Walmart Adds Non-Walmart Retail Space To Miami Project
Walmart has filed an amended Class II Permit application with the City of Miami that adds an adjacent building with street-level retail space along Midtown Boulevard. Midtown Opportunities, LLC, an adjacent property owner, will develop the liner retail building, which will include more than 16,000 square feet of space designated for independently-operated shops and restaurants.
“Throughout this process, we have remained engaged with the surrounding community to discuss ways our plan could best serve local residents,” said Steven Restivo, senior director of community affairs for Walmart. “Our plan now allows for additional retail that will not only compliment our store but also offer customers more choices for their shopping needs. Plus, we think the opportunity to activate an empty parcel will add an additional economic boost to the surrounding area.”
The revised plan, which remains in line with the master-planned vision for Midtown Miami, will activate the now dormant stretch of Midtown Boulevard between northwest 31st street and northwest 29thstreet.
Created by global architecture firm Gensler, the design for the Walmart Supercenter will have glazed brick, metal canopies and awnings, and a glass storefront. Zyscovich Architects, the firm which created the master plan for Miami’s Midtown, has been engaged by Midtown Opportunities, LLC, to design the new retail liner project along Midtown Boulevard.
“The spirit of The Midtown Miami Master Plan has come alive with a variety of residential, commercial and retail establishments,” said Bernard Zyscovich, President and Managing Partner of Zyscovich Architects. “The new project designs will ensure that the urban character of the district will be retained with new shops along Midtown Boulevard that will incorporate a modern design.”
The Midtown Miami Walmart is projected to create about 400 construction jobs and 350 retail positions. The retail liner building will bring 4 to 6 new stores and/or restaurants. Pending City approval, a hiring center will open 90-120 days prior to the store tentatively opening in 2014.
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