The Real Deal Miami

Pembroke Pines artist colony ready to open with only one tenant

March 01, 2010 03:18PM

Pembroke Pines’ new 11,000-square-foot art colony is finally built, but the artists have yet to come. With 22 studios, a gallery and a space for community art classes, the new 1101 Poinciana Drive facility, which took a year and $905,000 to construct, has only one tenant slated to move in when it opens this spring. The remaining 21 studios, which are asking between $218 and $400 per month in rent, are still up for grabs. “People are not paying for spaces like we thought they would,” said Chuck Vones, assistant director for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The project was approved by voters in 2005 as part of a $90 million general obligation bond and was delayed for three months due to asbestos contamination and permitting. [Sun Sentinel]