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Details Of The New Design District Trickle Out

As DACRA finalizes its plans for the Design District's rebuilding / overhauling / what-have-you, elements of the design have been leaking out.

LVMH's own development company is investing in the project with DACRA and Craig Robins.. It will be big, at 1.1 million square feet, and with a total cost of over $300 million. There will be 96 residential units, and a small (no doubt boutique) hotel. There will "35,000 square feet of open space" and "42,000 square feet of civic space." What's the difference between the two in a commercial development such as this? Who knows. (Turns out the difference is a Miami 21 zoning thing, differentiating plazas from other outdoor areas like walkways)

Robins is seeking approval a special area plan to do the development. It will be a pedestrian-friendly, Miami 21 compliant, high end shopping area master planned by Duany Plater-Zyberk, the creators of Miami 21 themselves. Keenan Riley, headed by former MoMA Architecture Curator, and former MAM Director Terrance Riley, is also involved. DACRA's submitted plans to the city, for a hearing by the planning and zoning board on Wednesday, so with luck all should be revealed soon.

· Commercial Neighborhood Planned for Design District [SFBJ]
· Plan Details Development for Design District [Miami Herald]