Catching up: Art Falcone’s Mega Projects make Progress

As SEIM celebrates its I filth anniversaries. this occasional wries will look at past slots subjects. Developer Art Falcone, Falcone Group and Encore Capital Management had myri¬ad major projects when profiled in SFBW’s July 2016 cover story. (11w original ankle is available at Falcone re-trimly spoke with SFI3W to update progress on them.

The S4 billion project in downtown Mi¬ami Is called the second-largest urban development in the nation, right behind New York’s Hudson Yards, which is being developed by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ Related Cos.

Paramount Miami World Center, which included patter Daniel Kodsi, has received Its temporary certificate of occupancy and is nearly 90 percent sold with 150 unit sales al-ready closed, Falcone said. “From the standpoint of amenities, it’s the best-amenities building in the world. Nobody we know in the world has the amenities deck we have,” Falcone said. That includes soccer fields, a tennis coon, indoor golf, indoor basketball, racquetball, a spa, and a recording studio.

Falcone Group. Miami Worldcenter Associates and CIM Group earlier in the year completed the first building at World-Center, a 444-unit rental tower called Can¬ba. Falcone said it is attracting many mil¬lennials. The project website lists studios starting at 51,750. Falcone said the average price is about $2,500. Units range up to three bedrooms.

Falcone expects this near to start construction of a 400,000-square-foot office tower with development company Hines. He expects cutting-edge technology, more communal workspaces. amenities and connectivity to other parts of the city will drive demand. Worldcenter is in a walkable area and next to Metrorail, Meuomover and Vir¬gin ‘Rains USA/Brightline’s MiamiCentral station, which will eventually have Tri-Rail service.

Worldcenter sold a parcel to Zom LivIng, which has a $119 million construction loan to build Luma at Miami Worldcenter, a 43-story apartment tower with 434 units. Worldcenter’s retail and restaurant space are under constriction. Falcone said many tenant deals were out for signatures. Fitting with the current retail trend, he expects en¬tertainment to be a big part of that, includ¬ing cultural shows.
Hotel company CitizenM has broke ground at Worldcenter for a 12-story. 351-room hotel. This is the first of three hotels the Netherlands-based hotelier is planning in the Miami area.
Kodsi and Royal Palm Cos. also have announced plans for a condominium/hotel project called The Legacy lintel & Resi¬dences. It will have a 255-room hotel with 278 condos from the 26th to 39th floors. The building will include a rooftop atri¬um with a playground and event space, an international business lounge and what’s called the largest turban pool in Miami.

Kobi Karp is the architect and ID & Design International is handling the interiors. The Legacy’s studio and two-bedroom units, ranging from 400 to 949 square feet. can be rented without restrictions via Airb¬lib or the tower’s rental service. Falcone said future phases of Woridcen¬ter are being planned. including designs or buildings.

The 32-acre, mixed-use project at the for¬mer Fashion Mall site on University Drive-In Plantation has its first office tenant. Aetna moved into 8.5,000 square feet of the proj¬ect’s 177,000 square feet of office space. The office space is 95 percent leased and news reports indicate Office Evolution will open a 10242-square-foot coworking space them, It’s first in South Florida.

The Rise apartments, which are Encore’s brand for luxury rentals, Are under construction. Deliveries of the 700 units are expected to start in the summer, Falcone said. The retail is also 60 percent pre-leased and should be open in time for the holiday season. Tacocraft is planning to be one of the tenants.

There is an existing 263-room Sheraton hotel and two parking garages at Planta¬tion Walk. Encore filed plans with the city for a 135-room Springhill Suites by Marri¬ott and a nine-story, 164-unit, age-restrict¬ed residential building. The latter will be an independent living facility and an alternative to country club living, Falcone said. A 180,000-square-foot office building with a heavy medical office component is also being considered, according to filings with the city.

The hotel, Island 1120 waterpark, and retail have opened at the $800 million, 350-acre resort about five miles southeast of Walt Disney World. The resort has 30 acres of lagoons and six acres are swimmable, Falcone said. The 200,000-square-foot open-air Sunset Walk complex will have retail, restaurants, a movie theater, and a concert pavilion. Gloria and Emilio Estefan recently announced they are opening an Estefan Kitchen there.

The project includes a 184-room hotel and one- to-eight bedroom vacation cottages, which can be purchased as timeshares and rented by vacationers. from Vstays and Rental. The first phase includes 187 cottag¬es, but Falcone said 90-1 cottage are ulti¬mately planned.

Falcone Group Is also developing anoth¬er Orlando-area project, Encore Club at Re¬union with 863 vacation rental homes and 338 apartments. Reunion is a sprawling re¬sort that includes three golf courses. homes are priced at $250,000 to S5 million. En-core is also working with Jack Nicklaus to develop Bear’s Den at Reunion, which has 52 homes and a clubhouse.

Encore and “Win Creek Development have partnered on Beachwalk, a 1,100-acre mixed-use development off of Interstate 95 in the Jacksonville area. It includes the 14-acre Crystal Lagoon, which was recently filled after a six-month mass. The lagoon uses technology that clarifies the water for enjoying water sports. Beachwalk also will include 450,000 square feet of rental, restaurant and entertainment space. Leasing has maned at Sentosa Beachwalk, a 348-unit apartment building. Lennar is among the four homebuilders at Beachwalk’s five neighborhoods.

Work is near completion on the 30-story, 348 unit The Rise at Flager village. Similar to the Worldcenter location, The Rise is being promoted for its walkability, which includes the nearby Fort Lauderdale Virgin Trains USA/Brightline station.