Miami Dade College has unveiled its new Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation in Miami.

The five-story, 135,000-square-foot facility was built on the college’s Medical Campus and will enable the school to expand its health sciences offerings, and create partnerships with Miami-area health care providers.

“Health care occupations are expected to grow by 18 percent by 2026,” says Dr. Bryan Stewart, Medical Campus President. “We’re going to be able to offer students the technology and resources they need to fill many of the ‘hot’ new jobs.”

An advanced medical simulation center occupies the building’s third floor, enabling students to gain essential hands-on experience working in a variety of clinical environments, including emergency, surgery, labor and delivery, primary care and home health care.

It features 15 hospital/patient rooms with high-fidelity mannequins, a simulated ambulance, a simulated one-bedroom apartment, 10 exam rooms where students will interact with actors trained to portray patients, a five-sided CAVE virtual reality space, debrief rooms where students and faculty gather to review just-completed exercises, and a partner/sponsor space.

In addition to the simulation center, the Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation has a variety of classroom, collaboration and gathering spaces.

Among them are active learning classrooms; a 300-person multipurpose conference center; a 150-person tiered lecture facility with technology at each seat; smaller lecture classrooms; wet labs; physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant labs; a radiology suite and student breakout spaces.

The Center will primarily be used by college students and faculty, but it also will be available to local health care organizations for staff training and research.


Source: American School & University

Downtown Orlando could be growing up.

On about 2.5 acres in the North Quarter, what could be Orlando’s tallest high rise passed a crucial threshold, gaining approval from the city council of its site plan and preliminary designs, paving the way for more detailed construction plans to begin.

Called Vertical Medical City, plans show a 444-foot structure — three feet taller than downtown’s current tallest, the SunTrust Center — on Orange Avenue two blocks north of Colonial Drive overlooking Interstate 4. The $1-plus billion project would form the northern gateway into downtown, and would have medical offices, assisted-living and research offices, encompassing two buildings.

“We’re a complete transformation in how healthcare happens for our elders,” Tabitha Ponte, CEO of Ponte Health, the site’s Orlando-based developer. “It’s something that is unlike what is currently happening.”

She said they already have financing in place, in hopes of opening at some point in 2023.


Source: Orlando Sentinel

Eight months after Walmart was the first business to open in the Durbin Park shopping center, developers behind the project have submitted to St. Johns County officials a proposal for the next stage of the large-scale, mixed-use plan in the northern part of the county.

Plans for Phase II call for more than 2,000 residential units, 350 hotel rooms and more than 2 million square feet of commercial space, including office and retail. Flagler Health+, which just announced its purchase of 40 acres of the site, will also build a 150-bed hospital as part of a larger “health village” that will include medical providers, specialized services and wellness offerings.

The first anchor tenant — and only tenant, so far — to be announced is Bass Pro Shops, which will open a first location of the outdoor recreational giant retailer’s entry into the Jacksonville metro market.

The entire 1,700-acre Durbin Park property is being co-developed by the Gate Petroleum Company and the Gatlin Development Company. The first phase — located on the west side of the new I-95 interchange between State Road 9B and Race Track Road — was entirely commercial.

Phase I, called The Pavilion at Durbin Park, is about 90 percent leased and has been successful in driving customers and traffic to the complex, according to Misty Skipper, a spokeswoman with Gate Petroleum. Just a few of the businesses open already include Home Depot, Keke’s, Sprint, Tropical Smoothie and a Gate gas station/convenience store. A Cinemark movie theater is under construction, but no opening date has been set.

As proposed, Phase II, which has not been named yet, would encompass more than 1,000 acres on both sides of I-95. Gate plans to work with Gatlin on the commercial side, but they will not be partners in other uses, Skipper said.

Melissa Glasgow, the county’s director of economic development said: “Durbin Park is really transforming before our eyes right now with several new businesses opening and more buildings under construction. Residents have waited patiently to have more shopping and dining conveniences nearby without having to drive into Jacksonville. … The parking lots are consistently full, especially on evenings and weekends. Those dollars are being spent locally, which creates a positive financial impact for the county and supports programs and services provided for our residents.”

Building on the success of the first part of the project, on July 2 Gate submitted an application for the second phase of development to the county. It would require a rezoning of 1,287 acres of the project from Open Rural to Planned Unit Development, from St. Johns Parkway almost to U.S. 1.

Multi-family rental units such as townhomes and apartments would be scattered throughout the development. Skipper said there would likely be more than one hotel.

The project overview says the urban village concept will bring an “interactive gathering place” for residents as well as pedestrian-friendly open space. Plans for recreational and entertainment amenities have not yet been finalized, Skipper said.

Glasgow said she believed Phase II would “build on the solid retail foundation that has been established and add to the diversity of offerings at the development. This distinct blend of health, retail, office and hotel uses will help create an environment attractive to corporate offices and other commercial investment. … Over time, I expect Durbin Park to become one of our largest employment centers, providing jobs for our residents at all levels of the spectrum.”

As the proposal works its way through the review process, developers hoped to break ground on Phase II sometime in the next year, according to Skipper. Once completed, Durbin Park will be the largest shopping center in Northeast Florida in terms of square footage. It is expected to be built out incrementally over the next two decades, including road improvements, according to the application submitted with the county.


Source: The St. Augustine Record

Cross Regions Real Estate paid $1.6 million for North Jacksonville land to develop a medical hub.

Called Duval Station at River City Marketplace, the proposed 132,000 square feet of professional and medical offices and retail space will be developed on about 9 acres.

The site is at northeast North Main Street and Max Leggett Parkway.

Led by President and CEO David Ergisi, Cross Regions bought the land July 10 through Coastal Regions Northside LLC from Old No. 1 Partners LLC.

“Our vision is to create a medical hub for the Northside here at Duval Station, with some retail availability,” Ergisi said.

Ergisi said Cross Regions intends to develop the project in two phases. Construction will begin in the fourth quarter on the first phase, a 30,000-square-foot, two-story medical office building that is fully leased.

He said Cross Regions will start construction next year on the second phase to add medical offices and retail services.

A marketing brochure shows that Duval Station at River City Marketplace is less than a mile from the UF Health North campus.

While subject to change, the site plan shows two proposed medical and professional office buildings totaling 61,200 square feet; two retail buildings totaling 26,250 square feet; a 4,500-square-foot restaurant; and two professional offices of 20,000 square feet each.

They total about 132,000 square feet.

The brochure says build-to-suit and ground-lease opportunities are available.

Cross Regions also is developing The Fountains at St. Johns in St. Johns County, a proposed medical and retail center along County Road 210 West.

Cross Regions has offices in Boca Raton, Jacksonville and Istanbul.


Source: Jax Daily Record

In life, three things seem certain: death, taxes and investor demand for medical office space.

A company managed by North Miami real estate investor Allen Chelminsky bought two medical office buildings in Lauderhill for $5 million, records show.

The 33,290-square-foot properties are at 7100 West Commercial Boulevard and 7200 West Commercial Boulevard. J & J Properties, managed by John Ekstrom of Coral Springs and Jeth Battisto of Boca Raton, sold the commercial development for $150 per square foot.

The Class B office development was built in 1985 and house doctors’ offices, records show. The properties were last purchased for $2.5 million in 2002, records show.

Chelminsky’s family owns a portfolio of apartment buildings throughout Miami-Dade County. In June 2018, Chelminsky sold an apartment and commercial complex at 14560 Northeast Sixth Avenue in North Miami, consisting of 82 apartments and a 15,000-square-foot commercial building, for $13 million.

A number of medical office buildings have traded hands in South Florida over the past few years for prices that are significantly above their last sale prices. Some of the demand could be due to the aging population of baby boomers who need more medical care. Medical office buildings are also seen as recession-proof and a safe bet for investors looking to buy real estate near the end of the cycle.

In May, the Toledo, Ohio-based investment firm Welltower purchased a 54,484-square foot medical office building at 2901 Coral Hills Drive in Coral Springs for $18.35 million.


Source: The Real Deal