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RIBBON CUTTING: PAL Laboratories will
hold a ribbon- cutting ceremony for a new manufacturing facility
at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at 10655 NW 29th Terr. Miami-Dade Mayor Alex
Penelas is expected to attend. Details: (305) 463-2289.
The Home Equity Corp., through its subsidiary Palmetto Frontage
Road, purchased a Miami Lakes office building at 14100 NW Palmetto
Frontage Road. The building, which has 45,000 square feet, sold
for $3.25 million.
Burger King opened its first "new look" restaurant in
Miami-Dade County this week at 16730 SW 88th St., Kendall. The unveiling
is part of the fast-food chain's plans to transform the look of
the restaurants worldwide. The new design includes exteriors, interiors,
the chain's logo and establishing a virtual fun center for kids.
NORTHERN LUNCH: The Greater North Miami
Chamber of Commerce is holding a membership luncheon at noon Aug.
23 in the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd. Chris
Mazzella, inspector general for Miami-Dade County, is to speak.
Cost is $14. Details: (305) 891-7811.
BRICKELL FORUM: The Brickell Homeowners
Association is holding a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in the
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1770 Brickell Ave. Details: Tory Jacobs,
SOUTHERN FORUM: Chamber South has scheduled
a candidate forum at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 23 in the Miami Dadeland Marriott,
9090 S Dadeland Blvd. Candidates for county mayor are expected to
speak. It's free. Details: (305) 661-1621.
DORAL NETWORKER: Commercial Real Estate
Women Miami is holding its third quarter networker from 5:30-7 p.m.
Aug. 22 in the Club at Doral, 4400 NW 87th Ave. Cost is $25; $20
for members. RSVP. Details: (305) 789-6608.
GABLES OFFICE SALE: Ken Rosen, president
of Kendar Realty, and attorney Jim Pollack, partners in 1501 Verona,
bought the 25,908-square-foot Park Place II office building, 1501
Verona Ave., for $2.95 million. Paul Ahmed of Terranova represented
the seller, an out-of-state corporation, in the transaction.
BEACON LEASES: Microtel International
leased 23,500 square feet at Beacon Centre office park. Jose Juncadella,
David Spillers and George Pino, Codina brokers, represented the
landlord, Dukes-Weeks Realty. Vivian Barbeto with Era Castle Realty
represented the tenant in the transaction.
LAND SALE: DS Realty bought 36,000 square
feet of land at Northwest 31st Avenue from Shaa Joint Venture for
$74,000. Codina broker Leon Banks represented the seller in the
SPA SALE: Casuso Enterprises bought
a 5,951-square-foot building at 4012 Laguna St. from Foundation
Spa, Salon & Studio for $450,000. Laura Kessel of Grubb & Ellis
represented the buyer.
BONITA LAKES: Caribe
Homes bought 20 acres from Lennar Homes at Bonita Lakes, Southwest
124th Avenue and 139th Street. President Charlie Martinez says Caribe
will build 20 homes ranging from $125,000-$156,000 on the site.
Details: (305) 238-0098.
MURANO FINANCING: The Related Group
of Florida closed on a $74 million construction loan from First
Union National Bank for the Murano, a 37-story residential condo
at 1000 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach. The project broke ground
in June. Details: (305) 604-2088.
COLDWELL UPGRADE: Coldwell Banker launched
Coldwell Banker Previews International, a program to market luxury
properties globally, says Judith A. Green, president & CEO of South
HYATT SALES: Class
Residence by Hyatt in Aventura, a resort-style luxury retirement
community to break ground at year's end at 19333 W Country Club
Drive, is 50% sold, says Sarah Brown, director of sales & marketing.
Details: (305) 692-4501.
NORTH MIAMI OPENING: Little Haiti Housing
Association celebrated the grand opening of the 33-unit Forest Green
Townhomes, 14100 NE Third Ct. The development targets low-income
MORTGAGE PARTNERSHIP: CitiMortgage Inc.,
a member of CitiGroup, and national mortgage lender Fannie Mae announced
a partnership to provide $1 billion in affordable mortgage lending
for low- to moderate-income South Florida households over the next
five years. Details: (800) 848-1180.
ARVIDA ALLIANCE: Arvida Realty Services,
a business unit of St. Joe Co., formed a real estate alliance with
Goldschmidt & Howland, a UK firm established in 1888, to further
residential and commercial business interests between Florida and
the UK, says Arvida CEO Richard W. Cope.
Luxcom announced the opening of five models at The Gates at Doral
Isles, 6000 NW 114th Ave. Sales Director Luis Esquivel says the
community is 65% sold. Details: (305) 597-9798.
Film offices in the county issued 2,860 permits with an economic
impact estimated at more than $106 million, The Miami-Dade Mayor's
Office of Film & Entertainment's year-to-date statistics through
June show. Still photography accounts for the lion's share at $68.9
million, compared to $5.5 million for film, $6.6 million for TV
and $25.68 million for commercials.
FILM PARTICULARS: Among high-profile
permits, Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group has started filming of
a feature comedy based on a novel by Miami Herald columnist Dave
Barry under the working title "Big Trouble." It is to
star Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Dennis Farina, Jeneane Garafolo and
Miami's Sofia Vergara.
The Florida Film Commissioner has scheduled a fall sales mission
to the New York Independent Film Festival & Market Sept. 19 to provide
prospects with information about making movies in the Sunshine State.
Details: (877) FLA-FILM.
TRAVEL ACQUISITIONS: Coral
Gables-based TraveLeaders acquired five more Florida travel service
companies, bringing to 14 the number it has acquired since January.
Newly acquired are Vision Travel in the Gables, Coast to Coast Travel
and Express Travel in Miami, Travel Planners in Miami Lakes and
Preferred Travel in Orlando. The acquisitions, says TraveLeaders
Chairman & CEO Keith St. Clair, "brings us closer to reaching
our goals of offering customers the best and most comprehensive
travel services, all under one roof."
The Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce in South Florida
Inc. elected Lita Haeger president. The first women to lead the
group, Ms. Haeger is president of the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce.
The post she assumes was left vacant by the death of Lars Hummerhielm.
Other new Bi-National officers and their chamber group include Gabriel
Pascual, Central America-USA chamber, executive vice president;
Ty Javellana, Korean-American chamber, treasurer, and Maria Masvidal-Visser,
Norwegian-American chamber, secretary. The Bi-National chamber is
an umbrella for about 40 bi-national chambers in Florida representing
more than 8,000 members.