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Orlando City SC Makes MLS Stadium Renderings Public

13 Jun 2014, 6:06 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Exterior and interior visualizations for the new downtown Major League Soccer stadium have recently been unveiled. President and founder of Orlando City Soccer Club Phil Rawlins, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer presented the renderings to the public.

The facility will be owned and operated by the City of Orlando via Orlando Venues, the same entity that owns and operates the Amway Center and the Citrus Bowl. Funding for the stadium has been secured from the Club, State of Florida, City of Orlando, Orange County, Seminole County and Osceola County.

Designed by Populous, the new arena with a total capacity of around 19,500 fans will feature a full 360-degree lower bowl and a three-stand seating upper bowl with full roof canopies covering all seats on the east, west and north ends of the building. Besides protecting supporters from the elements, these also have the role of amplifying the crowd noise.

Orlando City SC asks the fans to participate in the design process with their ideas. Since the review of all fan submissions will be followed by the design team’s workshop involving a group of respondents, the architectural renderings are also subject to modifications during the full design process.

The new stadium is built on Church Street, within the sports and entertainment district of the city. Being just one block away from the Amway Center, its location allows for cooperation between the two facilities and an increased activity in the area.

The complex is slated for completion prior to the Major League Soccer season of 2016.

Photo credits: Orlando City Soccer Club


Victoria Park Apartments Refinanced

7 Jun 2014, 12:38 am

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

NorthMarq arranged a $36.3 million refinance for Victoria Park Apartments in Metro Orlando through its relationship with a CMBS lender.

The refinance was structured with a 10-year term and three-year interest-only period with a 30-year amortization schedule. Senior Vice President/Senior Director David Schofield and Senior Vice President/Managing Director Melissa Marcolini Quinn of NorthMarq Capital’s Orlando based regional office negotiated the transaction.

Quinn is pleased with Victoria Park’s efforts on maximizing revenue at the property which enabled NorthMarq to obtain maximum proceeds. “Due to the small amount of vacation rentals at the property, this transaction was not a fit for the agencies, but a great fit for the CMBS market,” she added.

Victoria Park Apartments is a 348-unit Class A multifamily property at 1000 Victoria Park Blvd, Davenport, conveniently located near Orlando’s resorts and attractions. Just minutes away from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Celebration and Reunion, the Pegasus Residential community offers one- to four-bedroom units with up to three bathrooms combined with a wide variety of amenities. The apartments are available from $984 to $1,499 per month, and floor plans range from 843 to 1582 square feet.

Photo credits: Victoria Park Apartments

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Invests in Residential Component of Publix Mixed Use Project

31 May 2014, 6:12 am

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

The Board of Directors at Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Inc. approved an investment in a 296-unit mid-density, four-story multifamily project on the East side of Orlando. Developed by Atlanta-based Catalyst Development Partners, the Class A apartment community is part of a Publix anchored retail development known as Town Park.

The one- and two-bedroom units that average 896 square feet will offer high-end features and finishes and include amenities superior to what the surrounding commodity garden-style market has to offer. Ramin Kamfar, Chairman and CEO of Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, attributes this lead to converting the land originally designated for office use to residential, which provides for up to $15,000 per unit cost advantage.

“The cost advantage is expected to allow us to deliver a superior quality product at competitive prices,” he adds.

The luxury property is in close proximity to several important locations including major employers. Located directly adjacent to the Central Florida Research Park, the Waterford Lakes Town Center, UCF and the Quadrangle Office Park are also easily accessible from the neighborhood.

The developer will contribute 15 percent of the required equity with BRG undertaking to throw in about $3.8 million of preferred equity with a 15 percent annualized rate, and the ability to convert into a common equity position on stabilization of the development. Affiliates of Bluerock Real Estate, LLC control the remaining equity in the development, according to a written announcement released recently. The terms of the agreement for the BRG’s investment, however, are still subject to final terms of negotiation.

The estimated cost to complete the development is $36.8 million and leasing is expected to begin in 2015.

Photo credits: Catalyst Development Partners


Nemours Opens Two Central Florida Primary Care Offices

23 May 2014, 4:11 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Nemours Children’s Health System has expanded its operations to Lake County and Seminole County by opening two primary care offices. Both Nemours Children’s Primary Care, Clermont on 1371 Citrus Tower Boulevard and Nemours Children’s Primary Care, Oviedo at 7455 Pinemire Drive opened in mid-May.

Founded in 1936, Nemours is an internationally recognized children’s health system that offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in numerous facilities that serve communities throughout Florida, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Nemours’ Central Florida network now includes nine Primary Care locations, five Urgent Care facilities, three Specialty Care locations and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona Medical City.

The Clermont location opened at the former NTC Urgent Care facility and is led by physician Dr. Odette Stanley-Brown. As a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics she has provided health care to Florida families for more than 25 years and has been a pediatric practitioner in the hospital as well as the urgent care environment. Dr. Andrea Burns will lead Nemours Children’s Primary Care, Oviedo, while also helping with community-based educational workshops on adolescent health and obesity prevention and volunteering with two Central Florida service organizations.

The main purpose of Nemours’ primary care centers is to keep specialized patients close to their hospital facilities and have easy access to a child’s medical history as these locations share an electronic health record with Nemours Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

In addition to the new openings in Clermont and Oviedo, Nemours also has expanded into pediatric urgent care with recent purchases of five centers in Altamonte Springs, Dr. Phillips, Hunter’s Creek, Sanford and Waterford Lakes.

Photo credits: Nemours Children’s Health System

Construction of Crescent Gateway in Altamonte Springs is in the Works

16 May 2014, 5:26 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Crescent Gateway, Crescent Communities’ luxury apartment community is underway at the intersection of Maitland Boulevard and state Route 434. The company is building an 80-acre, mixed-use project and the residential component represents the first phase. Another 300,000 square feet of office and retail space, and potentially a hotel, are in the pipeline. A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 15.

Crescent Multifamily Construction is the general contractor for the Crescent Gateway project, designed by Charlan Brock and Associates. The development is financed by an equity investment from Crescent and CNL Growth Properties Inc. with construction financing by PNC Bank.  Dix.Hite + Partners is entrusted with landscape architecture and DRMP is the civil engineer. ZRS will manage the property.

The 249-unit multifamily community is located just east of the new Adventist Health Systems headquarters and other major employers in the area such as EA Sports and Charles Schwab are within easy reach. A grocery store and other retail facilities are also accessible. The complex will feature studio homes, one- and two-bedroom apartment units in four-story buildings equipped with elevators. Three-bedroom units and two-story townhomes with attached garages are also part of the selection. Vignette Interior Design is responsible for the interior atmosphere, bringing granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and state of the art lighting to tenants. The range of common space amenities includes a swimming pool, outdoor fireplace, grilling area, a cafe with a terrace and flat-screen televisions, yoga lawn and a dog park.

Crescent Gateway is expected to open next summer.

 Satellite image of the developed parcel, courtesy of Google Maps

NorthMarq Capital Secures Lake Weston Point Community Refinance

9 May 2014, 10:21 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

NorthMarq Capital secured an $8.83 million refinance for Lake Weston Point Apartment Homes.

NorthMarq Capital is a privately held commercial real estate financial intermediary, providing mortgage banking and commercial loan servicing. With more than $10 billion in annual production volume and servicing a loan portfolio of more than $42 billion the company operates in 34 offices over the U.S. and has long loan production and loan servicing relationships with more than 50 life companies, many commercial mortgage-backed security platforms and hundreds of local, regional and national banks.

The company arranged financing for the borrower through its seller/servicer relationship with Freddie Mac. Structured with a 7-year term with 2-years interest only and a 30-year amortization schedule, the transaction of the adjustable rate mortgage was completed by Melissa Marcolini Quinn, managing director and senior vice president of NorthMarq Capital’s Orlando based regional office. She considers Freddie Mac’s floating rate offer “extremely attractive,” according to a press release.

The 240-unit affordable housing property is located at 2201 Weston Point Drive, Orlando. The pet-free community offers four floor plans with two to four bedrooms and two bathrooms, up to 1292 square feet. The apartments are air conditioned, equipped with central heating, ceiling fans, oversized closets, dishwashers and washer & dryer connections. Residents also have access to a lineup of community amenities such as afterschool program for kids, a clubhouse, car care area, a swimming pool, a sports court and a fitness center.

Photo credits: Lake Weston Point 

Nemours Children’s Clinic’s Lease on South Orange Ave. Renewed

1 May 2014, 2:06 am

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

The Nemours Foundation has had its 34,092-square-foot lease renewed at its Orlando location at 1717 South Orange Avenue.

Nemours’ multi-specialty group practice provides pediatric care for children and adolescents with chronic or complex medical conditions. The non-profit organization operates several children’s healthcare facilities throughout the country. Nemours’ pediatric specialists provide care at satellite clinics in Lake Mary as well as at Viera. The foundation also has several partners engaged in pediatric health care. Alongside its Florida operations, it offers family-centered care in children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The facility is an outpatient pediatric clinic, which provides specialized pediatric care for families in Central Florida and is located in a three-story, 53,000-square-foot office building south of downtown Orlando. It features views of the adjacent Lake Lurna and is located across the street from the Orlando Regional Medical Center and the Arnold Palmer and Winnie Palmer hospitals.

Richard Solik of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant in the transaction and Robert Kellogg, vice president of office leasing for Lincoln spoke for the landlord. Kellogg said “The Nemours Foundation has been a longtime and highly valued client of 1717 South Orange Avenue.”

He also expressed his delight in the continuation of the successful business relationship of the two signatory parties.

Photo credits: Google Maps

Parkway Takes Ownership of One Orlando Centre

18 Apr 2014, 4:55 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Parkway Properties, Inc. has announced the acquisition of One Orlando Centre. The company has also simultaneously restructured the existing first mortgage loan.

Parkway is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed REIT with main focus on the acquisition, ownership and management of quality office properties in higher growth submarkets in the Sunbelt region.  The company’s investment portfolio includes over 50 office properties located in eight states and totals north of 17.6 million square feet.

Also known as the Wells Fargo building, One Orlando Centre is a Class A office building located in the central business district of Orlando, Fla. The 19-story, 356,000-square-foot tower came with an 8-story structured parking garage.  Built in 1987, the building is located just north of SR 50 between Orange Avenue and Magnolia Avenue with convenient access to Interstate 4. The property is currently 81.3 percent occupied and is expected to generate an initial full-year cash net operating income yield of 7 percent.

Parkway has taken ownership of the asset by making an $8.0 million equity investment that will provide for 100 percent ownership and management of the asset and be held in lender reserve accounts to cover the property’s leasing and repositioning.  At the same time, the existing $68.3 million first mortgage note was restructured into a new $54.0 million first mortgage with a fixed interest rate of 5.9 percent that matures in May 2017 and $16.4 million B-note, which is subordinated to Parkway’s equity investment.  The restructured first mortgage includes an option to extend for an additional year.

Photo credits: Parkway Properties


Hotel Equities to Manage Wyndham Hotel on I-Drive

11 Apr 2014, 9:47 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Hotel Equities has announced its arrangement with Wyndham Hotel Group to manage Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive and a newly built hotel in Southwest Texas.

Hotel Equities is a full-scale hotel management, ownership, development and consulting company based in Atlanta. Its current portfolio comprises more than 45 properties. Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive marks the firm’s eleventh contract in Florida and the new facility, set to open this month, is the first to be managed by Hotel Equities in the Lone Star State.

The Orlando property, which contains 613 guest rooms and suites, has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation. The hotel includes a 24-hour business center and three on-site restaurants, as well as 60,000-square-feet of flexible meeting and event facilities. The pet-friendly resort also features lush gardens and romantic lagoons, a restored and welcoming courtyard area and a wide array of services and amenities. Two heated swimming pools and whirlpools, a newly renovated state-of-the-art fitness center and a sauna are also available. The premium rooms offer sliding glass doors with poolside views or direct pool access. Further amenities include a children’s playground, casino, coffee shop, bar, safe deposit boxes, etc.

The complex holds a strategic location in the core of Orlando’s premier tourist destination, on International Drive, just one mile away from Orange County Convention Center, close to Disney World and upscale shopping and dining. Guests benefit from free shuttle service to Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, which are also within easy reach.

Photo credits: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Cortland Partners Enters Orlando Market, Hires Local Expert

4 Apr 2014, 6:22 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Cortland Partners recently acquired its first asset in the metro Orlando market. The firm purchased Harbor at Lake Howell, a 408-unit, garden-style community in Casselberry for $40 million. Aside from the acquisition, the company also announced that it has added John Builder to its team of experts.

Cortland Partners is an Atlanta-based full-service multifamily real estate acquisition, development, and operating platform mainly active across the Southeast and Texas. A growing apartment owner and manager, the firm is currently focused on expanding its presence in the Sunshine State. The company’s Florida portfolio consists of seven communities, totaling about 3,000 units. Cortland Partners acquired its first Florida asset in 2012 and now owns communities in Gainesville, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla., Orlando, Fla. and Tampa, Fla.

Situated on 450-acres next to a freshwater lake, The Harbor at Lake Howell offers three floor plans ranging from 826 to 1330 square feet with one, two or three bedrooms and up to two bathrooms. The apartments come with fully equipped kitchens with optional stainless steel appliances, garbage disposal, washer / dryer connections, intrusion alarm, screened patios or balconies and outside storage space. The property includes a secluded sandy beach, winding wooded nature trail and boat access to Lake Howell. Further community amenities include a fitness center with spa / hot tub, an adventure playground, picnic areas, a summer kitchen equipped with gas grill, a car care center and covered parking.

A native of Orlando, Builder will serve as a Director of Investments for Florida. With more than 15 years of experience in investment-grade real estate acquisitions, portfolio management, joint ventures, and development, his main responsibility at Cortland Partners is to manage the firm’s development and acquisition activities across the state.

Photo credits: Harbor at Lake Howell

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