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The Real Deal – Invesca scores $102M construction loan for two SoFla apartment projects

Invesca scores $102M construction loan for two SoFla apartment projects

The loan will be used for a 214-unit project in Pompano Beach and a 330-unit development in Plantation

The Real Deal MIAMI /

April 29, 2020 09:45 AM

By Keith Larsen

Invesca scored a $102 million loan from Madison Realty Capital for two South Florida multifamily projects during the coronavirus pandemic.

Plantation-based Invesca secured the loan from the New York-based lender to finish construction on a 214-unit apartment project in Pompano Beach and to begin construction on a 330-unit multifamily development in Plantation, according to a release.

The Pompano Beach property is 1.6 acres at 452 East Atlantic Boulevard, and is 98 percent complete. With two buildings connected by a skybridge, it will total over 450,000 square feet when finished. The development also includes 12,000 square feet of retail space and 362 parking spaces, according to the release.

The Plantation property will span 12.3 acres at 4350 West Sunrise Boulevard. It will include eight, nine-story buildings with 720,000 square feet. The development will also consist of a 30,000-square-foot commercial building, a 1.1-acre office property, 10 townhomes that are already completed, and 37 approved additional townhome lots, according to the release.

Jay Miller of BayBridge Real Estate Capital brokered the transaction.

Madison Realty Capital is becoming more active in South Florida’s real estate market, especially in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

In December, the company provided a $210 million construction loan for Fort Partners’ Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences in Fort Lauderdale.

In July, the lender provided a $225 million construction loan to Penn-Florida for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental in Boca Raton.

In total, Madison Realty Capital has completed about $12 billion in equity and debt transactions since 2004, according to its website.

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South Florida Business Journal – Invesca Obtains Construction Loan for Pixl


By Brian Bandell  – Senior Reporter, South Florida Business Journal

Ivesca overcame challenges of obtaining construction financing during an economic downturn by nabbing a loan for two Broward County projects.

The $102 million construction loan will help the Plantation developer put the finishing touches on the Envy apartments in Pompano Beach and begin work on Plantation’s Pixl apartments, which will have a virtual reality theme.

Madison Realty Capital affiliate 4350 W. Sunrise Blvd 1 LLC awarded the mortgage to Pixl Development and Envy Development, both affiliates of Invesca.

“We were halfway through this transaction when the financial world started to fall apart,” Invesca CEO Christopher Longsworth said. “Josh Zegan, Mark Simon and Mark Gormley worked with us around the clock to create sophisticated solutions to the constant obstacles that were presented. For a lender of this size to be agile enough to pivot and navigate through the real time challenges, was really impressive and the reason this deal closed in these uncertain times. The skill and market intelligence that Jay Miller brought to the table in arranging the financing was second to none.”

 Miller, the managing director of BayBridge Real Estate Capital, said many banks have been reluctant to make construction loans during the Covid-19 pandemic. Banks are holding onto their cash liquidity as deposit accounts fall because their clients are losing money, he said.

Madison Realty Capital had a ton of available cash and was confident in Longsworth because of his successful track record as a developer,’ Miller said.

“Envy is an absolutely spectacular property and Pixl will be the same,” Miller said “Everything he brings is off the charts. If you are going to do a deal in an economic downfall, the kind of person you’d want to make it with his Chris.”

Located at 4400 S. Sunrise Blvd., Pixl will have 330 apartments. They will range from 800 to 1,622 square feet, including some loft-style units with 18-foot ceilings. All units will have smart home features. The amenities will include a virtual reality concierge and automated package delivery.

Pixl should be completed in the first quarter of 2022. It’s near Strada, a for-sale townhouse community Invesca built several years ago.

The mortgage also replaced the original $28 million construction loan for Envy, which is nearly completed. It will have 213 apartments and commercial space on Atlantic Avenue.

Invesca is the architect and general contractor for both projects.

“This will be one of the last meaningful construction loans done for a while,” Miller said.