Starwood CEO Sternlicht, Partners to Invest $100M in South Beach Hotel, Condos
- Feb 03, 2012
February 3, 2012
By Nicholas Ziegler, News Editor
It’s good to buy when opportunity presents itself and, capitalizing on one of those opportunities, a consortium including affiliates of Starwood Capital Group, the LeFrak Organization and Invesco Ltd. have purchased a beachfront, mixed-use property in Miami’s South Beach, including a hotel formerly known as the Gansevoort.
While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, the partners announced a $100 million renovation project for the property, which already includes 334 hotel rooms, 255 condo units across 294,000 square feet and 90,000 square feet of retail space. The hotel rooms will be renamed The Perry South Beach until its re-launch in 2013, when a new brand will be unveiled after the renovation. The partners also anticipate improvements to the condos, which will put the units on the market in late 2012.
Barry Sternlicht, chairman & CEO of Starwood, said that “global interest in the Miami marketplace is close to surpassing an all-time high,” noting that his firm has the opportunity to “create an outstanding destination resort and residences in this outstanding city.”
According to a report by Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Services Inc., Miami saw a 9 percent increase in demand for hotel rooms year-to-date in August of 2011, as compared to the same period a year prior. Additionally, the sector as a whole performed well into the fourth quarter of last year, with Florida as a whole seeing occupancy rise by 4 percent on a 6.7 percent jump in room demand. And, to Sternlicht’s point, not all of the spending has been from domestic sources: “A weak dollar relative to the euro has also boosted international travel to leisure markets such as Miami and Orlando,” the report noted.
As Commercial Property Executive previously reported, a Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. report sees hotel investment volume to hold steady in 2012, reaching the same $30 billion range as last year.
The property was sold by entities controlled by Credit Suisse, which had acquired it through foreclosure in 2010. Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.’s hotels group brokered the transaction for the financial-services company.