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Mediterranean-style project breaks ground in Design District

Rents will start at $35 psf for offices, and $75 psf for ground level retail
Rendering of 4136 North Miami Avenue and developer Manny Angelo Varas

Rendering of 4136 North Miami Avenue and developer Manny Angelo Varas

A new mixed-use commercial development in Miami’s Design District broke ground this morning, The Real Deal has learned.

The Mediterranean-style building, at 4136 North Miami Avenue, will stand out in an area that has been transformed into an ultra-luxury and ultra-modern retail destination, developer Manny Angelo Varas said.

“The majority of the buildings [in the Design District] are old and have been rehabbed,” Varas, CEO of MV Construction & Interiors Group, told TRD. “This will be built in 2016 and feel like it’s been there for a hundred years. It will begin to define the area.”

Varas said the project will include a 2,978-square-foot ground floor retail space, and second and third-floor office space totaling 6,600 square feet. When completed, it will also include a rooftop deck for tenants and events, and underground parking for 26 cars.

Rents will start at $35 per square foot for office space, and $75 triple net per square foot for the ground level. Varas, who said he’s received interest from national retailers, expects to have tenants in the building by next September. Tony Arellano of Metro 1 is the exclusive leasing agent.

An LLC led by Ana Bravo and Roberto Bravo owned the 9,400-square-foot site, according to Miami-Dade property records. Varas acquired the property and the building across the street, at 4141 North Miami Avenue, for an undisclosed amount.

Nearby retail includes Natuzzi Furniture, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Tom Ford.

Miami-based MV Construction & Interiors Group, a construction, architecture and interior design firm, works on condos, single-family homes and commercial properties.

  • Eddie Sellers Jr.

    “This will be built in 2016 and feel like it’s been there for a hundred years. It will begin to define the area.”

    Not so fast. The district has buildings and artwork designed by Aranda/Lasch, Sou Fujimoto, Buckminster Fuller, and Zaha Hadid to name a few. It is a bit of a stretch to say that this building will add any definition to what the Design District is or ever was.

  • Skip Van Cel

    i can’t believe you guys published this with a straight face.

  • Anonymous

    Unlike all Design District’s starchitect crap, this is a timeless building which will last at least 100 years. The City of Miami needs, especially in this district, more classical buildings faithful to its roots.

  • stephanie

    wow – that is hideous.

  • Beastikle

    $75/ft on ground level for new construction in DD??? Someone’s rates are stuck in 2011. Should be minimum $120/ft on ground and 50/ft for office especially if you are providing parking onsite.