Nearly two years after the South Miami voted against the redevelopment of Sunset Place, the city has now approved the proposal after a special commission meeting where the South Miami City Commission voted unanimously to approve ordinances that allow will give the go-ahead to the developers to revitalize the aging mall.Read More
Following the announcement that Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Fort Lauderdale is more than 50% sold, Miami-based development company Fort Partners celebrated the success and progress of the luxury development at an exclusive luncheon announcing their selection of Florida-based construction company Coastal Construction as the general contractor for the project.Read More
New renderings have been revealed of Plaza Coral Gables, the largest project to ever be built in Coral Gables, valued at over $600 million. Construction on the project, which was formerly proposed as Mediterranean Village by developer Ralph Sanchez, is currently underway after Phase 1 broke ground in Summer 2018.Read More
Miami Beach’s historic Seymour Hotel has sold for $2.2 million after being on the market for 5 weeks with a closing in just 30 days. Designed by famed art deco Architect B. Kingston Hall in 1936, the tropical art deco building features 17 rooms, 12,414 SF total, and is in the center of the nation’s only historic district composed entirely of twentieth-century structures.Read More
Aria Development Group, a New York and Miami-based real estate investment and development company, along with joint venture partner, AQARAT, one of Kuwait's leading real estate companies, has announced that YOTELPAD Miami is now 50% sold just six months after launching sales in June 2018.Read More
Property Markets Group, Greybrook Realty Partners and S2 Development have locked down a $33 million pre-construction loan which will be financed by the Miami-based BridgeInvest. The financing will be used to obtain final permits and approvals as well as market the property and launch sales of the residential luxury condominium component.Read More
The Related Group has sold the hotel component of SLS Brickell for $43 million to an entity managed by Francois Faber of Fiduciaire Fernand Faber, who has also signed an agreement with SBE for the continued management of the property.Read More
West Coconut Grove, one of the hottest neighborhoods for development in Miami that has seen a massive transformation over the past 3 years, will be getting a massive new mixed-use project on the Grand Avenue corridor. Metronomic is under contract to purchase a 12 property assemblage at 3280-3461 Grand Avenue for $25 million with a closing date set in mid-February 2019. Metronomic, led by Ricky Trinidad, has proposed a $74 million, 297,000 SF mixed-use development that would feature luxury apartments, affordable housing, retail, office space, community parks, public parking and a 44-key hotel. Trinidad hopes receive FAA approval to build a rooftop helipad. The project is designed by Pablo Burgos of Burgos Lanza & Associates and Carl Levin of CLAD Architects.
The project would be built in multiple phases with the first being Metronomic Place, which will feature a boutique office building and the hotel component at 3280 Grand Avenue. Metronomic expects to break ground on Metronomic Place before the end of 2018 after locking down a $6.8 million construction loan financed by Fuse Funding. Metronomic Place will rise 5-stories and will feature the 44-key hotel, 5,000 SF of Class A Office Space, 3,200 SF of ground floor retail. Phase 2 would begin in March after the closing and would include the build-out of the rest of the project to be completed within 2 years. Phase 2 will include 38 furnished micro units, 82 luxury apartments rentals and 40 affordable housing units along with a public area for farmers markets and stage for live performances.
Bel-Invest’s Zyscovich Architects-designed Wynwood Quarter project has been revealed as the developer has submitted plans for the first building for review by the Wynwood Design Review Committee.Read More
In the highly anticipated election on Tuesday night, Miami Beach residents approved the construction of an 800-room convention center hotel. The referendum needed a 60 percent vote in order to lease public land from the city and passed at 64 percent in its third attempt to bring a headquarter hotel to Miami. The hotel will be built on a city-owned parking lot adjacent to the newly renovated convention center.
The previous attempt in 2016 failed due to concerns over the size, originally twice as large as the current proposal, and traffic congestion. The tourism bureau estimates Miami Beach lost at least $250 million in economic revenue over the last several years because it was unable to accommodate larger scale conventions.
South Beach resident Andres Montejo, 43, said that the convention center hotel was one of the issues that drove him to the polls. Montejo, a businessman who travels frequently for work, said that the other cities he visits already have hotels connected to their convention centers.
“A convention center is great, but without a hotel it’s just another convention center,” he said after casting his ballot at Miami Beach Senior High School. “Anybody that travels ... you know that’s how the game works. It’s like that all over the world.”
Other residents, annoyed with the constant flow of construction and resulting noise and traffic in the area, decided to vote against the hotel.
The hotel will connect to the convention center via a pedestrian bridge and include a 53-foot podium containing parking, meeting spaces and ballrooms as well as two 185-foot-tall wings of hotel rooms. Voters authorized the lease and the construction of an 800-room hotel with a maximum height of 185 feet, but specifics of the hotel design will be evaluated by the city’s Design Review Board at a later date.
The group behind the proposal — Turnberry’s Jackie Soffer, Terra Group’s David Martin, Miami Design District developer Craig Robins and architecture firm Arquitectonica — emphasized that the hotel would be roughly 100 feet shorter than the previous proposal and include six times more space for cars to queue on the property so that they don’t spill onto the street.
“This is the right project for our city at the right time, and Jackie, Craig and I look forward to working with the community to deliver a hotel that will make Miami Beach proud,” said developer David Martin.
On a related ballot item, residents voted to earmark the guaranteed hotel rent payments for traffic reduction measures, stormwater projects and education initiatives, rather than sending the money to the city’s general fund where it could be used for a broader range of expenses.
According to the terms of the lease agreement, the hotel will have to pay Miami Beach either fixed rent totaling $16.6 million over the first 10 years or a percentage of hotel revenue, whichever is greater. Miami Beach estimates that the city will also collect $96 million in taxes from the hotel over the next 30 years.
Article by: Katya Demina