The top-floor space, totaling approximately 15,000 square feet,will be occupied by 70 employees with US Customs and BorderProtection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.Other tenants at Miramar are expected to benefit from the enhancedlaw enforcement presence at the office segment of the suburbanmixed-use project, which is being developed in a joint venturebetween New York City-based RockGroup and New Hyde Park, NY-basedKimco Realty Corp.

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"Given the current economy, government contracts like this oneare very attractive," Edgar Jones, vice president and regionaldevelopment officer with RockGroup in Miami, tells GlobeStcom."These days, there aren't a lot of tenants with good credit and thegovernment's credit, obviously, is reliable."

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Jones notes that this is RockGroup's second government contractin the past year, following the development of a VeteransAdministration clinic in Oceanside, CA. He believes the newrelationships with the GSA will lead to more work with thegovernment going forward.

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Miramar Town Center broke ground in April 2006 and is planned toinclude 146,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, more than50,000 square feet of office space and 500 residences. Currentconstruction includes 77,000 square feet of retail and 45,000square feet of offices.

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Caroline Fleischer and Greg Martin, office brokers with Cushman& Wakefield, represented the RockGroup/Kimco JV in negotiatingthe lease at Miramar. Sterling Hedley of Smith Real Estate Servicesin Atlanta represented the government along with James Thompson,GSA contracting officer.

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RockGroup's other current major commercial projects in theSoutheast include a foreign trade zone distribution center with 1.1million square feet in Charleston, SC and a 1.5-million-square-footindustrial building in Social Circle, GA. It also plans toredevelop a 113-acre former auto racing track in Lakeland into anindustrial park with at least one million square feet.

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