awaits OK for hotels at North Miami Beach site
Florida Inc. is targeting 4 acres of the North Miami Beach Village
project for two hotels, one of which will be a conference center.
approval for the hotels could come within 90 days and construction
could begin in early 2001, according to Robert Shapiro, Lefmark's
chief operating officer.
hotel will provide a major service to residents, visitors, house businessmen
and tourists," he said. "It will be first-class accommodations,
which is not available in North Miami Beach."
total of 300 guest rooms are envisioned in the two- and five-story
buildings located at 16375 Biscayne Blvd. The mixed-use project also
includes retail stores and restaurants on a total of 11 acres.
restaurants, Romano's Macaroni Grill and On the Border, opened in
February. Hop's Bar & Grill and an ABC Liquor store are slated to
open in September on the south side of the property.
Shapiro said several developers are interested in building the hotels,
but he would not name them. Little interest was shown in a high-rise
office complex previously envisioned.
$30 million project, bordered by the Oleta River to the east and by
Snake Creek Canal to the north, is behind schedule because it included
filling a half-acre of wetlands on the site, Mr. Shapiro said. Some
of the property was once used for disposal of waste material, according
to the Department of Environmental Resources.
get a green light for the project from Miami-Dade County, Mr. Shapiro
said, Lefmark agreed to preserve and maintain high-quality mangrove
wetlands on the north, east and south sides of the property through
a conservation easement with the South Florida Water Management District
and a restrictive covenant with the county.
Shapiro said Lefmark is also adding a bay walkway along the edge of
the North Miami Beach Village project, other area Lefmark projects
in Miami include the development of the Kendall Mall, 107th Avenue
and Kendall Drive, and renovation of an Uptons store to a Borders
addition, Mr. Shapiro said, Lefmark redeveloped a $20 million, 100,000-square-foot
shopping plaza at Kendall Drive and Southwest 132nd Avenue and a $15
million shopping plaza at Campbell Drive and South Dixie Highway in
Homestead with Walgreens, Hollywood Video and Ruby Tuesday as anchors.