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As Coral Gables endures potentially transformative urban development, this article offers an overview of the various building projects currently under the city government’s consideration. Derived from developer submissions and under the scrutiny of various boards and building authorities, the information presented here serves as a window into the evolving architectural and urban landscape of Coral Gables. It is important to note that Gables Insider maintains an objective stance, neither endorsing nor opposing any specific project detailed herein. This piece is not intended to predict the eventual realization of these proposals, as each is in a unique stage of development and subject to ongoing review and potential alterations. Our aim is to provide a clear, unbiased portrayal of the proposals as they stand, based on the latest data available from the city authorities as provided by the applicants. There are additional projects current under review, the review here is just a few of the currently pending projects.
“The Mark” located at 1250 South Dixie Highway:
The property located at 1250 S. Dixie Hwy, is the current site of the University Shopping Center. The site is approximately 3.2 acres in size and is bounded by U.S. 1, Madruga Avenue, and Mariposa Court. The fourth side abuts property owned by the University of Miami on which there is a high rise (150 ft.+) office building.
The applicant is proposing a mixed-use project that will include retail, restaurant and live work units on the ground floor and multi-family residential apartment units above. The design plans call for two mid-rise buildings housing a total of 396 units connected with a bridge at the 5th floor. The unit sizes will include 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units. Parking and building support services will all be internalized with no parking spaces visible from the exterior of buildings.
The architectural style will be Mediterranean with a landscaped public paseo approximately 19,000 sq. ft. that will separate the buildings of the ground level and provide access for the surrounding neighborhood to the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 1- accessing the University Metrorail Station and the University of Miami.
Front View provided by applicant:
730 Coral Way:
The Property is located South of Coral Way and the Granada Golf Course. The Property is comprised of a lot size consisting of approx. 15,461 square feet. The Applicant is proposing to redevelop the existing 4-story 11-unit condominium building that was originally constructed in 1986 with a new 16-story 14-unit residential project in accordance with the Property’s underlying MF4 Zoning District regulations. The new project will provide enhanced amenity space for its future residents and new landscape areas along Coral Way and throughout the Property with a ground level pedestrian and vehicular plaza.
719 Biltmore Way:
The Property is 11,981.3 square feet in size (.275 acres) and is located mid-block on the north side of Biltmore Way between Cardena Street and Anderson Road. Pursuant to the City’s Zoning Map, the Property is zoned MF4. The proposed project will consist of nine (9) residential units, 29,929 square feet of floor area, 20 parking spaces in an enclosed garage, 2,996 square feet of open space, and a roof deck with a pool area, in a 12 story building with a maximum height of 147.5 feet (the “Project”). No variances are being requested for this Project.
301 Madeira Avenue:
The proposed project referred to as “301-341 Madeira” is a multi-family project with ground floor live/work units and is located in the North Ponce area on Madeira, between Salzedo and Le Jeune Road. The property was occupied by four 1920’s apartment buildings, two mid-century apartment buildings, and vacant land. It consists of twenty-one platted lots, totaling approximately 64,474 square feet (1.43 acres). The proposed building consists of 9 live-work units on the ground level, 135 residential units on upper levels, 227 parking spaces onsite, with a 5,270 sq. ft. public park area located to the side of the building. The proposed building height is 9-stories at 100 feet. This project was already approved by the Commission.
130 Almeria Avenue:
The Property is generally located at the southeast corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Almeria Avenue. The Property consists of approximately 30,767 +/- square feet or 0.706 +/- acres. The Property is currently improved with a two-story commercial building, a one story commercial building, and with surface parking facilities along Almeria Avenue, and a surface parking lot at the northwest corner of Sevilla Avenue and Galiano Street. The Applicant seeks to redevelop the Property with a 13-story mixed use project containing approximately four (4) live/work units and 122 upper-level residential units with a rooftop deck including ancillary amenity space (the “Project”). The Project has been designed to include the redevelopment of a portion of the Property (130, 152 and 160 Almeria Avenue) with ground floor, live/work units to activate the Almeria frontage with neighborhood friendly, commercial uses that complement the existing office and commercial uses along Ponce de Leon Boulevard. The proposed Project also entails the preservation of the three-story building at 2701 Ponce de Leon Boulevard and the creation of an approximately 12,500 square foot public park at 103 Sevilla Avenue. Additionally, the Project includes approximately 187 parking spaces within the proposed parking structure to serve the existing and proposed uses.
110 Phoenetia Avenue
The project is a 9-story mixed-use building consisting of 177 residential units, 16 ground floor live-work units, 5,500 square feet of educational space for the Crystal Academy, 340 internalized parking spaces and a rooftop amenities deck. Units will come in one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans ranging between 825 and 1,249 square feet; the duplex live-work units will span 1,468 square feet.
The development site is located in the Douglas Section of the City, positioned along East Ponce de Leon Boulevard, bound by Phoenetia Avenue on the North, Antilla Avenue on the South and Galiano Street on the East. The 1.47-acre property is comprised of 10 lots spanning approximately 64,337 square feet, currently designated for Religious/Institutional land use.
Side view of the Crystal Project:
3808-3850 SW 8th St:
The Property is located South of SW 8th Street. The Property contains approximately 36,000 +/- square feet or .8264 +/- acres of land and is currently improved with two (2) 1-story commercial buildings and a surface parking lot. The Property is currently designated Commercial, High-Rise Intensity pursuant to the City’s Future Land Use Map with a corresponding Mixed Use 3 (MX3) zoning designation. The Applicant seeks the approval of an 11-story, mixed use development containing approximately 11,530 +/- square feet of ground floor commercial space, 7,241 +/- square feet of office use and 103 upper level residential units.
Current view of the Property: