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Soleil boasts a world-class 50,000 square foot recreation deck, complete with Zen gardens, an oversized, black granite, infinity-edge pool with cabanas, tennis and racquetball courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center with spa. And the main attraction, a second sports deck including stadium basketball court with seating. Spacious residences, brand-new top of the line appliances, and breathtaking balcony views of the city and the Bay.

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Developer to expand in Miami


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Three months after plunking down $130 million for 14 properties in Miami, a New York-Israeli development partnership continues to add to its local holdings. Leviev and Boymelgreen Developers has paid $17.95 million for a 3.5-acre parcel in Miami''s Edgewater neighborhood.

The developers plan to construct a 45-story condominium and refurbish a 10-floor office building already on the property. The project, at 3050 Biscayne Blvd., will be located across the street from the massive Midtown Miami mixed-use project in the 56-acre former Buena Vista railroad yard.

Leviev and Boymelgreen Developers, initially called Africa-Israel Boymelgreen, made a big splash in July when it announced the purchase of more than a dozen properties and plans to invest upwards of $1 billion in and around Miami.

The Tel Aviv-based multinational Africa-Israel Investments and Brooklyn developer Shaya Boymelgreen constitute the development partnership. Lev Leviev is the chairman of Africa-Israel, a holding company with business interests ranging from construction and hotels to energy.

Leviev and Boymelgreen have been looking for -- and buying -- additional area properties, including this one between Northeast 30th and 32nd streets on Biscayne Boulevard. The deal closed last week. Edie Laquer of Laquer Corporate Realty and Peter Andolina of Andolina Real Estate brokered the sale.

The project is slated to have 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, a six-floor garage and 425,000 square feet of residential space, said Mark Armstrong, Leviev and Boymelgreen''s director of construction. The developer plans to reflag the property 3100 Biscayne.

Unit prices have not been determined yet. The company plans to market units in the first quarter of next year, and to break ground in the second or third quarter.

The already-existing office tower, which has 100,000 square feet of space, will be renovated. Leviev and Boymelgreen, currently housed in offices at 444 Brickell, is considering headquartering itself in the building.

The 3100 Biscayne development, coupled with the enormous Midtown Miami project, likely will transform the entire Edgewater and Wynwood neighborhoods.

For Midtown Miami, developer Midtown Group in Miami plans to build eight condo towers, one office tower and 220,000 square feet of retail space on 36 acres of the former railroad yard. Diversified Developers Realty in Ohio plans 600,000 square feet of retail space on 20 acres.

Midtown Group principal Daniel Pfeffer said the firm plans to begin construction on their first condo tower this week.

Since bursting onto the Miami real estate scene in July, Leviev and Boymelgreen have announced plans to build a 60-story high-rise condo tower along Biscayne Boulevard across from Bicentennial Park on the site of a former Howard Johnson''s adjacent to Interstate 395.

It also has announced plans to build a condo tower at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Alton Road in Miami Beach, refurbish a 10-floor Meridian Avenue office building and convert it into office condos, and construct a parking garage near the unfinished Performing Arts Center.

Armstrong commented only on the 3100 Biscayne development project.

''''We have plans to bring to the market several landmark project both on the Miami and Miami Beach side,'''' Armstrong said.
From the February 18, 2005 print edition
Developers distinguish sporty Soleil
Susan Stabley

Developers of a new residential tower in Miami's Edgewater neighborhood want buyers to break a sweat when choosing to live in their project.

Marketing spin for the 288-unit, 43-story Soleil, at 3100 Biscayne Blvd., is dubbed "the sweat campaign," as the new community is being sold targeting the sporty.

About 50,000 square feet there will be dedicated to basketball, handball and tennis courts, plus a pool, fitness center and Zen garden for yoga.

The athletic angle is what the developers hope will distinguish the project from the many under way in Miami. More than 9,100 units are under construction and nearly 40,000 more are waiting to break ground. The project lies just east of the ambitious Midtown Miami project, a $2.3 billion planned community on a 55-acre former rail yard. Midtown's second tower sold 80 percent of its 392 units in a single day.

Soleil would be the third residential project announced by Leviev Boymelgreen Developers, a partnership between foreign conglomerate Africa-Israel Investments, led by chairman Lev Leviev, and Brooklyn developer Shaya Boymelgreen.

Leviev Boymelgreen also has in the planning stages:

* Marquis, a 310-unit, 61-story condo that would replace the Port of Miami hotel (a former Howard Johnson hotel) at 1100 Biscayne Blvd. Prices are from $500,000 to more than $7 million, with a total estimated sellout of $250 million. The project will also boast a 48-room boutique hotel. Completion is planned for the end of 2007.
* Vitri, a 66-unit, eight-story condo with double-level lofts at Fifth Street and Alton Road in Miami Beach. The property was bought in July for $9.8 million. The project is still in the planning phase and the developers hope to divert traffic from Alton Road to West Avenue.

Leviev Boymelgreen is also eyeing a mixed-use project that would provide downtown parking for the garage-deficient Miami Performing Arts Center. The partnership has also been building 1680 Meridian, an office condo. The property, which included a 61,381-square-foot building, was bought for $6.8 million last year.
Billion-dollar entry

Leviev Boymelgreen entered the Miami market with a billion-dollar committment during the summer of 2004 when the joint venture acquired 25 parcels from Miami Beach parking lot magnate Hank Sopher. The principals pledged a seven-figure investment for the properties in southern Miami Beach and in Miami's Brickell, Park West and Edgewater neighborhoods, which are expected to be developed in phases over the next decade.

Since then, Leviev Boymelgreen has continued to buy land in Miami.

Like the sites for Vitri and 1680 Meridian, the property for Soleil was not part of that Sopher deal.

For Soleil, Leviev Boymelgreen bought a four-acre parcel - which includes the Executive Plaza Building, built in 1972 - for $17.9 million in October, according to county property records.

Soleil would rise from a commercial parking lot just north of an 886,801-square-foot office building on the west side of Biscayne Boulevard. While the office building will be kept, a five-level, 295-space parking garage behind the structure will be built first.

Timing for construction of the 514-foot Soleil is tied to the completion of the garage, de la Fuente said. Soleil will have six levels of parking and with more to service customers of the project's future retail (9,188 square feet) and restaurant (2,907 square feet). A total of 876 spaces are proposed.

"We hope to have 200 spaces in excess for the neighborhood," said project manager Bob de la Fuente, a land-use attorney who joined Leviev Boymelgreen after leaving Miami firm Tew Cardenas in August.

The project is expected to cost $96 million, according to city documents, and generate $954,059 in tax revenue to the city annually.

E-mail Miami-Dade real estate writer Susan Stabley at [email protected].
Building up Pillars

More than 400 of South Florida’s leading real estate
people, including architects, brokers, builders,
brokers, contractors, developers and investors, turned
out for the recent GMJF Pillars of Pride Campaign
Event at the Radisson Hotel Miami. The Greater Miami
Jewish Federation’s Commerce & Professions Real
Estate, Builders and Allied Trades Division annual
event featured keynote speaker Pinchas Cohen, the CEO
of Africa-Israel Development, an international
investment company (operating in 11 countries on four
continents) that is partnering with Leviev Boymelgreen
in developing nearly $1 billion of residential and
mixed-use projects in downtown Miami and on Miami

Cohen indicated that his company has a long-term
commitment to the community and after the current
three projects, Marquis, Soleil and Vitri are under
way, they would embark on Phase Two with long-term
master planning for the district around the Performing
Arts Center (PAC) and Park West. One project in the
pipeline, west of the PAC, will mix residential,
office, retail and entertainment in a complex that
would have 1,000 underground parking spaces for the

Power broker Edie Laquer chaired the event with Ike
Fisher, Jim Fried, Stevan Pardo and Charles Treister
serving as vice chairs. Michael Stein of the Aztec
Group, head of the real estate division, and Kevin
Kaplan of the Commerce and Professions Division were
among the guests that included GMJF president Michael
M. Adler, who is also president of The Adler Group;
Shaya Boymelgreen; Ezra Katz; Diane Lieberman; Brad
Meltzer; Jeff Morr; Hank Rodstein; Kim Rodstein; Hank
Sopher; Lisa Treister and Peggy Tredler; and Edie
Laquer’s mother, who blew out the candles on a
surprise cake to a chorus of “Happy Birthday” from the
guests. A record sum was raised to help fund the
Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s social and
humanitarian services locally, in Israel and in 60
countries around the world.

Fullerton-Diaz, a Coral Gables-based architecture firm, recently was named architect for two condo projects, one in Sunny Isles Beach, the other near Miami's Arts District.

The firm will design Paramount Beach, an oceanfront, 45-story condo tower at 169th Avenue and Collins in Sunny Isles Beach. Info: 305-373-7753,

It also will design Soleil, a sports-inspired condominium at 3100 Biscayne Blvd., with 288 residences atop more than 10,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Info: 305-571-2863 or
Luxury Condo Tower Caters to Sports Enthusiasts

Miami—Leviev Boymelgreen Developers will develop Soleil, a 43-story, mixed-use condominium catering to the sports-minded professional in this city's trendy Arts District. It will be the developer's first project in this immediate neighborhood, following the debut of its flagship project, Marquis, in downtown Miami.

The architecture firm of Fullerton Diaz designed the project with 288 residences and townhomes atop more than 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space. Sales begin this month with prices debuting from the $300,000s.

Designed to accommodate even the most active of athletes, while enveloping residents in a rich, tropical environment, the 50,000-plus-square-foot amenity deck incorporates an infinity-edge pool; a fitness center; peaceful Zen gardens ideal for yoga; and basketball, tennis and handball courts.

Numerous townhomes are located on the amenity deck, giving these residents direct access to Soleil's many offerings. Also part of the no-holds-barred lifestyle is a secluded spa, plus a full-service restaurant and residence event space.

Residences range to over 4,000 square feet and come in a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans; townhomes; and double-high loft penthouses with panoramic rooftop terraces.


Leviev Boymelgreen Developers will develop Soleil, a
43-story, mixed-use condo at 3100 Biscayne Blvd. in

Architects Fullerton Diaz designed the project, with
288 residences and town homes atop more than 10,000
square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant
space. Sales are set to begin in April, with prices
starting from the $300,000s. Info: 305-571-2863.
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