The latest one is MiMo Center, a planned two-story, 7,975-square-foot mini mall set to break ground in as little as two months, according to property owner Javier Rabinovich.
The new building will be built on a vacant lot at 6405 Biscayne Blvd., just south of Legion Park, and will provide space for up to seven business and 17 parking spaces for customers. True to its name, the building’s design will draw inspiration from the historic 1950s Miami Modern architecture characteristic of the motels in the area, Rabinovich said.
“Design came from the existing aesthetic of the motels, even the neon signage,” he said.
In designs submitted to the City of Miami, MiMo Center features a sweeping roof overhang, classic columns, a glass facade that faces the boulevard, and a matching neon-lit sign with retro font. Palm trees will be planted along the sidewalk.
Rabinovich said that a Miss Yip Chinese Café will occupy one of the building spaces. Rabinovich owns the Miss Yip located in the 900 Biscayne building in downtown Miami.
A staff report by the Miami Historic Preservation Board concludes that the glass storefront businesses “will increase pedestrian traffic, improving the neighborhood character.” For his part, Rabinovich said he chose to invest in the MiMo District because he sees the potential for further development in the neighborhood.
“The area is growing up,” he said.
The MiMo Center will open its doors by December of this year or January 2013 at the latest, Rabinovich said.
The other project currently underway in the neighborhood, a retail space at 6101 Biscayne Blvd., is owned by restaurateur Steven Perricone, who is part owner of Michy’s and who also owns Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe in Brickell.
Perricone is building a $1.2 million, 10,000-square-foot commercial structure slated for completion by mid-2012. Michy’s chef Michelle Bernstein has expressed interest in opening up a new restaurant there, but has yet to make a decision.
This post was produced in partnership with Open Media Miami.