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Fisher Brothers Bag $118M Loan For Wynwood Project

Fisher Brothers Management can begin construction of an eight-story multifamily project in Wynwood after securing a $117.5 million loan.

An affiliate of Los Angeles-based Canyon Partners provided the construction financing for Wynhouse, a proposed development with 312 apartments, 27,500 square feet of restaurant and retail space and 120 parking spaces, records show. The 1.5-acre development site is the former Miami Rescue Mission headquarters at 2201, 2229 and 2159 Northwest First Court, and 2200 and 2250 Northwest First Avenue.

Designed by Miami-based Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, the specifics of the 340,394-square-foot project include 107 parking spaces, 10 ground-floor retail stores spanning 24,114 square feet and 8,165 square feet of rooftop amenities which include a pool and lounge. The building surrounds a central courtyard, and the property is bisected by more than 8,000 square feet of public paseo space, open to the public and creating more frontage for retail.

 

Source:  The Real Deal

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Fisher Brothers Looking To Crowdfund $29M For Wynhouse Miami Development

New York developer Fisher Brothers is looking to fill out its capital stack for a $179 million Wynwood development with $29 million in crowdfunding.

The development company posted an offering for Wynhouse Miami, a mixed-use development in the Miami neighborhood, on online investment platform Crowdstreet, its first time financing a project via crowdfunding. Wynhouse Miami is an eight-story mixed-use building proposed for 2200 NW First Avenue with 308 residential units, designed by Coral Gables-based Nichols Architects.

The company plans to secure $117.5 million in senior funding, and is anticipating to close on the financing very soon, a spokesperson said. Once closed, the loan will comprise 65.6 percent of the capital stack, while Fisher Brothers will contribute $32.6, 18.2 percent of the stack, but retain more than 50 percent of the equity.

The specifics of the 340,394-square-foot project include 107 parking spaces, 10 ground-floor retail stores spanning 24,114 square feet and 8,165 square feet of rooftop amenities which include a pool and lounge. The building surrounds a central courtyard, and the property is bisected by more than 8,000 square feet of public paseo space, open to the public and creating more frontage for retail.

The project is Fisher Brothers’ third House-branded project, which also includes House39 in Manhattan and Station House near Union Station in Washington, D.C., all designed by New York’s Rockwell Group. The brand emphasizes art, amenities and community, Fisher said.

“We think that when we introduce the House brand to Miami, to Wynwood … this is the market that will reward you for it, that’s hungry for it,” said Fisher Brothers principal Winston Fisher in an online presentation.

The offering, which opened earlier this month, is for a three-year term with a projected 19.2 percent internal rate of return, per the offering documents. The underwriting for the project assumes an average of $3,350 in rent per unit per month, with 5 percent vacancy and 3 percent growth annual, as well as similar vacancy and rent growth for the retail portion, according to the presentation.

Fisher Brothers acquired the property in 2021 for $17.6 million, then filed building plans in July 2022, according to public records. The property abuts a Florida Power & Light substation, and plans for the site call to contribute energy to the grid with solar panels on the roof. Fisher Brothers has used a local Wynwood program to acquire development rights for 99 of the units from the City of Miami, and will pay into the Wynwood Parking Trust Fund to reduce required parking by 185 spaces.

Construction is set to be fast-tracked for a January 2025 completion date, per a Fisher Brothers spokesperson.

 

Source:  Commercial Observer

 

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THesis Miami Raises $33M From Retail Investors With Plan to Tokenize

Nolan Reynolds International (NRI) has recapitalized THesis Miami, a mixed-use property in Coral Gables, that opened last fall, with $32.7 million from retail investors, in a bid to become the first property in Miami to be tokenized.

Pending approval, retail investors will be able to trade shares in the property, backed by a cryptocurrency issued by NRI after a six-month lockup period.

The equity, raised through the CrowdStreet platform, is part of a broader recapitalization for the property, which includes a total of $150 million in debt from Starwood Property Trust and around $95 million in equity.

THesis, located at 1340 S Dixie Hwy, includes residential, hotel and retail components across its 777,000 square feet. The Residences at THesis, the 204-unit residential portion, is 99 percent leased, while the 295-key THesis Miami Hotel and retail portions are on the path to stabilization, according to the CrowdStreet offering.

NRI plans to tokenize the property, allowing retail investors to trade shares backed by digital coins throughout the investment’s lifetime, thus introducing liquidity into real estate, a traditionally illiquid vehicle. If everything goes according to plan, NRI will register its operating partnership as a real estate investment trust, and, after a six-month lockup, existing investors can exchange their traditional shares for digital shares — represented by a digital coin — in the real estate investment trust.

Approximately 700 investors participated in the offering, which started at a minimum of $25,000, offering a greater shot at liquidity should the secondary market become possible. For those who choose the traditional setup, the investment period is expected to be five years.

While NRI has structured the investment to allow for tokenization through the REIT, it has yet to be approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission

Starwood Property Trust provided the $150 million in debt, while NRI contributed $17 million in equity. The remaining equity in the capital stack will be raised from private placement, according to the offering.

 

Source:  Commercial Observer

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