Downtown Miami tower sold for $27.5M

March 2, 2016

The 23-story Courthouse Tower in downtown Miami traded for $27.5 million.

Courthouse Tower LLC, managed by Richard Donovan in Coral Gables and Christopher W. Bramley in Garner, Massachusetts, sold the 162,510-square- foot mixed-use building at 44 West Flagler Street to New York-based Brickman. RKF Senior Directors Benjamin Mandell and John Ellis and Executive VP Drew Schaul represented the buyer. The seller was represented by Mika Mattingly.

Santander Bank provided a $20.6 million loan to the buyer.

The price equates to $169 per square foot. The building has 7,137 square feet of retail space and 155,373 square feet of office space, with tenants such as Sabadell United Bank and GEICO Insurance. It’s near the county courthouse and county government center.

The city recently started building pedestrian and street enhancements to Flagler Street downtown.

“Brickman’s acquisition of the Courthouse Tower in Miami marks an important milestone and makes a big statement for the future of Downtown, as it highlights the market’s potential and Brickman’s desire to play an important role in revitalizing the area,” said Mandell. “There are plans to renovate the existing office spaces and upgrade the building’s common areas to better suit Brickman’s vision for Downtown Miami.”

Brickman hired Blanca Commercial Real Estate to lease Courthouse Tower.

“Courthouse Tower perfectly aligns with Brickman’s strategy to acquire assets in prime locations around the country, and renovate and reposition the assets to attract high-quality tenants and maximize their potential and stature within the community,” CEO Tere Blanca said “Brickman’s vision for Courthouse Tower includes investing significant capital to renovate and reposition the building from an aesthetic and functional point of view, including everything from a new lobby and elevators to adding tenant amenities such as conference and fitness centers.”

Courthouse Tower was built on the 7,440-square- foot site in 1974. It last traded for $27.5 million in 2006 – the same at its recent sale.

Brickman buys Courthouse Tower in downtown Miami: $28M

March 2, 2016

New York-based Brickman has made its second commercial real estate purchase in downtown Miami with the $27.5 million acquisition of the Courthouse Tower.

In February, Brickman paid about $34 million for the newly renovated and repositioned 200 Southeast First building. The private real estate equity fund is an owner, operator and investor in office buildings across major markets in the United States.

The 26-story, 162,510-square- foot Courthouse Tower building, at 44 West Flagler Street, was originally built in 1974. It’s across the street from the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, near All Aboard Florida’s Brightline station and surrounded by property Moishe Mana has purchased over the past two years. The mixed- use tower has about 7,100 square feet of retail and the remaining 155,373 square feet are office space.

Mika Mattingly of the Mika Miami team represented the seller, Courthouse Towers LLC, an entity owned and operated by the Donovan family.

Ben Mandell and John Ellis of RKF represented Brickman, which more recently paid $31.1 million for a former cigar factory in Long Island City. The downtown Miami sale, which breaks down to about $155 per square foot, closed on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Mattingly told The Real Deal.

Brickman paid $239 per square foot for the 200 Southeast First building. Brickman has plans to renovate the building and upgrade the common areas, elevators and lobby, Mandell said in a press release. Tenants include Sabadell United Bank GEICO Insurance, CityYear and a number of law firms.

Tere Blanca, president and CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, told TRD that rents in the building range from the mid $20s to low $30s. Brickman brought on Blanca to lease the tower, as well as New York- based MKDA to design the renovation. The building is currently about 80 percent occupied. Blanca said the goal is to elevate the Class B building to a B+ or event A-. “By the end of the fall, we’ll have lots to show,” she said.

Downtown Miami is in the midst of significant redevelopment. Mana has spent more than $200 million in the area, with plans for retail, office and residential projects. Other investors, such as Danny Lavy and Daniel Pena, have also joined in. Pena will open the Langford Hotel, a former bank building, in March.

“[Downtown Miami] is at the very end of the selling period and then we’re going to go through a period of renovation and complete change,” Mattingly told TRD.

The county has also funded part of a $13 million improvement plan for Flagler Street that will include expanded sidewalks, more trees, new benches and bicycle racks. The beautification project broke ground earlier this year and is currently working on installing drainage structures, according to a weekly update released on Monday.

Mattingly said the beautification project is moving quickly. She said downtown Miami will be “brand new” in about two years.

Previous sales information for the property was not available online. Brickman financed the sale with a $20.6 million mortgage from Santander Bank, county records show