Bye, Denny’s: Pacific Star plans 18-story mixed-use project in Miami’s Edgewater

Santa Monica, California-based firm would redevelop the restaurant and parking lot into building with 175 apartments, nearly 37K sf of retail and 366 parking spaces

Pacific Star Proposes Mixed-Use Building In Miami’s Edgewater
Pacific Star's Aria Mehrabi and rendering of 3600 Biscayne (Alfonso Jurado Architecture, Getty, Banu Foundation)

Late night runs for pancakes, omelets and other comfort food in Miami’s Edgewater could soon end. 

Pacific Star Capital is charging ahead with plans to redevelop a Denny’s restaurant and parking lot at 3600 Biscayne Boulevard. The Santa Monica, California-based development firm is seeking design approval this week for 3600 Biscayne, a proposed 18-story mixed-use building with 175 apartments, nearly 37,000 square feet of retail and 366 parking spaces. 

The apartments would range from 679 square feet to 2,290 square feet, with an average size of 1,525 square feet, according to plans submitted to the city of Miami Planning and Zoning Department. 3600 Biscayne would have a mix of 84 one-bedroom units, 84 two-bedroom units, and seven penthouses. Miami-based Alfonso Jurado Architecture designed the project. 

The Miami Urban Design Review Board is scheduled to evaluate 3600 Biscayne at its Wednesday regular meeting. In addition to design approval, Pacific Star is seeking several waivers, including enlarging some areas of the parking deck, and allowing vehicles to access the project from 36th Street. 

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The fifth floor would house about 10,296 square feet of retail, building amenities and a pool deck. The apartments would start on the sixth floor. The ground floor would have roughly 26,386 square feet of retail, the plans show. 

Pacific Star, led by CEO Aria Mehrabi, paid $24 million for the 1.2-acre site last year. 

Meharbi’s firm is also part of a joint venture that includes Mila restaurant founder Gregory Galy that is planning to open Casa Neos along the Miami River. The partnership is proposing a four-story building with a beach club with dining on the first floor, a formal restaurant on the second floor, a four-key luxury hotel on the third floor, and a lounge with a Mediterranean and North African restaurant called Noora on the fourth floor.

Also last year, Pacific Star purchased a 65,000-square-foot shopping center in Hallandale Beach for $58 million. The previous owner, Manuel Grosskopf’s Château Group, had planned to redevelop the  8-acre property into a mixed-use project. Pacific Star has not yet revealed what it intends to build on the site.