Meckena Enterprise is a commercial real estate developer. You recently joined Meckena and your position reports directly to Lina Cole, the CEO. When you meet Lina for the first time, she asks you to work on a project that has to be completed in about a week.Lina tells you that Meckena is thinking about leasing a parcel of land to build a shopping center. Meckena would own and operate the shopping center and generate revenue by renting space to retailers. Lina would like you to do some work on the project. Specifically, she would like you to complete the following tasks:1. Determine the optimal size of the shopping center (to the nearest 100 square meters)based on existing estimates of the demand for retail space.2. Determine the most Meckena should be willing to pay to lease the land for the expected life ofthe project.3. Calculate the profit under each possible demand curve with the optimum size of the shoppingcenter.4. Determine if it is worth hiring a local consultant, Roland Thomas, to do some additional marketresearch that would provide a better estimate of the demand for retail space.5. Write a short report summarizing the results of your analysis and any recommendations.Lina also informs you that Bob Devine, a former Meckena employee, did some preliminary work on the project, but left the organization before wrapping things up. Lina says that you should have complete confidence in any work Bob did on the project and that you should use his findings and assumptions as a starting point for your analysis. In fact, Lina has reviewed Bob’s notes and quickly summarizes the key information she thinks you’ll need for your analysis.Specifically, she tells you that:?Bob thought the shopping center would take one year to build and would last 20 years. He estimated that it would cost $100 per square meter to build and that the annual operations and maintenance costs would be $1 per square meter of floor space.?Bob thought that the parcel of land would be large enough to build a shopping center with as much as 60,000 square meters of retail space. He also thought that Meckena should make a one time upfront payment to lease the parcel of land for the expected 20-year life of the project.?Bob thought the amount retailers in the shopping center would be willing to pay per square meter of floor space would be a decreasing function of the total size of the shopping center. Bob did some initial work estimating the likely relationship between what tenants would be willing to pay for retail space and the size of the shopping center. Specifically, he thought there was a 50% chance the true relationship would be:r = 60 – 0.001sand a 50% chance that the true relationship would ber = 50 – 0.001swhere r is the rental rate per square meter of floor space and s is the total size of the shopping center in square meters. Furthermore, Bob was going to assume that once the shopping center had been built, the realized relationship between r and s would remain unchanged for the next 20 years.Bob was planning to ignore discount rates and the time value of money in his initial evaluation of the project. He was going to treat all of the project’s costs and benefits equally no matter when they occurred in the life of the project; that is, he was going to treat a $1 cost incurred (or revenue received) at the start of the project the same as a $1 cost incurred (or revenue received) during any other year of the project’s life. At this point, you tell Lina that doing this could lead to misleading conclusions about the real value of the project and how much Meckena should be willing to pay to lease the land. Lina agrees, but says she thinks this approach is good enough for a preliminary evaluation. ?Bob had contacted a local consultant, Roland Thomas, who could do some additional market research to accurately forecast which of the demand curves (i.e., r = 60 – 0.001s or r = 50 – 0.001s) would actually be realized if the shopping center was built. Bob was trying to find out if it was worth hiring Roland at all, and if he could be hired then what was the maximum consulting fee that Meckena should offer. a shopping center that is sized optimally for the demand curve that Roland identifies in his report. For example, if Roland’s report says that the demand curve will be r = 60 – 0.001s then Meckena will build a shopping center that is optimally sized for that demand curve. Similarly, if Roland’s report says that the demand curve will be r = 50 – 0.001s, then Meckena will build a shopping center that is optimally sized for that demand curve. Nonetheless, a decision to hire Roland does not affect the fact that there is still a 50% chance that the demand will actually turn out to be r = 60 – 0.001s and a 50% chance that the demand curve will actually turn out to ber = 50 – 0.001s)Lina also makes it clear that Meckena Enterprise should be considered as risk-neutral. After briefing you on Bob’s findings, Lina wishes you luck and says she looks forward to reading your report in a week’s time. She tells you that the main body of the report must be short (i.e., 600 words at most excluding the title page and any appendices), to the point, and not overly technical. Nevertheless, your conclusions and recommendations must be based on a rigorous analysis of the available information and you should provide a concise summary of any technical details in anappendix. Lina also tells you to be explicit about any important limitations your analysis might have. Finally, Lina tells you that she likes her reports to be broken up into sections with sensible and self-explanatory headings as below.Assumptions and ScopeIf something in the solution that is unclear or contradictory, state your interpretation as an assumption.Major IssuesThese are what you are going to address in your analysis and recommendations. Clearly identify what you regard as the major issues and why you think they are important. AnalysisRigorously analyze the issues you have identified. Base your arguments on data in the case. Demonstrate your critical thinking ability, creativity, and insight, as well as appropriate use of the tools provided in the text or in previous courses. Every issue you identify should be carefully explored in light of the available qualitative and quantitative data. Make the rigor of your thinking evident without overwhelming your reader. Your analysis must support your conclusions and recommendations.ConclusionsClearly explain what you conclude from the results of your analysis and why. If some of your conclusions are speculative or depend on assumptions, make that clear. Your conclusions should be supported by your analysis.Recommendations
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