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By Brian Bandell, South Florida Business Journal
Global developer Hines announced plans to build a 600,000-square-foot office tower at Miami Worldcenter, the 27-acre mixed-use project under development on the north side of downtown.
The 45-story tower would be the largest office tower completed in Miami’s Central Business District since 2010. It would be called 110 10th, after its location at 110 N.E. 10 Street just west of the Park West Metromover Station.
There are only eight office buildings in South Florida with more than 600,000 square feet of leasable space.
The tower would be on the east side of the Miami Worldcenter site, which currently has a condo tower, an apartment building, and a retail center under construction.
Hines said it plans to begin construction in the second quarter of 2018 and open the office tower in late 2020 or early 2021.
“We are very excited about introducing this new icon to the Miami skyline,” said Hines Senior Managing Director Michael Harrison. “It has been nearly a decade since Miami has received an office tower of this size and scale. We strongly believe that the quality, location and accessibility of this building will be appealing to a wide range of tenants and ultimately, once finished, we feel this will be the premier office and mixed-use tower in the City of Miami.”
The 110 10th Tower was designed by Pickard Chilton Associates, of New Haven, Connecticut. Amenities would include three indoor/outdoor terraces and the latest in technology for office users.
In addition to the Metro Mover station that circulates riders throughout downtown Miami, Miami Worldcenter is close to where All Aboard Florida is building Miami Central Station, which will host both the Brightline and the Tri-Rail passenger trains.
The Brightline will stop in downtown Fort Lauderdale and downtown West Palm Beach starting this summer, with an Orlando stop to come in the years ahead. Tri-Rail has multiple stops in the tri-county area as far north as Mangonia Park. Plus, the Metro Mover station can quickly connect riders to the Metrorail system, which has stops in Coral Gables, Dadeland, the Health District, Miami International Airport, and more.
“Traffic, access and amenities have become a critical issue for office users and decision makers,” said Harrison. “The extensive new development that has occurred in the downtown core and throughout the Brickell submarket, together with the congestion caused by the Brickell Avenue Bridge, has increased commute times dramatically.
"Law firms, financial institutions, technology companies, and accounting and professional service firms are all focused on recruiting and retaining millennials, and
accessibility and proximity to transit will drive decisions for tenants. 110 10th will provide our tenants with superior ‘first-on’ and ‘first-off’ access to the interstate and Biscayne Boulevard in all directions, and we're within walking distance of Miami’s new mass transit hub.”
JLL broker Matthew Goodman, who mostly represents office tenants, said he has some clients who are potential interested in Hines' new building. The office tower is likely to attract many existing tenants in downtown Miami with its unique combination of amenities at Miami Worldcenter and its good access to transportation, including an exit to Interstate 395 nearby. Many tenants are eager for an office building designed with more efficiencies than existing buildings, he added.
While 110 10th would not have many water views, most downtown Miami office buildings have lost most of their water views over time as the city has developed, Goodman added.
"There has never been a big surge of new-to-market tenants to the area," Goodman said. "Everyone has been stealing tenants from each other."
According to JLL’s first quarter report, the Class A office vacancy rate in Miami’s Central Business District was 15.3 percent with quarterly absorption of 24,120 square feet and an average asking rent of $46.81 per square foot. Office submarkets in Aventura, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Miami Airport all had significantly lower vacancy rates. There is 318,000 square of office space under construction in the CBD, including 190,000 square feet at the MiamiCentral Station connected to Brightline. Meanwhile, Florida East Coast Realty has proposed a mixed-use tower downtown with 532,000 square feet of office space.
Hines’ announcement adds another major piece to the $2 billion Miami Worldcenter. Already under construction is the 512-unit Paramount Miami Worldcenter condo, the 444-unit Seventh Street Apartments, and 360,000 square feet of “high street” retail.
Future phases will include a 429-unit apartment tower called Luma in partnership with ZOM, the 386-unit second phase of the Seventh Street Apartments, and the Marriott Marquis Hotel with 1,700 rooms and 350,000 square feet of convention space in partnership with MDM Group.
“Our vision for Miami Worldcenter has always involved working with a world-class team of developers to create a mix of uses that addresses downtown Miami’s commercial and residential needs and contributes to the city skyline,” said Nitin Motwani, managing principal for master developer Miami Worldcenter Associates, which parterned with CIM Group on the project. “More companies are moving to downtown Miami each day and existing brands are expanding here. An office tower at Miami Worldcenter will offer tenants a chance to be in a mixed-use setting that’s centrally located, walkable, and connected.”