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Sunset Place Refresh

 Sunset Place Refresh

The Shops at Sunset Place have been approved for a major redevelopment, receiving overwhelming support by merchants, property-owners, residents and city leadership pushing for the project since late 2017. In recent years, South Miami’s famed 1990s open-air mall hasn’t exactly evolved with the community and hasn’t been updated to keep in step with current retail trends. All that is set to change as half the existing mall will be demolished, kicking off a radical overhaul to revive the downtown area.

Commissioners unanimously approved the make-over spearheaded by a national developer, Federal Realty Investment Trust, that will include a public plaza with a band shell, amphitheater for live performances, cafes, expanded sidewalks, widened sidewalks and thick natural canopy of trees for pedestrians. A large portion of the existing space will also be replaced with up to three 17 story apartment and hotel towers along South Dixie. The inward facing style will also get a more contemporary about-face, opening up shops and restaurants to the street creating a lively urban space. The movie theaters and gym will remain though Barnes and Noble’s fate isn’t yet determined. 

Developers have agreed to include green energy components in the form of solar panels and energy saving roof coverings. The designers have also redesigned the exterior and new towers to have less of a “Brickell” feel while using glass that minimizes local bird crashes. Overall, project stakeholders have championed plans which respect open space and will be contributing over $1 million to a pedestrian bridge linking the shopping center to the Metrorail station across South Dixie. Parking has been accounted for by adding two stories to the mall’s garage, rather than an underground option which competed with a possible rising water table.

South Miami’s downtown has its roots in a sweetness, with community favorite Holsum Bakery which stood from 1934-1980s. The bakery enjoyed factory-like facilities, tempting locals with sweet aromas and fantastic Christmas displays. When more residents moved to the area, South Miami investors were determined to create a center for the community and opened the Bakery Centre with AMC Theatres as the main draw (site). The current Sunset Place then went live in 1999 with all-star brands like Niketown, Virgin records mega-store, a Ralph Lauren boutique, and Rainforest Cafe. But many of the anchors have since retreated and the area experienced a steady decline particularly in the face of new competition. Neighboring hubs like Wynwood, Midtown, and Lincoln Road have been better able to capitalize on their more urban appeal.

I look forward to this thoughtful and informed approach to community building in the growing South Miami. We await start dates for the overhaul, stay tuned as plans progress!

I have been selling real estate in our area since 1993 and have been a resident of Miami-Dade since 1969. I am consistently in the Top ½ of 1% of all agents nationwide based on total sales volume. Let my expertise work for you. Contact me for a private meeting and I will take care of the rest. The best way of reaching me is at (305) 444-7224 or you may email me at mauricio@miamisignaturehomes.com.


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