DACRA has formally announced the next phase of the Miami Design District's big expansion in today's Miami Herald: the extension of the pedestrian Paseo Ponti two blocks north where it will terminate in an art filled plaza. According to guide maps that plaza will be called Paradise Plaza. This area will be occupied by 60 new stores and restaurants, joining the 70 that have already opened or will open by this November, and it will be anchored by a glass-fronted retail building designed by Jonston Marklee. Another building, designed by NADAA and going on the west side of the expansion is also coming.
Another parking garage, called the Museum Garage and decorated with wild facades, will be built across the street from the future Institute for Contemporary Art. One of those facades will have dozens of real cars hanging from it. Around the corner, there will be a ten story hotel with 100 rooms and a condominium with 70 units. This tower is the one being designed by starchitect Jean Gang, which was being called the Sweetbird South Residences, although Curbed hears that this name is no sure thing. Two high-profile restaraunts with lots of name recognition in NYC are also headed for the area: ABC Kitchen, which is part of Jean-George Vongerichten's empire, and L'Atelier de Jöel Robuchon.