DTZ Retained for Grand Bahama Residential Project


A Florida-based hospitality and residential development firm has hired DTZ’s Capital Markets group to secure $75 million in construction financing for a three-phase residential project on Grand Bahama island, Mortgage Observer has learned.

The development, Discovery Bay, will include single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums, totaling 163 units.

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Phase one of the project is set to include 18 beachfront homes and 17 ocean-view homes, one lot off the beach, according to DTZ Managing Director Jeffrey Donnelly. Phase two will include 48 oceanfront villas and phase three will include 80 canal-front condominiums.

The sponsor, Big Bear Developers, is looking for lenders or co-investors willing to provide the entire $75 million or start with a $25 million financing for phase one, said Mr. Donnelly, who leads the firm’s capital markets group out of New York.

“This is an exceptional site that sits on a tract that extends from pristine white sand beaches through to prime canal-front acreage with significant deep-water dockage rights,” he told MO.

The development’s beachfront homes will start at $1.5 million and the ocean-view homeswill start at $1.1 million, according to DTZ Vice President Joel Weinberg. The luxury condos and townhomes of phases two and three will be priced “well under $1 million,” he noted.

“This is a project with a super risk profile and compelling value proposition,” Mr. Weinberg said. “We are delivering a luxury beachfront project to the market with unit pricing that is at a fraction of the cost one would see 80 miles west on the Florida coast.”

The Discovery Bay site lies within a 20-minute drive from Grand Bahama International Airport and 12-minute drive from Downtown Port Lucaya, the main shopping hub of Freeport, Grand Bahama.