Lerner Acquires Parc at Gatlin Commons in Port St. Lucie, Florida￼
ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Lerner Enterprises of Rockville, Maryland has acquired Lerner Parc at Gatlin Commons, previously Parc at Gatlin Commons, located in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This class-A multifamily garden community is comprised of 200 apartments and 5,935 square feet of luxurious amenity space in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The building spans a total of 201,000 residential square feet over 14 acres, completed in September 2020. Lerner will also be the property and asset manager of Lerner Parc at Gatlin Commons.
Lerner continues to grow its multifamily portfolio with new acquisition in Florida.
“Parc at Gatlin Commons is the perfect complement to our existing Florida multifamily portfolio as we strive to acquire and develop Class A assets in the path of growth either in the Washington, D.C. metro or Florida markets. We plan to hold this asset for a long time and hope to continue adding to our Florida portfolio,” explained Michael L. Cohen, Vice President of Investments at Lerner.
The community is located only 2.5 miles east of Tradition, a master-planned mixed-use development featuring 1.2 million square feet across office, residential, numerous retail outlets and the Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital. In addition to Tradition, directly adjacent to the property are a number of retail outlets including Walmart, Sam’s Club and other shopping center favorites. The property’s location offers convenient access to major interstates with on-ramps to I-95 and the Florida Turnpike only 1.5 and 3.5 miles away, respectively. In addition to the multitude of existing employment opportunities, local growth has forced the expansion of major employers such as the Cleveland Clinic’s Martin Health and Tradition Hospital locations.
Located on Florida’s east-coast between Miami and Orlando, Port St. Lucie has emerged as one of the nation’s premier growth cities and the 3rd largest city in Florida. In 2019, it was named one of the fastest growing cities with the population doubling between 2000 and 2019. In the same year, the city was named as one of the safest cities in the U.S. and one of the best places to retire according to the TC Palm news agency. In May 2022, the Census Bureau named Port St. Lucie as the 12th fastest growing city during the pandemic with a growth rate of 5.2% and the population now topping more than 217,000 people.
“The Port St. Lucie submarket is one of the most dynamic across all of Florida. We have been looking for the right community in St. Lucie County and are thrilled with this addition to our portfolio. We are excited about the opportunity to offer an incredible living experience for our residents,” said Melissa Balkin, Managing Director, Lerner Residential Florida.
Lerner Parc at Gatlin Commons includes a resort-style swimming pool, outdoor kitchens and a top-class fitness center housed in the 5,935 square foot clubhouse. The residential property is fully equipped for resident life and comfort. Lerner received a loan from PCCP to finance the acquisition of Lerner Parc at Gatlin Commons.
“PCCP sees this as a compelling opportunity to lend to Lerner, an experienced multifamily operator, on this well-located, newly built Class A project in a high growth submarket of South Florida,” said Kevin Chin, Managing Director with PCCP.
Lerner was advised by JLL’s Rob Carey and Evan Parker (Washington, D.C. Office) and Kenny Cutler (Miami Office).
As owners of the 2019 World Champion Washington Nationals Baseball Club, Lerner is thrilled to acquire the newly named Lerner Parc at Gatlin Commons which is located 50 miles from The Ballpark of the Palm Beach, the Washington Nationals’ Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. This acquisition is part of Lerner’s mission to expand the company’s portfolio in Florida, after the success of Motion at Dadeland acquisition in October 2021. Lerner continues to pursue similar multifamily assets in the area.