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Berger Commercial Realty’s Stephen Hyatt Reps Lighthouse Of Broward In Purchase Of New HQ Building

Berger Commercial Realty/Corfac International Senior Vice President Stephen Hyatt represented Lighthouse of Broward in the purchase of the former Brightstar Credit Union Headquarters located at 5901 Del Lago Circle in Sunrise.

Brightstar Credit Union sold the 23,185-square-foot building, which served as its executive offices, for $6,200,000. The 2002-built building is situated on 2.02 acres. Brightstar recently relocated to a new 70,318-square-foot headquarter office in Cooper City, Florida.

The newly purchased building will serve as Lighthouse of Broward’s administrative offices and training center for the blind and visually impaired.

Chris Wood with CBRE and Zach Wendelin, who is now with JLL, represented Brightstar in the transaction.

Hyatt negotiated the sale of the Lighthouse of Broward‘s building located at 650 North Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and attorney George Moraitis of Moraitis, Cofar, Karney, Moraitis & Quailey handled all legal review. Both Moraitis and Hyatt represented Lighthouse of Broward, the preeminent nonprofit in Broward County serving the blind and visually impaired, in the pro bono transaction. The transaction of the ±11,125-square-foot office property, located on a highly visible corner in the heart of the booming Flagler Village area, closed February 22, 2023. The buyer paid $12,650,000 for the property.

“Because of the very successful sale of its downtown location, Lighthouse of Broward County was able to acquire a high-quality, fully-furnished headquarters twice the size of its current location for half the price in a more centralized location to better serve all of Broward County,” commented Hyatt. “The remaining funds will be used for minor renovations with the bulk of the additional proceeds placed in an endowment to fund future services for the blind and visually impaired.”

Lighthouse of Broward President and CEO Ellyn Drotzer, MSW, LCS added that the larger, more accessible space has will enable the organization to connect with additional members of the community who face vision issues.

“This is an amazing opportunity to help more people who are blind and visually impaired become more independent and productive through specialized rehabilitation, life skills training and employment opportunities,” said Drotzer.  “Our new space will accommodate robust programming, additional learning opportunities and more space for client socialization.  We look forward to moving into our new building next year and are grateful to both Steve and the Berger team for their expertise, and George Moraitis for his stellar legal services.”




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