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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Florentine Plaza to become 'The Grove MIA' ?

Florentine Plaza has plans for a make-over, but it's not finalized, yet they are already scouting for tenants.

The current plans for the complex to be called "The Grove MIA" doesn't appear to be adding a high rise. The current Mediterranean style of the building will be preserved, but modernized. At the rear of the complex, where the parking lot is now, will be Phase II, which will consist of retail shops. 

The bones of the building seem to be staying. You can see the roof line above in the rendering and here in this photo taken last week.

In the past there was talk of a boutique hotel and knocking down the whole structure, but it appears that it will be saved and just modernized.  The place has a lot of history. A lot of businesses have passed through that plaza and a lot of art and music events took place there.

The proposed site plan does have parking onsite though, but there will be less spaces than are there now and the Grand Avenue side will consist of six storefronts from 1031 square feet to 1341 square feet. A corner location will be 1140 square feet, which turns into Fuller Street.

What I like about it is that these plans are keeping the lines and feel of the building and they are working with that. The Grove is changing fast, but keeping some of our history in the new designs and the buildings makes all the difference.

Gadinsky Real Estate LLC will be leasing the retail spaces out. 

It's a clean, sleek look, renderings may be seen here.

But keep in mind, the current owners are awaiting the new NCD plans which the City Commission will be voting on. Does this mean they will scrap the plans and build up? Not sure, no one is really talking. It's wait and see apparently, yet they have a website up, a brochure and leasing options available. What happens if someone leases a space and then it all changes? Hopefully this plan will remain, but even so, I am told that renovations would not start until a year or so from now due to the sluggish retail market.

It sort of reminds me of the Grove Isle issue, where there are plans to add a fourth building, but neighbors are still suing and nothing has been done yet regarding construction, but some realtors are promoting the condos and showing them up for sale through brochures and drawings.

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Anonymous Jack said...

Looks great. I hope they stick to this plan

April 18, 2018 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grove Missing in Action... seems apropos.

I'm not just dogging the Grove, but the missing stores for so long mean that we all get used to passing those places by. So disruptive, and to justify the bad management, the managers tell the city they can't stay afloat without an upzoning... its a vicious cycle.

Remember, the city rewards bad investment and management with upzoning. If you don't like government bailouts or bailouts for billionaires, why should we let it happen here?

April 18, 2018 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the prices will drive lower income away, again. nothing but trying to keep it for the rich

April 18, 2018 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spoke to the Grove Bookstore people today and they said they're planning on closing up the existing space and moving to the old Akashi space. The idea is to have it similar to the Books and Books in Coral Gables. Sounds like a nicer spot but there will now be 4 coffee shops next to each other (not to mention the actual Books and Books across the street).

April 19, 2018 2:17 PM  

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