City National Bank of Florida and UBS have inked deals to lease 142,000 SF of office space valued at $75.1 million at Miami Tower, a 47-story, landmark office skyscraper at 100 SE Second St. in Downtown Miami. The leases bring Miami Tower to 94% occupancy, outpacing Downtown Miami Class A office space market. The transactions were overseen by Transwestern’s South Florida Agency Leasing Team with Transwestern Managing Director Glenn H. Gregory and Vice President Christopher Dubberly provide leasing services on behalf of Miami Tower ownership.
City National Bank, the third-largest Florida-based bank, signed a long-term lease renewal and 57,000 SF expansion for a total footprint of 105,000 SF at Miami Tower. Upon its purchase of TotalBank in June 2018, City National Bank made the decision to expand within the building to accommodate its new headquarters, which the Transwestern team expedited. Matthew Goodman and Jeff Gordon of JLL represented the tenant. In addition, multinational investment bank and financial services company UBS renewed its 37,000 SF lease. Tony Jones of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant in the long-term lease.
“The transactions with City National Bank and UBS represent tenants’ ongoing attraction to Miami Tower as a preferred location, boasting nearby amenities and direct access to Interstate 95,” said Dubberly. “City National Bank had multiple options for where to place its headquarters, from owned to leased space, and, ultimately, Miami Tower’s attributes and the nimbleness of our team secured the deal.”
Transwestern was retained to lease Miami Tower in January 2017 when the building was 80.8% occupied. The team has since increased the building’s occupancy rate to 94.2 %, which significantly outpaces the downtown Miami office market’s average Class A occupancy, which is currently 78.3%. According to research by Transwestern on the two Miami Central Business District submarkets, Class A rent in downtown Miami averages at $44.97 per square foot, compared to Brickell’s $51.21 per square foot.
“With one of the lowest vacancy rates in downtown, Miami Tower stands out as a market leader on par with Brickell’s more expensive Class A office options,” said Gregory. “While Brickell has a Class A vacancy rate below 10 percent, compared to that of downtown at nearly 22 percent, it’s worth noting that more than 60 percent of downtown’s vacant space is contained within just two buildings. As those buildings compete for new leases, we’re pleased that Miami Tower is in such a positive position.”
Miami Tower is one of the tallest buildings that illuminates Miami’s skyline. Centrally located in Downtown, the LEED Gold building features a state-of-the-art conference facility, fitness center, the only on-site Metromover station in Downtown, and access to many restaurant, retail, and hotel options.
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