Midtown Miami Walmart: Renderings Released

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Walmart submits Amended Class II Permit Application to the City of Miami

Midtown Miami Development Will Now Include Additional Retail Space Along Midtown Boulevard

MIAMI, FL – January 10, 2013– 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 spokesman Steven Restivo. “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 29th street.

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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23 Comments

  1. yellows2k

    February 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Midtown Miami developer asks city to reject Walmart zoning request

    http://www.beachedmiami.com/2012/02/28/midtown-miami-walmart-debate/

  2. sandman

    March 2, 2012 at 1:12 am

    WalMart Says Plans For Midtown Miami Store Not ‘On Hold Indefinitely’

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/midtown-walmart-not-on-hold-miami_n_1314198.html?ref=miami

  3. sandman

    March 4, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Walmart has released preliminary renderings of the new Midtown Miami store.

    Walmart’s preliminary architectural renderings show a modern two-story concept with tall windows and shutters, light-colored bricks, tree-lined streetscapes and an open-air entrance in the existing style of Midtown Miami. The 164,525-square-foot store would have above-ground parking and ground-floor space for almost 6,000 square feet of specialty retail

    article in today’s miami herald:
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/03/2674406/low-prices-high-anxiety-walmart.html

  4. Afi K. James

    March 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Nice.

  5. yellows2k

    June 19, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Seems that this issue is going to be addressed this week.

  6. yellows2k

    June 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    At a meeting on Wednesday, the City of Miami’s Planning, Zoning, and Appeals Board (PZAB) will consider a proposed amendment to the Midtown Miami master plan that would permit service access and service loading along North Miami Avenue south of 34th Street — exactly where Walmart is planning to build its first Miami store.

    http://www.beachedmiami.com/2012/06/18/midtown-walmart-service-loading-amendment/

  7. bigswinging

    June 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    They postponed the decision until July.

  8. yellows2k

    July 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Zoning proposal reignites debate over Midtown Miami Walmart

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/14/2896059/zoning-proposal-reignites-debate.html

  9. sandman

    July 19, 2012 at 3:39 am

    About 200 people showed up at the P&Z meeting tonight, which resulted in Walmart being denied their requested zoning change.

    The project is far from dead, however.

    Representatives from Walmart met with the Miami Herald editorial board this week to try to gain support for the project. Responding to worries that the retailer would displace local artists, Walmart told the Herald that they intend to become an “arts incubator”, and they have held discussions about adding some type of studio to the store.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/18/v-fullstory/2901948/dozens-at-city-hall-speak-their.html

  10. yellows2k

    July 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Walmart has withdrawn the application.

    No word yet on if they will still be proceeding:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/midtown-walmart-stalled_n_1699507.html

  11. langbro

    July 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Sounds like Walmart might be building it anyway:

    City manager Johnny Martinez said on Tuesday he pulled the item from the agenda because the developer doesn’t need the zoning modification to submit overall plans for the superstore.

    “They already have an access point and can propose without needing an ordinance change,” he said. “If the proposal isn’t acceptable, then we’ll explore our options at a later date.”

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/24/2910423/miami-pulls-controversial-zoning.html

  12. langbro

    August 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Word is that Walmart has now formally submitted plans to the City of Miami to begin construction on the Midtown Walmart. Service entrances will be on Miami Avenue and Midtown Boulevard.

  13. yellows2k

    September 21, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Walmart submits permit application for Midtown Miami store

    Posted on Thu, Sep. 20, 2012

    Despite community objections, Walmart is moving forward on plans for a new supercenter at the Shops of Midtown Miami.


    The retailer on Thursday filed a “Class II Special Permit Application” seeking approval from the city of Miami for the store at 3055 N. Miami Avenue. The 184,000-square-foot store, which would be located on Midtown Miami’s southern block, would include a full-service grocery, garden center, pharmacy and vision center.

    Pending city approval, construction would begin late next year with a store opening planned for late 2014 at the earliest. The store is projected to create about 400 construction jobs and 350 permanent retail jobs.

    The design is a world away from Walmart’s old trademark battleship grey box. The beige and brown facade would have a plethora of windows with awnings and varied elevations. The store would sit on the ground floor with a two-level parking garage above including about 550 spaces. The street front would include 10,500 square feet of small retailers. Customers would enter Walmart at the corner of Midtown Boulevard and Northeast 31st Street.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/20/3012861/walmart-submits-permit-application.html

  14. langbro

    September 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Seems that the new renderings have been tweaked since they were originally released

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  15. Sean

    September 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Is the last rendering new?

  16. langbro

    September 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Not sure, it is from here:
    http://southflorida.walmartcommunity.com/local-networks/midtown-miami/

    BTW, a few weeks ago the “No Midtown Walmart” activists took photos of plans that the City is currently processing




  17. sandman

    January 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Walmart submits Amended Class II Permit Application to the City of Miami

    Midtown Miami Development Will Now Include Additional Retail Space Along Midtown Boulevard

    MIAMI, FL – January 10, 2013– 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 spokesman Steven Restivo. “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 29th street.

    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.

  18. langbro

    January 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Grant Stern, post: 3214 wrote: More wasted breath. Why doesn’t Walmart just send out a copy of their plans to you guys instead of just these silly renderings of pretty things? I reviewed their most recent plan in person. Their submission completely ignores the zoning requirements of the district and cannot possibly gain approval in its current form. It’s another dead letter. That’s the product of 5 more months of redesign, another crap on a plate, non-conforming plan this city shouldn’t swallow if it’s following it’s own written rules.

    If it is not conforming then it will require another hearing.

    Would you be in favor of Walmart in midtown if they built something 100% compatible with code and no variances?

    Did you get a copy of the latest plans that you can upload?

  19. sandman

    January 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Miami’s UDRB will review plans for this project at the February 4th meeting.

  20. yellows2k

    February 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Grant Stern: It’s Time for Miami to Say No to Walmart
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grant-stern/miami-walmart_b_2717507.html

  21. yellows2k

    February 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

  22. Laz

    February 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I am really not sure why so many people are against this when there is a huge Target two blocks away.

    the renderings look fantastic and that area needs this. There is no walmart near for people that live in Downtown or midtown or even the beaches. I think people are just against this to be against something. Have you guys seen the area south of this and to the west, its garbage this could be the start of something better.

  23. langbro

    March 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Walmart is pushing forward with plans to build in Midtown Miami even after the Miami Urban Development Review Board unanimously opposed the proposal on February 20th, Miami Today is reporting.

    The UDRB acts in an advisory manner only, and any decisions taken are nonbinding. The final decision is made by city planning director Francsisco Garcia. City activists could still file an appeal even if Garcia approves the permit.

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