Atlas Real Estate Partners talk Clematis Street

Atlas Real Estate Partners talk Clematis Street

Remember back in 2012 when we put the 200 block of Clematis Street on the map with the People’s Choice award (as well as three others) in Miami Herald’s “Best Block in South Florida” contest?

Since then we’ve had tremendous growth with the openings of Panaterie, Lynora’s and The Alchemist whose street-side dining has added to the charm of this block. Just around the corner on Banyan we also saw Camelot and The Avocado Grill open up, bringing even more people to enjoy this end of Clematis Street.

The news of the bustle surrounding the 200 block made it all the way up to New York where Atlas Real Estate Partners just announced their purchase of the property at 222 Clematis Street. This property is located at the corner of Clematis Street and South Olive Avenue, with tenants that include Design Within Reach, Rocco’s Tacos, and Starbucks.  There is an additional 5,000 sqft of space which they will be leasing.

Atlas is based in New York and run by Managing Principals Arvind Chary and Alex Foster. Atlas Real Estate Partners has closed on 32 acquisitions in the past five years with a current market value of over $500 milion. According to the Palm Beach Post, Atlas is looking to invest an additional $90 million in the West Palm Beach real estate market. More information can found at www.atlasrep.com.

I am very excited to see retail-focused investment in Clematis Street and jumped at the opportunity to find out more about what Atlas  saw in Clematis Street, as well as what their future plans are, through an email interview.

Here you go!

aGuyonClematis: What put Clematis St. and Downtown West Palm Beach on your radar.

Atlas: Beyond West Palm Beach, we’re bullish on South Florida long-term. Florida recently surpassed New York to become the third most populous state in the U.S. and 6 Florida metros ranked in the top 20 fastest-growing metros in the country. The combination of positive geographic attributes, strong employment, natural beauty, tax-advantages, and affordable cost of living make South Florida primed for continued population growth. West Palm has a number of locational attributes which make it unique; it’s located directly off 95, under 5 miles from Palm Beach International Airport, and directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island. West Palm also has a mix of flourishing historic residential neighborhoods, CityPlace, antique row, Palm Beach Outlets, and of course Clematis Street, the cultural and entertainment hub of the downtown.

Clematis Street is particularly attractive because of its historic “main street” charm, pedestrian-friendly design, and location directly on the waterfront across the Intracoatsal from Palm Beach Island. It’s truly the city’s living room, and nowhere is that more apparent than the 200 block where a mix of restaurants, design showrooms, cafes, and trendy fitness concepts meet to create an energetic and family-friendly vibe.

aGuyonClematis: What do you envision Clematis Street to look like in 10 years.

Atlas: Over the past several years Clematis Street has welcomed creative retailers that further energize the street. When combined with the robust development pipeline that is set to bring new boutique hotels, class A office space, and luxury residential to the area, we think Clematis will continue to improve and attract high-quality tenants.

More specifically, Clematis will attract creative retailers including designers, home furnishing showrooms, and artistic tenants who cater to the growing millennial population and the wealth of Palm Beach Island. Additionally, a shift towards a healthy lifestyle is apparent in West Palm Beach. The running trails along Flagler Drive are filled, the Green Market is bustling every Saturday, and a variety of new healthy food and fitness concepts line Clematis Street. The increasing density/walkability will continue to benefit the Downtown.

aGuyonClematis: The history of Clematis St. has included big box retailers such as banana republic, Burdines, Woolworths, and more. Now that they are gone it’s difficult to find big retailers to fill these expensive 4000sqft+ spaces. Would you consider subdividing some of your space to make way for smaller & more boutique retailers that will focus on the needs of our urban core?

Atlas: We’re currently marketing the ~5,000 SF vacancy at 218 Clematis which can be sub-divided into 1,600-5,000 SF space. With CityPlace nearby catering toward national tenants, Clematis will attract brand-centric creative tenants who seek the historical architecture and main street vibe that can’t be replicated through new construction.

aGuyonClematis: If you were to pair up Clematis Street with a street in NYC which would it be and why?

Atlas: Great question. While New York is a massive city, it’s actually made up of a series of neighborhoods, each with their own unique charm and characteristics.

Clematis Street is most similar to Spring or Prince Streets, the main shopping streets in the trendy SoHo (South of Houston) neighborhood, where upscale boutiques, galleries, and international chain stores line the cobblestone streets of historic cast-iron buildings once used for manufacturing. Creative loft office space and multi-million dollar loft condos occupy the floors above. It’s a destination for tourists and locals alike, where it’s not uncommon to see local artists selling their work on the street, graffiti artists working on their latest mural, and tourists enjoying the plethora of food trucks.

The concentration and growth of financial firms in Palm Beach County, mainly hedge fund and private equity funds relocating from the Northeast, make the comparison particularly fitting.

aGuyonClematis: What is your favorite thing about Clematis Street.

Atlas: The history, mix of creative tenants, and shear number of residents and city officials who are so passionate about the area. The historical architecture, pedestrian-friendly streetscape, trolley system, and series of events the city hosts truly make it a special place that a developer can’t recreate.

Furthermore, the energy of many start-up businesses and tech companies, coupled with the vibrant streetscape (and sunshine!) are infectious. West Palm Beach is the only city in Southeast Florida that has a bustling downtown, business/banking hub, and great nightlife. The combination of these attributes make Downtown West Palm Beach a particularly attractive market for us.

At 222 Clematis we aim to maintain the iconic and historic charm of the building while ushering in the future of Clematis Street by targeting creative tenants that add energy and vibrancy to the area.

Shout Karaoke grand opening is on the 17th!

Shout Karaoke grand opening is on the 17th!

Shout Karaoke is a company that knows what “fun” is all about. Our founders and advisory staff are all stalwarts of the entertainment venue industry—experts whose careers span three decades and who have built, operated, owned, and managed nightclubs, karaoke bars/boxes, and restaurants throughout the world. Shout Karaoke rolls all of these entertainment disciplines into one to create memorable evenings of great food, great drinks, and of course great singing. Our West Palm Beach location is our flagship venue and the first of many we plan to open nationwide.

With the grand opening of SHOUT KARAOKE, the entertainment repertoire in downtown West Palm Beach has just expanded to include the completely new and exciting “Karaoke Box” experience.

What makes SHOUT KARAOKE unique and different from any other bar offering karaoke in the West Palm Beach area is the variety of Private Rooms (“Karaoke Boxes”) that are available, suitable for anywhere from 2 to 30 guests. Each of the 11 private rooms offers a sleek, cozy atmosphere, comfortable lounge seating, a state-of-the-art karaoke system with thousands of songs to choose from, a large hi-def monitor, and a menu featuring signature cocktails and delicious food.

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SHOUT KARAOKE also has a live karaoke lounge at the center of the venue—a spacious music lounge with stylish interior, dramatic lighting to create a special environment, DJs, and sporting events projected onto a 16’ video screen. This area is perfect for large parties, such as corporate events, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or any other celebration you dream up.

Private karaoke box rates are $8/hour per person. Special packages (room, drink, and food) are also available. SHOUT KARAOKE is open 7 days a week: Friday-Saturday 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM, and Sunday-Thursday 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

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Vote Today! #VOTE310WPB

Vote Today! #VOTE310WPB

I just got this from the West Palm Beach Downtown Neighborhood Association & wanted to pass it along!
Did you know that approximately only 6% of Downtown residents voted in the last election? Please show candidates that Downtowners DO have a voice and exercise your right to vote – Help be the change. 
If you live Downtown, your precinct is no more than a 10 minute walk away. 
Find your voting location here: 
In case you missed it, the WalkableWPB blog sent 12 questions to each candidate about Downtown Issues. Here are easy to access links for their replies
Once you’ve voted, share it proudly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media and encourage others to vote today! Use the hashtag #VOTE310WPB and let people hear what issues are important to you!  


Greg Louganis to speak at FoundCare’s Comprehensive AIDS Program 30th Anniversary Luncheon

Greg Louganis to speak at FoundCare’s Comprehensive AIDS Program 30th Anniversary Luncheon

I was only 10 when Greg Louganis won his famous Olympic gold medal after hitting his head on the diving board in 1988,  but I clearly remember when watching that epic dive live.  It is one of my clearest memories of that time.

During the 80’s the paranoia about AIDS & HIV was at it’s highest levels. It was through the bravery of people like Greg Louganis who helped brake down the misinformation. The story of Greg’s life with HIV, and his refusal to be stopped by it, is a story that has inspired me and millions of others.

So I was very excited to hear that Greg Louganis was going to be the keynote speaker at FoundCare’s CAP 30th Anniversary luncheon this Friday.

FoundCare’s Comprehensive AIDS Program provides and promotes education, advocacy and compassion to individuals and families infected and affected by HIV and AIDS through case management, prevention and other support services.

Tickets to the CAP 30th Luncheon are $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes a meet and greet reception with Louganis, a commemorative pin and up-close seating. Commemorative program ads, underwriting and tables sales are also available. To purchase tickets visit www.foundcare.org/events or call 561-472-9160 ext 220.

At FoundCare’s 30th anniversary luncheon four members of the community will be recognized for their long-time commitment and advocacy to CAP and HIV/AIDS in Palm Beach County.

Bob BertischMr. Bob Bertish will receive the CAP Visionary Award. Mr. Bertisch was one of the original founders of CAP, was a long-time board member and trustee. He is the executive director of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach and has assisted numerous CAP clients with legal aid services throughout the past 30 years.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, located in downtown West Palm Beach, will receive the Lydia Crozier Spirit Award. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church has graciously opened its doors for 25 years to host monthly dinners for CAP clients. The church is receiving this recognition in the spirit of the late Ms. Crozier, a compassionate and spirited, long-time volunteer and donor to CAP.

Larry Osband

Mr. Larry Osband will receive the CAP Advocacy Award. Mr. Osband is an advocate and community voice for CAP and HIV/AIDS awareness and services. He sits on various boards throughout the community including the Palm Beach County HIV Care Council.  He started his advocacy in 1980 when his sister was diagnosed and could not get services because she was a heterosexual female. He was then later diagnosed in 1997 and continuously battles for rights and services for others living with the disease.

RONALD J. WIEWORA, MD, MPH, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE HEALTH CARE DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY

The final award recipient is Ronald J. Wiewora, MD, MPH, FACP, FACPM. Dr. Wiewora is receiving the Larry Leed Memorial Award. Dr. Wiewora, treated HIV/AIDS patients in the 1980’s and 1990’s as the director of the Palm Beach County AIDS clinic and as a private physician. He continues to advocate for public health as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. This award was named to honor the late Larry Leed, who tirelessly worked for CAP, starting as a volunteer and culminating as the Chief Operating Officer 20 years later.

The CAP luncheon is sponsored by H.G. Roosters, FPL, Skyemed Pharmacy, Infectious Disease Associates and SFGN.

Come and watch GIANT croquet on the great lawn at 2pm on Sunday

Come and watch GIANT croquet on the great lawn at 2pm on Sunday

Looking for something unique to do tomorrow afternoon? Stop by the great lawn at 2 pm and watch a game of Giant Croquet!

This spontaneous game on the great lawn is organized by croquet aficionado, Bob Alman, who will be bringing his giant croquet set which will accommodate up to 24 players.

“I personally enjoy producing this game in public spaces” said Mr. Alman “and there’s no more public space than this that I know of that is also ideally workable for the game.”

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West Palm Beach is home to the very unique National Croquet Club – the world’s largest dedicated croquet facility, with the finest lawns spanning four acres and a 19,000 square foot clubhouse designed in the Florida Keys style. Constructed in 2002, the Center is the best kept secret in West Palm Beach for groups hosting 20 to 600 guests. The nineteen full-sized lawns can accommodate hundreds of players at any one time. Equipped with a full-sized kitchen and a full bar, our facility is a perfect destination for any event.

If you don’t know how to play croquet, free Golf Croquet lessons are offered at the Croquet Club every Saturday morning at 10:00 am to the public.  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. This is a great introduction to croquet: Learn how to hit the ball, score wickets, learn strategy and plot your next move!  Bring your friends for a morning of croquet and then stay for lunch at the Croquet Grille.

 

Here it is! Sunfest’s 2015 lineup!!!

Here it is! Sunfest’s 2015 lineup!!!

SunFest, Florida’s largest music, art and waterfront festival announces the lineup for the 33rd annual event. The national headliners include:

Fall Out Boy, Pixies, Lenny Kravitz, Paramore, Hozier, Kaskade, BOSTON, Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Wilco, 311, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, SOJA, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, AWOLNATION, Lindsey Stirling, Matisyahu, Iration, Milky Chance, ScHoolboy Q, Eddie Money, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, Letts, The Shadowboxers, Bo Ningen, Lizzo, Copeland, Knox Hamilton, Hundred Waters, Kehlani, Bea Miller, Zeale, Dreamers, Spazmatics, Elliot Root, Johnnyswim, SomeKindaWonderful, The Hip Abduction, and The Rico Monaco Band.

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The 2015 festival will be held April 29 – May 3 along the beautiful, scenic Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach.

“We know fans have been waiting for this.” said SunFest Executive Director Paul Jamieson. “We believe they will agree it’s been worth the wait. We have some of the hottest acts in music today and many of the most sought after performers in the music festival industry.”

Also scheduled to perform at SunFest are regional and local acts: Dear Tatiana, Dew Pendleton Band, FELICITY, Jonnie Morgan Band, JS THE BEST, Jumbo Shrimp, Kasson Leaving Haven, Morning Fatty, Sidereal, The Inverted, The McNaughstys, Trial by Stone, and YARDIJ.

A full lineup and schedule of the Ford, Tire Kingdom and FPL stages can be found online at SUNFEST.COM

 

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