(Crystal Proenza is associate editor of RealEstate Florida.)

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MIAMI-Locally based Interport Services and B America Corp. havemerged and plan to consolidate local distribution centers at a118,897-sf leased space at Beacon Centre in Doral. The five-yearlease is valued at just shy of $6 million, says Jason Tresslar,senior associate with Flagler Real Estate Services, who representedlandlord AMB Property Corp. in the transaction, along with vicepresident George Pino.

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The new lease signing at 2000 NW 84th Ave. brings occupancy atthe 2.3-million-sf Beacon Centre to 97%, says Tresslar, and fillsthe biggest space available at the industrial park. Cushman &Wakefield's second-quarter industrial market report puts vacancy inthe Airport West submarket, where the facility is located, at5.6%.

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Interport provides customized worldwide solutions to shippers,manufacturers and suppliers, while B America is a locally basedbrick and stone distributor. The merged companies chose BeaconCentre because of its proximity to the airport, says Cushman &Wakefield's Audley Bosch, who represented the companies in thedeal.

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"There are still driving forces for South Florida coming fromLatin America and the Caribbean, which are the core markets thisgroup will be representing," says Bosch. A contact at Interport wasnot available for comment Monday.

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Interport currently leases 40,000 sf at Beacon Centre, and alsohas a 40,000-sf warehouse at 9880 NW 25th St. According to Bosch,Interport might maintain that lease while using AMB's space as itsheadquarters. The vacant space the company will leave at the BeaconCentre will be put back on the market, and has already drawn theinterests of several parties, says Tresslar. B America will leave a25,000-sf space they have elsewhere in Doral to join Interport.

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