Friday, May 20, 2011

First Green Bank Plans to Expand to Volusia Later This Year

EUSTIS, FL  First Green Bank (top left photo), the new Lake County bank that has already opened locations in Eustis and Clermont and announced plans to open a headquarters location in Mount Dora in June, also plans opening a branch in Ormond Beach later this year.

Kenneth E. LaRoe (bottom right photo) chairman and chief executive officer of First Green Bank, said First Green’s mission-driven business is catching on in Lake County with its emphasis on personal customer service and respect for the environment.

The bank offers personal and business banking courier services with a fleet of energy-efficient Toyota Priuses, remote deposit capture machines that mean businesses don’t even have to visit the branch locations, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable business practices that include the bank’s new 11,800 square foot Mount Dora headquarters facility — only the second privately-owned building in Florida to seek the LEED platinum certification, denoting the highest possible energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

“Our mission is an environmental and social one,” LaRoe said. “We take a holistic approach to business in which we meld capitalism and shareholder value with environmental and social responsibility,” he said.

For more information about this press release, contact:  
Kenneth E. LaRoe, Chairman CEO, LEED® AP, First GREEN Bank, 352-483-9100,
 Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142 or 407-461-3780

Orlando Fashion Square Reports New Leases Totaling 50,000 SF

ORLANDO, FL --- Orlando Fashion Square (top left photo) reports new leases in 2010 totaling more than 50,000 square feet of retail space.

John Crossman CCIM, president of Crossman & Company, the Orlando firm that serves as exclusive leasing representatives at Orlando Fashion Square said he projects that new leases in 2011 will total an additional 50,000 square feet.

“We anticipate a significant increase in visitors and new tenants at Orlando Fashion Square as a result of the opening of the National Entrepreneur Center in May,” Crossman said.

The National Entrepreneur Center, which provides support services to new and emerging business startups, leased 22,000 square feet of space at Orlando Fashion Square in a historic move Crossman said could launch a national trend.

“The choice of a centrally-located retail destination for its principal campus is a burst of strategic genius that marks National Entrepreneur Center as one of the real visionaries in the economic gardening movement,” Crossman said.

“We expect more agencies and organizations across the country will follow the example the National Entrepreneur Center is setting in making its services accessible and convenient to the small business entrepreneurs who will power the U.S. economy in the coming decades,” Crossman said.

Orlando Fashion Square mall is located on E. Colonial Drive near downtown Orlando.

For more information,  please contact:
John Crossman, CCIM, President, Crossman & Company, 407-581-6218,;
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142,

Survivalists Eyed as Key Market for Central Florida Horse Farm

ORLANDO, FL --- Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty is reaching out to an unusual market to sell a 32-acre equestrian estate on Tuscanooga Road in Groveland, Fla.: survivalists.

Roger Soderstrom, founder and owner of Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty, said the property could make the perfect refuge for a family or group that wants to live “off the grid.”

The property, owned by blues performer Rozzy Osborne (top right photo), features a security entrance with camera, a private gun range, a whole house generator, 500 gallon propane tank, two separate wells, a half-acre garden, stables, a tree house, a fish pond with a private dock and a covered picnic area with electricity that would easily seat 40 people.

Soderstrom said the remote property could support a self-sustained lifestyle.

“There is a large market of survivalists in the U.S. who, for religious, political or philosophical reasons, desire a more private lifestyle removed from the hustle and bustle most of us consider routine,” Soderstrom said.

Linnette Sanzalone (middle left photo), the Stirling Sotheby’s International Luxury Homes Specialist representing the property, conducted a research study of the survivalist market in the U.S.---or “preppers,” as many of them prefer to be called---and says the property qualifies as the perfect rural compound.

“The Osborne equestrian estate is self-contained, secure and offers almost total privacy,” Sanzalone said. A five-acre wetland area at the back of the property could generate income from peat sales. More than 18 acres currently used as horse pasture could be converted into farmland.

The four-bedroom, four-bath luxury home at the center of the property offers 3,847 square feet of living space with tray ceilings, crown molding, oversized rooms, solid custom wood floors, built-in shelving units, two pantries, double built-in ovens, commercial grade ice machine and top-grade appliances.
Two additional oversized storage rooms could be converted into guest rooms or an exercise room, Sanzalone said.

A well-built 2,100 square foot barn near the main house could easily be converted to a guest house, workshop or man cave, Sanzalone said.

The blues singer’s property is currently listed at the highly discounted price of $599,000.

For more information, contact
Linnette Sanzalone, International Luxury Home Specialist, Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty 407-581-7890 or 352-638-5235 or Text 973-978-5497
Roger Soderstrom, Owner/Founder Stirling Commercial Group, 407-581-7890;
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142 or 407-461-3780;

Emerson International Negotiates Nine New Leases for Office Space totaling More than 10,530 SF in Altamonte Springs, Longwood and Winter Park, FL

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL. --- Emerson International recently negotiated nine new lease agreements for a total of 10,350 square feet of office space at four of its developments--Sanlando Center (top left photo) in Longwood, Cranes Roost and CenterPointe (middle right phototo) in Altamonte Springs and Louisiana Office Park (bottom left photo) in Winter Park.

Sean Westcott, director of leasing and property management for Emerson International, negotiated all nine leases on behalf of the landlord, Emerson International. 

Six of the new leases were at CenterPointe Office Park on CenterPointe Circle in Altamonte Springs, where PGMI Inc. leased 2,184 square feet at  407 CenterPointe Circle; Billy Jones Cosmetics, LLC leased 554 square feet at 385 CenterPointe Circle; SunTech 3 Inc. leased 1,380 square feet at 393 CenterPointe Circle; Seminole County Healthy Start Coalition, 705 square feet at 401 CenterPointe Circle; Deborah Day, 260  and Your Fit Body Fitness, 267 square feet at 378 CenterPointe Circle.

Also in Altamonte Springs, Ray Town Vacations, Inc. leased 1,607 square feet at 283 Cranes Root Blvd.

At Emerson’s Sanlando Center, 2170 West S.R. 434 in Longwood, IQ Reports, LLC leased 1,917 square feet and at Louisiana Office Park in Winter Park Home Care Connect, LLC leased 1,643 square feet at 1133 Louisiana Ave.  

For more information,  contact
Sean Westcott, Director of Leasing and Property Management, Emerson International, Inc. 407-834-9560;
Eric J. Emerson, Vice President and General Manager Emerson International, Inc. 407-834-9560;
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142

NAI Realvest Negotiates Lease Renewal at Oviedo Commerce Center

ORLANDO, FL – NAI Realvest recently negotiated a lease renewal agreement for 1,533 square feet of industrial space at Oviedo Commerce Center (top left photo), 2460 West S.R. 426, suite 1008 in Oviedo.

 George Viele, associate at the firm, brokered the transaction representing the Landlord, Oviedo Commerce Center, LLC based in Altamonte Springs.

 The tenant is Oviedo-based Advanced Compatible Solutions, Inc.   

For more information,  contact:
George Viele, Associate, NAI Realvest 407-875-9989
Patrick Mahoney, President NAI Realvest, 407-875-9989
Beth Payan or Larry Vershel, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142 

159-Acre Lake County, FL Site Sold for $325,000

ORLANDO, FL--Maury L. Carter & Associates, Inc. and Dowd Properties, Inc. were recently involved in a $325,000 transaction for 159± acres in Lake County, FL. 

Sold for Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T), the property is located on the east side of N. Bradshaw Road, just south of Five Mile Road. The property is east of Highway 27 and approximately five miles south of Highway 50. 

South Lake Crossings III, LLC was the Buyer. 

 Daryl Carter, Preston Hage, and Patrick Chisholm of Maury L. Carter & Associates, Inc. represented the Seller.  Jim Dowd of Dowd Properties, Inc. represented the Buyer.

Joan M. Fisher
Maury L. Carter & Associates, Inc.
3333 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32806-8500
(407) 581-6207 direct
(407) 422-3144 office
(407) 422-3155 fax