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The City of Oakland Park Seeks Developer for Downtown Redevelopment Project

Colliers’ Urban Core Division represented the seller in the transaction

MIAMI (August 2, 2021) – As downtown Miami continues to experience an unprecedented amount of activity, Colliers’ Urban Core Division has closed on another land sale located at 56 SW 1st St and 65 SW 2nd Street. The development site, which sold for $10 million will be home to The M Tower, an approved 53-story, 440-unit apartment tower. This is Colliers’ Urban Core Division’s third land deal in downtown Miami in the last month, totaling close to $100,000,000.

Colliers' Executive Managing Director Mika Mattingly and Associate Cecilia Estevez represented Downtown 56, LLC, the seller in the transaction. EP Realty’s Estrella Perez represented Downtown 1st Street LLC, the buyer.

M Tower will consist of 622,783 square feet of gross building area, with 25,732 square feet of office space and 1,089 square feet of retail. The development site also includes a parking garage owned by the Miami Parking Authority (MPA), located at 70 SW 1st St.

The 16,718-square-foot site includes air rights, waivers, and the ability to build residential units over the adjacent parking garage. The proposed units are targeted toward students and young professionals looking for a connected urban experience, currently the largest market of downtown residents.

“The downtown Miami market has never been more active than it is right now,” Mattingly said. “This market is poised to see the largest influx of investors ever from other states and this transaction highlights that trend. New York-based Downtown 1st Street LLC’s purchase of this development site proves that the migration from the Northeast has only accelerated as the vibrant downtown neighborhood continues to evolve.

“One thing that Miami has that other major US cities don’t have is a business-friendly mayor who is welcoming new businesses and investment that creates jobs and expands the city’s tax base to boost our local economy,” Mattingly added. “For years, Miami has promoted smart growth with greater density in downtown Miami due to the area’s easy access to mass transit. The vibrancy of downtown Miami is also increasingly attracting young professionals and families, and this project offers a tremendous opportunity to accommodate the growing population.”

The project has Urban Development Review Board (UDRB) approval, which it obtained through an extensive RFP process. The entitlement provides additional air rights, waivers, and the ability to construct a residential tower over the adjacent Miami Parking Authority (MPA) garage.

M Tower will provide residents with pedestrian access to shops, restaurants, and offices in the Central Business District, an up-and-coming trendy area. M Tower is strategically located near mass transit and major thoroughfares, with direct access to I-95 and the Miami Avenue Metromover station. It is a few blocks away from MiamiCentral Station, which connects to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and soon Orlando. The site is also near PortMiami, known as the cruise capital of the world.

Downtown Miami continues to experience robust demand as it attracts a younger, wealthier and more educated population. Downtown is the largest employment center in Miami-Dade, with more than 175,000 employees and a day-time population of 235,000. The city is home to the highest concentration of banks and financial institutions outside of Manhattan, and tourism is at an all-time high with more than 6 million visitors per year. M Tower stands to benefit from the area’s rapid population growth. Since 2010, the population of Downtown Miami has increased approximately 52% and is expected to increase another 16% by 2024.

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Mika Mattingly

Executive Managing Director - Urban Core

Miami

In 2016, I joined the South Florida offices of Colliers International, launching the firm’s Urban Core division.

As co-leader of this group, our team specializes in urban renewal, off-market sales, and assemblages across core South Florida neighborhoods.

With a strong foundation of building-level market data and a knack for navigating the complexities of urban zoning and approvals, I have established myself as the premier real estate expert in the Downtown Miami area. I have been a driving force behind the market transformation from a neglected business corridor to a revitalized destination for real estate investing and community.

Through my perseverance and keen eye for highest and best use, I have sold many of these cherished historical buildings - some of which had been left unused for years and will now be reenergized with an influx of capital and urban renewal efforts. These landmark buildings include the Old Post Office, Dade Commonwealth Building, Thomas Center and Courthouse Tower. 

Prior to Colliers, I was an instrumental player in major assemblages, including being the lead broker on behalf of investor Moishe Mana, who has acquired a major presence in downtown Miami. Since 2014, I brokered 53 transactions worth $306 million targeting commercial properties on East Flagler Street and surrounding areas.

I began my career in real estate in late 2006, learning the ropes on the tail end of Miami’s last boom. Always on the grind, I sold notes in the dry years that followed. When the market began to recover, I turned my attention to the emerging neighborhoods in Miami’s urban core. I became known for my keen intuition in pinpointing blighted areas that were poised for explosive growth, well before they were on the radar.

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Cecilia Estevez

Senior Associate

Miami

As an Associate, I work directly with the growing Urban Core division, preparing research and analysis of the team's niche neighborhood data, including rate trends, zoning, comps and due diligence. I also provide support on a variety of marketing and business development initiatives.

Prior to joining Colliers, I was a Leasing Coordinator and Project Manager for Great American Land Management, Inc., where I worked on a team overseeing the property management of more than one million square feet of retail space and assisted in the property marketing and lease documentation of the space. As a Leasing and Market Research Intern for ACRE in Orlando, FL, I analyzed market conditions and researched new business opportunities in conjunction with prospect outreach. 

I am bilingual in Spanish and hold a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License. Additionally, I bring experience on a multitude of industry platforms, including Xcelligent, Salesforce and ARGUS.

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