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The Market Makers
Posted in In The News on November 21, 2016 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Q. What do you believe to be your (or your organization’s) biggest con- tribution/accolade as it relates to the South Florida real estate industry or physical landscape?
A. I am proud of the diversity of our impact. Macken Companies and its affiliates, Macken Realty and VCM Builders, have played an integral role in a number of communities and projects throughout our state. Our brokerage firm, Macken Realty, is now entering its 30th year in busi- ness and continues to build upon its long-standing tradition from which it began. VCM Builders and its affiliated entities have constructed projects both on our behalf and for a variety of South Florida’s leading developers. view the full story


$1.3 Million Florida Beach Houses Selling Now
Posted in In The News on August 4, 2016 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Real estate development firm Macken Companies has opened the onsite sales center for Beach House, a new luxury residential development featuring four two-story single-family homes on the barrier island of Dolphin Isles in Fort Lauderdale. Priced from $1.375 million, each of Beach House’s homes features three or four bedrooms, two-car garages, generous front porches, large second-floor terraces, and private swimming pools. Interior features will include elevated ceilings, Bosch appliances, and smart home technology. Construction is well underway, and completion is scheduled for Q2 2017, according to the firm. view the full story


Exotic ‘Lifestyle Video’ With Pretty Models Showcases New $5M Home in Las Olas
Posted in In The News on June 23, 2016 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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With contemporary homes popping up in South Florida in droves, a heightened level of creativity is often needed by agents during the marketing process to distinguish the product from the rest. Photo galleries aren’t going anywhere, virtual tours are more common, and drone videos have become the latest trend. But in the case of 440 Royal Plaza Drive in Las Olas Isles — dubbed Casa 440 — the contemporary estate listed for $4.895 million offers a “lifestyle video” that cost over $15,000 to produce. Macken Companies hired professional models, and leased exotic cars and luxury boats, essentially injecting the product into a short story while making potential buyers feel what it’s like to reside in Casa 440. view the full story


Ezra Siegel Named Development Manager, Commercial Real Estate
Posted in In The News on May 24, 2016 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Ezra Siegel is responsible for the management and oversight of Macken’s real estate development projects, including Palmetto Gardens Plaza and Beach House.

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South Florida Business & Wealth Features Macken Realty
Posted in In The News on May 15, 2016 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Alan Macken and his sister, Jodi, have always been involved in the company founded by their mother, Lillian, in 1988.

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Macken Companies Names Exclusive Retail Leasing Agent
Posted in In The News on May 13, 2016 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Macken Companies named Katz & Associates exclusive retail leasing agent for the 63,000 square foot shopping center at 3799 N.W. 167th St. in Miami Gardens.

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Tropic Magazine Features Dolphin Isles Beach House Collection
Posted in In The News on April 11, 2016 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Dolphin Isles is increasingly recognized for its quiet nature and proximity to the beach. Macken Companies recognized the neighborhood as a hidden gem and chose Dolphin Isles for its new “Beach House Collection” of four uniquely designed homes.

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Builder and Developer Magazine’s “Who’s Who in Real Estate”
Posted in In The News on February 9, 2016 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Alan S. Macken has over three decades of experience as a real estate broker, developer, builder, and investor.

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Macken Companies Debuts New Projects
Posted in In The News on January 7, 2016 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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VanDutch and Owners’ Choice title company partnered up for the unveiling of Macken Companies’ sophisticated Las Olas Waterfront Estate. The firm recently hosted a cocktail party at the $5 million home, where it revealed three additional new projects. Attendees toured the 8,200 square-foot residence, boarded a $1.7 million 55-foot VanDutch motor yacht and enjoyed live entertainment.

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City on the Verge
Posted in In The News on November 17, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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If it were up to city fathers, North Miami Beach would be development’s next wave.

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Macken Cos. Breaks Ground on Fort Lauderdale Townhouses
Posted in In The News on October 13, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Macken Cos. has started construction of Parallel 1, a townhouse project at 1307 SE 2nd Court, which is a block from Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Blvd.

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Macken Cos. breaks ground on luxury townhomes in Fort Lauderdale
Posted in In The News on October 13, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Macken Companies, an active developer in Fort Lauderdale, has broken ground on a luxury townhome project just west of Las Olas Boulevard.

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Macken Companies Announcement – Construction is underway at Parallel 1
Posted in In The News on October 13, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Macken Companies has announced that construction is underway at Parallel 1, a new townhome project located at 1307 SE 2nd Ct. located one block from Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Blvd. VCM Builders, an affiliate of Macken Companies, is constructing Parallel and is currently on the second floor. Completion is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016.

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Fort Lauderdale’s Turn – Statistics, top brokers, explain why the market is booming
Posted in In The News on July 1, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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SFBW asked several major brokers with backgrounds in Miami-Dade County about their perceptions of the activity in Fort Lauderdale.

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Developer buys Colee Hammock sites
Posted in In The News on June 1, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Developer Plans Homes, Townhomes on Colee Hammock sites

Developer Alan S. Macken paid $775,000 for two properties in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. The sites at 1305 SE 1st St. and 1307 SE 2nd Court are three blocks north of Las Olas Boulevard. The seller was Colee Landing LLC. Macken plans custom homes and townhomes on the land.

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MACKEN COMPANIES ACQUIRES ANOTHER PIECE OF PRIME FT. LAUDERDALE REAL ESTATE WITH PLANS TO BUILD LUXURY TOWNHOME PROJECT
Posted in In The News on May 28, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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After picking up two properties near downtown Fort Lauderdale in March, Macken Companies announced it will build a luxury townhome community. The parcels, at 12 Southeast 13th Avenue and 1305 Southeast First Street, sold for $785,000 in March, according to Broward County property records…

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Big-Box Opportunities Flow From Both Expansion and Contraction
Posted in In The News on April 27, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Alan Macken and his partners in the Palmetto Park joint venture scored a major coup for their Miami Gardens shopping center when they landed the world’s largest retailer as a tenant.
The group’s Palmetto Gardens Plaza has a new anchor, a 40,000-square-foot WalMart Neighborhood Market, one of the latest of a series of large retail stores planned for South Florida. A proposed store is in the works for Palm Springs North and a long-running campaign has sought to bring a 203,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter to Midtown Miami. Meanwhile, Broward County commissioners have cleared the way for a $100 million Wal-Mart-anchored shopping center in Fort Lauderdale.

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North Miami Beach beckons to Developers with New Zoning Code
Posted in In The News on April 17, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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North Miami Beach officials are hoping for a surge in development after updating the city’s zoning code in key areas to allow for greater density. The city of 43,250 is just south of high-end Aventura and across the water from the booming condos on Sunny Isles Beach, but it’s mostly been overlooked for major new developments. VCM Builders PDF copy


Looking Ahead for Next Year’s Home Design Trends
Posted in In The News on March 24, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Prognostication can be torturous territory. Only a fool goes in head first without first admitting that there is never an exact science to predicting what buyers will absolutely want in the next five to ten years.
Over the past few decades we have seen Mediterranean give way to Anglo-Caribbean give way to Tropical Contemporary. Open loft spaces evolve into family-friendly layouts. Shag carpeting and marble replaced by
a return to a variety of flooring options, including hardwood and rectified porcelain tile

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North Miami Beach Council Votes to Overhaul Longtime Zoning, Land-use Law
Posted in In The News on March 20, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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When the city of North Miami Beach secretly conceded its beachfront access in the mid 1950s to what eventually became Sunny Isles Beach, it dramatically impacted its skyline and economic growth potential. More than six decades later, NMB is still operating under many of the antiquated and often conflicting zoning-and-land-use laws from that era. But all that is about to change. VCM Builders PDF copy


Walmart Neighborhood Market opens in Miami Gardens
Posted in In The News on January 12, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Miami Gardens welcomed its third Walmart store with the grand opening of a Walmart neighborhood market Wednesday morning. The opening took place 7:30 a.m., Jan. 7, at the new store, 3791 NW 167th St. with local elected officials on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Palmetto Gardens Plaza. The store’s regular hours will be 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

The ceremony included presentations of $6,000 in grants from Walmart to the Norland and Carol City High School marching band programs. The grants will also go to the Miami Gardens-based Center for Family and Child Enrichment and the Dozier and Dozier Construction Academy.

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Wal-Mart Gets Warm Welcome in Miami Gardens
Posted in In The News on January 12, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Shut out of Midtown Miami for years, the world’s largest retailer set up shop in another Miami-Dade County neighborhood with relative ease.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the new anchor tenant at the Palmetto Gardens Plaza in Miami Gardens, opened a 40,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market occupying nearly two-thirds of the shopping center still under construction on Northwest 167th Street.

The retailer will add about 100 jobs and boost traffic at the plaza just off the busy Palmetto Expressway at Douglas Road, where T-Mobile, Cell Phone Repair and Lee Nails stores will round out the tenant roster.

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Walmart Neighborhood Store opens at Palmetto Gardens Plaza
Posted in In The News on January 12, 2015 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Miami Gardens, Fla. — Palmetto Park, the owner of Palmetto Gardens Plaza, announced that its new anchor tenant Walmart Neighborhood Store has opened.

The new store occupies 40,000 sq. ft. of the 63,000-sq.-ft. shopping center, located at 3799 NW 167th St. in Miami Gardens.

Palmetto Gardens Plaza will also feature T-Mobile, Cell Phone Repair, and Lee Nails, among other retailers, when construction on the remaining portion of the plaza is complete by the third quarter of this year.

Formed in 2003, Palmetto Park is a joint venture between DZD Palmetto, owned by Zvi and Daniel Shiff of DZD Holdings, and Alan S. Macken and Andrew K. Verzura of VCM Builders.

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Expert Advice on Building a Luxury Custom Home
Posted in In The News on October 9, 2014 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Palmetto Park, the owner of Palmetto Gardens Plaza, has signed three new leases for the seven-acre shopping plaza located in Miami Gardens. T-Mobile and Cell Phone Repair are both national companies; Lee Nails has a number of other locations throughout Florida.

Construction on this portion of the plaza is scheduled to be complete by the third quarter of 2015. Construction on a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store, which will serve as anchor tenant, is underway and will open in the fourth quarter 2014.

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Slew of zoning changes proposed in North Miami Beach
Posted in In The News on September 29, 2014 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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To foster development and increase their tax base, North Miami Beach officials are preparing a series of zoning changes that should encourage mixed­use high­rises in certain parts of the city. The proposed changes, drafted by Pompano Beach­based consulting firm Redevelopment Management Associates, would allow 30­story residential high­rises on the west side of Maule Lake and just north of the site of the Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences project.

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Palmetto Gardens Plaza Signs Leases With Three New Tenants
Posted in In The News on September 26, 2014 |VCM Builders NewsRoom
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Palmetto Park, the owner of Palmetto Gardens Plaza, has signed three new leases for the seven-acre shopping plaza located in Miami Gardens. T-Mobile and Cell Phone Repair are both national companies; Lee Nails has a number of other locations throughout Florida.

Construction on this portion of the plaza is scheduled to be complete by the third quarter of 2015. Construction on a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store, which will serve as anchor tenant, is underway and will open in the fourth quarter 2014.

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As construction continues on the 62,000-square-foot shopping center here, the ownership of Palmetto Gardens Plaza reports it has inked three new lease deals at the property. The new leases were signed with national retailers T-Mobile and Cell Phone Repair and Lee Nails, which has a number of other locations throughout the state of Florida. Construction on this portion of the plaza is scheduled to be complete by the 3rd quarter of 2015. Work is also in progress on a new Walmart Neighborhood Store location, which will be the anchor for the
center. The new 41,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open sometime during the fourth quarter of this year.

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