The Miami Beach Commission is moving forward with a new bidding process for the Collins Park garage, a project that gained attention for a failed bid by the late architect Zaha Hadid.

The commission will vote on Wednesday whether to adopt a resolution ranking proposals for the new request for proposals (RFP). The city received seven proposals for the garage after it issued the new RFP in September: Burke Construction Group, Finfrock Construction Inc., Kaufman Lynn Construction, KVC Constructors Inc., Munilla Construction Management, Plaza Construction Group and Stiles Construction.

Of those, the evaluation committee narrowed it down to four, with KVC Constructors as the top bidder, Plaza Construction as No. 2, Finfrock as the third ranked and Kaufman Lynn as the fourth. KVC has worked on five major garages in Miami-Dade, including the Braman Motors Parking Garage, City View Parking Garage, Museum Parking Garage, the Palms Parking Garage and Wynwood Parking Garage, according to city documents.

In Miami Beach, KVC built the Pennsylvania Avenue garage. The second-ranked bidder, Plaza Construction, cited its experience building 3.4 million square feet blocks away from Collins Park. And the third-ranked bidder, Finfrock, is partnering with Arquitectonica, ArquitectonicaGeo and Kimley Horn. They completed the 720-car Venture garage in Aventura.

 

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From South Beach to Fort Lauderdale, hotel properties were hot tickets in South Florida’s commercial real estate market this year, often fetching top dollar from investors looking to grow their foothold in the region.

Even with news of a possible oversupply in some cities and the Zika virus hurting tourism, the hospitality industry was the grounds for many of South Florida’s priciest real estate deals in 2016. The Real Deal compiled the five most-expensive hotel trades that closed this year for your reading pleasure.

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Cooling residential market or not, South Florida is riding a now years-long trend of falling foreclosures rates.

A newly released report shows that November marked yet another month of evaporating foreclosure activity in the region, bringing down South Florida’s rank to 10th in the nation among major metropolitan areas.

The report, compiled by real estate research company ATTOM Data Solutions, said one of every 786 housing units in South Florida was in some stage of foreclosure last month. While that rate is still relatively high, it’s fallen nearly 18 percent compared to the November 2015.

Of South Florida’s three counties, Miami-Dade had the largest share of distressed properties with 1,479 homes in the foreclosure pipeline last month. Broward came in second with 1,012 housing units, followed by Palm Beach with 657.

Miami was once one of the worst hit in the nation for foreclosures during the housing crash, in no small part because of loose mortgage restrictions and a surplus of condo projects.

As home prices recovered and buyers adopted all-cash purchases, however, the region’s foreclosure rate has steadily fallen over the past few years.

The nation’s top ranked location for foreclosures in November was Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where one in every 341 homes was distressed.

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UPDATED Dec. 12, 3:30 p.m.: Downtown Miami, traffic-clogged by day and deserted at night, could soon be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly urban dining and entertainment hub, say planners, brokers and local business owners.

Sandwiched between Northeast Sixth Street to the north, Biscayne Bay to the east, and the Miami River to the south and west, downtown Miami has lagged as development has boomed in nearby Brickell, Wynwood and Edgewater.

But participants at a seminar last week, sponsored by the Urban Land Institute and Akerman LLP said a mix of public and private development is about to bring about big changes to downtown Miami.

Mika Mattingly, executive vice president of Colliers International said, “downtown is finally going to move.” Over the past two years there have been $1.8 billion in transactions in the downtown area with prices per square foot increasing from $82 to $500, she said.

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