New Project to Remodel Miami's Design District to Exclusive Promenade

Miami's Design Destrict will receive a fashionable transformation into a luxury promenade with cafes, plazas and fashion stores.

By Solsiree Skarlinsky
|  Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012  |  Updated 1:28 PM EDT
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A rendering of a pedestrian passageway for the new Design District makeover in Miami.

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Miami's Design District will get a fashion-forward makeover.

Developer Craig Robins, chief executive officer and president of DACRA real estate, plans to turn the Design District into a posh retail destination.

According to The Miami Herald, the promenade will comprise of four blocks of luxury fashion shops, cafes, and plazas. The neighborhood will be drenched in green, with sod-covered rooftops and scattered trees to provide sufficient shade at the plazas.

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The project is being developed with partner L Real Estate, a French investment fund backed by luxury connoisseur Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. 

The passageways of the project would function as a public street that exclusively serves pedestrians. It would be embedded at both ends by a new plaza and two department stores. The new promenade requires four new parking garages, two of them will be underground to keep the scale of the sidewalk leveled.

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The blueprint was submitted to the city last week by DACRA. It was created by Duany Plater-Zyberk, a Miami firm. The draft makes extra space for a hotel and up to 100 units of housing on the west side of Northeast First Avenue at 39th Street.

The entirety of the project was made to fit within the low-scale character of the district. Existing buildings would be preserved and supplemented with extra design.

This $312 million dollar project has already begun within the current laws and codes.

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