Florida Construction News staff writer
Southplace City Centre, an 80-acre, $1 billion redevelopment will be one of the largest projects of its kind in the Southeast.
A “city within a city” will be built with more than 4,000 residential units, 500,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space at the existing mall.
The project design team includes economic advisors Florida Economic Advisors, retail consultants CPH, master planner/designer MSA Architects Inc., landscape planner Insite Studio and civil/traffic engineer Kimley Horn.
A phased redevelopment project to be completed over seven years will create a self-contained community with green space, bike and golf cart trails, walking trails, a trolley system. Ground-breaking on the first residential building is expected in mid-2023 and construction will be completed in 18 months.
“We’re delighted to work with the Town of Cutler Bay and its residents to breathe new life into a property that has been underutilized for decades, and in so doing, create thousands of new jobs, as well as help alleviate the housing crunch facing many Miami-Dade residents today,” said Ron Gaither, chief development officer of Electra America.
“Southplace City Center will provide a wide range of market-rate housing options, and its location close to major thoroughfares and mass transit, yet away from residential communities, minimizes traffic and facilitates the use of public transportation – two key priorities for this community.”
Retail and restaurant spaces will be located around a series of man-made lakes and open spaces; a new specialty grocer, a 150-key hotel, and 60,000 sq. ft. of medical office space; and a terraced community amphitheater/bandshell.
The plan also calls for a new vehicular entrance directly off U.S. 1, a large fountain and extensive green space, along with a pedestrian bridge connecting the community to the new bus rapid transit stop. The entire community will feature bike and golf cart paths, pedestrian walking trails, and trolley stops to minimize the use of cars.