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Bridgeport Center Update 02/24/23

MHCommercial Real Estate Fund II Acquires Premier Tampa Office Building, Bridgeport Center for $40,000,000 Million



MHCommercial Real Estate Fund II (“MHCREFII”), a South Florida based real estate private equity fund, has closed on the purchase of Bridgeport Center in the Tampa Westshore submarket for $40,000,000 ($222/SF) in a joint venture partnership with Siguler Guff & Company, LP (“Siguler Guff”), a multi-strategy private markets investment firm with over $16 billion of assets under management. Bridgeport Center is a Class-A, 9-story, 180,247-square-foot office building located at 5201 W Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL. Mike Davis, Rick Brugge, Dominic Montazemi and Rick Colon with Cushman Wakefield Markets represented the seller, FDG Bridgeport LLC. Bridgeport Center is strategically positioned in the heart of Tampa’s amenity rich Westshore submarket, a premier central Florida location situated south of the Tampa International Airport. 83% of the property’s tenant base consists of global and national corporations including anchor tenant Delta Air Lines. Tenants at Bridgeport Center benefit from the property’s excellent location, outstanding water views, garage parking, and proximity to the Tampa International Airport and the Westshore Mall. MHCREFII principals Neil E. Merin and Jordan Paul stated, “We are excited to partner with Siguler Guff & Company on the acquisition of Bridgeport Center. The asset fits the Fund’s model to purchase quality properties below replacement costs while providing the opportunity to create value. Plans are in place for significant property upgrades and the creation of quality and efficient spec suites to accommodate tenants in the Westshore submarket.” Siguler Guff’s goal is to capitalize on the current displacement in the capital markets as a financing solutions provider for well-located and high-quality properties backed by experienced local sponsors. Adam Domanico, a Vice President at Siguler Guff commented, “While office utilization is undergoing a secular transformation, this investment represents a first-class property with a strong record of tenant retention in a post-COVID world that is bolstered by its position within a fundamentally sound market. With this transaction, we are excited to kickstart an institutional relationship with MHCREFII, which has a proven track record of driving value at the property-level by handling the blocking-and-tackling that value-add business plans entail.” MHCRFII was launched in March 2022 by Neil E. Merin and Jordan Paul after fully deploying MHCommercial Real Estate Fund I with approximately $125 million in commercial real estate acquisitions. Bridgeport Center is the third property acquired by MHCREFII bringing its total holdings to approximately $120 million. MHCREFII’s target is to acquire between $200 and $300 million of commercial real estate throughout the Southeastern United States over the next 12 to 18 months. Press Release Page 2 of 2 Corey Winsett, Director of Acquisitions and Matthew Brown, Chief Operating Officer for MHCREFII oversaw the acquisition and due diligence process on behalf of MHCRFII’s JV partnership. Financing for the transaction was provided by M&T Bank led by Melissa Govette and Paul Amado. Elizabeth Jones and John Strickroot of the Shutts & Bowen law firm represented the purchaser on the transaction. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc. will manage the property and leasing will be handled by Barry Hanerfeld of CBRE in Tampa. For additional information about planned property upgrades and current space available reach out to Mr. Hanerfeld at 813-334-7561 or barry.hanerfeld@cbre.com

Photo: NAI/Merin Hunter Codman

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