Multifamily Development in Plantation Breaks Ground

Merrimac Ventures, a South Florida-based development firm, recently began construction on Merrimac Plantation, a new multifamily development at 1711 N. University Drive. The property will encompass 293,945 square feet with 306 rental apartments across two six-story midrise buildings. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023.

Apartments will range from one to three-bedroom layouts. Each unit will include modern stainless-steel appliances, high-end European cabinetry, quartz countertops, and smart locks and thermostats. Amenities at the facility feature a double-height lobby, club room, pool, covered terrace, barbecue grilling stations, two exterior courtyards, fitness center, a co-working and business center with private offices and conference rooms. A resident ‘hangout’ lounge, dog park and dog spa, electric vehicle charging stations and Wi-Fi connectivity are also available throughout the property.

“Once completed, Merrimac Plantation will meet [the] growing demand for market-rate rental housing in Central Broward County, which is experiencing an influx of new residents drawn to the area’s accessible location, appealing quality of life, and proximity to several major employers,” says Nitin Motwani, Managing Partner of Merrimac Ventures.

Merrimac Plantation will sit adjacent to the Plantation Midtown Business District, an 860-acre master-planned development featuring 2.5 million square feet of retail and restaurants with 3 million square feet of office space. It is also close to Plantation Pointe Office Park, the Westside Regional Medical Center and the Plantation Walk mixed-use redevelopment.

In addition to Merrimac Plantation, real estate developments in the Merrimac Ventures’ portfolio include the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale Beach; Riverfront East, a new mixed-use development underway in downtown Fort Lauderdale; the recently opened Flagler Village Hotel and an approved 27-story, 92-unit luxury condominium tower along the beachfront in Pompano Beach, among others.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.