Miami Design District Gets Zoning Approval to Expand

Miami’s Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board has approved an expansion plan for the Design District.

That means residential real estate, commercial buildings, and parking spaces are set to increase exponentially following development. The concept has been envisioned by Craig Robins and his firm, DACRA.

Design District is currently known for high-end retail and office buildings, and the new plan would convert it into a vibrant destination to live, work and play. It entails developing twelve parcels, one of which includes a 20-story condo along Biscayne Boulevard, according to the Associated Press. The VP of DACRA has also reported that these plans will not affect residents in the vicinity, and one of the biggest missions is to make the district more pedestrian-friendly.

During the meeting, residents expressed both advocacy and opposition to the project. However, one of the speakers reminded them that Craig Robins was instrumental for the overhaul of South Beach Miami a few years ago.

The approval summary includes:

  • Building upon Northeast 38th and 42nd streets on 21 acres of land
  • Developing luxury shops, cafes, and numerous green spaces
  • Development of a luxury hotel
  • The project’s budget is estimated to be $312M
  • Commercial space will be 1.3M SF
  • 489 Residential units will be constructed
  • Parking will be expanded from 1,181 to 3,752 SF

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Sources: Associated Press
Photo Credit: NBC Miami
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