Swerdlow’s Shoppes at Civica to break ground next month

Rendering of the Shoppes at Civica at 1050 Northwest 14th Street
Rendering of the Shoppes at Civica at 1050 Northwest 14th Street

Less than a week after securing $30 million in financing, Miami developer Michael Swerdlow announced plans to break ground in January on the Shoppes at Civica development in Miami’s Health District.

Plans for the two-story Shoppes at Civica include 50,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space at 1050 Northwest 14th Street. Swerdlow already demolished a hotel on the 1.9-acre site. Retailers such as Jimmy John’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Smoothie King are expected to move into the first-floor space.

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Coral Gables firm International Restaurant Management Group grabbed a master lease for the food court, slated to include Chicken Connection, Cajun Grill and Lotus Express, the Miami Herald reported. One of the primary functions of the project, Swerdlow said, is to feed the Health District’s workforce.

The district “has got three hospitals, including the VA Hospital and an enormous population. Plus, it’s got the courthouse. There are thousands of people every day who have jury duty who need to eat,” Swerdlow told the newspaper. [Miami Herald]Mark Maurer