Following the City of South Miami Commission decisive vote on June 2, 2020 to unanimously approve the redevelopment of the parcel where is situated the Winn Dixie market on SW 73 Street, the ownership team of Helios Capital and AvalonBay Communities, Inc. has been fully engaged in bringing the project online. The COVID-19 pandemic has set the planning back by two or three months.
The height of the project is 118.5’, providing for 248 residential units, parking for 399 vehicles and a 32,800 sq.ft. market.
The City’s Environmental Review and Preservation Board (ERPB) upon review of the schematic design has given some preliminary feedback to the developers who are responding to their recommendations. AvalonBay Communities team has developed a more efficient use of space in the market area and with their expertise the final product will be masterfully considered.
The entire design team has been brought on board, and the architectural firm of Corwill has retained all the design professionals. Engineering and MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) are in preparation for submission. As of mid-February, the General Contractor has yet to be retained.
The remaining question: what market will be chosen to occupy the 32,800 sq.ft.? A decision on the selection of the grocer in anticipated by the end of March. There have been many companies, and some outside of Florida who have been inquiring about the project.
In our next issue coming out this summer, we expect to have that question answered with more information and a detailed schedule for demolition and construction.
(see SOMI Magazine, XVI, No. 1 for background on the proposed redevelopment).
The prized parcel fronting US1 as noted in our SOMI Strong Together Update (02/04/2021) was acquired on December 31, 2020 by Alex Vadia, a local developer who put together the popular Miami Mid-town development.
Over the past several weeks Mr. Vadia has met with city officials to ascertain their interests for the development. In acquiring the site, he has development rights which accrue to the property, notably 414 residential apartments in two (2) buildings and a 182-room hotel.
It is certainly curious how the new owner will consider his options going forward. SOMI Magazine anticipates to inform our readership in the summer edition as to the revitalization plans for Sunset Place.