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396 Alhambra Now Open for Business

By Allison Halliday | August 3, 2011

The South Tower of 396 Alhambra is situated in the heart of Coral Gables office and retail project, and this seven story class A office building in Miami is now open for business.

Coral Gables, Alhambra 396

Alhambra 396 is now open for business. Image courtesy of Adrian Salgado

It is one of Coral Gables architectural landmarks and has undergone a dramatic renovation and modernization to convert it into 87,000 ft.² of luxury office space.

Several major companies have already leased a total of 30,000 ft.² of space, and new tenants include Citibank who have taken 5,000 ft.² of space, and who will relocate to the North Tower in 2012, RTKL Associates who are an international architecture and planning firm who have leased 11,652 ft.², and Terra Networks who have leased 9,000 ft.² of space, and plan to move in this October.

The delivery of the South Tower means that completion of 396 Alhambra's second phase can now go ahead. This second phase will include a newly built 15 story building giving 156,000 ft.² of office space. In addition the project will include 30,000 ft.² of prime ground floor retail and restaurant space.

David Valdez is Executive Vice President of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, which is serving as the exclusive leasing agent, and had this to say: "96 Alhambra is the most exciting commercial development to rise in Coral Gables in years. The project sits on the best parcel of land remaining in the Coral Gables business district. This is an ideal location for companies large and small seeking premium office space in the Miami market."

Alhambra Coral Gables district., Image courtesy of Alvez

Construction has been ongoing since early 2009, and renovations to the South Tower included replacing the buildings windows with hurricane resistant impact glass, overhauling its ventilation and plumbing systems, elevators and electrical components. Renovations also included premium finishes throughout the buildings common areas. The existing three-storey parking garage has been replaced with a new eight storey garage giving access to both North and South Towers. The renovations mean that the South Tower will achieve LEED Silver certification, while the North Tower is pre-certified at the LEED Gold level.

The building was designed by Miami-based architectural firm The Fullerton Group and is being constructed by Balfour Beatty. Tenants can benefit from spectacular views, valet parking, a concierge service and 24-hour security.

Allison Halliday is a Realty Biz News contributing writer. She handles International Real Estate and is a seasoned blogger.
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