Monty’s new lease in Coconut Grove on ballot
Written by John Charles Robbins on October 31, 2017
A popular waterfront venue in Coconut Grove that anchors several small businesses and a marina is looking to gain a long lease extension and make millions in improvements.
The land is owned by the City of Miami and a lease amendment or extension requires the approval of city voters at referendum.
It is one of several ballot proposals on city ballots in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, General Election.
For the city, the changes would mean additional rent revenue and improvements to the property at 2550 S Bayshore Drive, anchored by Monty’s Raw Bar & Restaurant.
On July 27, city commissioners approved ballot language to extend the Aligned Bayshore Marina LLC (Monty’s) lease, which would be accomplished through a charter amendment.
The official ballot wording is:
“Shall Miami’s Charter be amended to extend Aligned Bayshore Marina, LLC’s (“Monty’s”) Lease, requiring Commission to waive competitive bidding, under these terms:
32-year lease extension plus two 10-year options;
Monty’s to pay the City $10,000,000.00 in additional rent or an additional 1.75% of gross revenues, whichever is greater, but no less than $1,500,000.00 per year beginning in 2019; and
Monty’s contributes $7,500,000.00 in property improvements and a minimum of $4,000,000.00 for future improvements?”
The city charter requires that voters approve any sale or lease of city-owned waterfront land.
The proposed new lease says the tenant must make at least $7.5 million in improvements to the property within three years of voter approval of the lease amendment. City officials have noted that some of the improvements have already been made or begun.
The site includes Monty’s, a Starbucks, small shops and offices, and a marina.
The proposed lease would also create a capital account requiring a minimum additional investment to the property of $4 million over the amended lease term including renewal options. It would add a transfer fee if the property were transferred or assigned, and would include a refinancing fee should the property be refinanced after the initial refinancing.
Monty’s has been a longtime fixture of the Grove waterfront, and district Commissioner Ken Russell has commended the leaseholder’s willingness to make improvements even before approval of an extended lease.