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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Big Wins for NAI Merin Hunter Codman Founder and Chairman, Neil E. Merin

We want to wish a hearty congratulations to our Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM for his recent big wins!

CCIM’s Biggest Deals of 2019

A big “Thank You” to Neil and the rest of the team that worked on our 1 East Broward acquisition, which made it as a CCIM 2019 Biggest Deal! View the interview of all finalists at these links: View Link | View PDF | FL CCIM Link

Key highlights of Neil’s interview include the notions “Approach each opportunity as a partnership,” and “Knowledge: know your market and product better than anybody else. Expertise: become an expert at whatever segment you deal in. Credibility: make sure you have a reputation for honesty, integrity, expertise, and knowledge.”

SFBJ’s 2019 Structures Awards

1 E Broward was a finalist in the Terry Stiles Deal of the Year Award, but the big win of the night was Neil Merin’s acceptance of the Dealmaker of the Year Award. View the SFBJ’s fantastic write-up about the awards here: View Photos | View Article | PDF Article | View Acceptance Video

Neil said, “I’m not the young hotshot in the business when I started. Building teams and helping people launch their careers is really what I enjoy, more than just doing the deal. I just love what I do. I live, eat and breathe this business.”

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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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Neil Merin and Firm Nominated for 2019 SFBJ Structures Awards

We’re excited to share that our Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM, and the firm, have been nominated as finalists in the 2019 SFBJ Structures Awards, which aims to honor sky-line changing projects, distinguished developers and outstanding architects at its fourth annual event. Categories include top projects in retail, architecture and design, hospitality, as well as the Developer of the Year and the Terry Stiles Deal of the Year.

Neil has been nominated as Dealmaker of the Year and the company has been nominated for Deal of the Year with it’s 1 E Broward acquisition. We’re honored to be included and wish a hearty Congratulations and Good Luck to all nominees!

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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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