MIAMI-With the acquisition last year of the 74-acre Centergate at Gratigny in the Airport North submarket, Chicago-based Higgins Development Partners has opened a regional office. Andres Miyares was named development manager for the firm’s South Florida portfolio and will be responsible for managing and expanding the company’s holdings in the area through acquisition and development opportunities.

“Andy’s knowledge of this market and strong broker, corporate and customer relationships are a perfect complement to Higgins Development Partners’ national business platform,” says Higgins Development Partners senior vice president and eastern regional manager Eugene Preston.

The company is bullish on Florida’s commercial real estate market due to strong population and job growth. Centergate at Gratigny consists of a one-million-sf warehouse and office facility, as well as an additional 27.3 acres of undeveloped land where the company is planning to build two additional facilities totaling 600,000 sf.

In addition to the Miami area, the company also entered the Orlando market in January with the groundbreaking of the $12-million, 125,000-sf Lee Vista Business Commons warehouse condominium project.

Prior to joining Higgins, Miyares served as project manager for Flagler-Codina Development Group where he managed commercial development projects from early planning through disposition of the asset. Previously, he served as a real estate analyst for Sun Trust Bank, where he was responsible for client asset management and commercial real estate portfolio management activities.

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