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Gateway At Wynwood Gets $113 Million Refi

Berkadia has arranged a $113 million loan to refinance Gateway at Wynwood, a 220,000-square-foot, Class A office and retail project designed by Kobi Karp in Miami’s Wynwood District. Senior Managing Director Charles Foschini, Managing Director Christopher Apone and Associate Director Robert Iudice of Berkadia South Florida arranged the loan on behalf of New York-based Rose & Berg Realty Group LP (“R&B Realty”), a family-owned real estate management, leasing and construction company. The property is leased to a diverse tenant roster including BoConcept, OpenStore and Veru.

Berkadia also secured the original construction loan for the project in early 2020 through lender 3650 REIT.

This time, A10 Capital, a vertically integrated, full service commercial real estate lender, provided the three-year loan, with two, one-year extension options.

“The volatility in the lending environment made this office refi transaction challenging, but our relationships with the lending community and the strength of this asset helped us secure one of South Florida’s largest office refis in recent times,” said Foschini. “We are proud to have played a key role in helping our client move forward with its plans as it continues to attract strong office and retail tenants to the trophy property in the highly desired Wynwood area north of downtown Miami.”   

Designed by ‘starchitect’ Kobi Karp, Gateway at Wynwood is located at 2616 North Miami Avenue, in the epicenter of Miami’s Wynwood corridor, one of the most desirable 24-hour submarkets in the nation. It features approximately 220,000 square feet of Class A office space encompassing roughly 27,700 square feet of space on each of its floors. It features a private rooftop terrace with panoramic views, as well as 512 on-site parking spaces. The project also features 24,000 square feet of retail space and is centrally located at the convergence of the Midtown and Wynwood submarkets’ high-traffic retail corridor, with immediate access to thousands of new residential units.

Gateway at Wynwood is just minutes away from Miami’s Central Business District (CBD), Midtown, Edgewater, the Arts and Entertainment District, Brickell, Miami Beach, and a variety of mass transit options including I-195, the Miami Metrorail and the new Brightline commuter rail line connecting Miami to Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.

 

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Leasing Activity Heats Up At The Gateway at Wynwood

As Miami continues to experience a post-pandemic boom, The Gateway of Wynwood – the newest office building in the Wynwood area – announces tech start-up OpenStore’s expansion and the growth of its impressive roster of tenants with the addition of two new leases.

Aron Rosenberg, the developer behind The Gateway at Wynwood, has signed a lease with OpenStore for an approximately 26,000-square-foot expansion, bringing the company’s total footprint in the building to over 40,000 square feet. At the same time, The Gateway at Wynwood signed a new lease with Baseline, a vertically integrated platform investment company, for 5,000 square feet of office space. It also signed a lease with Mediterranean-Asian-Fusion Steakhouse concept DALIYAH and MIZU Rooftop Garden for approximately 6,000 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space plus the nearly 3,000-square-foot rooftop area.

The Gateway at Wynwood was represented by Colliers’ Executive Managing Director Stephen Rutchik, Managing Director Tom Farmer and Director Tyler de la Pena in the office lease transactions. CBRE’s Alex Cesar, First Vice President of Retail Advisory and Transaction Services, and Drew Schaul, Senior Vice President of Advisory and Transaction Services, represented The Gateway at Wynwood in the retail lease.

“Leasing activity has ramped up since the building’s opening, and we are excited to welcome these new tenants and see a current tenant expand so fast at The Gateway at Wynwood,” said Shelby Rosenberg, R&B Realty’s Head of Development and Acquisitions, Asset and Property Manager, US Portfolio. “Our building continues to remain a hub for new-to-market tenants, expansions and relocations to Wynwood, the ‘place-to-be’ for companies looking for a live-work-play environment. We are proud of the role we have played in the transformation of this community into one of Miami’s hottest neighborhoods.”

The Gateway at Wynwood, which opened in 2022 as the first tenant took occupancy in January, recently achieved LEED Gold Certification. The building implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Green buildings allow companies to operate more sustainably and give the people inside them a healthier, more comfortable space to work.

OpenStore, the building’s first tenant to officially move in, is a platform that allows entrepreneurs with Shopify businesses to sell their companies and receive liquidity for what they’ve built. Founded by Keith Rabois of Founders Fund, Jack Abraham of Atomic, and Michael Rubenstein, the former President of AppNexus, OpenStore connects merchants and customers into a single unified shopping experience through access to data, information, and capital. The company announced in July that it raised $30 million in Series A funding, with a valuation of $250 million. OpenStore’s goal is to offer instant liquidity for eCommerce entrepreneurs.

Baseline is focused on developing and operating short and long-term single-family rentals. Baseline’s principals have delivered over 4,000 market-leading vacation rentals and 20,000 single-family homes with an aggregate value of over $7 billion. This will be the Orlando-based company’s first Miami office.

DALIYAH and MIZU Rooftop Garden’s concept was created by DZYNE Hospitality and OPSO Group, which are partnering with Canada’s A5 Hospitality. DZYNE Hospitality, led by Derrick Orosa, aka “DZYNE,” is working with OPSO Group, the company behind some of Miami’s trendiest restaurants, including Midtown’s MAÜ MIAMI and KAVO MIAMI, on the new concept. Founded by Alexandre Besnard and Patrick Hétu, A5 Hospitality has been a leading player in Montreal’s hospitality industry for 15 years. A5 has a varied yet targeted offering, ranging from high-end Japanese dining to large-scale entertainment projects, specializing in the development and operation of restaurants and bars. MIZU Rooftop Garden is set to open first, in time for Art Basel 2022, with the downstairs restaurant, opening by Summer of 2023.

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“Our Rooftop Garden has the most amazing views of the entire Miami Skyline, South Beach, Brickell, Downtown, Midtown, Design District and of course, Wynwood”, said DZYNE of DZYNE Hospitality. “Our high-end Mediterranean Japanese Steakhouse will be situated in between all the action of Wynwood, making it the ideal destination location, where you can have amazing Japanese cuisine with disco, retro and high energy music playing throughout the restaurant or take our private elevator directly to the Rooftop Garden and lay back for some specialty cocktails, bottle service, Japanese Krudos, fresh sushi and cold Japanese dishes, as well as Wagyu and Kobe BBQ.”  

The Gateway at Wynwood offers about 195,000 square feet of leasable Class A office space and nearly 25,900 square feet of prime street-level retail space. Designed by renowned architect Kobi Karp, the environmentally responsible building features flexible floorplans, a private rooftop terrace, gym, unique bay window system, 24/7 on-site security, vibrant exterior cladding, and 2:1,000 on-site covered parking. The Gateway at Wynwood announced the building’s first office lease with biotech company Veru Inc in the summer of 2021. The eight-year, 12,155-square-foot lease will serve as the company’s global headquarters and triple Veru’s current office space.

 

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Two Venture Capital Funds And StartUp Ink Leases in Miami’s Wynwood

Venture capital funds Founders Fund and Atomic, as well as the start-up OpenStore, signed three office leases totaling 22,000 sq. ft. in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, at Wynwood Annex, a creative office building developed by Related Group and East End Capital.

Founders Fund is a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm with billions of dollars in capital under management. Co-founder Peter Thiel, who also co-founded PayPal, showed interest in Miami last year when he signed a short-term lease for office space before selecting Wynwood as home to its permanent Miami office.

Already home to popular tech companies Spotify and Live Nation and start-ups like the CodelittWyncodeASOFTIO Software, and now, OpenStore, some are beginning to refer to Wynwood as the epicenter of Miami’s urban core.

According to a release, the following recent announcements are also helping to solidify Wynwood as the creative hub of Miami:

  • Microsoft and SoftBank Group, one of the world’s largest tech investors, announced they are looking for 100,000+ sq. ft. of space;
  • Announced last week, Wynwood will host the world’s largest Bitcoin Conference in June 2021 where Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will speak at Mana Convention Center.  The conference was previously held in Los Angeles, California; and
  • Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced the City’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer and is currently considering a contract for employees to receive all or part of their salaries in Bitcoin, and for the public to have a Bitcoin option while paying for city services.    

 

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