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Renovation of the Hotel Paso del Norte in Downtown El Paso is One Step Closer to Reality Apr 17, 2017

The long awaited renovation of the Hotel Paso del Norte in Downtown El Paso is one step closer to reality as City Council will vote this week on incentives for the project.

A 10th-floor swimming pool and spa area are included as part of the Hotel Paso del Norte renovation in Downtown El Paso. (City of El Paso)

The hotel, formerly the Camino Real Hotel, was purchased earlier this year by the Meyers Group of Florida, a development company with ties to the El Paso area. It is located at 101 South El Paso Street.

Under the new plan, the historic hotel will undergo a $70 million renovation and rehabilitation to become the city’s premier convention hotel. It is located across Santa Fe Street from the El Paso Convention Center.

This rendering shows a renovated bar and lounge area inside the Hotel Paso del Norte in El Paso. (Meyers Group)

According to the City’s guidelines, the hotel must maintain a 4-star standard, which includes “upscale interior finishes,” a minimum of 300 guest rooms in operation, a full service restaurant, bar, and lounge, meeting space, a health spa and fitness center, and a swimming pool, among other standard amenities.

The 17-story Hotel Paso del Norte in El Paso, formerly the Camino Real Hotel, is nearly set to undergo a $70 million renovation. (Meyers Group)

The project’s website indicates that a ground floor full service restaurant will be called Cantina and feature Mexican Art Deco decor. Another fine dining restaurant will be located on the 10th floor, along with “an outdoor terrace with a fire pit, pool lounge area, luxurious full-service spa and state-of-the-art gym.” The architectural design on the project is by Kobi Karp of Florida.

Incentives under consideration include: a property tax abatement up to $2.24 million; a Convention Center Development Grant worth $24.36 million spread out over eight years; and a Redevelopment Grant worth up to $6 million.

All 356 rooms inside the Hotel Paso del Norte in El Paso will undergo a complete renovation in the coming years. (City of El Paso)

The City hopes to pay the majority of the amount, the $24.36 million, using grants from the State Convention Center Hotel Program, which it will apply for once the project is completed. However, if the project does not qualify for these grants, the City will instead make the payments in the form of property tax, sales tax, and hotel occupancy tax rebates on an annual basis.

The famed Dome Bar in the Hotel Paso del Norte will remain but will undergo a “refresh” under renovation plans. The hotel in Downtown El Paso is on the verge of a $70 million renovation. (Meyers Group)

The City of El Paso will actually own the land on which the hotel sits and lease it to the developer for at least 50 years. The City will receive certain benefits, including free use of meeting or ballroom space for five days a year, discounts on room rental rates, and a share of profits on a yearly basis.

(Previously: $70M Camino Real Hotel Renovation Plan Announced)

The renovation project should last no longer than 36 months, according to the pending agreements. However, the Meyers Group website indicates a renovation timeline of 18 months.

City Council will consider approving the agreements at its April 18, 2017 meeting.


City to Vote on Convention Center Hotel Incentives, by Armando Landin
Source: Read the article on El Paso Development News

This five-star hotel for Plymouth Hoe is closer to becoming reality Apr 14, 2017


The 1620 project is progressing well, the council says

Formal plans for a new £50million five-star hotel on Plymouth Hoe will be submitted in the next few weeks, The Herald can reveal.

Father and son property developers John and Chris Henley say blueprints for the flagship 1620 project, replacing the demolished Quality Hotel in Cliff Road, are almost ready to be sent to council bosses.

Chris told The Herald: “We remain on track to submit the application this month, and will be releasing a full press release upon the submission of our application.”

If approved, the 60-bedroom hotel, spa and panoramic penthouse could be completed by the end of 2019.

Deputy council leader Patrick Nicholson said: “A lot of work has been done buying the site and demolishing the old hotel.

“Pre-application discussions have taken place about the detail, so I welcome the news that they will be submitting their application shortly.

“We hope it will be out for public consultation and then agreed by the council in the near future.”

Cllr Nicholson says he is pleased the project is progressing smoothly so far.

“It is a challenging site because it is so prominent, the hotel needs to blend in with the natural vista of the Hoe, so we are very much hoping the Henley proposal meets with the approval of the wider public,” he added.

The hotel would hold a “modern atrium reception” and a first floor conference facility for up to 250 people, which would open out onto a large terrace.

There would also be a top-floor fine-dining restaurant and a bar, gym and spa inside the hotel.


Alongside the hotel, there would be a separate tower comprising 80 bespoke apartments in a slightly taller building.

The flats and hotel would be linked, with residents in the apartments able to use the hotel facilities.

The buildings’ frontage is designed to reflect movement in wave form and currently the plan would be to make the panels with anodized aluminum.

New York wealth management CEO shells out $7.55M for Palazzo del Sol unit Apr 14, 2017

Kenneth and Amy Pollinger paid about $1,970 psf for the corner unit

Palazzo del Sol. Inset: Kenneth Pollinger

The co-chairman and CEO of a New York financial advisory firm just paid $7.55 million for a unit at Palazzo del Sol in Fisher Island.

Kenneth Pollinger of Klingenstein Fields Wealth Advisors and his wife Amy bought a 3,835-square-foot, three-bedroom unit at the newly completed tower, at 7000 Fisher Island Drive, a spokesperson for the project told The Real Deal. Zachary Belil of Douglas Elliman represented the buyers, and Lars Ekdahl represented the developer.

The Pollingers paid about $1,970 per square foot for the last corner unit in the building, which was completed a year ago by PDS Development, led by Heinrich von Hanau. The unit was listed for $8.1 million, Belil said.

The Palazzo unit has Boffi kitchens and master bathrooms, Porshe Design Studio lighting, and a terrace. Belil said the couple was looking for a marina, golf course, security and other amenities that the island offers. The Pollingers have multiple homes across the country, but “they will try to spend as much time as possible here,” Belil said. “For Mr. Pollinger, it’s a very easy drive from the Miami airport to Fisher Island.”

The building’s 43 units go up to 9,800 square feet. Unit owners include high-profile attorney Jim Ferraro, Azerbaijani billionaire Aras Agalarov, and Yard House founder and CEO Steele Platt. Buyers also received a custom Garia golf cart. Kobi Karp designed the 10-story building, and Enzo Enea handled landscaping. Dora Puig is leading sales of Palazzo del Sol.

Source: By Katherine Kallergis, Read the article on The Real Deal

Home Designed by Kobi Karp Featured in Viper & Pennzoil Car Commercial Apr 12, 2017

Pennzoil Says Goodbye to the Legendary Dodge Viper in a Short Film Full of Insane Stunt Driving

Rhys Millen of The Fast and the Furious fame takes the wheel

Yes, the flames are real.
YouTube: Pennzoil

Among dedicated muscle car fans, the Dodge Viper will live forever. Google vp of engineering Ben Sloss owns one. He even purportedly drives it to work on occasion.

Unfortunately, the company announced earlier this year that the car had effectively “[run] out of good reasons to live” after more than two decades in production, and Dodge is no longer accepting orders—even from tech millionaires.

Longtime Dodge partner Pennzoil, however, has taken steps to ensure the Viper remains immortal with the help of its creative agency of record JWT Atlanta and Rhys Millen, the stunt driver famous for his work on The Fast and the Furious movie franchise. The Viper’s successor, the Dodge Demon, made an unofficial debut at a private New York Auto Show event Tuesday night as Pennzoil launched what may be the very last film to feature the Viper.

The new ad centers on a mysterious “driver for hire” paid to find and return a stolen Viper. But you really just need to focus on the stunts.

“When we found out Dodge was going to discontinue the Viper, we were heartbroken,” said JWT executive creative director Jeremy Jones, who led the project. “It’s the only American car that competes for international track records.”

But Jones told Adweek that Pennzoil and Dodge were more than happy to give the car “the send-off it deserves,” with a Miami shoot that required a bit of creative traffic control from the local police. He also described the scene in which the Viper briefly leaves the ground as a “happy accident.”

“Once we thought it was possible, we planned for it and set up the shot to make it work,” he said.

“We’re trying to reach the same audience as Fast and Furious, but this is rooted in realism,” Jones added, noting that the campaign includes “no CGI except in the cleanup [of footage]. So, we basically drive the piss out of these vehicles in the ultimate demo of the motor oil … capturing that kinetic energy.”

Millen and director Ozan Biron explain a bit more about the work in this making-of film.

In case you couldn’t tell from the cliffhanger finale, JWT’s next spot in the series will focus on the Demon, which Jones called “the world’s most powerful street-legal muscle car.”

Images of the new model have already begun circling among car fanatics along with claims that it might be “good for 1,023 horsepower.”

Let’s see Vin Diesel handle that.


Client: Pennzoil
Agency: J. Walter Thompson Atlanta
Campaign: “The Last Viper”

Chief Creative Officer: Vann Graves
Executive Creative Director: Jeremy Jones
Associate Creative Director/Art Director: Lucas Heck
Associate Creative Director/ Writer: Marcos Piccinini
Account Director: Erin McGivney
Producer: Rhett Kearsley

Production Company: Lemonade Films
Director: Ozan Biron
Producer: Trevor Cawood
Executive Producer: Ted Herman
Production Supervisor: Philip Fyfe
DP: Tim Sessler

Editorial: Cycle Media
Editor: Matthew Griffiths
Compositor: Peter DeBay
Additional editorial: Ozan Biron

Visual Effects: The Embassy
VFX supervisor: David Casey
CG Supervisor: Michael Blackbourn
Executive Producer: Winston Helgason
VFX Producer: Danielle Kinsey
VFX Production Manager: Annie-Claude Lapierre
Asset Supervisor: Paul Copeland

Sound Design: Source Sound Inc. LA
Supervising Sound Designer & Mixer: Charles Deenen
Sound Designers: Csaba Wagner
Sound Editing: Braden Parkes
Sound Recordists: John Fasal, Travis Pratert, Charles Deenen
Composer: Colin E. Fisher
Colorist: Billy Gabor, Company 3

“The Last Viper: Behind the Scenes”

Content Production Team: Grain & Glass
Director / DP: Michael Nielsen
Camera Op: Joey Fisher
Editor: Dan Luce

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No skyscrapers in new Bahia Mar redevelopment plans Mar 30, 2017

Published by Sun Sentinel, March 29, 2017. Read the full article.

Developer Jimmy Tate’s revised plans, submitted to city officials late Wednesday afternoon, call for the buildings to be 10 to 12 stories, according to Kobi Karp, a Miami-based architect and representative for Tate.

A new vision for the Bahia Mar resort and marina includes 651 residential units in seven buildings and a 250-room hotel — but none of the skyscrapers that drew the ire of Fort Lauderdale residents and city commissioners last year.

Developer Jimmy Tate’s revised plans, submitted to city officials late Wednesday afternoon, call for the buildings to be 10 to 12 stories, according to Kobi Karp, a Miami-based architect and representative for Tate.

The proposal also includes 151,000 square feet of ground-floor shops and restaurants, a half-mile boardwalk surrounding the marina and a pedestrian village on the city-owned property south of Las Olas Boulevard.

“I believe that this plan meets the designs and wishes expressed previously,” Karp said. “We would like to find a way to work with the city and the community.”

Karp said the developer hasn’t decided whether the 651 units would be condominiums or apartments. He said the project would be built in four phases over several years.

Tate’s original plan last year included two 39-story condo towers, which city commissioners rejected in February.

Another plan submitted last summer reduced the height of the two condo towers to 29 stories.

That proposal received initial approval from commissioners, but Tate later withdrew it in the face of increasing public opposition and his inability to strike a deal with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and its operator, Show Management.

The boat show lease at Bahia Mar runs through 2020. Tate and boat show officials are expected to work on a longer-term lease.

Mayor Jack Seiler hasn’t reviewed the new plan, but he insisted it will be appropriately “vetted, digested and analyzed” by the city.

Seiler said he wants any Bahia Mar redevelopment to address four issues.

The site has to be functional enough to serve as the permanent home of the boat show, Seiler said. The mayor also wants to see more revenue for the city, a workable plan for traffic and parking, and a redevelopment that brings more people to the waterfront.

“I’m fairly confident that this [developer] group will come to an understanding with the city on those four points,” Seiler said. “For the average family who wants to spend a Saturday or Sunday along the water, Bahia Mar isn’t their first choice, and it won’t be until the property is redone.”
Residents who opposed the previous plans expressed concerns about increased traffic in the city as new developments are built. A petition drive collected more than 1,000 signatures seeking a moratorium on large developments east of Federal Highway until a more complete study of what the city’s roads can handle.

Another petition wanted the commission to stop private development on the public beachfront.

The debates over the future of Bahia Mar grew contentious at times. Tate cited the acrimony in a June 2016 letter to the city withdrawing the second development proposal.

“We have witnessed neighbors turn on neighbors and old friends stop talking to each other; all over a proposed development plan which was designed for the betterment of the entire community and the marine industry,” Tate wrote.

Mary Fertig, a Fort Lauderdale resident who led opposition to the previous plans, said she hasn’t seen the new proposal.
Fertig said she’s in favor of lower building heights but remains concerned about traffic and preservation of public land. Whatever happens at the site, she said she’d like to see a more collaborative discussion take place.

“It’s our hope that everybody in the community can all work together to address the issues,” she said. “That didn’t happen last time.”

Staff writer Larry Barszewski contributed to this report.

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