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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Neil Merin Listed as One of Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders

Neil Merin is honored to have made the Florida Trend’s annual “Florida 500” list, comprised of the Sunshine State’s most influential business leaders.

More than 65 leaders from the Palm Beaches made the list, a testament to the value they provide to our rapidly growing region. “They are assets to Florida, providing ideas and solutions to the issues that accompany rapid growth,” said David G. Denor, Publisher of Florida Trend 500.

More than 30 of the leaders are BDB members, including our very own Neil Merin. | View PDF of BDB release.

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NEWS PICK-UP: Northbridge Centre Trades Hands for $98 Million

Please enjoy excerpts below from the original article by Alexandra Clough, Business Writer at the Palm Beach Post, featuring insights from Neil Merin. View PDF | View Article Link

The Northbridge Centre office tower last week traded hands for $98 million, as investors continue to pour money into West Palm Beach property. The 21-story office tower at 515 N. Flagler Drive sold to 515 N. Flagler Drive Owner LLC, a partnership of C-III Capital Partners and Vanderbilt Office Properties, according to sources. The tower’s prior sale was in 2016, when it sold for $68 million.

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The Northbridge sale took place after its recent owners, Connecticut-based Greenfield Partners and Crocker Partners of Boca Raton, spent three years and an estimated $15 million upgrading the office complex.

The black-glass office tower, nicknamed the Darth Vader building, underwent a renovation that included upgrades to its lobby and common areas and the construction of a conference facility. Some space was built out for prospective tenants, too.

The 294,000-square-foot Northbridge leased up with law firms and hedge funds but reportedly lost out on a big tenant, WeWork, the trendy co-working space. Word is WeWork took a hard look at Northbridge but decided not to lease space in West Palm Beach. Instead, the co-working space leased four floors in a new office tower in Miami.

As it stands, Northbridge still has plenty of vacant space, at a time when two new office complexes, Rosemary 360 and One West Palm, are being built.

Peter Reed, Managing Partner of Commercial Florida Realty Services, which handled Northbridge’s leasing, said new tenants such as Evercore Wealth Management and Atlantic Street Capital bolstered the county’s efforts to brand downtown West Palm Beach the “Flagler Financial District.” Law firms such as Fisher Potter Hodas also took space in the tower, which Reed, a golf aficionado, said was a “chip shot” away from the courthouse.

Nevertheless, Neil Merin, chairman of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman in West Palm Beach, said the office tower still has about 54,000 square feet of vacant space. Merin said two full floors remain vacant, meaning that tenants wanting to be on the water still have good choices for space.

Brokers say there’s already plenty of office space available in downtown West Palm Beach right now. In fact, Merin recently made a presentation before an Urban Land Institute conference in West Palm Beach on the topic. In his speech, he noted downtown’s 17 percent vacancy rate, featuring about 285,000 square feet of available space.

360 Rosemary Square, a 297,000 SF Class-A office development coming to West Palm Beach. Photo Credit: www.rosemarysquarewpb.com

Brokers characterized the West Palm Beach office market as a “move around market,” with new office buildings usually poaching tenants from existing buildings. Few large new office users come to the market. The Comvest deal is a perfect example of this trend, they said.

This fact contradicts statements by developers, business and government leaders who maintain there is an immediate and desperate need for more Class A space downtown.

Merin said in the short term, the supply of office space might swell to more than 786,000 square feet with the addition of two more office complexes, keeping office rents in check.

In the long run, however, Merin expects downtown West Palm Beach’s office space will fill up as more financial and business firms move to Florida from high-tax states in the Northeast.

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Neil Merin Named 2019 Power Leader in Real Estate

The South Florida Business Journal released their 2019 Power Leaders in Real Estate list, spotlighting 100 outstanding South Florida real estate professionals.

It’s no surprise that Neil made the list – along with our friend Jeremy Larkin, Co-chairman at NAI Miami. We want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to all of the professionals listed! Your hard work, expertise and determination have truly shined and we’re happy to recognize you as leaders in our market.

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Commerce Pointe Gold Sells for $8.5 Million

Hats off to Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM and Jason L. Sundook, SIOR who represented the buyer in the $8.5 million sale of Commerce Pointe Gold, a 99% occupied, 43,433 SF office building at 1800 S Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. The property previously sold for $4.3 million in 2011.

Commerce Pointe Gold is adjacent to I-95 and minutes from everything that downtown West Palm Beach has to offer including Brightline, Rosemary Square and the Flagler Financial District, offering an ideal location for Palm Beach County professionals.

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Portuguese Cruise Line Chooses 1 E Broward for American HQ

Mystic Cruises, a recently acquired brand of Portuguese travel and tourism company Mystic Invest, has chosen 1 E Broward for their American headquarters. The new cruise line focuses on offering Polar expeditions with destinations including Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica, and Europe.

Mystic Cruises inaugurated their first ship in April 2019, the newly built World Explorer, and have two more ice-class ships in the works: World Voyager and World Navigator.

Maxwell Pawk, Commercial Associate for NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, arranged the 7,000 SF lease at 1 E Broward in downtown Fort Lauderdale along with Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM. South Florida was an ideal location for the company’s headquarters and the building offers unbeatable amenities for work-life balance including an on-site fitness center, restaurants, shuttle service and more. 1 E Broward’s premier location in Fort Lauderdale’s Central Business District is close to everything the area has to offer.

We’re happy to welcome Mystic Cruises to the 1 E Broward roster and look forward to seeing their continued expansion!

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Dated West Palm Beach Retail Development to Become Urban Village

By: Paul Owers, CoStar

After opening almost two decades ago near downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, the largest real estate development in the city’s history has a new name and focus, part of an evolution older centers nationwide are undertaking to appeal to millennials who prefer to shop online.

CityPlace, at 575 S. Rosemary Ave. , now is known as Rosemary Square, and The Related Cos. of New York says it is spending $550 million in the next five years to rebrand the aging outdoor center as an urban village to make it more of a destination that is different from other developments. West Palm Beach sits just across the Intracoastal Waterway from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and other palatial properties in Palm Beach.

Similar retail transformations are happening at centers in and near Miami and across the United States as e-commerce gains more traction in the era of Amazon.

As Macy’s, Sears and other traditional retail heavyweights close stores, mall landlords are replacing them with innovative concepts and tenants that offer experiences to customers. Some owners are reconfiguring the spaces, adding apartments and even grocery stores , as a way to keep once-stale properties relevant.

“Not only do they have to be innovative and creative, but once the innovation becomes public, the shelf life is obviously shorter because everybody duplicates it,” said Michael Lagazo, an independent retail broker in San Diego.

“Shopping doesn’t hold our fascination as it did in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s,” added Neil Merin, a longtime South Florida broker and chairman of Merin Hunter Codman in West Palm Beach. “People want unique experiences.”

While the new name may be hard to get used to, CityPlace’s repositioning has merit, said Robert Granda, vice president of investments for the Marcus & Millichap brokerage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“They had to do something,” Granda said. “CityPlace had a negative correlation. It was dying a very slow death.”

At first, the $375 million CityPlace was an image boost for West Palm Beach. The development helped the city attract locals who left Palm Beach County to drive south to bars and restaurants on trendy Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale or to the swanky nightclubs on Miami Beach.

But CityPlace eventually grew stagnant, losing patrons to nearby downtown areas, including Atlantic Avenue 20 miles south in Delray Beach, Granda said.

Related Cos.’ investment in Rosemary Square includes adding a hotel and a 300,000-square-foot office tower while also turning a former Macy’s department store into a 21-story mixed-use building featuring residences and office space.

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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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