Four tenants on deck for Lake Worth offices
Goal is to open Nov. 15, but that date is in question.
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.”
The owners of Emerge Lake Worth, the new 23-office building, still plan to open in November.