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Brightline’s MiamiCentral station closes on $130M in EB-5 financing

MiamiCentral expected to begin train service in September
By Katherine Kallergis | July 10, 2017 12:31PM

Rendering of the retail component at MiamiCentral

Florida East Coast Industries just closed on $130 million in EB-5 financing for its mixed-use MiamiCentral station in downtown Miami, property records show.

FECI affiliate DTS DT Retail LLC withdrew $85 million of the loan from CanAm Florida Regional Center. It’s the first project CanAm’s EB-5 center is financing, according to the regional center’s website. In Miami, major projects like Jeff Berkowitz’s SkyRise Miami are Paramount Miami Worldcenter pursuing EB-5 investors as traditional financing becomes more challenging to secure.

FECI’s loan is for the retail component of MiamiCentral, which will span 180,000 square feet and include a 50,000-square-foot food hall with tenants like Miami Smokers, Blackbrick Chinese and Toasted Bagelry & Deli.

Brightline, a $3 billion passenger rail, will offer express service, traveling at an average of 80 miles per hour between Miami and Orlando. After the first trains begin running between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, service will begin to Miami. The Orlando route and station have been delayed due to litigation.

FECI’s All Aboard Florida delayed the opening of the high-speed rail service from this summer to August and September. Construction work at the Brightline train stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is nearly completed, according to published reports. In June, former FECI President and CEO Vince Signorello resigned from his position to launch his own real estate investment and development firm.

The developer’s downtown Miami station will include 200,000 square feet of retail, 290,000 square feet of office space, 800 residential units, and a 95-story skyscraper – all on the 11-acre site.

Brightline could not immediately be reached for comment.