Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables, FL - Provided City with redevelopment and disposition strategy, marketing, and transaction services for redevelopment of underutilized 10 acre City-owned site. Assisted City in evaluating development potentials, clarifying policy objectives, formulating disposition marketing strategies and preparing RFP. Solicitation attracted ten proposals from prominent national and local developers. Assisted City throughout evaluation and selection process and in negotiating a participating land lease with the selected developer, the Rouse Company, for development of approximately $300 million, one million SF mixed-use retail, office, residential project.

 

Telecom City / River's Edge, Malden, Medford and Everett, MA - Evaluated market potential and formulated preliminary development strategies and, then, assisted Mystic Valley Development Commission, a consortium of three municipalities, in soliciting and evaluating proposals, and negotiating and structuring land disposition and development agreements with selected master developer for redevelopment of 30 acre riverfront brownfield area for approximately 700,000 SF of high tech office, R&D and residential and 7 acre public park.

 

 

Community Maritime Park, Pensacola, FL - Assisted Community Maritime Park Associates, a non-profit developer comprising prominent business and civic leaders, in acquisition and predevelopment of a 30 acre site on downtown waterfront for waterfront park, multi-use ballpark, maritime museum, and over 300,000 SF of private mixed-use development. Assisted in preparing successful proposal in response to City RFP, development programming, evaluating site capacity (including Florida Development of Regional Impact), market and financial feasibility, supportable land value, real estate taxes and TIF revenues, and negotiating master lease and development agreement including $40 million of public financing. Subsequently, engaged by City of Pensacola to assist City and CMPA in negotiating master lease and development agreement between CMPA and private developer to implement the project by means of construction of public improvements and long term staged disposition and development of private project components.

 

 

Cochecho Waterfront Redevelopment - Dover, NH - Provided City with disposition transaction services for redevelopment of 30 acre waterfront site for $60 million, 300,000 SF mixed-use development including public riverfront park. Services included working in collaboration with committee representing public and citizen interests to prepare RFP, coordinate with developers, evaluate proposals, and negotiate disposition and development agreements.

 

 

Government Center Redevelopment, Malden, MA - Assisted City in evaluating proposals and negotiating agreement for disposition and redevelopment of existing Government Center property for proposed project of approximately 600,000 SF of mixed-use graduate student housing and residential condominiums, healthcare, and retail uses conducive to downtown revitalization, with relocation of City facilities to other downtown location. Services included evaluation of viability and financial implications of RFP-responsive proposals, and financing, costs, and fiscal and other benefits of disposition/relocation, as well as negotiation of disposition.

 

 

Key West Steam Plant Redevelopment, Key West, FL - On behalf of utility company, Keys Energy Services, formulated disposition strategy and RFP for 90,000 SF surplus power plant. Evaluated proposals and assisted in negotiating lease and development agreement for mixed-use project with cinema complex, retail, residential, and office components. After that proposal proved not to be viable, assisted in negotiating lease and development agreement for $20+ million, 57-unit luxury market rate and affordable residential project.

 

 

Island Gardens, Miami, FL - Assisted the City in formulating disposition marketing strategies and preparing RFP for redevelopment of 11 acre waterfront site and adjacent submerged land on Watson Island in Miami Bay. Solicitation attracted proposals from major national and international developers. Assisted City throughout evaluation and selection process and in negotiating with the selected developer a participating land lease for development of approximately $300 million mixed-use project proposed to include two 4-5 star hotels totaling 525 rooms, over 200,000 SF of high end specialty retail and restaurant space, a 48-slip mega-yacht marina, a public fish market, and extensive cultural and public amenities.

   

 

Sewall School and Town Garage, Brookline, MA - On behalf of Town and working group of community interests, evaluated market and development potentials and fiscal and economic impacts and assisted in formulating development and disposition strategies for 2.5 acre site occupied by Sewall School and Town Garage for approximately 60,000 SF of private development (new and rehab) of residential, senior housing, office, medical office, retail and other uses, geared to achieving a balance of financial and other community objectives. Assisted Town in RFP preparation, culminating in disposition and development of Kendal Crescent, a mixed-use project including 31 residential units.

 

Gables Grand, Coral Gables, FL - Provided City with disposition marketing and transaction assistance for downtown mixed-use residential/commercial/public parking redevelopment. Represented City in negotiation and structuring of participating land lease for the disposition of City-owned site for development of $30 million project including 200 residential apartments, 35,000 SF of retail and 350+ spaces of public parking, considered to be a key to establishing downtown residential market.

 

Palace at Coral Gables, Coral Gables, FL - Provided City with disposition marketing and transaction assistance for downtown mixed-use senior residential/commercial/public parking redevelopment. Assisted City in preparation of RFP, proposal evaluation, and negotiation and structuring of participating land lease for disposition of City-owned site for development of $90 million mixed-use project including 245 units of luxury senior housing, 20,000 SF of commercial space, and 350 spaces of public parking.

 

Pineapple Square, Sarasota, FL - Assisted the City and CRA in preparation of RFP, tax increment financing analysis, and strategic planning for proposed redevelopment of publicly owned downtown site for redevelopment and in proposal evaluation and guidance on transaction for large-scale multi-block, mixed-use redevelopment incorportaing City property and private land to include 300 residential condominiums, 100,000+ SF of retail/restaurant space plus 350 spaces of public parking.

 

 

Bridgeside Square, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Provided public-private development evaluation and negotiation assistance to City. Evaluated and advised City on transaction structuring of land disposition for $44 million project including 246 residential units, 43,000 SF of commercial space, and 527 car public parking garage.

 

Developmental Land Disposition/Privatization, Kharkiv, Ukraine - Represented US Agency for International Development, as an independent contractor, in a participating agreement with governments of Ukraine and City of Kharkiv (second largest city in Ukraine) to structure first land auction in former Soviet Union as a model for future land privatization. Evaluated market potentials and estimated selling prices for sites; worked with City to shape site selection, property rights to be disposed, development exactions, and requirements, solicitation, and auction rules and procedures.

 

Downtown Convention Hotel, Mixed-Use Development, Albuquerque, NM - Assisted City in strategizing convention center expansion and related hotel and mixed-use downtown development. Provided assistance in developer solicitation, proposal evaluation, and structuring of public financing for +$80 million mixed-use project including 400-room flagship hotel and major office/retail component.*

 

Konover/I-95 Development, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Assisted City of Fort Lauderdale in evaluating and implementing the assemblage and disposition of 18 acre redevelopment area. Services included cost-benefit analysis of public land assemblage, including detailed estimates of City tax and fee revenues, strategic planning, RFP preparation, proposal evaluation, and negotiation assistance for proposed $75 million, 420,000 SF office park development.


Downtown Riverfront Redevelopment Strategy, Bangor, ME - On behalf of City and private land owner, Guilford Transportation, evaluated market potentials and feasibility for hotel, residential, office, retail, restaurant and entertainment development for 20 acre downtown, waterfront site. Formulated 500,000 SF mixed-use development strategy and strategies for assemblage, public financing, and disposition and prepared solicitation materials.*


Large-Scale Beachfront Land Redevelopment, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Advised City on strategies for land assemblage, disposition and public financing, and assisted in negotiating with potential master developer for mixed-use redevelopment of 100+ acres of beach-front land.*


University-Developer Joint Venture for Specialty Retail/Cinema Complex, Boston, MA - On behalf of a major university land owner, evaluated feasibility and financial implications of 200,000+ SF urban retail center/cinema complex proposed by developer. Evaluation considered prospects for project feasibility and return/risk to land-owning university joint venture partner under alternate scenarios of anchor tenanting. Recommended deal structure and process strategies for maximizing client's position and protecting against downside risk.*


Residential Mixed-Use Public-Private Development, Boynton Beach, FL - Assisted City in proposal evaluation and structuring of disposition of   7 acre downtown waterfront site for proposed $70 million, 500,000 SF residential, commercial, marina project.


*Project performed by Barry Abramson as a senior officer of other firm

 

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