Customer service and technology firm HappyOrNot Americas will move into a larger office, where it plans to hire dozens of employees
The Finland-based company, which runs customer service platforms such as kiosks, leased 9,004 square feet at 1690 Congress Ave., Delray Beach for the headquarters of its U.S. operations. It will relocate from 701 Northpoint Parkway, North Palm Beach.
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.
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 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.
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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MHC and Fairway Office Center are happy to have hosted the highly anticipated broker event of the year, our 7th Annual 2019 Honda Classic luncheon.
Our exclusive guests par-tee’d at the 7108 Fairway building with a gourmet BBQ lunch, libations and prizes. After plenty of fun, food and laughs the brokers were shuttled to PGA National where they received Bear Trap access to enjoy the tournament.
This eagerly awaited event aims to showcase the available Class-A office space at Fairway Office Center. Fairway consists of three office buildings situated on a 16-acre campus within the PGA National Resort and Spa Community. Click here for more property information and to view current availabilities.
Neil was quoted in the below article, written by Mike Seemuth of The Real Deal.
Real estate executive and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross scored the most recent victory in the battle of billionaires looking to build high-rise office projects in downtown West Palm Beach. Ross was on an apparent collision course with Jeff Greene, real estate investor and former candidate for governor of Florida, but it appears that New York-based Related Companies, led by Ross, has won out — for now.
In reaction to the August news that part of the downtown would be upzoned, thereby allowing Related to proceed with a 25-story office project called One Flagler, Greene shelved his One West Palm project, citing an “uncertain zoning climate.” The city-approved project was a mix of office space, hotel rooms and apartments in two 30-story buildings, designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica.
The cancellation of Greene’s project seems to have exposed limits to commercial development in the central business district of West Palm Beach, despite local efforts to recruit out-of-town employers.
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.
“The Palm Beach Post reported that billionaire Jeff Greene is ready to hire a general contractor to build a 30-story office, hotel and apartment complex in West Palm Beach.
Neil Merin, chairman of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, told the Palm Beach Post that Greene and Related Cos. will need at least five years to lease the office space at both One West Palm and 360 Rosemary if they open simultaneously.”
West Palm Beach, FL – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM, has been awarded CCIM’s Biggest Deal and named in SIOR’s Top 10 & 100 Office Transactions for the execution of 2017 office sales transactions. This is the second consecutive year Mr. Merin has received these honors after completing $315 million of sales transactions consisting of 2.4 million square feet over the last two years.
Each year SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) selects the Top 100 Office Deals conducted by their members around the globe. Mr. Merin was awarded multiple placements in the Top 10 Office Sales Transactions of 2017 announcement and was listed four times in their Top 100 Office Sales Transactions of 2017 report.
“Neil is the premier Palm Beach County commercial real estate expert. His unwavering passion for this industry coupled with his devotion to the county is unmatched; it is my extreme pleasure to extend well-deserved congratulations to my partner and friend,” stated Jordan Paul, Chief Executive Officer of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS(SIOR, www.sior.com) is a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR designation. Individuals who earn their SIOR designation adhere to the highest levels of accountability and ethical standards. Only the industry’s top professionals qualify for the SIOR designation. Today, there are nearly 3,200 SIOR members in 685 cities in 36 countries.
CCIM Institute, www.ccim.com, is commercial real estate’s most influential professional organization, with members closing $200 billion annually in commercial real estate deals. For 50 years, the Institute has been building opportunities through its respected education program, led by established practitioners. CCIM Institute members are eligible to earn the CCIM designation, the industry’s most prestigious certification.
About NAI/Merin Hunter Codman
NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, www.mhcreal.com, is one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate services firms with over three decades of experience advising clients on strategic acquisitions and dispositions and providing landlord representation, tenant representation, property management and construction management services. The firm has expertise in all commercial property sectors including office, retail, industrial, multifamily, hotels and land. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s client base includes some of the nation’s most prestigious institutional and private equity investors. Operating as part of the NAI Global network, NAI/Merin Hunter Codman can facilitate property transactions around the nation and the world, serving as a single point of contact for its clients’ counsel and execution. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida with regional offices in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington.
NAI/MERIN HUNTER CODMAN AND CBRE SELL BOCA RATON’S FOUNTAIN SQUARE OFFICE COMPLEX FOR $54.5 MILLION
— Boca Raton’s Second Largest Class-A Office Transaction of 2017 —
West Palm Beach, Fla. – NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate services firm, and CBRE, have announced the sale of Fountain Square, a 241,000-square foot Boca Raton office complex for $54,500,000. The sale of Fountain Square, a three-building project located at 2600, 2650, and 2700 N Military Trail, is Boca Raton’s second largest office building transaction of 2017. Christian Lee and Jose Lobon of CBRE and Neil Merin, SIOR, CCIM of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, represented the Seller, Fountain Square Owner LLC in the transaction.
Fountain Square Owner LLC, a joint venture between affiliates of Contrarian Capital Management LLC of Greenwich Connecticut and NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., as the local operating partner, purchased the complex in October 2014 for $37 million. The property’s value increased approximately 50% over the Seller’s ownership period thanks to a comprehensive value enhancement program implemented by NAI/Merin Hunter Codman.
At the time of acquisition, the property was 62% occupied. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman provided asset, property, and construction management and leasing services and implemented a multimillion dollar capital improvement program which upgraded common elements and tenant suites and resulted in over 100,000 square feet of leasing over the last 24 months moving building occupancy to over 90% at the time of the sale.
Jordan Paul, Chief Executive Officer of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman stated, “We are very pleased with the success we have had at Fountain Square for our partners and investors. The hard work of our leasing, construction and property management teams created a gem that provides competitively priced Class-A office space for professional tenants looking to locate near the Glades Road corridor. Our vertically integrated in-house capabilities provide our clients and partners with everything that is needed to turn around a real estate project and Fountain Square is a prime example of the value that we can create.”
Gil Tenzer, Portfolio Manager & Director of Real Estate Investments at Contrarian Capital Management LLC, added, “Fountain Square represents our commitment to partnering with local operators to invest in and turn around under-performing assets with high potential. We are pleased to have partnered with NAI/Merin Hunter Codman on the Fountain Square project.”