Colliers International South Florida Appointed to Lead Retail Leasing at L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center in Fort Lauderdale

YMCA of South Florida to celebrate groundbreaking on its newest state-of-the-art facility on November 15

FORT LAUDERDALE (Nov. 13, 2019) – On the heels of a transformative redevelopment of the historic Sistrunk neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale’s Village District, Colliers International South Florida is proud to announce that the YMCA of South Florida has appointed Vice Chairman of Institutional Investor Services Kenneth M. Krasnow and Senior Associate Brooke Berkowitz of Colliers’ Institutions Solutions division, to lead retail leasing efforts at the state-of-the-art L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center, its newest facility in Fort Lauderdale. The facility will celebrate its groundbreaking on November 15 at 10a.m.

“We are thrilled to represent the YMCA of South Florida in their newest project, especially during Fort Lauderdale’s renaissance and transformation into a complete destination for visitors and residents to truly enjoy and thrive in,” said Krasnow. “Our team looks forward to working with the YMCA to help navigate the intricacies of retail leasing that will further create the community-driven facility they envision and that will be a positive catalyst and gathering place for people in the community.”

Located in the heart of a robust high-growth region at 1409 N.W. Sistrunk Boulevard, the L.A. Lee YMCA will offer approximately 7,300 total square feet of prime ground floor retail spanning across seven suites and ranging from 825 square feet to 1,588 square feet each. The site is located in the booming neighborhood of Progresso Village, directly west of Flagler Village, the highly anticipated redeveloped neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale’s Urban Core. The site features an abundance of street level and dedicated parking and is just minutes from Downtown, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale International Airport, I-95, Florida’s Turnpike, Port Everglades and Virgin Trains.

Ushering in a holistic approach to community health and poised to serve as an oasis, the L.A. Lee YMCA will create a sense of place and is poised to become a destination. The facility will provide a modern grassroots approach to programs, services, and amenities and will additionally ensure career opportunities while driving the economic development in the community. The facility will include a pool, gym, co-working spaces, preschool, youth center as well as Broward College.

Focused on transforming the YMCA with fully modernized and enjoyable spaces and offerings, the YMCA of South Florida will additionally build a second facility at Holiday Park, where the Florida Panthers practice facility will be located, as well as the renovated Parker Playhouse. The facility will also incorporate City improvements. Recently, the YMCA of South Florida opened a new facility in Hallandale Beach.

The L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center is slated to open in December 2020. With its robust knowledge of the Fort Lauderdale market and Community Reinvestment Acts (CRA’s), Colliers’ Public Institutions Solutions division is uniquely equipped to represent the YMCA of South Florida. The division is comprised of veteran real estate professionals with specific experience in their markets, communities and the public institution industry. Colliers’

Florida Public Institutions Solutions team understands how to chart a path to successful execution and apply a team approach, leveraging the depth and experience of Colliers’ large and diverse global platform.

For more information, please e-mail Ken Krasnow at or Brooke Berkowitz at

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Cristina Bermudez

Communications Manager

As Communications Manager, I oversee external and internal communications and social media initiatives for Colliers' South Florida offices.

With 10 years of experience in both South Florida and New York across various industries including commercial and residential real estate, architecture and design, banking/finance, law, fashion and lifestyle, my background enables me to provide strategic insight when promoting, positioning and maintaining brands and organizations.

Previously, I served as Account Director for Kreps DeMaria PR + Marketing where I represented commercial and residential real estate clients including Christie's International Real Estate, EWM Realty, The Allen Morris Company, Monument Capital Management and Metropica, among others.

Prior to that, I worked at Rubenstein Associates and HL Group  in New York representing clients such as Douglas Elliman, Related Companies, Extell Development, Toll Brothers, Equity Residential, Tavistock, Stribling & Associates, Savills Studley, Richard LeFrak, The William Kaufman Organization and Rudin Management Company. 

I began my career in the editorial industry having worked at Women's Wear Daily, O, The Oprah Magazine, VOGUE and Seventeen magazines after earning my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami.

Active in the community, I enjoy volunteering at various organizations and the arts including Junior League of Miami, ASPCA and Ronald McDonald House, among others.

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