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New Chisholm Elementary Opened this fall in New Smyrna’s Historic Westside with 21st Century Learnin

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The new $20 million Chisholm Elementary designed by Orlando architects Rhodes+Brito opened this fall at the 21-acre site fronting on Ronnoc Lane in New Smyrna’s Westside District. Approximately 570 students are enrolled. The 21st century concepts designed by Rhodes+Brito to enhance the learning experience and student interaction are now in full swing for Pre-K through 5th grade students. They include a media center, multi-purpose room, skills labs, collaborative technology resource space and, perhaps the most important, is a highly secure interior courtyard, according to Ruffin Rhodes, co-founder and partner. The 81,000 square foot school got 40 new classrooms and also

NAI Realvest Promotes Jason G. Toll to Senior Vice President

ORLANDO, Fla. --- NAI Realvest, which ranks as one of Central Florida’s most active developers of industrial facilities and one of the region’s largest commercial real estate services companies, has promoted broker Jason G. Toll to Senior Vice President. Patrick Mahoney, President and CEO, said Toll joined NAI Realvest six years ago and has more than 23 years of experience in commercial real estate including brokerage and industrial development. “Jason has been extremely productive and has played a significant role in our growth,” Mahoney said. Toll, who was formerly Director of Industrial Services at NAI Realvest, will continue to focus on representation of industrial clients and land sales

M/I Homes’ Starts Pre Sales at Dean’s Crossing at Little Econ in East Orlando, New Model Underway

ORLANDO – M/I Homes will start presales in November of single-family homes priced from the high $200s at Dean’s Crossing at Little Econ located just off Dean Road and Curry Ford Rd. David Byrnes, area president, said the homebuilder has started construction on a model home at the new community, an enclave of 51 homesites. Many of the 40-foot homesites back up to a pond or wetlands. The two-story Halifax model home with five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, offers a spacious island kitchen that serves a large great room and dining room. Other notable features are a ground floor flex room and a second floor loft. Five distinct floor plans with ample variations and options range from

Two Time-Honored Businesses Sign on at Monroe CommerCenter in Sanford to Expand and Relocate

SANFORD, Fla. -- NAI Realvest | Charles Wayne Commercial completed new lease agreements for flex space at Monroe CommerCenter South in Sanford with two established enterprises who have each been operating more than 30 years. Melbourne-based Keller, Schleicher & MacWilliam Engineering and Testing, Inc. leased 2,000 square feet at 723 Progress Way at Monroe CommerCenter to expand into Central Florida due to growth of its client base. American Radio, Inc. leased 2,500 square feet at 4170 Incubator Court at Monroe CommerCenter. The firm that provides car dealerships with radios, accessories and professional installation is headquartered in the Atlanta-area and is relocating its central Florida

Hold Thyssen Brokers Long Term Lease for 2nd Gen Retail Pharmacy in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD --- Hold Thyssen, Inc., a full service commercial property firm based in Winter Park, recently completed a five-year lease agreement to assist in the opening of a 2nd Gen retail pharmacy at 520 13th Street off of U.S. 192 in St. Cloud. Hold Thyssen leasing associate Vikash Mahadeo negotiated with the owners of a Mount Dora-based, independently-owned retail pharmacy to expand their business into the new market by opening a second chain location. Keshav Rx, LLC leased the 1,145 square foot space in a two-unit building where the other occupant is a family practice medical office. Keshav Rx anticipates an opening date in the first quarter of 2020. The landlord is TC Holdings, LLC; a l

Jamerika Ramsey wins 2019 Crossman & Company Endowed Real Estate Scholarship at B-CU

DAYTONA BEACH / ORLANDO --- Jamerika Ramsey, a junior at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach with a 3.96 GPA is the recipient of the university’s Crossman & Company Endowed Real Estate Scholarship for 2019. Ramsey, who was raised in the Atlanta area, majors in Political Science and has held the highest academic GPA every year in the BC-U Liberal Arts department. She plans to go to lawschool, become an attorney, a real estate investor and entrepreneur. “I am honored to be a recipient of the Crossman & Company Real Estate Scholarship. Although I have a lot of work ahead of me to get where I want to be in life, I am confident because of what I have accomplished so far at Bethune-Cookm

Rhodes+Brito Co-Founder Honored with AIA’s Nils M. Schweizer Award

ORLANDO, Fla. --- The Orlando Chapter of American Institute of Architects, one of the most prestigious and influential professional organizations in the US, honored Maximiano “Max” Brito co-founder and partner of Rhodes+Brito Architects with the 2019 Nils M. Schweizer Award for his community service. “Our firm focuses on designing public places, facilities and learning institutions,” Brito, said. “Community service has been a big portion of our dedication to giving back to the community.” The Nils M. Schweizer award was named after the late prominent Orlando architect and humanitarian. * * *

Riviera Bella’s New Amenities Getting Ready to Open Featuring $400,000 Splash Park + Fitness Trail a

DeBary, Fla. --- The much-anticipated expanded amenities at Riviera Bella are here. The highlight of the amenities unveiled this month (October) is a $400,000 children’s interactive water play area. The water park where children can play in gentle mists and streaming jets of water was created by Freeport Fountains of Sanford. The new amenities package also includes an additional landscaped entrance and a fitness trail, according to Jerome Henin, president of the firm developing the award-winning Rivera Bella community spanning 240 acres and overlooking the St. Johns River. In the original phases of Riviera Bella, M/I Homes and Henin Homes are currently selling and building new single-family

Hold-Thyssen Closes $3.4 Million Sale of Multi-Tenant Retail Center Facing I-75 in Ocala

OCALA --- Hold-Thyssen, a full service commercial property firm based in Winter Park, brokered the sale of Marion Crossing, a 60,000 square foot multi-tenant retail center built in 1990 at 2101 SW Highway 484 off of I-75 in Ocala. The property, situated on 19 acres overlooking I-75, was 73 percent occupied at the time of the sale and sold by Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York to a California investment entity for $3,400,000.00. Major tenants include Hemispherx, VNA of Florida and Low Vision Aids Inc. “We were able to bring a group of doctors from California to a successful and seamless closing of the transaction,” said Saxon Evans, Director of Investment Sales at Hold-Thyssen

Flagship Companies’ Land Acquisition Set for Retail, Self-Storage - NAI Realvest | Charles Wayne C

DeLand, Fla. -- NAI Realvest | Charles Wayne Commercial closed the sale of 6.44 acres on SR 15A in DeLand. Lake Mary-based Flagship Companies Group purchased the land for $762,500 to build a mixed-use and self-storage development in the underserved area. "The market is currently underserved when it comes to the supply of flex space that this project will be providing," says Steve Costa principal at NAI Realvest | Charles Wayne who brokered the sale and represented sellers Norman and Victoria Todd of Osprey, Fla. The project, strategically located at the northwest corner of the intersection of SpringGarden and S. Adele Avenues in DeLand, will feature “‘Maker’ style spaces to encourage employ

NAI Realvest Negotiates $670,000 Purchase of Sanford Building - Orlando Electrical Contractor Buys B

SANFORD — Jason G. Toll, MiCP of NAI Realvest successfully negotiated the $670,000 sale of a 5,200 square foot building at a Sanford industrial park from Performance Telecom Inc. to EchoED, an Orlando electrical contracting firm. The one-story building, at 611 Central Park Drive, is located between State Road 46 and St. Johns Parkway. “The move from Orlando into Sanford will afford EchoED the opportunity to expand their service by adding approximately 17 to a current staff of 33 thereby helping them to build their client base,” according to Toll, the company’s Director of its Industrial Services Group. EchoED, who was represented in the transaction by Josiah Biddle of the Orlando-based McN

M/I Homes’ Newest Central Florida Community – Dean’s Crossing at Little Econ – is Starting to Take S

ORLANDO – M/I Homes has begun development of Dean’s Crossing at Little Econ just off Dean Road and Curry Ford Rd. in East Orlando. Sales for the 51-homesite community are expected to begin during the fourth quarter of this year, according to David Byrnes, M/I Homes’ Area President. Prices will range from the high $200s through the $300s. Amenities at the single-family community will include a community pond with walking trails, Byrnes said. Five floor plans with varying living spaces will be offered: The Markham, 1,610; The Amhurst, 2,121; The Norwood II, 2,192; The Bedford, 2,433 and The Halifax, 2,888. * * *

NAI Realvest Closes on Land Near I-75 / SR 44 Interchange, Hotel Construction to Start by Mid-Octobe

Wildwood, Fla. – NAI Realvest recently closed on the $825,000 sale of 2.7 acres at County Road 229 and State Road 44 just east of the I-75 Interchange in Wildwood. MPH Hotels, Inc. headed by Michael P. Holtz, a hotel developer / operator based in St. Petersburg, purchased the property to build a 92-room Holiday Inn Express that will break ground in mid-late October. Kevin O’Connor and Matt Cichocki, principals of NAI Realvest, brokered the transaction on behalf of the buyer and the Winter Park-based seller 2511 Howell LLC whose principal is a local investor / owner of several businesses. MPH currently has several hotels under development or open and operating throughout the Midwest and Flori

Regal | Christie’s International Real Estate Hires British Realtor Duo

ORLANDO – Two real estate agents with commonalities including their names and birthplaces recently joined the sales staff at Regal | Christie’s International Real Estate. Realtors Janet Allen and Janice Edwards-Diaz, “The Jans Team,” will work out of all five Regal | Christie’s offices, focusing on the luxury segment of the market, assisting buyers and sellers throughout Central Florida and beyond, according to Joyce Marsh, Regal | Christie’s regional manager. “With more than 40 years of combined experience in the industry, ‘The Jans’ have extensive market knowledge of luxury properties; both local and international,” Marsh said. The team, formerly with Coldwell Banker, focused primarily in

Hold-Thyssen Locates New Pasco County Location for Klima Insurance Expansion, Drives Down Employees’

Trinity, Fla. --- Hold-Thyssen, Inc., a full service commercial property firm based in Winter Park, with offices in Clearwater, recently negotiated a multi-year lease agreement representing a new tenant – Klima Insurance Services, Inc – at Trinity Professional Park. The lease of Suite 102 with 1,935 square feet at 2160 Duck Slough Blvd. will be the new office of the growing insurance firm when it relocates from Tampa in October. Carol L. Kinnard, Transaction Specialist in Hold-Thyssen’s Clearwater office, brokered the transaction once she identified the site that will provide ample space for growth and reduce employee commuting times. Martin Trinity Investments, LLC is the landlord. Hold-Thy


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