Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Australia’s Newest Hotel Brand to Debut in Sydney; Skye Hotel Suites by Crown Group set to open in Parramatta

Skye Hotel Suites, Parramatta, Western Sydney, Australia

Sydney, AUSTRALIA (Jan. 10, 2017)…The Crown Group, the award-winning developer of distinctive residential and commercial properties across Australia, is putting the finishing touches on its new hotel brand, Skye Hotel Suites in Parramatta.

 Set to open in early 2017, Skye Hotel Suites offers 72 luxury suites overlooking Sydney within the new V by Crown Group, a 28-storey luxury residential and commercial development known as Parramatta’s “Vertical Village.”
Iwan Sunito
“We can’t wait to welcome our first guests to the new Skye Hotel Suites,” said Iwan Sunito, co-founder and CEO of Crown Group.  “As we did with our innovative residential offerings, we are creating a distinctive hotel experience, delivering a new style of urban luxury that meaningfully connects world travelers with personalized, memorable experiences.” 

Offering unrivaled urban luxury for discerning guests, Skye Hotel Suites brings together the best elements of hospitality: the warmth and personalized service of a boutique hotel; the grandeur and amenities of a luxury hotel; the spaciousness and familiarity of a local apartment; and the relaxing escape of a resort. 

The hotel is located within V by Crown Group, a distinctive new Sydney landmark designed by Allen Jack + Cottier and Koichi Takada ArchitectsThe tower houses a diverse mix of 590 residence apartments and hotel suites along with an outdoor, 25m swimming pool, fitness centre, entertainment rooms and outdoor spaces. 

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Hwee Peng Yeo
Vice President, Asia Markets
Glodow Nead Communications

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Wendover Housing Partners Brings New Affordable Housing Options to Apopka, FL with Wellington Park

Jonathan L. Wolf
ORLANDO, FL  –– Wendover Housing Partners, a privately held real estate development, investment and management company, announces it is breaking ground on a new affordable, family apartment community in Apopka, Wellington Park.

Located at the corner of Thompson Road and East 1st Street, construction on the 120-unit development will be completed in November 2017.

“As with all of Wendover’s family affordable communities, we took time to find the perfect location for Wellington Park—which is close to public transportation, major highways, schools, health care facilities and entertainment options,” said President and Founder of Wendover Housing Partners, Jonathan L. Wolf. “We’ve enlisted Roger B. Kennedy Inc. to build the property, which features the same high quality materials and exciting amenities found in other communities.”

Once completed, Wellington Park amenities will include a swimming pool, fitness center, playground, car care facility and a business center. The community offers one, two and three bedroom apartment homes with open floor plans designed for everyday comfort and convenience. Each unit features energy efficient appliances, walk-in closets and spacious galley kitchens with eating bars, as well as window coverings and washer/dryer connections.

“Our goal is to provide economically viable residences that families are proud to call home—and Wellington Park is another great example of Wendover’s commitment to creating quality housing at affordable prices,” adds Wolf. “In addition to taking advantage of the amenities and green space residents will have at their disposal, Wellington Park residents can engage even more through free enrichment programs and events. We’re building more than apartments, we’re fostering a tight-knit community.”

Wendover will begin accepting rental applications for Wellington Park in August 2017. For additional information about Wendover Housing Partners, visit www.wendovergroup.com.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Melissa Landy
Uproar PR for Wendover Housing Partners
321.236.0102 ext. 233

Meridian Completes $4 Million Repositioning of 12,500 SF General Office Building in Palo Alto, CA

2626 Hanover Street, Stanford Research Park, Palo Alto, CA

 SAN RAMON, CA - Meridian, a full-service real estate developer and owner of general and medical office real estate, is pleased to announce that it has completed the repositioning of a 12,500-square-foot single-tenant office building located in Santa Clara County at 2626 Hanover Street in Palo Alto, Calif. The building is located in the Stanford Research Park.

Dan Rosenbaum
With a renovation cost of $4 million, Meridian assisted its client in carrying out a complete renovation in six months, both interior and exterior, while the tenant temporarily relocated its staff.

The project had many challenges: multiple stakeholders (landlord, tenant, City of Palo Alto and Stanford University); working with a compressed schedule since there was a hard deadline with the temporary space and a reduced work schedule imposed by the City; obtaining entitlements from the City of Palo Alto and Stanford; and a logistically-challenging site with both exterior and interior improvements having to be addressed  simultaneously. 

According to Dan Rosenbaum, Meridian’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions in northern California, “This presented an opportunity for Meridian to partner with a landlord to demonstrate its construction and development capacities to meet the challenges of a project requiring extensive renovation, in a tough municipality, a tight labor and subcontractor market, and with extraordinary schedule pressures. The execution capabilities are evident in the on-time/on-budget delivery.”

Mike Conn, Meridian’s Senior Vice President of Development stated, “Creating a culture of open book collaboration and constant communication with all stakeholders is key to achieving success on these challenging projects.” 

Mike Conn
Conn continued, “Working in concert with the City of Palo Alto and Stanford Research Park was critical to obtaining quick approvals for redeveloping this tight general office site. 

"Having strong relationships with our vendors and contractors is critical to a successful project delivery. 

"We could not have done it without the unwavering support and ‘can do’ attitude of our partners KTGY Architecture + Planning and Stevens Hemingway Stevens General Contractors.”

Rosenbaum added, “With more than 300,000 square feet currently in development and redevelopment and another 200,000 square feet in the pipeline, Meridian is still aggressively pursuing more value-add general and medical office opportunities throughout California.”

In the final week of December 2016, Meridian completed the purchase of a six-story 105,000-square-foot office building at 1000 Marina Blvd. in San Mateo County, Calif. The seller was TA Associates, a private equity firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Meridian paid just under $29 million for the 90%-leased building located in the Sierra Point submarket in the city of Brisbane. This purchase represented Meridian’s second major office transaction in northern California since September 2016, when the firm sold The Atrium, a 77,000-square-foot office building in Pleasanton.
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Anne Monaghan

Lifescapes International Selected to Design Landscaping for $1 Billion Master Planned Development in Rowlett, TX

Rendering of planned $1 billion master-planned Bayside development,
Lake Ray Hubbard area, Rowlett, TX

ROWLETT, TX - Lifescapes International, a Newport Beach-based landscape architectural firm, has been selected to design the overall landscape environment for Bayside, a $1 billion master-planned development encompassing 262 acres that is planned to feature a variety of retail, restaurants, residential units, and a resort hotel in the Lake Ray Hubbard area of Rowlett, Texas.

The development will feature the very first Crystal Lagoon in Texas, which is a new technology that creates man-made lagoons with crystal-clear, turquoise waters in order to transform any development into an idyllic beachfront property.  In addition, the project will feature a 300-foot long fountain with video projections on mist screens for an unrivalled and visually engaging experience.

Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs

“The Bayside master-planned development will be the ultimate destination,” says Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, President of Lifescapes International. “The development team of Kent Donahue and Wilks Development are bringing beachfront property to a Dallas submarket, and doing so in a way that is iconic.

“ Guests and residents will enjoy the eight-acre crystal lagoon and fountain, as well as over four miles of lakefront trails, an open-air trolley and a Town Center Park, all surrounded by the most high-quality office, retail, residential, and hospitality product in the market.”

According to Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, Lifescapes was selected for this project based on its extensive experience in designing iconic mixed-use and resort destinations, including The Grove in Los Angeles, The Americana at Brand in Glendale, the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, and a number of other resorts along the Las Vegas Strip, and throughout the globe.

Al Amador

“The concept for this project is centered on an immersive experience. 

" For example, the fountain is planned to deliver the most visual water entertainment show in the United States.  

"This fountain will span one acre of land, and will be comprised of 250 water nozzles, 29 fire nozzles and two laser-projected video mist screens, resulting in an entertainment experience like no other,” says Brinkerhoff-Jacobs.

In addition to the fountain, Lifescapes International will design the landscaping for the entire 116 acre peninsula, including 25 acres of parks, a variety of retail rooftop gardens and beach zones, and the perimeter of the eight-acre crystal lagoon.

According to Al Amador, Senior Principal and lead designer for the project, Lifescapes is planning a series of outdoor amenities surrounding the lagoon, including private beach clubs, cabanas, poolside areas, and terraced gardens overlooking the lagoon.

“Our design concept centers on the water feature,” explains Amador.  “We plan to create a series of terraces and rooftop gardens, giving all restaurants and retail shops a clear view of the spectacular water show.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Katie Kea or Lexi Astfalk
Brower, Miller & Cole
(949) 955-7940

Hold-Thyssen completes New Long Term lease with Club Pilate in Newly Redeveloped Orange Avenue Corridor of Winter Park, FL

Darby Hold

WINTER PARK, FL --- Hold-Thyssen, Inc., a full service commercial real estate firm based in Winter Park, recently negotiated a new five-year lease agreement for a pilates studio franchise in the heart of Winter Park at 1222 N. Orange Ave.

Darby Hold, lease consultant for Hold-Thyssen, negotiated the transaction on behalf of the landlord, Maltabes Family Living Trust.   Billy Rodriguez with BluRock Commercial Real Estate represented the tenant.

Pilates at the Park, LLC d/b/a Club Pilate, leased 3,600 square feet of retail space adjacent to the Ravenous Pig restaurant.   

Club Pilate, which has more than 360 locations in 28 states, was named among 2016’s Top New Franchises by Entrepreneur.

Hold-Thyssen, Inc. provides commercial property leasing, management and brokerage services to institutional and private investor clients nationwide. 

 The 40-year old firm’s current portfolio includes more that 100 commercial properties throughout the United States.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644-4142 Lvershelco@aol.com.