Categories: Real Estate Development & Recruitment Projects

Our approach is to increase the value for all of your real estate assets. We fill underutilized spaces, create jobs, and spur revitalization.

The City of Deltona, located northeast of Orlando and the most populous city in Volusia County, was exporting more than 95% of its work force outside of the City.  The tax base was heavily weighted to residential properties and needed to attract commercial businesses.
Deltona has a strategic location in Central Florida: located midway between the cities of Orlando and Daytona Beach (28 miles, respectively) and two deep water ports (City of Tampa and City of Jacksonville), and 61 miles from Port Canaveral – making it an ideal location for an industrial park offering logistics, manufacturing and related uses. RMA’s team utilized their economic development approach with a real estate-based foundation to identify the area’s most suitable for a commerce park, identifying a prime 240+/- acre site with interstate frontage. Discussions ensued with the property owner for the creation of an industrial park, with support from the City. Next came the identification of potential users and developers for the newly created Portland Industrial Park and marketing the property on a national level.
Groundbreaking occurred in January 2020 for a 1 Million Square Foot Amazon Fulfillment Center, providing more than 500 permanent jobs with benefits. The construction value of the project, which was completed in September 2020, is estimated at $100 Million. Portland Industrial Park Phase 2 is underway, with environmental tests, traffic studies, and engineering to develop the remaining acreage. This will expand the logistics center and provide additional opportunities for development. RMA continues to manage the project and act as liaison for the property owner and the City.

North Miami Beach development was languishing, stifled by low height and density and strangled by traffic, while unprecedented economic growth was happening in the region. The city needed a strategy for encouraging redevelopment to control remaining valuable assets, such as the Intracoastal waterway parcels, and well-established street and park systems, while laying out the expected public benefits, providing residents with a comfort level that quality of life would be enhanced. Following leadership changes, the city embarked on an aggressive program of redevelopment, revitalization, and tax base enhancement. This included RMA’s economic development implementation plan, which began with efforts to change the city’s reputation in the real estate industry and to ensure that city regulations matched market conditions and market potential. RMA assisted the city with the Land Use and Zoning amendment for seven mixed-use districts in the City to include the Downtown area, Biscayne Boulevard Corridor and Waterfront Districts.
RMA’s work included analysis of market demand/potential, development financial feasibility, infrastructure improvement and tax increment incentives. Subsequently, RMA’s urban design team developed a vision plan for the future growth based on the analyses. The vision plan became the base for the proposed land use policies, objectives, zoning map and text amendments, which were unanimously approved in March 2015. In less than one year of adopting the regulations, the city received ten applications for site plan approval including two major development sites that were a hindrance to redevelopment that sold for a combined $30 million, making way for mixed-use developments. Over $280 million in real estate transactions took place in the target area in the first 18 months, with over 1,000 residential units, 200 hotel rooms, and significant commercial development.
The quick change in North Miami Beach’s reputation in the private sector, combined with strong, visionary leadership and RMA’s strategies, enabled North Miami Beach to lead Miami-Dade County in property taxable value growth from 2015-2016, at a year over year rate of 17%. Additionally, the taxable value of property within the North Miami Beach Redevelopment Area increased by 46% during the same period, driven by real estate transactions.

The plan to build a downtown in the City of Pompano Beach, Florida started over 20 years ago with a focus on land acquisition. The largely African American community was upset that after many buildings were purchased and demolished, the area that was supposed to become a downtown remained stagnant and became virtually abandoned. Although a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was formed, significant revitalization had not occurred in a meaningful way and the area suffered from an abundance of vacant, or blighted properties with little economic development opportunities for residents.
RMA as the CRA management team led the effort to drastically improve the physical environment in Downtown, including renovating historic buildings for cultural uses, producing events to attract businesses including a brewery, and amending the zoning and land use categories to transit-oriented development. A market analysis was conducted and evaluated the real estate assets in the Downtown area to spur private investment and create an Innovation District, a vibrant and mixed-use concept that emphasizes a combination of business, hospitality, education, and cultural uses.
In addition to bringing 2 new Downtown developments totaling over $76 million along with multiple new businesses, the CRA is now poised to generate major economic impacts in the Innovation District including:
– 950,000 SF Mixed-Uses
– A projected $405 million increase in taxable value
– Over 4,000 new jobs estimated at buildout

The City of West Columbia, South Carolina was on the verge of major redevelopment on its waterfront edge. The City borders the Saluda and Congaree Rivers and is immediately across the river from the thriving Downtown District and the University of South Carolina in the capital City of Columbia. The sentiment of businesses and investors to move across the bridge to West Columbia, was gaining momentum attributed to its business-friendly attitude, low taxes and utility rates. The City wanted to be sure to have its vision for redevelopment and revitalization in place to preserve the character of West Columbia while also welcoming redevelopment.
The City hired RMA to provide a redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization plan.
These plans were designed to balance technology, sustainability, transparency and equity to further the goals of West Columbia. RMA conducted a comprehensive market study and hosted multiple community, small group and one-on-one meetings along with online surveys throughout the planning process. This in-depth analysis provided the basis for the strategic redevelopment implementation plan that included strategies for attracting businesses, investors and developers to the City. The plan also included recommendations for infrastructure improvements, regulatory changes, and traffic and pedestrian connectivity as well as branding, marketing and messaging, and wayfinding. One area of the City suffered exponentially from poverty and blight. RMA developed a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and recommended programs to provide enrichment, connecting residents to current and future jobs to the redevelopment activities. Educational campaigns and neighborhood ambassador programs are effective means for neighborhood improvement programs that are transformative.
Both visionary strategic plans were unanimously adopted by the City of West Columbia council. The result was a holistic plan that provides for community and business outreach throughout the area, and a strategy plan that acts as a blueprint for the City to follow to reach their goals.