National Bank recommits to a long-term, 10,000 square-foot lease at Commercial Tower, Fort Lauderdale

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s Managing Director, Adam Starr, represented the landlord in over 17,000 square feet of leasing transactions in the first quarter of 2021.

West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate firm, announces the completion of over 17,000 square feet of leasing in the first quarter of 2021 at Commercial Tower, 2101 W Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Landlord representative and NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Managing Director Adam Starr’s latest deal is another example of South Florida office leasing holding strong despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Centennial Bank, a subsidiary of Home BancShares (NASDAQ – HOMB), just recommitted to a long-term lease for 10,763 square feet. Cushman & Wakefield’s Jeff Holding represented Centennial Bank in the transaction.

NRNS Acquisition 2101 Commercial LLC purchased Commercial Tower, a 94,532 square-foot, 5-story professional office building in 2016. Over the past 24 months ownership has invested over a million dollars in property improvements. A partial list of upgrades includes remodeling of the lobby and common area restrooms, installation of brand-new elevator cabs, as well as exterior parking lot and landscaping improvements. Remodeling of common area hallways are underway and will be completed over the next 18 months. Mr. Starr added, “Landlords who continually reinvest in their properties, creating inviting environments, and who remain committed to improving the tenants’ work experience always fare better during downward and upward market cycles. The pandemic may still be defining this cycle and personal business plans, but due to the commitment of Commercial Tower’s ownership, we have been able to lease space to new tenants, as well as retaining existing tenants who are excited about the changes throughout the building.”

CEO Jordan C. Paul states, “Adam is 100% correct. The characteristics that made South Florida a great place to live and work are still in place and our region is bouncing back from this pandemic and welcoming new northern companies every day. Landlords must position their properties now to remain on incoming tenants’ shortlists of potential space. I’d like to acknowledge Adam for a job well done on advising his clients on how to position themselves through this market cycle.”

To learn more about office space available at Commercial Tower please contact Adam Starr today at 561-471-8000 or astarr@mhcreal.com.  To view the stunning lobby click here.  

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Congrats to MHC’s 2020 Broker of the Year: Bruce Corn!

Bruce Corn earns his 9th Broker of the Year award from top South Florida commercial real estate firm, NAI/Merin Hunter Codman

West Palm Beach, FL – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate firms, is pleased to announce the firm’s 2020 Broker of the Year winner, Bruce Corn.

This marks the 9th Broker of the Year win for Managing Director, Mr. Corn, who has led NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s Retail Services Group since 1993. Despite the uncertainties the start of the COVID-19 pandemic played on the commercial real estate market, especially in retail, Mr. Corn was able to successfully complete sales and leasing transactions for his retail clients throughout 2020.

“The economic challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the global commercial real estate market and economy are unprecedented. Bruce Corn who has navigated positive and negative market cycles for nearly 30 years, leaned on his veteran experience and was able to steer his clients through this uncertain time with his thoughtful approach and decisive recommendations. It’s an honor to award Bruce Corn, as he is a true asset to both his clients and NAI/Merin Hunter Codman. We look forward to continued success for Bruce and his clients, as we anticipate a strong rebound for South Florida in 2021,” said Jordan Paul, Chief Executive Officer of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman.

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NEWS PICK-UPS: Esperante Hires Dynamic MHC Leasing Team

Thanks to the following media organizations who have picked up our Press Release about the leasing assignment of the iconic Esperante Corporate Center in West Palm Beach.

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PRESS RELEASE: Esperante Office Building Hires Dynamic and Diverse Leasing Team in Downtown West Palm Beach

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman tapped to lease iconic Esperante Corporate Center.

West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate firm, is proud to announce that it has been retained to oversee all leasing for the iconic 20-story, 256,000 square-foot, Esperante Corporate Center located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach at 222 Lakeview Avenue.

RedSky Capital, who purchased this premier trophy property in 2016 and recently completed over $8 million in property renovations, awarded the leasing assignment to one of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s most diverse, experienced and productive leasing teams. The office leasing for Esperante Corporate Center will be led by Managing Directors Lesley Sheinberg and Barbara LeBrun, SIOR who will be supported by Commercial Associate Alexandra Bazo with the retail portion of the property being handled by NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s long-time Retail Service Group Managing Director Bruce Corn.

“Esperante Corporate Center has been an iconic part of the West Palm Beach skyline since 1989. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman has been a force in the Palm Beach County commercial real estate marketplace just as long, if not longer. Their long-term local market leadership, local and global connections, and proven track record made them a perfect fit to represent Esperante,” cited Ben Stokes, Principal of RedSky Capital.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s Lesley Sheinberg added, “Esperante is a premier commercial property, offering an array of first-class amenities and services. The stunning renovations combined with the exciting retail aspect of the property makes it a highly competitive prospect for out-of-state firms coming to South Florida to take advantage of our favorable and tax-friendly business climate along with our incomparable lifestyle. We are seeing more and more businesses leaving large metropolitan areas and relocating to West Palm Beach in response to the challenges posed by the coronavirus. Esperante’s owners and our team welcome the opportunity to introduce this one-of-a-kind downtown West Palm Beach jewel to office and retail users across the country.”

Esperante Corporate Center offers a variety of floor plans to suit multiple needs, including build-to-suit and move-in ready options for boutique and corporate headquarter users alike. The building is currently offering ±600-35,000 square feet of office space with full floor opportunities and retail space from ±600-2,400 square feet, including high-visibility café opportunities. To learn more please visit EsperanteWPB.com or call 561-471-8000.

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PRESS RELEASE: Lockdowns Have Not Locked Up Commercial Real Estate Transactions

— Two of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s commercial real estate experts discuss what it takes to close transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic. —

West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate firm, acknowledges that commercial real estate transaction activity has slowed throughout the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic but the firm notes that it has not been locked down entirely. Two of the firm’s seasoned veteran brokers, retail expert Bruce Corn and office market specialist Adam Starr, have successfully completed nearly $10,000,000 in lease and sale transactions while most of South Florida’s shelter-in-place mandates remain in place. The secret to their success has been what they have always done… servicing their long-time clients with updated market intelligence and creative deal making options.

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Long-time office veteran Adam Starr and retail expert Bruce Corn represent two different commercial real estate market sectors, but they have two things in common – expertise in navigating positive and negative market cycles, as well as long-term, trusted client relationships.

Local office market expert, Adam Starr, who joined NAI/Merin Hunter Codman in January 2020, just six weeks prior to the pandemic shutdown, has facilitated transactions in excess of $5.4 million on behalf of his clients, completing lease transactions in excess of $4.5 million and one building sale in Jacksonville, on behalf of a long-time local client, for $910,000, completed just last week.

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Bruce Corn, who has led NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s retail services for nearly 30 years, has completed both sales and lease transactions totaling over $5.5 million on behalf of his clients.

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NEWS PICK-UPS: Golden Bear Plaza Acquisition

A few media organizations have picked up our Press Release on the recent acquisition of Golden Bear Plaza in Palm Beach Gardens.

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MHCommercial Real Estate Fund and Waterfall Asset Management Acquire Prestigious Palm Beach Office Project – Golden Bear Plaza – for $49,750,000

— NAI/Merin Hunter Codman has been retained for the management and leasing of the property –

West Palm Beach, Fla. – MHCommercial Real Estate Fund LLC (“MHC”) a Florida based discretionary private real estate fund has formed a joint venture with Waterfall Asset Management, LLC (“Waterfall”), a New York based institutional asset manager, to acquire Golden Bear Plaza, an iconic 243,000 SF, Class-A, office complex located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for $49,750,000.

Golden Bear Plaza, a three-building project originally developed between 1985 and 1990 by Jack Nicklaus’ development company, is a locally recognized landmark with panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean that serves as home to some of the most prominent tenants in South Florida including AT&T, Otis Elevator Company, Pike Electric, Dycom Industries, NextEra Energy, SlimFast and Zimmer Biomet 3i.

The 90% occupied property is the third acquisition for MHC which was formed in the fall of 2019 by Dung Lam, Neil Merin and Jordan Paul, Principals of West Palm Beach, Florida based NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc. along with Florida based real estate veteran Joe Sprouls to acquire income producing properties with strong cash flow potential in dynamic markets throughout the Southeastern United States. Corey Winsett, MHC Director of Acquisitions and Asset Management, spearheaded the due diligence for MHC working with Shutts & Bowen LLP who served as counsel for the purchaser under the direction of Art Menor.

“We are very pleased to have successfully closed this transaction in a challenging environment,” said MHC Principal Jordan Paul, “Golden Bear Plaza is a trophy asset that aligns perfectly with MHCommercial Real Estate Fund’s investment goal to acquire high-quality assets in growing Southeastern markets. The property benefits from a strong and diverse tenant base and we are particularly pleased to have an exceptional financial partner in Waterfall Asset Management.”

The project represents the first office acquisition in South Florida for Waterfall, a New York based registered investment advisor with approximately $8.8 billion in assets under management as of February 1, 2020. Patti Unti, Managing Director in charge of commercial real estate equity for Waterfall said, “The acquisition of Golden Bear complements our portfolio with the addition of a well performing asset within a desirable sub-market while partnering with a best-in-class local operator, MHC.”

Financing for the project was provided by M&T Bank under the direction of Senior Relationship Manager Steve Potting. MHC Principal Dung Lam, who structured the financing with M&T Bank stated, “The acquisition of Golden Bear fits very nicely with our investment thesis and hurdles. We were able to structure a phenomenal loan with M&T Bank that will allow us to realize this asset’s potential. This was our first deal with M&T Bank and we hope it’s the first of many as we deploy the remaining capital in our fund.”

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman will provide property management and leasing services for the new ownership group under the direction of MHC Principal Neil Merin, SIOR, CCIM who said, “After 17 years of providing leasing and management services at this iconic office project, we are excited to step into an ownership role and continue to operate this first-class office project as part of our portfolio”.

Jason Sundook, SIOR and Lesley Sheinberg will oversee leasing for NAI Merin Hunter Codman and may be contacted at 561-471-8000.

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PRESS RELEASE: Major Boca Raton Office Campus in Foreclosure Sale

— NAI/Merin Hunter Codman bringing former Canon Solutions Campus to market. —

West Palm Beach, Fla. – The former Canon Solutions America, Inc. customer experience and showroom center, located in the Park at Broken Sound, is being offered for sale by Court Appointed Receiver Neil Merin, Chairman of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman. The receivership is the result of a foreclosure action filed due to a loan default which occurred when Canon’s long-term lease expired. Consisting of 143,290 square feet of office space situated on 12.24 acres in Boca Raton’s premier mixed-use development, the site and building is one of the largest commercial real estate offerings in Boca Raton, Florida.

According to Mr. Merin the property is being offered on an “as-where is” basis. “This is a significant piece of real estate that has generated much interest as a result of the foreclosure,” Mr. Merin stated, “I expect to market the property and accept bids for just a few weeks before selecting a buyer.” The property is located at 5600 Broken Sound Boulevard NW, Boca Raton, Florida 33487. It was constructed in 2002 to the highest corporate levels as a build-to-suit for the former tenant. Features of the property include a full backup generator facility, over 450 on-site parking spaces, an on-site full-service cafeteria with indoor and outdoor seating, and the offices all feature raised floor electrical distribution for easy reconfiguration and layout. Additionally, due to the large site size, there is potential to add significant additional building area to the existing structures.

For additional information about this opportunity please contact Neil. E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM at 561-471-8000.

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A Commercial Real Estate Starr Joins NAI/Merin Hunter Codman

Former CBRE First Vice President Adam Starr joins NAI/Merin Hunter Codman as Managing Director in the brokerage division.

West Palm Beach, FL – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate firms, is pleased to welcome South Florida commercial real estate expert, Adam Starr, to the firm’s brokerage team as Managing Director. Mr. Starr will be specializing in the sale and leasing of office and industrial properties throughout south Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Mr. Starr, a six-time CoStar Power Broker Award winner, brings over two decades of commercial real estate expertise to NAI/Merin Hunter Codman. Mr. Starr has successfully negotiated over 15,000,000 square feet of sales and lease transactions throughout South Florida for firms such as CBRE, Brenner Real Estate Group, and the Trammell Crow Company. Mr. Starr’s focus will remain in tenant and landlord representation, as well as investment sales.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome a seasoned, commercial real estate professional to our firm. Adam has successfully navigated a wide variety of transactions through all of South Florida’s market cycles. He is a well-liked and highly respected industry expert that is known for his market knowledge, tenacity, professionalism and absolute commitment to the highest level of service for his clients,” stated Jordan Paul, CEO, NAI/Merin Hunter Codman.

“I have done business with Adam many times over the years. He has developed a remarkable track record of creating value and attaining favorable financial returns for his clients. He is a very welcome addition and will be a true asset to the firm’s brokerage team,” stated NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM.

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