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Orlando Developer Starts plans for Large Development

 

 

Unicorp ’s most prominent developer is pursuing its latest $200 million projects in an area that’s heating up for retail developers — and that represents a major shift in the market.

That’s according to Jorge Rodriguez, executive managing director at Colliers International Central , who is representing Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. in the purchase of a roughly 150-acre site in Daytona Beach’s fast-developing area of Interstate 95 and LPGA Boulevard.

“[Historically], all the retail was along International Speedway Boulevard,” Rodriguez said. “What’s happening is Daytona’s gotten to the point where there’s no more land to be developed there … It’s jumped north to LPGA and I-95.”

New projects in that area likely will be more attractive to consumers, added John Albright, president, and CEO of Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (NYSE: CTO), Daytona Beach’s largest landowner and soon-to-be seller of the site Unicorp has under contract.

In fact, developers have been buying up chunks of land from Consolidated-Tomoka for years, creating a massive economic impact for the community. The largest land sale was to Minto Communities, which partnered with Margaritaville HoldingsInc. to build the $1 billion Jimmy Buffett-themed Latitude Margaritaville — a massive active-adult, the mixed-use community now under .

Additionally, the $91 million, 350,000-square-foot Tanger Outlets opened in 2016, and North American Development Group is anticipating a fall opening of its estimated $80 million, 400,000-square-foot Tomoka Town Center featuring T.J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports + Outdoors and more.

Since 2011, Consolidated-Tomoka’s land sales in this area have resulted in $1.5 billion in total capital investment in Daytona Beach, adding more than 3,500 jobs, according to company documents.

“You have a large influx of new population, and a great regional draw as far as the interstate and LPGA [Boulevard],” Albright said. “It’s all coming together.”

Meanwhile, Unicorp plans to start construction on its new project in first-quarter 2019. The first 23-acre phase, dubbed Shoppes at Williamson Crossing, will feature about 100,000 square feet of un-anchored shops and restaurants. No tenants have been signed, but Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said his company is in talks with about 30 potential tenants.

Cinépolis USA will open a nine-screen, 40,000-square-foot cinema in 2020 in the town center

 

 

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A Dallas-based cinema has pressed play on a new theater in the $780 million Town Center, one of the biggest developments underway in southeast .

Cinépolis USA will open a nine-screen, 40,000-square-foot cinema in 2020 in the town center, according to Tavistock Development Co. LLC. Orlando-based  currently is working on the town center’s $300 million second phase.

It’s the second Cinépolis in Central after the company opened a theater in Winter Garden earlier this month.

Ticket prices typically range from $10-$18 for adults and $8-$14 for children.

Outside of Cinépolis, Lake Nona Town Center’s second phase also will feature a brewery, comedy club and live performance venue, bowling concept, a 215-room luxury hotel and more than 80 restaurants and shops.

“Cinépolis is the entertainment centerpiece for the next phase of the Lake Nona Town Center,” Jim Zboril, president of Tavistock Development Co., said in a prepared statement. “The theater experience is exceptional and epitomizes the quality guests can expect when visiting the town center.

About 37 major retailers are interested in opening shops inside the development. Those retailers range from American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) to Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS). Tavistock hasn’t confirmed any of the potential retailers as tenants.

Retail interest in Lake Nona shouldn’t be a surprise since population growth — as evidenced by home sales — drives retail. Lake Nona notched the No. 15 spot among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities with 523 home sales in 2017, John Burns Real Estate Consulting reported.

In addition, Lake Nona’s daytime population continues to grow with its 650-acre life sciences hub and future developments such as New York-based audit giant KPMG LLP’s $430 million, 55-acre training facility being built on Lake Nona Boulevard, and the teaching hospital being built by University of Central Florida-Hospital Corp. of America (NYSE: HCA).

Residents in Lake Nona often have higher wages and live in pricier than the average Orlando resident. Lake Nona household income was $143,500 in 2017, nearly three times Orange County’s average household income of $49,391, according to Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh. And that is attractive to major retailers.

“The market as a whole in Lake Nona has only gotten better and continues to get better,” retail expert Jorge Rodriguez, executive managing director in Central Florida of Colliers International

The Impact of Supply Shortage on Luxury Housing

 

 

 

The supply shortage of is not limited to the median home only. The first quarter of 2018 saw the also feeling the heat of inventory shortage as prices for high-end homes saw the strongest appreciation in four years, according to a report on the luxury housing market by Redfin.

This quarterly report tracks home sales in more than 1000 cities across the country and defines a home as a luxury property if it is among the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in the city during the quarter.

Prices for luxury homes rose nearly 8 percent to an average of $1.8 million during the quarter, Redfin found. However, this did nothing for sales of these homes which fell 20 percent marking four consecutive quarters of declining sales in this segment of the housing market.

“For the first time since changes to the tax code went into effect, luxury buyers could no longer deduct more than $10,000 in state and local property taxes or interest for mortgages over $750,000,” said Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin. “In a world of balanced supply and demand, these changes would have dampened price growth. Instead, this quarter saw the strongest luxury price appreciation in four years, demonstrating that the current inventory crunch is extremely broad-based and affects buyers at every price range.”

The inventory shortage is also escalating competition for luxury homes. The report indicated the average luxury home that sold last quarter went under contract after 82 days on the market, nine days faster than the same period last year. While only 1.5 percent of luxury homes were bid up over the asking price, that’s up from 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

In terms of regions, Florida and Nevada saw strong growth in prices of luxury homes with average sale prices in Vero Beach increasing 68 percent to $2.65 million over last year while those in Reno going up 51.3 percent. On the other hand, some cities known for their luxury homes actually saw a decline in prices.

Homes in Long Beach, California led this group of cities with prices falling 26.1 percent year-over-year in the first quarter. Prices in Washington, D.C. also saw a decline of 9.6 percent as did Fort Lauderdale, which saw prices falling 7.3 percent.

Massive solar project for Central Florida

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OUC and 11 municipal utilities from across the state are teaming up to build three massive solar farms.

The groundbreaking agreement allows for 900,000 solar panels that will provide energy for as many as 45,000 . The three solar sites on 1,200 acres in rural Orange and Osceola counties will provide 223.5 megawatts. OUC will be the largest tenant, purchasing 108.5 megawatts of solar energy, or enough for more than 20,000 residential customers.

“OUC could have done this on its own, but by partnering with other municipal utilities, we can make a dramatic difference not just in Central , but really throughout the entire state,” said Clint Bullock, OUC’s general manager, and CEO. “We can leverage the economies of scale to bring the price of solar down to a point where a dozen municipal utilities can afford to sign on.”

The solar farms are expected to be completed by 2020, and exact locations in Orange and Osceola are still being finalized through a permitting process.

Luxury apartments in the pipeline for I-Drive-area project

A 64-acre mixed-use development near International Drive is gearing up to tackle its multifamily component. The whole mixed-use project will cost more than $350 million to develop and should be completed by 2019. More here.

Fun Spot debuts new Orlando ride

Fun Spot America, which opened a new Orlando ride called HeadRush 360 on May 1, now plans to spend $2 million to add a new multi-level go-kart track dubbed Samson Monster Track at its Atlanta property. More here.

Here’s how Orlando ranks for diversity

With immigration policy remaining a hot-button issue in 2018’s political landscape, WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America. To determine the cities with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household and religious. Orlando came in at No. 68.

Cruises from Port Canaveral to Cuba start Monday

The Norwegian Sun embarks on the first regularly scheduled cruise from Port Canaveral to Cuba on Monday, Florida Today reports. The cruises, which will depart from the port every Monday this summer, will include stops in Havana, as well as in Key West.

After weeks of jumping, mortgages rates take a modest dip

U.S. mortgage rates fell last week after rising to their highest level in four years, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 4.55% for the week ending May 3, down from 4.58% the previous week. Favorable mortgage rates have helped drive U.S. home sales, as well as the refinance market.

Lake Nona area to get new grocer, restaurant and more

Emerson International Inc. wants to build a new retail center in southeast near .

The Altamonte Springs-based development firm is seeking approval from the Orange County development review committee on April 11 to build a 40,600-square-foot retail center in the Eagle Creek community. The $6 million-$8 million commercial center would be built on 8.29 acres of undeveloped land at 13615 Narcoossee Road.

The project will include:

  • A 21,900-square-foot grocery store
  • A 5,000-square-foot restaurant

Civil engineering firm VHB and C4 Architecture are working on the retail project. A new shopping center brings with it opportunities for companies, vendors and people looking for jobs, as well as retailers that want a presence near Lake Nona.

The overall 67,500-square-foot lot is part of the mixed-used Eagle Creek community that fronts Narcoossee Road.

The community has The Sanctuary at Eagle Creek, a 282-unit apartment complex, and townhomes dubbed the Curzon Place Golf Villas, developed by Emerson International.

Millennial homebuyers are not actively seeking

 

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Millennial homebuyers are not actively seeking to buy a house in Orlando, according to a new study by LendingTree.

In fact, out of the 100 cities ranked, Orlando came in at No. 80. See the data here.

Mortgage requests for buyers under 35 were analyzed between Feb. 1, 2017, and Feb. 1, 2018, then ranked alongside data about the average age of the buyer under 35, credit score, down payment and requested loan amount.

The study found cities in the Sun Belt like Las Vegas, Tuscon, Ariz., and five Florida cities as least popular, which could be because of their popularity instead with retirees, as well as high cost of living, according to LendingTree.

About one-third of mortgage requests through the company were from those 35 years old and younger.

And be sure to check out these other Monday headlines:

New project with shops, may be on tap for the area near SunRail station
A South Florida developer is eyeing 18 acres near the SunRail station in southwest Orlando for a possible mixed-use development. The project would include apartments, townhomes and a two-story office-and-retail building on Sand Lake Road and Orange Avenue. More here.

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Images revealed of apartment buildings at Disney’s Flamingo Crossings
Rendering of the community center at Flamingo Crossings

Online mortgage lender expands into Florida, seeks to disrupt the industry
Lenda, an online mortgage company that claims it can close home loans 3.5 times faster than the industry average is expanding into Florida. Lenda uses a predictive algorithm, rather than going through human loan officers, to determine whether a borrower is creditworthy. More here.

N.C. food production biz considers adding 95 jobs in Melbourne
MG Foods Inc., a North Carolina-based food production, packaging, and distribution company, has applied for property tax breaks with Brevard County in order to expand its workforce by 95 jobs, Florida Today reports. More here.

How to get a piece of the work on the next phase of OIA’s new terminal
Orlando International Airport is looking for some help as it plans the next phase of its $2.15 billion expansion. The Orlando airport — the busiest airport in the state — is a huge driver of the area’s and the new south terminal will raise its capacity by 10 million passengers. More here.

Mortgage rates hold steady
Mortgage rates held steady this week, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 4.45% for the week ending March 22, essentially unchanged from 4.44% the previous week. Favorable mortgage rates have helped propel U.S. home sales and the refinance market.

And higher gas prices are on the way
Expect higher gas prices this week, AAA says. The Florida average has risen 10 of the past 12 days, climbing a total of 6 cents. You can expect prices to climb at least another 10 cents in the coming weeks. Gas prices in Orlando currently average $2.48 a gallon.

Lake Nona parent launches Tavistock Hotel Collection

 

Billionaire Joe Lewis’ Tavistock Group on Jan. 30 announced the launch of the new Hotel Collection that will oversee two new hotels planned to break ground in this year.

The new entity will oversee a “growing” hospitality portfolio, including the Tavistock Lake Nona Resort and the Tavistock Town Center Hotel in the southeast community. Kit Pappas — a 30-year hospitality veteran who previously was COO of  hotel developer and manager Capella Hotel Group — was appointed vice president of hotel management.

“It’s significant when an organization like Tavistock — known around the globe for its smart investments and commitment to excellence — says they want to create an innovative opportunity in your industry,” Pappas said in a prepared statement. “We now have an opportunity to create new brands and experiences with the same excellence, creativity and ingenuity that Tavistock is known throughout the world for, and I for one wanted to be a part of that from day one.”

Along with the Lake Nona project, the new Tavistock Hotel Collection will include additional properties in the future that focus on “exceptional services and delivering one-of-a-kind experiences.” In fact, sister company Tavistock Development Co. LLC recently bought Fort Lauderdale’s Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, with plans to reimagine it as the city’s social harbor.

“As we look to our future and that of Tavistock’s growing portfolio of world-class properties, the creation of the Tavistock Hotel Collection will allow us greater opportunities to engage with our customers and create more fulfilling experiences,” Tavistock Development President Jim Zboril said in a prepared statement. “This collection will only further these efforts by offering us these additional engagement opportunities.”

Meanwhile, here’s a closer look at the two Lake Nona properties:

Tavistock Lake Nona Resort

The new eight-story iconic performance resort and spa will feature one of the nation’s largest man-made Crystal Lagoons bringing the “beach” to Central Florida in 2020. The project, which will feature 250 guest rooms and 80 condos, will be built between the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and the USTA National Campus. It’s expected to appeal to athletes, leisure travelers, incentive groups and families. Amenities will include 20,000 square feet of meeting space, an expansive rooftop lounge, a 120,000-square-foot beach volleyball venue, and a major fitness and spa campus. Miami-based Arquitectonica is the project architect.

Tavistock Town Center Hotel

The 16-story, 215-room as-of-yet-unbranded hotel is planned for the center of the overall, more than 3 million-square-foot Lake Nona Town Center, which is planned to become a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment when it debuts in late 2019. The 16-story, full-service hotel will be targeted to leisure travelers, business professionals and style-conscious guests. Amenities will include a 24-hour fitness center featuring Technogym equipment, an 80-seat restaurant and a vibrant rooftop pool and lounge with private event capabilities.

Check out the photo gallery for a closer look at the two properties.

The 17-square-mile Lake Nona is one of Central Florida’s hottest communities. It notched the No. 15 spot among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities with 523 home sales in 2017, John Burns Real Estate Consulting reported. Additionally, the community already boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees in its 650-acre life sciences hub, plenty of new activity in the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, and more than 11,000 students at its schools.

7 things to know today and Orlando moves up on best-performing cities list

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Metro Orlando jumped up two places in an annual ranking released Wednesday by California-based Milken Institute that measures economic growth.

The City Beautiful came in at No. 7 on the institute’s list of the top 200 large U.S. metro areas — up from No. 9 last year.

The only other Florida metro to best us was North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, which saw a huge leap from No. 26 last year to No. 6 this year.

Milken Institute’s index looks at how well the country’s metro areas create and sustain jobs as well as each’s economic growth. Published since 1999, the index looks at nine metrics to evaluate the growth of a metro area, including changes in jobs, wages and salaries in addition to technology output.

Milken Institute said its results can be used as an “objective benchmark for examining the underlying factors and identifying unique characteristics of economic growth in metropolitan areas.”

See the full rankings here.

And be sure to check out these other Thursday headlines:

$89M downtown Orlando luxury apartment tower to break ground in Q2

Another high-end apartment complex soon will dot Orlando’s skyline near Lake Eola, joining a roster of projects such as the under- Modera at Mills Creek and Aspire. More here on the 300,000-square-foot project.

Johnson & Johnson changes hiring plan for regional HQ in Lake Nona

Here are five Walt Disney World projects to follow in 2018

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Disney Springs lands among NY Times’ top 52 places to visit in 2018

Disney Springs is among several U.S. spots on a newly released New York Times list of the 52 Places to Go in 2018. The list was selected based on suggestions from regular contributors to the Times’ Travel section that are then narrowed down based on why 2018 is the time to visit a particular place.

12 tech firms hiring 300 Central Florida workers

Attention all job seekers: Video game, data analytics, IT and rocket firms all have high-wage, high-tech jobs available — some paying more than $77,000 a year. To see a quick lineup of which firm firms are hiring, how many positions are available and a few of the job titles, click here.

Feds drop plan to allow drilling off Florida coast

Florida waters were removed Tuesday from White House plansto open previously protected parts of the Atlantic Ocean and eastern Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling. The move spurred questions about whether the quick decision and manner of announcement by the Trump administration were done to further Scott’s political career.

Coca-Cola launches Diet Coke ‘brand rejuvenation,’ adds 4 new ‘bold’ flavors

The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) said Wednesday that it was re-launching the 35-year-old Diet Coke with a “bold new look, a fresh attitude” and four new flavors: Diet Coke Ginger Lime, Diet Coke Feisty Cherry, Diet Coke Zesty Blood Orange and Diet Coke Twisted Mango. The all new packaging and flavors hit store shelves this month. More here.

Sears will consider ‘all other options’ after dismal holiday season

Sears and Kmart store sales plummeted almost 17% during the holiday season as it considers “all other options” to stay in business. The company plans on renegotiating $1 billion in debt by extending due-date on some loans and altering terms on other loans. The retailer said it expects to return to profitability this year. More here.

Tavistock’s Jim Zboril shares what’s ahead for innovative developer

Jim Zboril for 13 years has overseen cow pastures transformed into , offices, eateries and more in the 11,000-acre Lake Nona community.

And the president of Development Co. LLC still is leading the charge in developing one of Central Florida’s hottest communities. This year, Zboril is managing development of $3 billion worth of projects in the southeast Orlando community, including the next $300 million phase of Tavistock’s Lake Nona Town Center mixed-use complex, a fitness-oriented resort with a Crystal Lagoons recreational lake, the massive $132 million Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) fulfillment center, audit giant KPMG LLP’s $430 million training center and an expansion of the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

Plus, the company started site work on Sunbridge, a separate, Lake Nona-like community of 24,000 acres that straddles Orange and Osceola counties.

So what is Tavistock Development’s head honcho gunning for in 2018? Here’s what he had to say:

What’s the biggest thing you have going on next year? It’s hard to list just one. Our development pipeline is highlighted with numerous large-scale, economically significant projects. The Lake Nona Resort — the world’s first iconic performance resort and one of the largest man-made lagoons — and our 3.8 million-square-foot Lake Nona Town Center, which is poised to transform the future of retail through innovative technology. In addition, we are breaking ground on Sunbridge, our newest master-planned community. The most important thing is to continue to attract and retain the best development talent in Central Florida and to support a culture that will drive innovation throughout our projects.

What impact will this have on Central Florida’s The continued growth of our shops, restaurants, first-class entertainment options, hotel rooms and homes – the DNA that makes Lake Nona a great place to live, work and play – helps retain and attract new homeowners to our region. It helps our employers retain and attract top talent, adds new jobs, and brings new visitors to our hotels and Orlando International Airport. Growth is also helping our region become increasingly attractive to major companies that want to relocate here like the U.S. Tennis Association, KPMG and Amazon.

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What’s happening in your industry right now? Construction and development are booming for many players. However, resources are stretched with so much activity. We are fortunate in Lake Nona and in this region that we offer steady continuous work for our partners, so we aren’t experiencing as many issues as some in our industry in other parts of the country.

What are your benchmarks for 2018? Commencement of construction on the Lake Nona Resort and Crystal Lagoon, and starting sales in Sunbridge’s first neighborhood

Orlando tenants feel pinch of rent spikes

Metro Orlando rents spiked by as much as 15 percent during a year-long period when rents nationally declined, making Central Florida less affordable than some California markets, including Sacramento, a new report shows.

The biggest jump in rental rates hit smaller units. An influx of new complexes filled with one-bedroom units pushed up the average rental on those apartments by 15 percent from a year ago and 5 percent from a month earlier, reaching an average $1,170, according to research released Tuesday by the analytics firm Zumper. Household income in Metro rose 1.2 percent during that period, the federal government reported.

Rosalinda Hernandez, 60, works as a bill collector and lives with her mother in the east Orlando area. She said she keeps a close watch on the apartment market and finds no property managers offering discounts.

“If you don’t have someone to live with, you can’t make it,” she said.

For landlords, the region has been identified as a standout for its rising rents.

Brian Alford, market economist for the CoStar Group, said Orlando’s annual rent growth is one of the best in the nation. The four-county area had fourth highest year-over-year rent gains among the nation’s top 54 metro areas, he said.

“Orlando has seen rent growth across both luxury and workforce housing, which is not the norm,” he said.

The boost in prices repositions the Metro Orlando area from a region considered affordable to one where renters have to search harder to find deals. Apartments with two bedrooms rose at about half the rate of one-bedroom rentals and averaged $1,290 in October.Universal Orlando announces two new hotels

While rents in Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties rose by double-digit amounts from a year earlier, rents nationally declined by about 1 percent.

The Orlando area’s rent hikes come even as thousands of new units are rolling onto the market with 4,500 new apartments added in October, according to ALN Apartment Data.

Within the region, Clermont appeared to have one of the lower occupancy rates with less than 90 percent of units filled while the Eustis/Leesburg and DeLand areas appeared to have a shortage of rentals with virtually no units available in September, ALN reported. In the University of Central Florida area, east Orlando and Oviedo had an occupancy rate of 94 percent.

Tenants renting houses in the Orlando region did not escape the spike with those rents rising more than 4 percent in September, which was higher than the increases of 3.5 percent nationally, according to Morningstar. Higher rents don’t seem to be scaring away tenants with vacancy rates of 4.8 percent in September, which was down slightly from a year earlier. Nationally, vacancy rates for rental houses were 5.9 percent.

Looking ahead, conditions are unlikely to improve for renters with an influx of prospective renters following hurricanes, said Ryan Coon, an author who writes on landlord issues..

“We’re continuing the see rents climb in Orlando, especially as the housing market remains tight post-Irma,” Coon said. “This trend bodes well for landlords looking to invest in the area.”