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.

 

 

65 Bay Street Brownfield Office/Industrial Development, Boston, MA - On behalf of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation provided a broad range of financing, transaction, and development management services for redevelopment of 5 acre brownfield site in inner city neighborhood of Boston for $14 million, 80,000 SF office/industrial project. Assessed market potentials and feasibility, formulated development strategies, participated in marketing overtures to potential users, structured public and private debt and equity financing integrating seven lenders and numerous other funding sources, negotiated lease and sale option with build-to-suit tenant, advised on assembling project team, community and public approvals, and aspects of construction.

 

 

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.

 

 

Paragon Mills, Commercial/Industrial/Mixed-Use Development, Providence, RI - Assisting Olneyville Housing Corporation, a community development corporation, in acquisition and redevelopment of 120,000 SF mill complex for office, industrial, residential, and artist live-work space. Negotiated purchase and sale agreement for acquisition and providing ongoing assistance in exploration and management of market, financial, design, and aspects of project and in structuring of financing integrating federal and state historic tax credits and New Markets Tax Credits.

 

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.

 

 

Battery Wharf, Boston, MA - On behalf of developer, F.D. Rich Company, analyzed development potential and managed pre-construction phase of development for proposed $130 million, 400,000 SF mixed-use residential/commercial project on Boston harbor. Performed market and financial analyses, scheduling, team assemblage, exploration and strategies for development programming, marketing and approvals process, preparation of financing package, exploration of financial joint venture structures and coordination of preliminary design and environmental planning.

 

 

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.

 

 

Motor Mart Garage Retail/Restaurant Redevelopment, Boston, MA - Provided strategic and implementation assistance to property owner for +40,000 SF retail component of downtown Boston property. Analyzed potentials and formulated releasing and redevelopment strategy. Provided assistance in assembling leasing agent, architect, and contractor and assisted in lease negotiations. Retail component was redeveloped with restaurant theme anchored by Legal Seafood and Maggione's.

 

Urban Residential Mixed-Use Project, Boston, MA - On behalf of property owner/developer (joint venture of Boston Community Development Corporation and private developer), evaluated market and financial potential and formulated strategies for programming and other elements of development for proposed 300 unit high-rise residential project with retail and office in fringe Roxbury/South End location.

 

Charles Street Jail Redevelopment, Boston, MA - On behalf of Partners Healthcare, assisted in exploring market and development potentials, institution-related program options, and strategies for development for major hospital-owned urban property to accommodate over 500,000 SF of mixed-use residential, hotel, office, retail and/or other development at the MassGeneral Hospital campus in Boston.

 

 

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.

   

 

Medford Square Redevelopment Strategy, Medford, MA - In collaboration with multi-disciplinary team, assisted city in evaluating and formulating market, programming, financing, and implementation strategies to capitalize upon redevelopment potential of surface parking lots for residential, mixed-use development including more than 200 units with approximately 500 space public parking deck.

 

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.

 

South Avenue/Middlesex Garage Parking/Mixed-Use Development Strategy, Natick, MA - On behalf of Natick Center Associates and Town evaluated feasibility and financing strategies for over 500 structured spaces of public parking integrated with mixed-use redevelopment of key publicly owned sites, including approximately 100 residential units.

 

 

Natick Armory Redevelopment, Natick, MA - Assisted Town in evaluating potential and formulating development strategies for 5-acre town-owned site and state-owned armory for $40 million, 100 - 150 residential units, senior center and other uses.

 

 

Town Center Property Redevelopment, Natick, MA - On behalf of Natick Center Associates and two property owners, evaluated potential and formulated strategies for redevelopment of existing buildings and land for housing, office and retail.

 

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.

 

 

Smart Growth Town Center Mixed-Use Development, Bedford, MA - On behalf of Citizen's Housing and Planning Association, assisted town and private developer in evaluating development potentials and strategizing 25,000 SF mixed-use retail, residential, office project to achieve optimum balance of developer's financial objectives and town's planning objectives.

 

Miami Performing Arts Center Parking Development, Miami, FL - Assisted Miami Downtown Development Authority, Performing Arts Center, Miami-Dade School Board and other property owners and stakeholders in evaluating and formulating strategies for development of 1,500 parking spaces to serve the Performing Arts Center and School Board by means of property disposition, public-private joint-development and other means.

 

Assembly Square Redevelopment Potentials, Somerville, MA - On behalf of the City, evaluated market and development potentials for alternate forms of commercial development - retail, office, R&D, light manufacturing, and hotel, for 150 acre Assembly Square area (an underutilized, brownfield site) and other large-scale redevelopment areas of City, culminating in recommended development strategies, including staged increases in density of development corresponding to long term rail infrastructure improvements.

   

 

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.

 

Watertown Arsenal (Army Materials Laboratory) Redevelopment Strategy, Watertown, MA - As part of a multidisciplinary team, provided market and economic feasibility and economic/fiscal impact analysis for alternate reuses including office, R&D, industrial,residential and hotel; participated in development strategy formulation and public participation process for mixed-use redevelopment of 30+ acre urban site containing 300,000 SF of historic buildings.*

 

Midtown Cultural District Development Strategy, Boston, MA - For Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and task force comprising property owners, developers and community interests, assessed market potentials and feasibility of potential mixed-use development in City's adult entertainment district under alternate programmatic, phasing, and zoning scenarios, resulting in recommended policy guidelines, development strategies, and programmatic and design vision for million+ SF mixed-use residential/office/retail/entertainment development incorporating new and historic older structures to act as focal point for evolving cultural/entertainment district.

 

Inner City Retail Development, Washington, DC - Provided strategic and transaction structuring guidance to Manna CDC for proposed 100,000+ SF inner city retail project. Represented CDC in partnership negotiations with private developer and assisted in formulating development strategies and exploring options for public-private financing including Enterprise Zone tax exempt bonds, tax increment financing, and New Markets Tax Credits.

 

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.

 

Miracle Theater Performing Arts Center Acquisition, Coral Gables, FL - Represented City in negotiating acquisition of the Miracle Theater for redevelment as performing arts center. Formulated and evaluated alternate acquisition structures, including long term lease, installment sale, and sale with seller financing, and formulated financing plan to fund City acquisition.*

 

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.


Large Scale Land Development, Boston Suburbs, MA - Assisted developer/land owner in evaluating and strategizing market and development potential, financing structures, parcel acquisition, and disposition for 200+ acre land development. Performed market and financial analysis to evaluate and strategize multi-use program options (office, R&D, industrial, retail and various forms of residential) to accelerate absorption and increase project value. Assisted in formulating and evaluating strategies for joint venture with specialized use developer.


City Hall Area Redevelopment Evaluation and Strategy, Fort Lauderdale, FL - On behalf of City, formulated strategies for relocation and redevelopment of City Hall along with consolidation of other City administrative facilities in new building, with disposition and redevelopment of City Hall site and other City-owned sites for other public and private uses to facilitate redevelopment of underutilized multi-block area of downtown; evaluated financial costs and benefits of strategy relative compared with renovation of existing City Hall.


Office Development/Acquisition/Leasing Evaluation and Strategic Planning, Boston Suburbs, MA - On behalf of private investor/corporate user, evaluated alternatives for providing approx. 40,000 SF corporate office. Provided market and financial evaluation of leasing, building acquisition and new development, integrating financing and tax implications, and implementation strategies. Assisted in selecting and coordinating realtor and architect and evaluating specific opportunities.


Connector Park Tax Increment Financing, Lowell, MA - Assisted the City in analysis and structuring of TIF for $32 million redevelopment of 260,000 SF office/industrial project.


Large-Scale Residential Land Development, Canton, MA - Assisted private property owner in evaluating market potential for land development of 400 to 500 units and strategizing implementation for partnering.


Downtown Specialty Retail/Mixed-Use Project, Delray Beach, FL - Assisted Community Redevelopment Agency in evaluating and strategizing proposed $20 million specialty retail, mixed-use project. Assistance included market and feasibility analysis for retail, office, and residential use, programming, tax increment financing analysis, and strategies for site assemblage, marketing/disposition and public financing.*


Food Processing Industrial Project, Dorchester/Boston, MA - On behalf of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, negotiated and structured conceptual agreements with food processing company and public and non-profit financing sources and provided other development coordination services for proposed redevelopment of a derelict 22,0000 SF building in an inner city neighborhood of Boston.


CDC-Sponsored Mixed-Use Development, East Boston, MA - Provided NOAH (Neighborhood of Affordable Housing) with highest and best use/feasibility evaluation, financing exploration, and strategy formulation for property acquisition, development, and financing of a proposed 25,000 SF mixed-use retail and office project in the Maverick Square neighborhood of East Boston.


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.*


Dinner Key Redevelopment Strategy, Miami, FL - Assisted City of Miami in evaluating development potential and strategizing implementation for redevelopment and disposition of 16 acre site in Coconut Grove for up to 700,000 SF of residential, hotel, and commercial use.


Neighborhood Development Strategy, Roxbury, MA - As part of a team consulting to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, analyzed office and residential market and development potentials for the Dudley Square commercial center.


Neighborhood Business Center Analysis, Dorchester, MA - for Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, evaluated market potential and development feasibility of proposed business service center and professional office suites acquisition/development.


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.*


Inner City Retail Franchise Market Analysis, Roxbury, MA - On behalf of Urban Edge Housing Corporation, conducted market analysis of proposed investment in athletic shoe store franchise for pioneering retail location. Integrated diverse data sources to estimate magnitude of business sector, consumer expenditure patterns of inner city residents, and competitive retail environment, culminating in estimates of expenditure potential, capture, and sales performance.


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.*


Inner City Industrial/Economic Development Strategy, Grove Hall, MA - For City of Boston's Public Facilities Department, evaluated market potential and economic feasibility of alternate forms of economic development and formulated a strategy for industrial incubator.*


Palm Beach Photographic Centre at Ocean City Lumber Project Public Financing, Delray Beach, FL - Assisted Community Redevelopment Agency in evaluating and structuring public financing to make feasible redevelopment of a building by a private developer for lease to photography educational center and gallery. Strategic options formulated included participation loan, credit enhancement and grant.


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.


College Land Mixed-Use Development, Providence Suburbs, RI - Formulated strategies for development and marketing of 200 acres of surplus college-owned land. Evaluated potential for office, R&D, industrial, golf course and residential. Formulated mixed-use development program and strategies for assemblage, zoning, and disposition.*


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

 

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