Flo Rida is building a vodka distillery in Fort Lauderdale Opportunity Zone

Project will include distillery, cigar bar, wine bar, lounge and restaurant

Jan.January 22, 2020 01:30 PM
Rendering of the project, Victor G. Harvey, Sr. and Flo Rida

Rendering of the project, Victor G. Harvey, Sr. and Flo Rida

Instead of popping bottles, Flo Rida will be filling them up.

The rapper, singer and songwriter is partnering with Fort Lauderdale businessman Victor G. Harvey Sr. to create Victor George Vodka, a partnership that includes building a distillery in the Sistrunk neighborhood.

Flo Rida, whose real name is Tramar Lacel Dillard, and Harvey are planning a 13,000-square-foot facility at 1012 Sistrunk Boulevard, according to a press release. The project will have a 4,500-square-foot distillery, a cigar bar, wine bar, lounge and restaurant.

Flo Rida, who was born and raised in Carol City, is an equity partner in VG Vodka. The Grammy-winning rapper’s top hits include “Low,” “My House” and “Right Round.” He and Harvey plan to launch VG Spirits in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and New York this spring. A national rollout is expected next year, and the company plans to also create whiskey, gin, tequila and speciality liqueurs.

Records show that Harvey paid $75,000 for the 6,306-square-foot Sistrunk lot in November. The property is in an Opportunity Zone, which means the developers could qualify for significant tax benefits.

The distillery is expected to be completed by early 2021. The historic Sistrunk neighborhood is Fort Lauderdale’s oldest African American community, and is near downtown Fort Lauderdale, Progresso and Flagler Village.

“What we are building in the Sistrunk community is exactly what the area needs. A place to dine, drink, and socialize without having to leave the area,” Harvey said in the release.

Investors who develop in federally designated Opportunity Zones can defer federal taxes on capital gains until the end of 2026. The popular federal program, which is meant to spur investment in low-income areas, has faced mounting criticism for serving as a tax break for wealthy developers.

Related Articles

From left: Tim Elmes of Compass, Barry Minoff and 1831 Southeast 9th Street

Pharmaceutical mogul sells Fort Lauderdale estate for $21M

Dev Motwani, Johnny Allison, and 2401 West Broward Boulevard (Credit: Google Maps)

Dev Motwani nabs loan for Fort Lauderdale project

Bob Gordon with 2401 Solar Plaza Drive (Credit: Redfin)

Political power couple sells Fort Lauderdale home

Kevin R. Kreutzfeld of Premier Estate Properties and 1408 West Lake Drive

Waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale’s Harbor Beach sells for $11M

22 Isla Bahia Drive and Steven Romaniello

Harbor Beach home sells for $8 million

Niki Higgins of Douglas Elliman and 220 North Compass Drive (Credit: Douglas Elliman and Trulia)

Fort Lauderdale mansion with stock trading room sells for $12M

Renderings of the penthouse and Fredrik Eklund (Credit: Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale)

Fredrik Eklund tapped to list $35M PH in Fort Lauderdale

Alan Hooper and 516 Northwest 1st Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

FATVillage developer buys missing piece for mixed-use project