Written by Miami Today on December 30, 2004
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UPPER EAST OPENING: Real estate firm Marcos Group opened in suite 202B of the Palm Bay Yacht Club, 780 NE 69th St. Principal Pablo A. Marcos said he has specialized in real estate in Miami’s upper eastside, Aventura and the Beaches for five years. He said the firm would focus on sales of new developments, resales and investments. Earlier, he said, he worked in the fashion industry as a talent scout and modeling agency broker in Italy, Paris and Switzerland. Details: (305) 759-1876 or pablomarcos.com.
INDUSTRIAL SALE: ARM Acquisitions paid $3.6 million, or $52.17 a square foot, for a 69,000-square-foot industrial building at 6900 NW 77th Court in Miami. Colliers International broker Mimi Chao, who represented seller George Feldenkreis, said the 4.5-acre site has "excellent Palmetto Parkway frontage." Details: (305) 260-3644.
TV FIRM ON MOVE: IVC Television Inc. plans to move its headquarters in April from 5201 Blue Lagoon Drive in Miami’s Waterford Business Park to a 16,643-square-foot space at 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables. IVC’s staff of about 60, who provide services to A&E Mundo, E! Entertainment Latin America and the History Channel Latin America, will occupy most of the second floor. The new 12-story mixed-use building has nearly 94,700 feet of space and is owned by Houston-based Hines Real Estate. Other tenants include law firms Adorno & Yoss and Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton; Raymond James, a financial-services firm; Schumann/Steier, an international petroleum marketing firm; a drive-through Wachovia Bank; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar; La Cofradia restaurant; and Sacha’s courtyard cafÈ. With the arrival of IVC, Hines project manager Gonzalo Cortabarria said, 50% of the building will be leased.
SCHOOLS ADD PR: Olga Bichachi, a former TV news reporter, teacher and linguist, will head the new Cultural Communications Bureau at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The bureau is to develop and carry out activities to engage the Spanish and Haitian Creole public and media outlets. Six positions were added to help staff the bureau. Ms. Bichachi will also serve as district spokeswoman to Spanish-language media.
AVENTURA CONDOS PLANNED: Eduardo DeFortuna of Fortune International is working with Claudio Stivelman and Gilbert Benhamou of Shefaor Development to build ARTECH, a waterfront condominium on more than 7 acres at 3020 NE 188th St., Aventura. Amenities are to include a yoga terrace, a fitness center and tennis courts. Residences start at $400,000. Groundbreaking is due in about a year. A sales center is scheduled to open in March. Details: (305) 466-2600 or www.artechmiami.com.
CITY HALL FOR SALE: Homestead is looking to build a new city hall building downtown next year after selling the existing facilities on 2.2 acres at US 1 and Southwest 312th Street, also known as Campbell Drive. The best use of that site is now commercial, said City Manager Curt Ivy. "People know that we are considering it. There’s been a number of inquiries." The city is to issue an invitation soon to negotiate rather than for sealed bids, he said. That method would allow the city to simultaneously negotiate with multiple parties.
DOUBLING UP: A new Homestead city hall will serve a growing South Dade city that, as a housing boom unfolds, is expected to double in population to about 70,000 in the next few years. Preliminary thinking, Mr. Ivy said, includes a 60,000-square-foot building costing about $20 million because of rising costs of security, a planned emergency operations center and land acquisition.
VODKA LAUNCH: Jean-Marc XO Vodka, billed as the world’s first small-batch handcrafted vodka, is to enter the Miami market in mid-January. The vodka, imported from Cognac, France, is made in micro-batches. Because each bottle is handcrafted, production averages about 200 bottles an hour, compared to 15,000 for other French vodkas, the company says. Daucourt Martin Imports, a spirits company importing and marketing the vodka, is to distribute it nationwide. Details: www.daucourt.com.