NEWS PICK-UPS: MHCommercial Acquires Myrtle Beach Retail Center

A few media organizations have picked up our Press Release on the recent acquisition of Prince Creek Village, an 18,000-square-foot retail center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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MHCommercial Real Estate Fund Acquires Publix Shadowed Anchored Shopping Center in Myrtle Beach MSA for $4,850,000

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

West Palm Beach, Fla. – MHCommercial Real Estate Fund, a real estate investment fund recently launched by principals of leading South Florida Commercial Real Estate firm NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, has announced the completion of its second acquisition, Prince Creek Village located at 11920 SC Highway 707, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, a fast-growing suburb of Myrtle Beach.

Prince Creek Village is a 92% occupied 18,000-square foot, Publix shadow-anchored commercial center built in 2017. The property’s tenants include Edward Jones Financial Advisory, Tidelands Health Family Medical Center and a number of popular local restaurants. The property was purchased from Columbia Properties, Inc. for $4,850,000. LoanCore Capital provided financing for MHCommercial Real Estate Fund.

Jordan Paul, Principal of MHCommercial Real Estate Fund stated, “We are excited to close our second investment this month for MHCommercial Real Estate Fund. Prince Creek Village aligns well with our goal to invest in well-located, high-quality commercial properties with strong economic and demographic growth in the Southeastern United States. Prince Creek Village enjoys an outstanding location adjacent to a new Publix grocery store in one of the most affluent communities in the fast-growing Myrtle Beach metropolitan area. Our affiliation with the NAI Global network gave us outstanding insight into the local market and the property’s strong tenant base includes a diverse mix of popular local medical, financial service businesses and restaurants which will provide our investors with immediate cash flow and the opportunity to realize additional value as the area continues to grow.”

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman has been retained to manage the property and Myrtle Beach-based NAI Lachicotte has been retained to lease the property.

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NEWS PICK-UPS: MHCommercial Real Estate Fund & 2601 Oakland Park

A few media organizations have picked up our Press Release on the launch of the firm’s real estate fund, MHCommercial Real Estate Fund I, and the fund’s first purchase of 2601 Oakland Park Blvd.

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PRESS RELEASE: MHCommercial Real Estate Fund Acquires 2601 Oakland Park Boulevard for $11,750,000

West Palm Beach, Fla. – MHCommercial Real Estate Fund, a real estate fund recently launched by principals of leading South Florida Commercial Real Estate firm NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, has announced that its affiliate has acquired 2601 Oakland Park Boulevard, a 60,000 square foot office building located at 2601 East Oakland Park Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The property was purchased for $11,750,000 or $196 per square foot. KeyBank provided financing for MHCommercial Real Estate Fund and attorney Stuart Kapp of Kapp Morrison represented MHCommercial Real Estate Fund in the transaction.

Dung Lam, Principal of MHCommercial Real Estate Fund stated “We are very pleased that the first purchase of the Fund is a first-class office building with an outstanding location in the dynamic Fort Lauderdale market. Additionally, 2601 Oakland Park has recently been completely renovated offering its tenants one of the area’s highest quality professional office environments. This premier property is located in the high-end Coral Ridge neighborhood, just minutes from all of the exciting development in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This acquisition provides our investors with strong immediate cash flow and a significant opportunity for value creation as Fort Lauderdale establishes itself as a 24/7 gateway city with a vibrant live/work/play environment.”

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman has been retained to manage and lease the property. To learn more about leasing opportunities please contact Maxwell Pawk at 561-471-8000.

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PRESS RELEASE: Strong Investor Demand and Southeastern Growth Results in Launch of MHCommercial Real Estate Fund I

West Palm Beach, Fla. – The principals of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman announced today the closing of its initial private real estate fund, MHCommerical Real Estate Fund I. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is a 35-year old commercial real estate firm based out of West Palm Beach that has acquired over $300 million of commercial real estate projects over the last five years. Its principals Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM, Jordan Paul and Dung Lam have combined with Joseph Sprouls, the former global head of commercial real estate services for CitiGroup and MetLife, to launch the Fund based on strong demand from its investors seeking institutional-quality commercial real estate investments in Florida and the fast-growing Southeastern United States. Former Torchlight and LNR Property Asset Manager Corey Winsett has joined the Fund as Director of Acquisitions and Asset Management.

A diverse group of more than 50 limited partners committed to MHCommercial Real Estate Fund, including high net worth individuals and family offices. MHCommercial Real Estate Fund will focus on strong cash flowing office, retail, industrial and multifamily properties in the fast-growing Southeastern United States and expects to acquire between $150 and $200 million of property over the next 12 months through a combination of direct investments and joint ventures with institutional partners.

“We are excited about the launch of our Fund and grateful for the strong support that we have received from our investors,” said Jordan Paul, principal of MHCommercial Real Estate Fund. “We see tremendous long-term growth opportunities in Florida and the Southeast. Our real estate and capital markets experience combined with our affiliation with NAI Global, which has over 375 offices with unparalleled local market expertise in Florida and the Southeast, will provide our investors with unique access to investment opportunities along with institutional quality management.”

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PRESS RELEASE: 1 E Broward’s Newest Tenants: Tech, Law, Construct & Cruise

West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate firms, has completed nearly 33,000-square-feet of lease transactions at 1EBroward on behalf of 1 E Broward Owner, LLC, who purchased the property in the fourth quarter of 2018. The property is a Class-A, 19-story, 351,705 square foot downtown Fort Lauderdale professional office building.

1 E Broward delivers Class-A Office Space in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM who leases the property with Associate, Maxwell Pawk stated, “It is no secret the downtown Broward office market is exploding. 1 E Broward is located on the hard corner of Andrews Avenue and Broward Boulevard, a short walk, Uber or scooter ride from the Brightline station. Its location is what drives interest in the property. It is the first-class amenities, like the property’s shuttle service, concierge and state-of-the-art fitness center that allow the property to edge above its competition.” 

Recent lease transactions include:

  • 17,000 SF lease renewal to national law firm, Hinshaw Culbertson
  • 7,000 SF lease to Mystic Cruise Lines, the Portuguese cruise expedition company’s US headquarter location
  • 5,200 SF lease to information and technology company, Beesion Technologies
  • 2,200 SF lease to national general contractor, Falcon Construction
  • 1,400 SF lease to law firm Slatkin & Reynolds

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PRESS RELEASE: ULI West Palm Beach Development and Investment Forum Showcases Extraordinary Citywide Growth

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 10, 2019) –   A collection of some of Florida’s leading commercial and residential real estate developers, architects, and urban planning experts gathered today to speak to a crowd of almost 300 about real estate trends, opportunities and related issues at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) West Palm Beach Development and Investment Forum at the Hilton West Palm Beach.

Chairman Neil Merin, of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, kicked off the three-hour program by itemizing the highlights of more than $3 billion worth of new investment in West Palm Beach either underway or planned.  This includes 2,336 hotel rooms, 3,520 residential units, 1,310,000 sq. ft. of new Class A office space and Hospital for Special Surgery’s first expansion outside its home base in New York. These investments are “game-changers for the city,” according to Raphael Clemente, executive director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, a co-sponsor of the event with ULI. “The entire city is flourishing, and downtown development is the most intense it’s been since the days of Henry Flagler. The big difference is that today, our planners are steering the kind of growth that advances the quality of life for all.”

“All of the new Class A office space will help stabilize rates and allow us to fulfill the demand from out-of-market companies looking to locate here,” Merin said. The new residential units and major commercial projects have contributed to a recent increase in the city’s tax base of 13.5 percent, he added, a number that is expected to keep rising.  He also cited the extensive recent upgrades to some of the city’s cultural institutions bringing them to world-class levels, especially the Norton Museum of Art and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. “Investment in arts and culture adds real value to the continued viability of the real estate market. There is a direct correlation.” (Click here to view a slideshow of his presentation.)

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The Buzz! Beeline Commons coming to the Palm Beach Park of Commerce

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman tapped to lease the retail development at Beeline Commons.

West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate firm, announces the retail leasing assignment of Palm Beach Park of Common’s Beeline Commons, 15519 Beeline Highway, 15279, 15319, and 15320 Commercial Circle in Jupiter. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman has partnered with Palm Beach Investment Property LLC to bring two 2,200-square foot quick service restaurants and a 5,600-square foot gas station/convenience store to the 9.54-acre Beeline Commons development.

All three sites will be located at the entrance of Palm Beach Park of Commerce to service the needs of the 70 existing businesses and 4,800 current employees. Additional area development plans include Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch Florida surf park, TPA Group’s latest warehouse, a four-story medical office building and a 75,000-square foot, 120-room hotel. Pratt & Whitney and a major aviation complex also anchor the business park.

“The Beeline Highway area and Palm Beach Park of Commerce have become a destination for industrial users. With workforce growth comes the need for retail, Palm Beach Investment Property LLC purchased property in 2017 with that foresight in mind. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is proud to partner with Beeline Commons in assisting to fill that need,” stated NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM.  The NAI/Merin Hunter Codman leasing team consists of Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM and Bruce Corn, Retail Services Group’s Managing Director. To learn more about leasing opportunities please call 561-471-8000.

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PRESS RELEASE: Industry Leaders Recognizing Industry Leaders

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman receives top CoStar, South Florida Business Journal, SIOR, CCIM and NAIOP commercial real estate awards and recognition.

West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate firm, has been recognized by top commercial real estate organizations: CoStar Group, Inc., Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), National Association of Industrial and Office Parks South Florida Chapter (NAIOP), and the South Florida Business Journal, for 2018 commercial real estate transactions and property management.

CoStar Group, Inc., the commercial real estate analytic leader, recognizes professionals and firms who closed the highest transaction volume in their respective markets by awarding CoStar’s prestigious Power Broker Awards. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman has been a CoStar Power Broker Award recipient for 16 consecutive years. 2018 Power Broker awards include:

  • Top Sales Firm
  • Top Leasing Firm
  • Top Retail Leasing Broker, Bruce Corn

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman was also again recognized by the South Florida Business Journal in the 2019 Book of Lists as the #1 Property Management firm in Palm Beach County and #16 in South Florida. Rankings are a based on rentable square feet managed as of July 2018.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM was recognized by both SIOR and CCIM for 2018 transactions. Mr. Merin was listed in SIOR’s Top Transaction Award Winner and CCIM’s Biggest Deal of 2018 announcements. The firm was also a finalist for NAIOP South Florida Chapter’s 2018 Office Sale of the Year: Over $50 Million for their participation in the purchase of 1 East Broward, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Jordan Paul, CEO of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman stated, “The market expertise provided by our team of professionals sets NAI/Merin Hunter Codman ahead of the pack. It is a true honor to be recognized as an industry leader.”

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Neil Merin Recognized as 2018 SIOR Top Transaction Award Winner

Please find an excerpt of SIOR’s Press Release below.

“SIORs are known around the world as the elite commercial real estate professionals in their respective market and specialty,” said Robert G. Thornburgh, SIOR’s Global President. “The Top Transaction Award Winners have truly distinguished themselves as the best of the best in the industry. We would like to congratulate all the recipients of this tremendous honor and for continuously delivering extraordinary results to their clients throughout the year.”

The top five transactions of the year are:

  1. David Schmidt, SIOR, and Stephen Gibson, SIOR, both of Colliers International, arranged the $245 million sale of 445,058 square feet of office space in Santa Clara, California;
  2. Damian Rivera, SIOR, of ESRP arranged the $110 million lease of 1,252,908 square feet of office space in Plano, Texas;
  3. Neil Merin, SIOR, CCIM, of NAI Merin Hunter Codman arranged the $108.5 million sale of 351,705 square feet of office space in Fort Lauderdale, Florida;
  4. Mark Detmer, SIOR, CCIM and Bo Mills, SIOR, of JLL arranged the $98 million sale of 1,009,387 square feet of industrial space in Phoenix, Arizona;
  5. Mark Zorn, SIOR, of Colliers International arranged the $94.2 million sale of 702,663 square feet of industrial space in Rialto, California.

SIOR has also recognized the Top 50 Office Deals, Top 50 Industrial Deals, Top 10 Office Sales, Top 10 Office Leases, Top 10 Office Investment and Top 10 Industrial Investment. For a complete list of the 2018 SIOR Top Transaction lists, click here.

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