Following the successful closing of $32 million in financing from BB&T Bank, a partnership led by Miami-based Terra will break ground on construction next month at Mary Street, a new Class A office and retail complex in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. The Touzet Studio-designed project will transform a parking garage into 78,000 square feet of contemporary Class A office space with 18,000 square feet of retail space, while preserving public parking use. The mixed-use Mary Street office complex is the latest example of 'adaptive reuse' infill development in Miami. Construction is expected to begin in early August 2017 and be completed in late 2018. Mary Street is being developed in partnership with Mayfair Real Estate Advisors, and will mark the first delivery of new Class A office space in Coconut Grove in more than 20 years, following the completion of Terra's new Grove at Grand Bay condominium two blocks away. Mary Street, Grove at Grand Bay and Park Grove, a nearby three-tower luxury residential complex being developed by affiliates of Terra, represent a new wave of design-driven urban infill development reflecting Coconut Grove’s strong residential demographics and allure as one of South Florida's most walkable and self-contained urban neighborhoods.
Mary Street's Touzet Studio design will feature a terracotta brise soleil whose vertical patterns mirror the contours of a seashell, with transformed retail storefronts that will enhance visibility and accessibility from the street. The building’s amenities include a state-of-the-art main lobby, 24-hour security, ample above ground public and office parking, covered valet and drop-off, and dedicated elevators with direct office access. Electric car charging stations, bicycle stations and bicycle storage will be available for employees, owners and guests who travel by eco-friendly means. The development’s revamped retail, which will include prime street-level frontage along Mary, Oak and Rice Streets, will cater to chef-driven restaurants with café seating and unique retail serving Coconut Grove’s residents, visitors and daytime workforce. The retail component will connect the luxury residential corridor along South Bayshore Drive with the neighborhood’s urban heart concentrated along Grand Avenue and Main Highway.
“Our ability to secure favorable construction financing for Mary Street speaks to the promising office market dynamics in Coconut Grove, the project's superior location, and the surge of interest we've received among prospective tenants within months of unveiling our plans,” said David Martin, president and co-founder of Terra.