Four tenants on deck for Lake Worth of­fices

Goal is to open Nov. 15, but that date is in ques­tion.

The Palm Beach Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin D. Thomp­son Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Of­fi­cials with the new 23-of­fice Emerge Lake Worth site on Lucerne Av­enue mum on de­tails, say Nov. 15 open­ing is ten­ta­tive.

LAKE WORTH — Emerge Lake Worth, the new 23-of­fice site at the old Hum­ming­bird Ho­tel on Lucerne Av­enue, has four reser­va­tions for tenants, but won’t have any in the near fu­ture.

“We don’t want to sign any­body yet until we have a firm date to open,” said Ray Maranges, co-owner of Hum­ming­bird Part­ners LLC. “We don’t ex­pect to be full when we open and that would not be re­al­is­tic on our part.”

Maranges said po­ten­tial tenants have ex­pressed in­ter­est in see­ing the fin­ished prod­uct.

“We want to show them the prod­uct once it’s done be­cause we feel we’ll have the best prod­uct avail­able in the mar­ket,” Maranges said.

The goal is to open Nov. 15, but that date is in ques­tion.

“That’s still our goal, but I can’t tell you with any kind of cer­tainty that that’s ac­tu­ally go­ing to hap­pen,” Maranges said. “We’re go­ing to do ev­ery­thing we can to open Nov. 15, but if we don’t, it will be some­time around there. Worstcase sce­nario is by the end of Novem­ber.”

Emerge Lake Worth is a 5,638-square-foot space for at­tor­neys, real es­tate agents and in­sur­ance pro­fes­sion­als that will fea­ture valet park­ing for cus­tomers and a top-notch lobby. The site, 631 Lucerne Ave., has been va­cant for 10 years. The old Hum­ming­bird Ho­tel, a three-star site fea­tur­ing 24 rooms, wel­comed its last guest in 2008.

Each client will have his or her own se­cu­rity. The struc­ture will be shar­ing Dave’s Last Re­sort’s se­cu­rity com­pany, with the build­ing wired with cam­eras 24 hours a day.

“No cus­tomers can go to the back of the build­ing without an ap­point­ment,” said Dwyane Bar­rett, a real es­tate bro­ker at Ibero Prop­erty Man­age­ment and Real Es­tate Ser­vices and a prop­erty man­ager for Emerge Lake Worth. “It’s a place where if you come to see some­body, they’ll have to come out to see you.”

Richard Cruz, co-owner of Hum­ming­bird Part­ners, said rents will most likely range from $950 to $1,600 a month. The of­fices range from 110 to 250 square feet.

“This is go­ing to be great for the city and the sur­round­ing busi­nesses, es­pe­cially the restau­rants,” he said.

Maranges said Hum­ming­bird Part­ners bought the site for $500,000 in Fe­bru­ary 2017. There have been too many un­pre­dictable in­ci­dents with a 97-year-old struc­ture, he said.

“It’s not like a new build­ing,” he said. “These ren­o­va­tions take a lot longer. The ar­chi­tect puts it on pa­per and it looks great until you go in there and you see you can’t do it.”

For in­stance, Maranges said the elec­tri­cal plans have wires go­ing through one section and the AC plans have ducts go­ing through the same section.

“You can’t have both of them in the same ex­act spot,” he said. “So we have to go back to the ar­chi­tect and en­gi­neer and rer­oute ev­ery­thing and fig­ure it out af­ter that. That’ll take an­other three to four days. We’ve had a num­ber of those in­ci­dents, but that’s nor­mal stuff, es­pe­cially for a re­model.”

But the project, Maranges said, has been a joy.

“It’s the chal­lenge of do­ing what we’ve done and work­ing with a 97-year-old build­ing and bring­ing it into the 21st cen­tury,” he said. “I’m grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity and it’s been a lot of fun.”

KEVIN D. THOMP­SON / THE PALM BEACH POST

The own­ers of Emerge Lake Worth, the new 23-of­fice build­ing, still plan to open in Novem­ber.

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