Colliers South Florida’s Urban Core Division team represented the seller in the transaction
MIAMI, FL, May 19, 2022 – As South Florida’s market continues to evolve as a hotspot for real estate development and investment, Colliers negotiated the sale of a 37,252-square-foot development site known as Block E at 1550 NE Miami Place in the heart of the Arts and Entertainment District. The site is located within the boundaries of the opportunity zone and is zoned T6-24a O which allows the developer to build up to seven times the property land square footage and up to 500 units per acre.
Colliers’ Executive Managing Director Mika Mattingly and Senior Associate Cecilia Estevez represented the seller, Kluger Family Trust, in the transaction.
“This transaction showcases the continued growth of demand for development sites in Miami and emerging neighborhoods like the A&E district,” said Mattingly. “In a very short time we have seen the Arts and Entertainment District radically transform from a deserted, bleak industrial area, into a neighborhood with a thriving pulse.”
The buyer, Jenny Bernell of Clearline Real Estate, is a developer of multifamily and mixed-use real estate projects in the growing areas of Florida, New York and New Jersey. The firm currently has 1,500 multifamily units in the development pipeline.
This transaction marks Clearline’s third development site acquisition in Miami in the last year with plans for multifamily development.
The property is uniquely located 1,000 feet away from the Metro mover, which provides connection to the Brightline station, downtown Miami, and Brickell. The access creates prime pathways of mobility so that tenants can embrace the “work, live, and play” aspect of the area. The district is also home to several landmarks such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for performing arts, the Perez Art Museum and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, all within a five-minute walk from Block E. Over the last three years, the A&E district has experienced tremendous growth with proposed developments on every corner and a number of surrounding residential projects at 100% occupancy within weeks of opening.
With the A&E district’s rapid growth capturing global attention from investors, developers, new tenants and the world’s most renowned creatives, the city of Miami made the development of the district a top priority with new zoning to allow residential and commercial density construction. Over the last two years, the number of multifamily units grew more than 20 percent, office inventory increased 50 percent, and the number of hotel rooms more than doubled. The district is quickly densifying with arts, retail and restaurants, vibrant new office development and new-to-market tenants as well as an influx of people, creating one of the most exciting new urban areas in the United States.