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Constructa Seeks To Build Residential Instead Of Hotel Component At Brickell Village

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Written by on August 22, 2002

By Sherri C. Ranta
  six potential sites named for downtown miami convention center pollo tropical founder buys firehouse four lease for spanish restaurant, bar constructa seeks to build residential instead of hotel component at brickell village high-end hotels, hit by corporate cuts, to face more competition new wave of residential could complete neighborhood for brickell grocery-anchored shopping centers luring stock-weary investors miami’s recent movie-making role gets mixed reviews from civic leaders calendar of events fyi miami filming in miami front page about miami today put your message in miami today contact miami today job opportunities research our files the online archive order reprints constructa seeks to build residential instead of hotel component at brickell villageBy Sherri C. Ranta

Constructa’s Mary Brickell Village, like BVT Development Corp.’s Coral Station at Brickell Way, is dropping its hotel plans in favor of expanded residential components.

Planned to stretch along South Miami Avenue between Southwest Ninth and 10th streets, Constructa’s mixed-use project is awaiting new permits for a 382-unit residential piece. BVT’s Coral Station at Brickell Way, now billed as upscale rentals, was planned as a hotel on Southwest First Avenue at 13th Street.

Constructa’s change requires a permit change, delaying work originally planned to begin earlier this summer, said Philippe Labarre, project manager. Developers now hope work can begin in October.

Permits for the retail portion of Mary Brickell Village, which is to include a Publix and restaurants, are approved but lenders want all permits in place before proceeding, Mr. Labarre said.

Market forces have changed since plans for Mary Brickell Village were made three years ago, said George Giebel, Constructa senior vice president.

"Right now," he said, "market trends on Brickell favor multi-family."

"What’s surprising," said David Gray, director of Cushman & Wakefield’s real estate hospitality group, "is not who is dropping their hotel component, but who would go ahead and build a hotel on Brickell right now."

Lending for luxury hotels is at a standstill, he said. "The lenders are taking a cautious and conservative view."

Developers in the Brickell market added or planned 1,000 rooms during the past three years, Mr. Gray said. The existing JW Marriott and Mandarin Oriental hotels account for about 600, he said. Four Seasons and Espirito Santo Plaza, he said, will add about 400 more.

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