Crescent Heights gets planning OK for new Whole Foods in South Beach

Latest plan includes building a roundabout to ease traffic concerns

TRD MIAMI /
May.May 26, 2015 05:30 PM

Developer Crescent Heights was given the go-ahead on Tuesday by the Miami Beach Planning Board to build a new 50,000-square-foot project that will include a new Whole Foods Market at 1901 Alton Road in South Beach.  

The board gave approval to a new design submitted by Crescent Heights with conditions that will limit deliveries and trash pickups to early mornings and late evenings, during a hearing dominated by traffic concerns in super-congested South Beach. An earlier design was rejected at a hearing in January.

The new design, submitted by architect Chad Oppenheim, will feature a screened front that will cover vegetation, which Oppenheim described as “softening the building.”

As part of its traffic mediation plans, Crescent Heights will build a roundabout at Dade Boulevard and 19th Street. Marisa Galbut, retail development manager for Crescent Heights, described Whole Foods as an “excellent neighbor,” and said she had held discussions with the nearby Sunset Islands homeowners association about plans for the new store.

Whole Foods will have about 40,000 square feet of retail space, 272 parking spaces and a 198-seat café.  Kelly Mills, a project manager at Whole Foods who has designed all of the company’s Florida stores, said it’s not unusual for individual stores to place restrictions on the time that deliveries can take place. He said a smaller existing 18,000-square-foot store at Alton Road and 10th Street will remain open after the new store begins operating.

The site is owned by Wells Fargo Bank, which has a branch there. A new branch will open inside the new building.

The Miami Beach Design Review Board will review the project at a hearing next week. Galbut told The Real Deal that she expects a two-year time frame to completion once final approval is granted.

Whole Foods has been aggressively expanding in South Florida, including launching new stores in Pompano Beach and downtown Miami.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Oceanside Fisher Island and a map of condo sales (Credit: Google Maps)

Weekly condo sales volume in Miami drops below $40M

Weekly condo sales volume in Miami drops below $40M
121 N Hibiscus Drive (Realtor)

Waterfront Hibiscus Island mansion sells for $8M

Waterfront Hibiscus Island mansion sells for $8M
Eighty Seven Park (iStock)

Eighty Seven Park’s priciest penthouse sells for $37M

Eighty Seven Park’s priciest penthouse sells for $37M
Jeffrey Soffer and Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Getty)

Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s $1B loan exits special servicing

Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s $1B loan exits special servicing
Developer Camilo Miguel Jr. and renderings of the project

Mast Capital wins initial approval for shorter Mid-Miami Beach condo project

Mast Capital wins initial approval for shorter Mid-Miami Beach condo project
Len Blavatnik, Vlad Doronin and a rendering of the project (Credit: Mike Coppola/FilmMagic via Getty Images)

Miami Beach approves zoning change allowing for Aman tower

Miami Beach approves zoning change allowing for Aman tower
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and 1531 Stillwater Drive (Getty, Zillow)

Miami Beach slashes fines for illegal short-term rentals

Miami Beach slashes fines for illegal short-term rentals
Renderings of the project

Miami Beach board approves Generator hostel/hotel expansion

Miami Beach board approves Generator hostel/hotel expansion
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...