Developers Kick-Start $38M Transit-Oriented Apartment Community in Orlando5 Apr 2013, 2:40 pm
A new community is set to rise in downtown Orlando, as developers Wood Partners and The Ustler Group have joined forces and started working together on a 248-unit urban apartment community called The Ivy – Residences at Health Village.
Set on 3.4 acres acquired by the developers in Florida Hospital’s Health Village in November 2012, the $38 million apartment community will stand amid the hospital’s 172-acre Health Village—a mixed-use, transit-oriented, master planned urban development. Centered around health and wellness, Health Village features a variety of uses including medical, research, medical office, commercial, hotel and multifamily.
The Ivy—Residences at Health Village will consist of two mid-rise buildings and an integrated parking garage, and it will offer 248 one-, two- and three-bedroom units averaging 941 square feet, with a total living area of 233,368 square feet. The first units at The Ivy are scheduled for completion in late 2013 or early 2014 with full project completion and availability of all units set for mid-2014.
Baker Barrios serves as design architect, with Charlan Brock & Associates as the architect-of-record and Wood Florida Builders as the general contractor. GAI Consultants has been chosen as the civil engineer for the project, while Libra Design Group will be the landscape architect. Wood Partners and Ustler have a marketing relationship with Florida Hospital to provide their employees with the first opportunity to lease apartments at The Ivy.
The Ivy could be the first true transit-oriented development project to start vertical construction in Orlando since the formal announcement of SunRail. A SunRail station is part of Health Village and will be operational as of 2014. The Ivy will be just one SunRail stop away from the premier dining and shopping offerings of Winter Park’s Park Avenue, and two stops from the main downtown Orlando stop at Church Street Station in the Central Business District, which is in proximity to the newly completed Amway Center and the under-construction Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
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Winter Park’s University Plaza Shopping Center Gets $10.5M Financing25 Mar 2013, 3:59 pm
By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, working exclusively on behalf of borrower North American Development Group, has recently arranged $10.5 million in financing for the grocery-anchored University Plaza shopping center in Winter Park.
HFF director Chris Drew, senior managing directors Paul Stasaitis and Danny Finkle, and senior real estate analyst Jose Carrazana led the HFF team representing North American Development Group; they have successfully secured the 15-year, fixed-rate loan through Prudential Mortgage Capital Company.
“NADG is a sophisticated borrower that is taking advantage of historically low interest rates to lock in highly accretive long-term, fixed-rate financing for a core asset in their portfolio,” said Drew. “We continue to see incredible demand from top-tier life insurance companies for fixed-rate loans on grocery-anchored retail throughout the state.”
Located at 4000 North Goldenrod Road at the intersection of University Boulevard in Winter Park, the 77,918-square-foot University Plaza shopping center is currently 95 percent leased, with Publix as the anchor tenant. Set approximately 10 miles northeast of downtown Orlando, the building was redeveloped in 2011.
Marcus & Millichap estimates that the Orlando retail market will most likely strengthen in 2013, given the upcoming employment gains, population growth and increased tourism. Retailers are already responding to market improvements, several having already made public their expansion plans. The gas station/convenience store segment is especially active with RaceTrac, 7-Eleven and Wawa all adding multiple sites this year. Other retailers with new stores under way include Dollar General, Family Dollar and Walmart.
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Wood Partners Delivers First Units of Luxury $32.7M Alta at Lake Eve11 Mar 2013, 7:17 pm
Wood Partners is making headlines for the second time this month; after having recently broken ground on its 200-unit Rialto apartment complex in southwest Orlando, the company is now announcing the official opening of its newest multifamily community, the $32.7-million Alta at Lake Eve.
Currently, 60 apartment homes are ready for move-in, and the remaining units are available for pre-lease, with the official completion date set for April 2013.
The 264-unit luxury apartment community consists of four four-story mid-rise buildings and a couple of two-story carriage home buildings. Featuring the latest in resort-style amenities, from a private movie theater and state-of-the-art fitness center to high-efficiency washer-dryer units in every residence, Alta at Lake Eve residents will also benefit from a luxurious two-story clubroom that also includes a conference room, executive business center, coffee lounge, reading room, billiards room and game room.
The controlled-access development boasts one of the area’s best locations, at 12515 Lake Square Circle, two miles from Walt Disney World and about five miles from Universal Studio, Sea World and the Orange County Convention Center. Residents are just steps from the I-Ride trolley that facilitates access to the Orlando Premier Outlet Mall, as well as hundreds of restaurants and night spots.
“Location is a major selling point, but this development is unique and has a WOW factor from the moment you walk in the door,” said Joe Garibay, Southeast Regional Property Manager for Wood Residential Services. “Alta at Lake Eve is a very modern mid-rise with wood-plank flooring, espresso cabinets, elevators and high-end outdoor features.”
The 264 units include executive suites; 656-square-foot one-bedroom models; 1,132- to 1,200-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath models; and 1,476-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath models. Patios, balconies, sun rooms and garages are also available.
The 9.69-acre community is Wood Partners’ 11th project in Orlando. Since 1998, the company has developed 27 projects with a total valuation of $1.1 billion in Florida. Wood Florida Builders, LLC—Wood Partners’ Florida construction branch—served as builder for the project, while Charlan Brock & Associates was the architect.
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HFF Secures $50M Refinancing for Three Central Florida Office Properties3 Mar 2013, 9:50 pm
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, working on behalf of the borrower—a joint venture between The Praedium Group and Tower Realty Partners, Inc.—has secured $50 million in refinancing for three Central Florida office properties.
The three properties, totaling more than 780,000 square feet of office space, include Quorum Center and Oakridge Office Park in Orlando and 850 Trafalgar in Maitland.
The loans were secured in two separate transactions; the 10-year, fixed-rate loans for Quorum Center and 850 Trafalgar were placed with UBS Real Estate Finance Group, while a 10-year, fixed-rate loan for Oakridge Office Park was placed with Morgan Stanley. According to HFF, all three non-recourse, securitized loans were priced in the mid four percent range.
The HFF team representing the borrower was led by Michael Weinberg, a director in HFF’s Orlando office, along with directors Elliott Throne and Chris Drew and senior real estate analyst Jorge Portela from HFF’s Miami office.
According to CBRE, the Orlando office market ended a five quarter run of positive absorption with negative absorption of more than 225,000 square feet in the fourth quarter of 2012. The local market is still trying to regain its footprint following the deterioration of market fundamentals in mid-2008. Improving market fundamentals in strong submarkets have been mostly negated due to weakness in other submarkets. Landlords have been tightening up on free rent and other concessions and rents have made no substantial improvements overall. As the vacancy rate for Class A product continues to inch downward, developers’ confidence will improve and formerly stalled projects may be revived. However, inconsistency throughout the Orlando area makes it difficult to predict where the market is headed.
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Rida Development’s $200M Transit-Oriented Project Gets Preliminary Approval22 Feb 2013, 8:03 pm
RIDA Development’s master plan for a $200 million, multi-phased mixed-use development won the approval of Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board on Tuesday, and must now go before the City Council.
The ambitious project was first announced in 2011, when Mayor Buddy Dyer included RIDA’s idea in his State of Downtown speech.
The mixed-use Central Station project will spread over a 5.6-acre parcel adjacent to the Lynx Central Station and across Orange Avenue from the Orange County Courthouse. The location facilitates a direct connection to SunRail, the 61-mile commuter train system scheduled to launch in 2014, making the Central Station the first example of transit-oriented development tied to the SunRail. According to a plan previously released by the developer, a spine running through the center of the complex would link Orange Avenue with downtown’s main SunRail platform at the Lynx center.
The 5.6-acre tract, considered to be the largest undeveloped parcel downtown, was purchased by RIDA Development for $15.1 million in 2008 from Palm Beach Land Trust—that also had plans for a $250 million mixed-use project tied into the commuter-rail system. Previous to Palm Beach Land Trust, the property was owned by Ron Pizzuti, who proposed Orlando City Center—a tower topped by a large open cube—but the project was shut down by the Federal Aviation Administration as its height would have endangered the Orlando Executive Airport air traffic.
The development consists of three phases, with the first estimated at approximately $100 million. The first phase of the development will add a126-room hotel, a 275-unit apartment building with a 411-space parking garage, and a 97-space parking lot accompanied by ground-floor shops and restaurants.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, if the master plan gets the final approval from the City Council, construction could start this year on the residential component—where Crescent Resources will serve as RIDA Development’s multifamily partner.
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Orlando Fashion Square Mall Trades for $35M; Duke Realty Closes Five Notable Leases15 Feb 2013, 3:44 pm
By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust is pursuing its previously announced strategy of improving the quality of its portfolio by selling non-core assets. One of the first non-core assets to trade is Orlando Fashion Square Mall, recently sold in a $35 million cash transaction.
“The sale of Orlando Fashion Square and the previously announced sale of Phillipsburg Mall are further evidence of our commitment to the plan we’ve laid out to elevate the quality of our portfolio and improve our operating metrics. We are pleased with the terms of this transaction and look forward to continuing to achieve our strategic objectives,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT.
The 1.1 million-square-foot Orlando Fashion Square Mall is anchored by Dillard’s, jcpenney, Macy’s and Sears. According to PREI, sales at the property were $233 per square foot and non-anchor occupancy was 80.7 percent as of December 31, 2012, both of which were below PREIT’s portfolio averages. The property was part of the collateral pool securing the company’s 2010 Credit Facility. The recent sale resulted in a gain of approximately $0.6 million to be recognized in the first quarter of 2013.
In other commercial real estate news, Duke Realty’s Central Florida office closed five leases totaling 435,728 square feet at industrial properties in the Orlando area. The leases included a long-term renewal of 275,000 square feet with Ford Motor Company at Park 27 Distribution Center in Davenport, Fla., southwest of Orlando; new leases of 37,683 square feet with Alstyle Apparel and 19,300 square feet with FM Convention Contractors Inc. at Parksouth Distribution Center; and renewals of 78,295 square feet with Benjamin Moore and 25,450 square feet with Universal Studios.
Duke Realty’s Tim Perry, vice president of leasing in Central Florida, represented the company in the five transactions.
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Wood Partners Kick-Starts 200-Unit Community in Southwest Orlando11 Feb 2013, 5:00 am
National multifamily developer Wood Partners will soon be adding 200 units on Spring Lake, at the entrance of Doctor Phillips, one of Orlando’s most desirable residential districts.
The apartment complex, dubbed The Rialto, will rise on a 5.95-acre site set at the northwest corner of Sand Lake Road and Turkey Lake Road in southwest Orlando. Plans include a five-story apartment building and 17,000 square feet of retail space, to be owned by The Wilder Companies—a Boston-based firm that specializes in retail real estate development, management and leasing.
The Rialto will consist of 200 units with one-, two and three-bedrooms, averaging 1,056 square feet. High-quality interiors will include ceramic flooring in kitchens, entries and baths; ceramic tub surrounds; nine-foot ceilings; stainless steel appliances; 42-inch cabinets with granite tops; and sleek, modern lighting. A total of 399 parking spaces will be available in an integrated parking garage, in addition to 59 spaces for retail and five spaces for the leasing office.
The site, with 350 feet of frontage on Sand Lake Road and 750 feet of frontage on Spring Lake, is in the middle of the premier dining and shopping offerings in Doctor Phillips, with major employment hubs such as Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studies, and the Orange County Convention Center within a short distance.
“The site is well served by major transportation routes, major employers, area schools, retail stores and other support services,” said David Thompson, director for Wood Partners in Florida. “The proximity to excellent retail, prestigious Doctor Phillips address, outstanding lake views and superior school district distinguish the project from competitive offerings.”
Real Estate Capital Partners is Wood Partners’ equity partner in the project, with Synovus Bank as lender.
With a completion date set for July 2014, the project is expected to generate more than $20 million in local income, about $1.9 million in local taxes and government revenue, and more than 244 jobs over its 19-month construction period.
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Highwoods Sells Two Assets for $14.6M; Kite Realty Buys Publix-Anchored Center4 Feb 2013, 4:02 pm
By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
Raleigh-based Highwoods Properties, Inc. has sold two non-core assets in Orlando for $14.6 million in cash. The two office properties—Metrowest Commerce Center and Cambridge in Orlando—encompass 134,000 square feet.
The two properties are reportedly 100 percent leased to a single entity and are expected to generate $1.3 million of cash net operating income in 2013. Highwoods will continue to serve as property manager of these assets in exchange for customary fees.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Highwoods Properties, Ed Fritsch, said, “The sale of these non-core assets, the majority of which is a single-story asset, is in sync with our ongoing work to continuously improve our portfolio. These assets were not strategic to our Orlando holdings, which consist primarily of Class A CBD properties.”
A 69,000-square-foot Publix Supermarket-anchored shopping center also recently traded in Orlando for a purchase price—exclusive of closing costs—of $11.6 million. Kite Realty Group Trust, a full-service, vertically integrated real estate investment trust, acquired the property.
The center is currently 99 percent leased and is located within close proximity to Waterford Lakes Village, another Kite Realty Group-owned property. The retail center draws from the solid trade area surrounding the University of Central Florida as well as the Eastwood, Stoneybrook, and Waterford Lakes master plan communities.
“This property is a well-positioned grocery-anchored center with strong credit. We will continue to selectively acquire well-located assets throughout the Midwest, Southeast, and Texas markets,” said John A. Kite, the Company’s chairman and CEO.
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718-Room Radisson Resort Orlando Trades, Prepares for Immediate Renovation25 Jan 2013, 6:46 pm
Radisson Resort Orlando – Celebration is now a member of the Interstate family, as a joint venture between Interstate Hotels & Resorts and Waramaug Hospitality LLC has recently acquired the 718-room hotel for an undisclosed amount.
While the new owners did not want to disclose the price for which the hotel traded, they have expressed their intent of conducting renovation work on the property, effective immediately. The $9 million renovation will consist of upgrades and enhancements to all 718 guest rooms, public areas, meeting space and mechanical systems.
Radisson Resort Orlando – Celebration is located 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World, directly off I-4 at Exit 64A and just 17 miles from the Orlando International Airport, on a 20-acre property. The resort also features 6,800 square feet of meeting and event space, five on-site dining venues, several types of pools, a gaming center, a sand volleyball court and two lighted tennis courts.
“As one of the top tourist destinations in Florida, Orlando was a natural choice for the hotel’s location and the Radisson Resort Orlando is minutes away from the city’s top attractions,” said Paul Nussbaum, Waramaug Hospitality’s chief executive officer. “With the prime setting and the approaching renovations, this hotel will thrive under Interstate’s operating expertise.”
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc.—a subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang—is at its fifth acquisition with Waramaug Hospitality. The joint venture has been advised in the transaction by Hospitality Funding LLC, a Palm Beach-headquartered boutique investment advisory firm.
The Radisson Resort was not the only Orlando-area hotel to trade hands recently. Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. has closed on the acquisition of both Hyatt Place-Universal and Hyatt Place-Convention Center as part of a $36.1 million deal that included a third property, located in Chicago. The new owner has entered into an agreement with Select Hotels Group, L.L.C., an affiliate of Hyatt, to operate each hotel.
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Loews & Universal Break Ground on 1,800-Room Cabana Bay Beach Resort19 Jan 2013, 12:06 am
By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
Loews Hotels & Resorts and joint venture partner Universal Parks & Resorts have broken ground on one of the largest hotels currently under construction in the U.S—the 1800-unit Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
The hotel will be built on a 37-acre site within Universal Orlando Resort and adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure—just off Hollywood Way and Turkey Lake Road. Pricing information, opening timeframes and room on-sale dates have not been released, but according to the official announcement, the Loews Hotels & Resorts-operated hotel is scheduled to open in 2014.
The new hotel will be themed differently than anything else currently available at Universal Orlando, by evoking the driving vacations many Americans grew up enjoying with their families. The developers plan on giving it a hip, vintage look, accented with bold design, dramatic, clean lines, bright, period colors and touches of neon.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will offer two distinct experiences within the development’s multiple buildings: 900 family suites, capable of sleeping six, that include kitchen areas; and 900 standard guest rooms offering both moderate- and value-priced accommodations.
When the developers first announced the project, in July 2012, they stated that the new hotel will allow families to choose between value pricing or the higher level of benefits and service that come with staying at other on-site Universal Orlando hotels such as Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. It will provide early park admission, proximity to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios and resort-wide charging privileges, but it will not offer complimentary Universal Express Unlimited Access.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the fourth hotel in partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts.
“Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort project is a key component in our development plans,” said Paul Whetsell, president and CEO of Loews Hotels & Resorts. “Our partnership with Universal is integral to our growth as we strategically expand Loews Hotels.”
Loews Hotels & Resorts’ new Orlando hotel development groundbreaking news followed the announcement of the company’s most recent hotel acquisition, the 356-room Madison Hotel in the heart of Washington, D.C.
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