Happening People: Nitin Motwani

Growing up in the hotel business, Nitin Motwani didn’t want to follow his dad’s footsteps and chose investment banking. But soon, he says, he found his passion for real estate after seeing how his parents’ vision helped transformed Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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Nitin Motwani

He returned to Florida and met investors with a big idea for a complex comprised of hotels, retail and entertainment venues in downtown Miami that is to become Miami Worldcenter. The group seeks to revitalize Park West – an area of downtown that has been long-neglected and in desperate need of change – with this ten-block mixed-use project envisioned as a global destination. Miami Worldcenter’s first phase will bring world-class retail, residential towers, pedestrian promenades, public spaces, and a best-in-class expo center and hotel to downtown Miami.

Nitin Motwani has served as the Managing Principal of Miami Worldcenter since 2006. In this role, he has overseen the pre-development of a $2 billion mixed-use real estate project located in the heart of downtown Miami, Florida. Encompassing 27 acres of retail, residential and hotel uses, Miami Worldcenter is the largest urban development project underway in Miami and among the largest in the U.S. Mr. Motwani is responsible for every facet of the project, including land acquisition, zoning and entitlements, financing (public and private), joint ventures and development planning.

But real estate isn’t the only job keeping Mr. Motwani busy. He’s involved in the community, including as a board member of the Miami Downtown Development Authority where he is the chair of both the economic development and marketing committees. He is a Co-Chair of Operation Hope for Haiti and serves on the board of University of Miami’s Real Estate program. He is also a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Beacon Council. Nationally, he is a member of both the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Mr. Motwani has been recognized as Young Leader of the Year by the Urban Land Institute, a “Top 40 under 40 professional” by the South Florida Business Journal, and a Power Leader in Commercial Real Estate by the South Florida Business Journal.

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