NEWS PICK-UPS: The Workspace at The Press

A few media organizations have picked up our Press Release on the firm’s new property management and leasing assignment of The Press, the former ±300,000 SF Palm Beach Post campus located at 2751 S Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.

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Office Buildings in a “War for Talent”

Enjoy the below excerpt from the article “Office Park Near Miami Becomes the Latest to Add Perks to Compete” by Paul Owers of CoStar.

Call it the Facebook effect. New high-tech campuses in California built by social media giant Facebook and search engine Google have spurred workplace makeovers across the nation, and building owners have taken notice. In those campuses, the key is to make the workplace a fun place to hang out, with game tables and available food, with one benefit being that workers may hang around the workplace longer. As more offices adopt the practice, others feel the need to keep up.

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Savvy landlords are giving their office buildings a sense of place and making them sites for “playful entertainment,” said Neil Merin, chairman of the NAI / Merin Hunter Codman brokerage in West Palm Beach, Florida. “That’s the way people prefer to work today,” Merin said.

Merin is working with the new owner of The Palm Beach Post building in West Palm Beach to turn a sterile conference room on the first floor into an inviting meeting space that could feature a coffee bar and lounge areas.

“A really hip hotel lobby – that’s exactly what I’m shooting for,” he said.

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Out with the Palm Beach Post (campus) and in with The Press

— NAI/Merin Hunter Codman tapped to manage and lease former 300,000 square foot Palm Beach post campus. —

West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate firm, is proud to announce the property management and leasing assignment of The Press, the former 300,000+ square foot, 11.4-acre Palm Beach Post campus located at 2751 S Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. Tricera Capital acquired the campus for $24 million from Palm Beach Post Newspapers, an affiliate of Cox Media Group in early March 2019.

Tricera Capital, headed by Scott Sherman and Ben Mandell plans to transform the campus, now titled The Press, into a unique and innovative retail, entertainment and office space experience. The Press will consist of two concepts. The property’s warehouse component will be converted into The Shops at The Press and the office building will be transformed into The Workspace at The Press.

“Scott and Ben of Tricera Capital have vision, determination and knowhow. They are experienced redevelopers who successfully identify and develop unique and inspiring projects in sometimes older, over looked areas. Areas that are rich in history with properties that are begging for their unique stories to be told. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is honored to partner with Tricera, to tell the story of The Press”, 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 Commercial Associates Christopher T. Smith and Jaime Chamberlin. To learn more about leasing opportunities please call 561-471-8000. 

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Trophy Deals Galore: Downtown Office Towers Trade in Slowing Market

Excerpt from the Daily Business Review article by Lidia Dinkova; published 2/25/19.

Trophy office towers have been trading across South Florida in spite of the regional market slowing down after five years of robust growth.

“In South Florida in general, (we are) attracted to the job growth and the population growth,” said Kevin Chin, senior vice president with PCCP LLC, which bought two South Florida office towers last year. “There is substantial development going on in downtown.”

The real estate finance and investment management firm with offices in California and New York bought downtown Miami’s SunTrust International Center for $127 million and as part of a joint venture bought downtown Fort Lauderdale’s 1 E Broward for $108.5 million.

1 E Broward “is a well-leased building. It’s the closest office building to Brightline, so we thought that was attractive as well,” Chin, who is based in New York, said using Virgin Trains’ previous name.

PCCP bought the 19-story Fort Lauderdale building in a joint venture with West Palm Beach-based NAI/Merin Hunter Codman from Ivy Realty.

For NAI/Merin, a commercial real estate services firm that has started buying as well, the purchase was motivated in part by Fort Lauderdale’s growth.

“I can tell you a lot of the young people in my office who formerly would have gravitated to Miami or Delray Beach are now choosing instead to move to Fort Lauderdale,” said Neil Merin, NAI/Merin chairman, and founder.

The purchase also made sense for PCCP because the $127 million price tag is much less than new construction, Chin noted. Both SunTrust and 1 E Broward offer an upside in rental revenue, too.

Ivy Realty, which sold 1 E Broward, invested $5 million in renovations in the 1984 tower and raised the occupancy to 91 percent. Since the sale, the rate is up to 93.5 percent.

At the same time, rents have remained below market, according to Merin.

The average now is $18 per square foot, triple net, compared with the average market rate of $30 to $35 per square foot, he said. Rents won’t be increased to the market rate but may hit $28 a square foot.

Aside from the Fort Lauderdale train station, the tower is just south of FATVillage, a once dilapidated warehouse district that’s experienced a rebirth.

“It looks very much like Wynwood five or maybe six years ago,” Merin said, referring to FATVillage. “Instead of being adjacent to the worst neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, it (1 E Broward) is adjacent to the most attractive neighborhood in the city.”

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PRESS RELEASE: J.G. WENTWORTH HOME LENDING IS EXPANDING TO 951 YAMATO

— NAI/Merin Hunter Codman represented the owner, 951 Yamato Acquisition Company LLC an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC, in the 10,661-square-foot transaction. —

West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate services firm, is pleased to welcome J.G. Wentworth Home Lending LLC to 951 Yamato. J.G. Wentworth Home Lending LLC, a direct mortgage lender, is expanding into 10,661 square feet at 951 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL. Jay M. Grossman, President and Director, Richard W. Brockney of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman represented the Landlord, 951 Yamato Acquisition Company LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC. Tom Farmer, Vice-President of Office Leasing at Colliers International represented the tenant.

Due to a successful repositioning of their business model, poised to capture a larger portion of the purchase market sector, J.G. Wentworth Home Lending had outgrown its existing 7,000-square-foot office space. Assistant Vice President, Direct Lending, Evan Pruzan of J.G. Wentworth Home Lending stated, “We toured the Boca Raton market for six months with sights set on finding a Class-A office building, packed with amenities, which offered an above standard parking ratio. 951 Yamato met and exceeded our requirements. The building is a perfect fit and the perfect location to achieve our recruiting and retention objectives.”

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NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Reaches New Heights

It’s with great excitement and pride that we share a recent milestone for our company – the NAI/Merin Hunter Codman name has been placed atop the Centurion Tower building! This is a grand accomplishment for a firm who humbly resided in a partial second floor space at the building for nearly 30 years. Our recent move to the seventh floor combined with building signage is a testament to the firms stability and dedication to West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County and South Florida.

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Ways Landlords Can Leverage Technology to Increase Revenues

As a landlord, you’re always looking for ways to give a boost to the bottom line. With technology a huge part of that bottom line these days, it only makes sense that you’re going to look to it not only to increase revenue but to improve your tenants’ experience as well.

So what are the ways in which you can do this? Here are a few that we’ve collected:

Use machine learning and artificial intelligence for optimal pricing strategies. With many new companies emerging with the exact intent of using data analytics and machine learning to predict rent-related factors, you won’t have to do all the heavy lifting yourself. These companies include Enodo as well as HouseCanary – but you’ll be able to find many competitors out there as well.

Include high-speed internet in the rent, which in turn increases the rent you’ll be able to charge. Starry Internet is a great example of in-house internet that you can install, giving tenants quality internet connection and yourself a reason to increase your rent roll.

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