forward with continuing to work on infrastructure. This will all be happening at a time when people from all over the world are beginning to experience the magnificence of American Dream Meadowlands in New Jersey. Triple Five just opened the entertainment center that serves as a sneak peek to how American Dream Miami will look and the tremendous benefit that it will have on our local economy.”

Opinion: Landlords are adopting ‘must-have’ technologies to remain competitive

Opinion: Landlords are adopting ‘must-have’ technologies to remain competitive
November 25, 2019

Tere Blanca is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc., an independently owned commercial real estate services firm headquartered in Miami.

Radically transforming commercial real estate, new technology — much of it in the form of convenient, user-friendly apps — is being adopted by property owners wishing to remain relevant and competitive. Landlords who want to work smarter, protect their properties, and attract and retain tenants, do well to become acquainted with future-forward technology redefining property management and tenant relations.

While numerous contenders may vie for attention, the following are tried-and-tested options being used in many commercial spaces throughout Miami.

One of the original ground-breaking companies in the industry, Kastle Systems, established more than five decades ago, provides an integrated platform of cutting-edge solutions, delivering both excellent consumer experiences and landlord peace-of-mind. Tenants can conveniently open or unlock property doors with their smartphones, doing away with the need to carry cardkeys or fobs, while allowing landlords to entrust the task of making their space safer to a dedicated team.

On call 24/7, they provide video surveillance, visitor and identity management tools, and monitors alarms, security reports, repairs and more. CUBE WYNWD, a RedSky Capital office project, relies on Kastle Systems to provide top security and access for its tenants. Additional disruptors in the security systems space include Kisi and Openpath.

Another provider of advanced technology that has become invaluable for landlords seeking to better understand real space needs and save costs — Mapiq tracks activity within your office space and building common areas in a single dashboard. A heatmap reveals how people are concentrated throughout the building or a space.

The data, collected in the analytics dashboard provides quantified statistics over time, enabling confident, strategic decisions. For employees, this cloud-based solution facilitates finding available desks and meeting rooms and other employees. With Mapiq, landlords, tenants and employees access tools which effectively position them to have control over their environment.
Additional solutions include Jabra, TrueView Heatmap by Mirame.net and several others that are in development phases.

A third resource — award-winning HqO, connects tenants to their community, facilitates commerce, and provides content, among other features. This app provides the means to maximize positive tenant experiences and strengthens the tenant-landlord relationship.

HqO enables tenants to pay for the amenities and services offered throughout the building; be apprised of events taking place on or near the property, and receive timely notifications, while also providing messaging and concierge services. It can also be used to control the environment in the building, including opening doors and accessing common areas. HqO brings a wealth of information and a smart tool for communication which tenants can access by simply picking up their smartphones.

Other apps that focus on the tenant experience include Comfy, Bixby and SkyRise, and many traditional property management platforms are also launching similar tools.

Yet another innovative option is Motionloft, developed by a leader in artificial intelligence and computer vision, it is rapidly gaining in popularity. Utilizing wireless sensors, Motionloft gathers real-time vehicle and pedestrian data, enabling developers to gauge foot traffic and attract retailers accordingly. Currently, Goldman properties in Wynwood utilizes this solution, allowing them to gauge traffic throughout their retail and dining spaces.

A fifth tool, Kepler Analytics is designed to decrease operating costs and enhance customer satisfaction. Kepler analytics measures sales in stores outfitted with sensors which allows it to monitor individual stores to entire regions — forecasting which stores will meet daily targets and which might need a little attention. It also controls access.

RetailNext, ShopperTrack and Aislelabs are also similar tools being leveraged in the retail sector.

Commercial real estate landlords who expand their offerings to include mobile platforms and future-forward technology are amplifying their competitive edge, facilitating how they market their properties, and securing tenants and their properties. Using one’s phone to book a conference room, pay rent, learn about an upcoming event, access building areas, and much more, is a convenience tenants will soon come to expect.

Savvy landlords will do well to stay at the forefront of the technology curb as this technology becomes more ubiquitous and helps to shape the future of commercial real estate.

Tere Blanca is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc., an independently owned commercial real estate services firm headquartered in Miami. She may be reached via email at tere.blanca@blancacre.com or via LinkedIn here. www.blancacre.com.ents will continue to hold with moderate rent increases, if any.”