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Colliers International South Florida Appointed to Lead Retail Leasing at L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center in Fort Lauderdale

YMCA of South Florida to celebrate groundbreaking on its newest state-of-the-art facility on November 15

FORT LAUDERDALE (Nov. 13, 2019) – On the heels of a transformative redevelopment of the historic Sistrunk neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale’s Village District, Colliers International South Florida is proud to announce that the YMCA of South Florida has appointed Vice Chairman of Institutional Investor Services Kenneth M. Krasnow and Senior Associate Brooke Berkowitz of Colliers’ Institutions Solutions division, to lead retail leasing efforts at the state-of-the-art L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center, its newest facility in Fort Lauderdale. The facility will celebrate its groundbreaking on November 15 at 10a.m.

“We are thrilled to represent the YMCA of South Florida in their newest project, especially during Fort Lauderdale’s renaissance and transformation into a complete destination for visitors and residents to truly enjoy and thrive in,” said Krasnow. “Our team looks forward to working with the YMCA to help navigate the intricacies of retail leasing that will further create the community-driven facility they envision and that will be a positive catalyst and gathering place for people in the community.”

Located in the heart of a robust high-growth region at 1409 N.W. Sistrunk Boulevard, the L.A. Lee YMCA will offer approximately 7,300 total square feet of prime ground floor retail spanning across seven suites and ranging from 825 square feet to 1,588 square feet each. The site is located in the booming neighborhood of Progresso Village, directly west of Flagler Village, the highly anticipated redeveloped neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale’s Urban Core. The site features an abundance of street level and dedicated parking and is just minutes from Downtown, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale International Airport, I-95, Florida’s Turnpike, Port Everglades and Virgin Trains.

Ushering in a holistic approach to community health and poised to serve as an oasis, the L.A. Lee YMCA will create a sense of place and is poised to become a destination. The facility will provide a modern grassroots approach to programs, services, and amenities and will additionally ensure career opportunities while driving the economic development in the community. The facility will include a pool, gym, co-working spaces, preschool, youth center as well as Broward College.

Focused on transforming the YMCA with fully modernized and enjoyable spaces and offerings, the YMCA of South Florida will additionally build a second facility at Holiday Park, where the Florida Panthers practice facility will be located, as well as the renovated Parker Playhouse. The facility will also incorporate City improvements. Recently, the YMCA of South Florida opened a new facility in Hallandale Beach.

The L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center is slated to open in December 2020. With its robust knowledge of the Fort Lauderdale market and Community Reinvestment Acts (CRA’s), Colliers’ Public Institutions Solutions division is uniquely equipped to represent the YMCA of South Florida. The division is comprised of veteran real estate professionals with specific experience in their markets, communities and the public institution industry. Colliers’

Florida Public Institutions Solutions team understands how to chart a path to successful execution and apply a team approach, leveraging the depth and experience of Colliers’ large and diverse global platform.

For more information, please e-mail Ken Krasnow at or Brooke Berkowitz at

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Stephen Rutchik

Executive Managing Director -Office Services


By building on the axiom that it is easier to keep a current client happy than to attract a new one, I’ve developed a loyal following. My clients have stuck with me thorough two company moves over the past 15 years. In fact, when I joined Colliers in 2015, all my existing clients and listings - more than 2 million square feet of South Florida office product—made the move with me. I think my clients most appreciate my passion and commitment to their visions. I approach each project as if it were my own, which has led to my track record of strong performance for all my clients – landlords and tenants for more than a dozen years.

I lead one of Colliers’ dominant South Florida Brokerage teams – passionate, driven commercial real estate (CRE) advisors offering their expertise in both agency and tenant representation services for office and  industrial clients, giving them the diverse knowledge and ability to adapt to South Florida’s unique real estate market challenges.

My geographical area of expertise is Miami-Dade County, South from Aventura. I work with tenants, owners and investors of commercial real estate in South Florida.

I joined Colliers in 2015 after four years as Senior Vice President of Brokerage at Jones Lang LaSalle and more than eight years as Vice President of Office Services at Grubb & Ellis Company.

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