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MetLife's MetWest International Named Best Mixed-Use Project

MetLife's MetWest International Named Best Mixed-Use Project by NAIOP Tampa Bay; MetWest Development Manager Taylor & Mathis Wins Best Developer

TAMPA, FL – November 29, 2012 – MetWest International, MetLife’s 32-acre, mixed-use development, garnered two Best of the Best Awards this month from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

The development was named Best Mixed-Use Project while Taylor & Mathis earned Best Developer honors for a second time for their role in the project’s development. Taylor & Mathis handles office leasing, marketing and management responsibilities on behalf of MetLife.

"A key part of MetLife’s real estate investment strategy includes acquiring, retaining and maximizing the value of high-quality real estate assets in top-tier domestic and international markets, and MetWest International is a prime example,” said Chuck Davis, regional director of MetLife’s Tampa real estate investment office. “It has been extremely satisfying to see our plans for one of MetLife’s flagship developments come to fruition. MetLife has been active in the Tampa Bay real estate market for over 50 years and greatly values this recognition by our peers at NAIOP Tampa Bay.”

“We are honored to serve as the development manager for such a high-quality, well-planned mixed-use development,” stated Taylor & Mathis Managing Partner, Hank Brenner. “There really is nothing else like it in Tampa’s Westshore Business District.”

These most recent awards represent the fifth and sixth Best of the Best NAIOP Awards for MetWest International since it opened in 2009. MetWest One was awarded Outstanding Green Building/Project in 2010 and Outstanding Office Building in 2009 while the retail portion of the development was recognized as Outstanding Retail/Building Project in 2010. Developer Taylor & Mathis of Florida LLC also received Developer of the Year honors in 2009. NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate.