Summit Contracting Breaks Ground on 163-Unit Seniors Housing Community in Central Florida

Affordable Housing / 05.10.20200 comments

DAVENPORT, FLA. — Summit Contracting Group has broken ground on Siena Pointe, a seniors housing community in Davenport. Siena Pointe will be a four-story, wood-frame building situated on a seven-acre site. The property will feature 163 units of seniors housing in a 194,127-square-foot building. The community will be situated near Interstate 4 and U.S. Route 27, 33 miles southwest of downtown Orlando. Construction is slated for completion in fall 2021. The developer is Eastwind Development LLC, and the architect is Forum Architecture & Interior Design Inc.

Article was taken from rebusinessonline.com

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Eastwind developing multifamily project in Posner Park

News / 08.09.20200 comments

Siena Pointe, a 55-plus community, becomes latest component to $500 million, mixed-use development in Polk County.

by: Kevin McQuaid Commercial Real Estate Editor

A Palm Beach Gardens developer has acquired seven acres in a planned $500 million, mixed-use development in Polk County to build multifamily housing.

Eastwind Development paid $2.72 million for the Posner Park tract, at Interstate 4 and U.S. 27, county property records indicate.

The company’s Siena Pointe community, containing 163 units and related amenities, will be limited to residents 55 years and older, according to its website and information from commercial real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield, which represented seller BTI Partners of Fort Lauderdale in the sale.

Cushman & Wakefield’s Andy Slowik and Margery Johnson negotiated on behalf of BTI Partners, which also is the master developer of the $500 million Westshore Marina District property, in Tampa.

BTI Partners and affiliate Westport Capital of Connecticut began selling tracts within the 130-acre Posner Park community in 2018.

“BTI’s flagship investment strategy is predicated on acquiring residential and mixed-use land located in the path of economic growth, with a focus on major MSAs across Florida,” says BTI Partners’ Chief Investment Officer Justin Onorato.

He adds that with the Eastwind sale, only one 13-acre tract remains within Posner Park. That site is likely to be reserved for a high-traffic retailer, such as a home improvement retailer.

To date, the Davenport project contains a 170,000-square-foot retail center. Future plans call for apartments, short-term rental units and a light industrial building.

“Retail adjacent to the site contributes to walkable amenities for future tenants,” Johnson says of the planned Eastwind project.

The article was taken from the Florida Business Observer.

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Developer of Tampa’s Westshore Marina District sells off Polk County land

News / 14.08.20200 comments

The developer of Tampa’s Westshore Marina District has sold off a parcel of a mixed-use project in Polk County. BTI Partners, based in Fort Lauderdale, sold a 7-acre parcel in Davenport’s Posner Park to Eastwind Development, which is planning to build a 55-and-up apartment complex on the property.

Posner Park is a 100-acre mixed-use development site near the interchange of Interstate 4 and U.S. 27. BTI started selling off parcels in the project in 2018, GlobeSt reports.

“BTI’s flagship investment strategy is predicated on acquiring residential and mixed-use land located in a path of economic growth, with a focus on major MSAs across Florida,” said Justin Onorato, CIO of BTI Partners, in a statement. Andy Slowik and Margery Johnson of Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller, an affiliate of BTI, in the transaction.

“The high traffic counts on both Interstate 4 and US 27 at this interchange contribute to the attractiveness of Posner Park,” Slowik said in a statement.

This is the fourth parcel within Posner Park that Cushman has sold, the brokerage firm said. The property is home to a 170,000-square-foot retail center.

“Retail adjacent to the site contributes to walkable amenities for future tenants,” Johnson said.

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Breaking Ground at Solara

Construction set to begin on apartment complex with workforce housing on PGA Boulevard

Affordable Housing / 25.03.20200 comments

The Solera at City Centre complex would include 136 apartments, including some priced for emergency responders, teachers, nurses and government employees.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – With elected officials, developers, and investors on hand, the first shovels of dirt were turned on the Solera at City Centre rental community this month.

As part of a groundbreaking ceremony March 11 for the 136-unit, multi-family apartment complex at City Centre Plaza, speakers including Jack Weir, president of Eastwind Development, the project’s developer, and Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Mark Marciano spoke of the need to provide residents with the opportunity to live, work and play without having to get into their cars.

The development, on the southwest corner of PGA Boulevard and U.S. 1, is within walking distance of restaurants, offices and retail.

Nearby businesses include Twisted Trunk Brewing, Sara’s Kitchen and PNC Bank.

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From elderly to kids not moving out, lack of axordable housing a concern in Palm Beach County

News, Workforce Family Housing / 13.02.20200 comments

By Larry Keller Special to The Post
Posted Feb 4, 2020, at 6:15 PM

Re-printed from The Palm Beach Post

Speaking at The Kravis Center, President and CEO of Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County Suzanne Cabrera said residents who are elderly, disabled or have special needs sometimes pay more than 80 percent of their income on housing.

Suzanne Cabrera fields an array of phone calls from people desperate for an affordable place to live in her position as president and CEO of Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County.

“I get a lot of calls from the elderly,” she told an audience of perhaps 400 people at a Kravis Center luncheon sponsored by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “But the second-highest category is parents saying I need my kid to move out of the house. We don’t have basements in Florida where your kids can live with your forever,” she said to laughter.

Cabrera was on a panel that provided a lot more sobering assessments than laughs when discussing the causes and potential solutions to affordable housing in Palm Beach County.

Ideally, nobody should be paying more than 30 percent of their income for Cabrera said. But according to data she provided, more than 250,000 Palm Beach County households spent more than that percentage, with 135,000 of them spending more than 50 percent of income toward housing. Residents who are elderly, disabled or have special needs sometimes pay more than 80 percent of their income on housing.

The average home price in Palm Beach County is $350,000, so a household would need an income of more than $116,000 in order to spend less than 30 percent on its housing costs, Cabrera said. The average rent of $1,620 would require an income of more than $58,000 to not exceed the 30-percent threshold.

The county’s population has grown 12 percent in the past 10 years, and housing units have not kept pace, said Jack Weir, president of Eastwind Development Group. “We’re just not producing that many units, across the board. “West Palm Beach is trying to attract financial services companies … and those businesses are not going to come here and the businesses here are not going to be able to grow if they can’t have housing for their folks who are working.”

Panelists said the problem would be less dire if the state legislature didn’t divert vast sums of money intended for the construction and retrofitting of affordable housing to other programs. Known as the State Housing (or Sadowski) Trust Fund, it was created in 1992 by having doc stamps on all real estate transactions being earmarked for the fund. The hotter the real estate market, the more money would be generated for affordable housing.

In the past nine years, according to Cabrera’s data, Palm Beach County has contributed $251.9 million from doc stamps, but $157.7 million has been diverted by legislators for other purposes.

In the last fiscal year alone, the county could have received $17 million from the doc stamp revenue, Weir said. “Instead, it got $2 million. “One of the first things the Legislature could do is treat it as a trust fund and not a slush fund.”

Weir urged the audience to push legislators to use the fund for its intended purpose. Another solution, he said, is issuing bonds. Miami-Dade County issued a $400 million bond, with $100 million designated for affordable housing. The city of Miami has issued $85 million in bonds for affordable housing. Orange County has established a $160 million fund over 10 years designed to create 30,000 affordable housing units, he said.

“It may be time for Palm Beach County to think about a dedicated funding source for affordable and workforce housing,” Weir added.

Short-term solutions, Weir said, include cities providing density bonuses for a percentage of new units to be built for workforce housing, reductions or waivers of some building fees in return for some units being set aside for affordable or workforce housing, and low-interest loans from municipalities to developers of such properties.

The county does some of these things, said Jonathan B. Brown, director of the Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability. “It’s not just the county,” he said. “There has to be assistance from the municipalities. You would probably be surprised at the number of municipalities that don’t even have a housing department or a housing division.”

Based on survey done more than a year ago, 80 percent of county employees qualified for the workforce housing program, Brown said. The figure tops 90 percent for teachers, he added.

“Our own employees are not being able to find housing,” said another panel member, Wellington mayor Anne Gerwig. “We have adjusted some pay because of that. If you can’t live in the community you work in, it creates a whole other problem with transportation.”

Brown reminded the audience that employed homeless people living in their vehicles also need to be considered when discussing affordable housing. “That’s a population that we don’t want to forget about. They are part of this community and we need to make sure that we’re vigilant in addressing housing for our homeless population.”

Weir said another partial solution to the housing crisis in the future is mixed use developments. “One of the most exciting frontiers right now is redevelopment and repurposing of existing retail centers and commercial space,” he said, citing older shopping centers with vacant retail units along U.S. 1, Dixie Highway and Military Trail.

“A lot of those can be re-purposed and turned into mixed-use centers where they have housing, they have retail, they have restaurants, they have office,” Weir said. “We’re doing one of those developments in another county. That’s going to be a ready source of new housing units, a fair share of which will be affordable or workforce housing in the coming years.”

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Apartment complex breaks ground at Palm Beach County mixed-use center

News / 15.01.20200 comments

An apartment complex has broken ground at City Centre in Palm Beach Gardens after the developers secured a $24 million construction loan.

M&T Bank awarded the mortgage to City Centre Housing, an affiliate of Palm
Beach Gardens-based Eastwind Development Group and Prague, Czech Republic­based ICP. It funded the Solera at City Centre apartments on the southwest side of City Centre, which sat 2000 PGA Blvd.

Verdex Construction recently filed notice with the county that it started
construction on the project.

Solera at City Centre will have 136 apartments in four stories. Amenities would
include a pool, a clubhouse, and a central courtyard. Ten percent of the units will be for workforce housing.

The developers acquired the 3.2-acre site for $4.25 million in October 2019.
City Centre currently has 99,063 square feet of retail, offices and restaurants, so having apartments there could drive more traffic to the commercial tenants.

From the South Florida Business Journal

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District Flats featured in WPB Magazine

Affordable Housing, News, properties / 08.01.20200 comments

A new project, The District Flats rental community is coming to in West Palm Beach’s popular Warehouse District. The 178-unit multifamily development will be located at 1050 Blanche Street and will be a key addition to a neighborhood that has become a favorite destination for millennials… of all ages!

The District Flats will feature a modern-industrial designed, four-story building surrounding a central courtyard, swimming pool and deck area; a three-story building surrounding a garden amphitheater; and a three-level, 250-space parking garage enhanced by a large mural at the entry.  A dog park and a public park at the south end of the site is planned, and the project will also include 2,700 sq. ft. of commercial space that will be home to a stylish cafe. There will be 26 studio apartments; 86 one-bedroom, one-bath units; and 48 two-bedroom, two-bath apartments, along with a 3,000 sq. ft. clubhouse.

“This project will not only answer the growing need for housing around Downtown West Palm Beach but will also help solidify the Warehouse District as the city’s next hub of urban activity,” said Jack Weir, founder and managing principal of Eastwind Development. “We see great things ahead for both Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach.”

Designed by MSA Architects, with Verdex Construction as the general contractor, The District Flats is located south of the trendy Grandview Public Market food hall and other nearby retail and entertainment outlets like Steel Tie Distillery, Steam Horse Brewing Company and Surfing Florida Museum.

All units will feature nine-foot ceilings, keyless door entries, programmable thermostats, tile & wood plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, pendant light fixtures, bedroom ceiling fans and energy and water conservation features designed to lower monthly resident utility bills.

The development will also feature a set-aside for workforce housing. Twenty (20%) percent (36 units) in the community will be set aside for households with an annual income equal or less than 140% of the 2018 annual median income (AM I) for Palm Beach County for studios ($75,460 income), 1 BR units ($80,850 income) and 2 BR units ($97,020 income) at the time of initial leasing, Rents for the workforce housing units are not projected to be lower than market rents. The workforce housing restrictions will last for a period of 15 years.

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New Rental Community Coming to West Palm Beach’s Warehouse District

Affordable Housing, properties, Workforce Family Housing / 10.12.20190 comments

A new project, The District Flats rental community is coming to in West Palm Beach’s popular Warehouse District. The 178-unit multi-family development will be located at 1050 Blanche Street and will be a key addition to a neighborhood that has become a favorite destination for millennials…of all ages!

The District Flats will feature a modern industrial designed, four-story building surrounding a central courtyard, swimming pool and deck area; a three-story building surrounding a garden amphitheater; and a three-level, 250-space parking garage enhanced by a large mural at the entry.

A dog park and a public park at the south end of the site are planned, and the project will also include 2,700 sq. ft. of commercial space that will be home to a stylish cafe. There will be 26 studio apartments; 86 one-bedroom, one-bath units; and 48 two­ bedrooms, two-bath apartments, along with a 3,000 sq. ft. clubhouse.

“This project will not only answer the growing need for housing around Downtown West Palm Beach but will also help solidify the Warehouse District as the city’s hub of urban activity,” said Jack Weir, founder, and managing partner

“The city has a tremendous need for affordable housing, and I’m glad that Eastwind Development was going to provide a portion of that,” West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James said at the groundbreaking ceremony, Thursday, December 5.

AH, units will feature nine-foot ceilings, keyless door entries programmable thermostats, tile & wood plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, pendant light fixtures, bedroom ceiling fans, and energy and water conservation features designed to lower monthly resident utility bills.

The development will also feature a set-aside for work.force housing. Twenty (20%) percent (36 units) in the community will be set aside for households with an annual income equal or less than 140% of the 2018 annual median income (J\1Vf I) for Palm Beach County for studios ($75,460 income ), 1 BR units ($80,850 income ) and 2 BR units ($97,020 income ) at the time of initial leasing, Rents for the workforce housing units are not projected to be lower than market rents. The workforce housing restrictions will last for a period of 15 years.

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First apartment project breaks ground in Warehouse District

News / 06.11.20190 comments

The first modern apartment building has broken ground in the Warehouse District of West Palm Beach.

Located on the outskirts of downtown, the collection of warehouses along Clare Avenue and Elizabeth Avenue are transitioning from industrial use to dining and entertainment. That has made it a more attractive place to live. Synovus Bank boosted its mortgage to Warehouse District Flats LLC, an affiliate of Palm Beach Gardens-based Eastwind Development Group, from $3 million to $30.5 million. It covers the 5.53-acre site at 1630, 1710, 1940 and 1980 Clare Ave. The 55,519 square feet of warehouses there will be demolished.

Eastwind Development Group plans to build Ois1rict Flats In West Palm Beach. Verdex Construction recently filed notice with the county that it started construction of 178 apartments and 2,700 square feet of commercial space there. The buildings will rise three and four stories, with a parking garage between them. Ron Roan, VP of development and acquisitions at Eastwind, said the project should be completed in about 15 months.

“It’s going to be a real shot in the arm to the neighborhood,” Roan said. “There is already the exciting retail there. Our intent is to provide good quality housing with good proximity the retail. It should help the whole area grow.” The developer pledged to make 36 of the apartments there workforce housing, with rents set for households earning no more than 140 percent of median income. Units would range from 550 to 1,000 square feet. There would be 26 studios, 86 units with one bedroom, 18 units with one bedroom and a den, and 48 units with two bedrooms.

Roan said the smaller apartments would rent for about $1,500, while the larger two-bedroom units would rent for around $2,300. For the commercial space, Eastwind developer is seeking a coffee shop with a unique theme, he added. The amenities would include an interior pool courtyard with cabanas, a garden courtyard, a dog park and a public art park on the south side of the project.

District Flats was designed by MSA Architects. The developer acquired the property in two deals for a combined $5.17 million in April.

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Apartment developer buys site for $4M, plans construction

News / 28.10.20190 comments

Eastwind Development Group and ICP have purchased land within the City Centre commercial center in Palm Beach Gardens, where they plan to build apartments.  City Centre Associates LLC, managed by Brian K. Waxman of AW Property, sold 3.2 acres for $4.25 million to City Centre Housing LLC, an affiliate of Palm Beach Gardens-based Eastwind Development Group and Prague, Czech Republic-based ICP. It’s on the southwest side of City Centre, a 99,063-square-foot retail, office and restaurant complex at 2000 PGA Blvd.

Law form Mathison Whittles LLP represented the buyers in the deal. The vacant property last traded for $1.55 million in 2017. CO~i’, l A~CHITECTS The So!era at City Centre apartments in Palm Beach Gardens would have 136 units. Eastwind Development, led by John F. Weir, said it plans to build Solera at City Centre with 136 apartments in four stories. Amenities would include a pool, a clubhouse, and a central courtyard. Ten percent of the units will be for workforce housing, the developer said.

The city has already approved the project. The developer plans to break ground in December.

Brian Bandell
Senior Reporter
South Florida Business Journal

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