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Acquisition and renovation of historic Miami Beach Hotel

Since 1978, Bilzin Sumberg attorneys have played an instrumental role in the acquisition, ownership and ultimate redevelopment of the flagship Fontainebleau Hotel, handling acquisition, real estate development, historic preservation, hotel management, and land use and zoning issues. Bilzin Sumberg obtained the initial zoning approval for a massive redevelopment in 1997 which was completed with the hotel's grand re-opening in late 2008. Representation included the development of a 460-suite condo tower and a 550-room hotel tower, and the complete renovation and restoration of the original hotel, which was designed by renowned architect Morris Lapidus. The renovated project has over 1,800 rooms, 8 restaurants and 150,000 square feet of meeting space. The team handled over 25 public hearings before the City of Miami Beach which resulted in numerous approvals permitting the restoration and expansion of the existing hotel building.
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Representation of Oleta Partners, LLC, a joint venture comprised of affiliates of the LeFrak Organization and Turnberry Associates, in the successful negotiation of the long-term ground lease and complicated leasehold financing for a 185-acre brownfields redevelopment site in the City of North Miami...
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Representation of Historic South Beach Hotel in resolving numerous litigation matters, including claims by condo association and unit owners alleging breach of contract, construction defects, misrepresentation and fraud, and claims by architectural firm and general contractor. Dealt with several ins...
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Handled the sale of over 2,000 REOs, with aggregate purchase prices in the billions of dollars, through both the negotiation and closing of individual sales and the structuring and sale by auction of multiple properties. The largest was approximately $216 million, which was the sale of a major hotel...
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