Stephen Owens leads Swire Properties as it advances on massive Brickell CitiCentre, looks to other development
Leading Swire Properties' US development, Stephen Owens is responsible for the most-talked-of portion of the Brickell area's changing skyline.
Mr. Owens has been with Swire 34 years and is a leading South Florida developer, having spearheaded the development of Brickell Key.
Under his leadership, Swire will soon break ground on its latest project, Brickell CitiCentre, a 9-acre mixed-use complex that Mr. Owens says will transform urban Miami.
"This is the concept that we have used in other projects and major cities in Asia, and it's been a game-changing development," he said. "Not only is it a large development, its impact is [going to] balance the neighborhood. We're not just developing larger projects, we're changing communities, and Brickell CitiCentre will do that."
The project encompasses office space, more than 400 residential units, a hotel, underground parking and about 139,000 square feet of retail. Mr. Owens said it has been designed with traffic in mind and will not introduce new net traffic to already-congested Brickell.
"The backbone of the design of this project is about traffic," he said. "The project is in response to the most comprehensive traffic study that we've undertaken. It starts with traffic, it ends with traffic, and our efforts to bring in the best professionals to address traffic have been fundamental since the beginning."
The project will also incorporate public transportation by integrating the Metromover parcels near Eighth Street into a mixed-use building.
Besides the development of CitiCentre, Swire is looking to add a condominium next to the Mandarin Oriental, Miami hotel on Brickell Key and plans to push a large development in urban Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Owens said no timeline is set for those projects.
Mr. Owens detailed the Brickell CitiCentre project with Miami Today staff writer Patricia Hoyos at his Brickell Key office.
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