SH Communities proposes rental project in Kendall, but first it must fill a lake

Boardwalk at Lakeside will consist of 192 apartments

Development site (Credit: Miami-Dade Property Appraiser)
Development site (Credit: Miami-Dade Property Appraiser)

SH Communities wants to fill part of a lake in the West Kendall area and build an apartment community on top.

The Miami-based developer submitted a pre-application to Miami-Dade County officials to build Boardwalk at Lakeside, a 192-unit complex consisting of four four-story buildings, according to the South Florida Business Journal.

The property sits north of Southwest 132nd Street and west of Southwest 127th Avenue. It spans a little less than 9 acres, with a majority of the site submerged in a lake. SH Communities, led by Gerardo Aguirre and Hector Garcia, plans to fill about 3.7 acres of the lake, according to the publication.

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The site is currently zoned for industrial use and would have to be rezoned to medium-density residential. Planned amenities at Boardwalk at Lakeside include a boardwalk along the lake, club house, fitness center, pool and a dog park. CFM Architects designed the project.

Records show an affiliate of SH Communities paid $740,000 for the property in 2005. It’s west of Miami Executive Airport, formerly called Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport.

Land is so scarce in South Florida that developers often choose to fill a lake or develop on a brownfield site. Royal Castle Companies plans to develop a mixed-use project on 7.6-acre brownfield site in Opa-locka that once served as the dumping grounds for a demolition contractor. [SFBJ] – Amanda Rabines