New Upper Eastside mini mall slated for April ground-breaking

By | February 28th, 2012 | 5 Comments

A rendering of MiMo Center at night. -- image from Roomscapes Inc.

In what could be a sign that Miami’s real estate comeback is creeping north of downtown and the Design District, two new projects are being planned for the Upper Eastside.

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.

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5 Comments on “New Upper Eastside mini mall slated for April ground-breaking”

  1. 1 Fran Rollason said at 7:56 pm on February 28th, 2012:

    7 Storefronts and 17 parking spaces — that’s 2.5 parking spaces for each business — hardly enough parking for employees, let alone clients. Your pieces never address this problem. Will the overflow parking go into the residential neighborhood? Will the new shops have to shoulder the cost of renting parking spaces from other property owners? Will the residents be forced into the parking decal program, like Buena Vista because of parking encroachments from the Design District and the many wonderful cafe’s on NE 2nd Avenue? Please let us know how the City approves a project without enough onsite parking within the footprint of the property. What must the developer promise to do in order to comply with the City’s formula of the magic number of necessary parking spaces. It is important to residents who actually live close enough to be affected by these consequences of the 35 ft. height restriction. Although development is welcomed and the architecture is pleasing, these new MiMo District developments are strip malls without adequate parking.

  2. 2 Sergio N. Candido said at 11:58 pm on February 28th, 2012:

    Fran,

    You bring up a good point. We’ll follow up and inquire about the parking situation.

    Thank you,

    Sergio

  3. 3 L2M said at 1:57 pm on February 29th, 2012:

    If anything it may encourage people in the neighborhood to walk or bike if there’s limited parking. Making the streets around the development safer to me takes precedence over parking.

  4. 4 Craig Chester said at 1:07 am on March 1st, 2012:

    The parking spaces in the original scope of the project are ample – especially if Biscayne Blvd could be re-configured with a can of paint to include on-street parking. It’s not a deadly consequence to have parking on neighborhood streets. In fact, it makes the area safer and will reduce crime. (More eyes on the street, more activity). How many parking spaces do street front retail stores have in San Francisco? NYC? Chicago? Paris? London?

    Zero. And guess what? Those cities function just fine. The included spaces in addition to decent, comfortable sidewalks, centralized bicycle parking and on-street parking will be plenty.

  5. 5 Kalyn James said at 11:49 am on March 1st, 2012:

    I agree, NYC and other major cities work with no parking and, while we do need to think about this issue because more people drive here than in those cities, I don’t think it should be a deterrent to the needed development to make our area more interesting and appealing. I am very excited about the coming changes! Fly Boutique, restaurants…I love parking then walking or biking on the weekends! Yay MIMO!


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