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Chef Hutson opens new restaurant concept in Miami

BY Michael Fickes

Miami — Executive chef and owner Cindy Hutson plans to open a new restaurant concept called Zest in the 30,000-sq.-ft. plaza of Miami’s 1.2-million-sq.-ft. Southeast Financial Center office building. It will be her second restaurant brand following the well-regarded Ortanique, which has locations in Miami, and the Cayman Islands.

The 3,500-sq.-ft. Zest will feature a centralized, open concept kitchen and al fresco dining for 75 guests. Zest will also offer a private dining room for up to 30 guests. The private dining room can be seen through the glass walls of the restaurant’s wind cellar.

Zest will join other Southeast Financial Center plaza tenants including The Newsstand Café by Books & Books, Spris and The Cheese Course.

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KeyPoint Partners earns three new assignments

BY Michael Fickes

Burlington, Mass. — KeyPoint Partners has added three new property management and leasing assignments to its portfolio. The firm will manage and lease Walnut Hill Plaza, a 298,000-sq.-ft. retail center in Woonsocket, R.I., and Summit Square, a 133,900-sq.-ft.-retail center in Warwick, R.I.

In addition, KeyPoint will manage the 97,000-sq.-ft. Harbor Village in Townsend, Mass.

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Ross Dress for Less signs into Seattle’s Ballard Blocks

BY Michael Fickes

Seattle — Ross Dress for Less plans to open a new 35,000-sq.-ft. store at Ballard Blocks shopping center in Seattle, next year.

The 131,000-sq.-ft. Ballard Blocks is a LEED Silver Certified urban mixed-use retail and office project located next to the Ballard Bridge off-ramp and NW Ballard Way where more than 70,000 cars pass daily. The project has 525 parking stalls on site with an additional 50 spaces on the street.

Current tenants include LA Fitness, Trader Joe’s, Seattle Suntan, Gymboree, Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, United Studios of Self Defense, UPS, Ballard Bridge Café, Top Pot Doughnuts, Ballard Labs and Kitterman Marketing Group, Inc.

Ballard Blocks is currently undergoing a renovation that will add new merchants, cafes, a water feature, canopy lighting, hand-fabricated furnishings for an urban living room and lush, seasonal landscaping. Hewitt Seattle developed the enhancements in collaboration with LMN Architects. Marian Built designed and is building the handcrafted furnishings. Lighting design is by Luma with Turnstone Construction providing the water feature; Studio SC, the environmental graphics; and structural engineering services from Bykonen Carter Quinn.

The Ross deal will raise Ballard Blocks occupancy rate to 93% with approximately 10,000 sq. ft. remaining at street level for restaurant and retail uses.

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