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.

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Upper Eastside residents want gay club shut down

By | February 15th, 2012 | 7 Comments

Tokyo Valentino, a new lounge and videoplex that some Shorecrest residents believe is an adult entertainment complex -- photo by Sergio N. Candido

A  recently opened gay club in Shorecrest has drawn the ire of local residents who believe it to be an illegal adult entertainment complex. The owner denies it, but the City of Miami has cited the business and opened an investigation.

The club in question is Tokyo Valentino, an after-hours lounge at 8330 Biscayne Blvd. Customers who pay the $10 admission fee can take advantage of some features common for any lounge — a dance floor and a game room with pool tables — but there is another part of the business that has drawn the attention of city officials and residents: private rooms and viewing booths. The viewing booths fit two people, while the rooms feature leather day beds and flat screen plasma TVs.

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