Video: Mana Lays Out Vision For Flagler Street (Including Possible TargetExpress)

Moishe Mana has been pouring tens of millions of dollars into acquiring properties in the Flagler Street area of Downtown Miami over the past year, including nearly $40 million last month alone. The question is, what is he planning?

A new video produced by associates of Mana provides some hints.

The video states that Mana has now acquired a critical mass of property and plans to spend millions more on redevelopment. The vision of his team is to create a ‘real and vibrant’ destination that is active 24 hours a day, while capitalizing on the massive projects in the surrounding area, including All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral, Miami Worldcenter, and Brickell City Centre.

One rendering in the video shows a TargetExpress, a smaller, urban-format version of Target with an average size of 20,000 square feet. Target is certainly familiar with the area, with a nearby store in Midtown that is said to be one of the highest volume stores in the chain.

Other new retailers and restaurants will also be brought in to cater to the rapidly changing demographics of the area. There will be a focus on fashion and art.

The timeline for completion of the entire ‘game changing project’ is said to be about ten years.





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31 Comments on "Video: Mana Lays Out Vision For Flagler Street (Including Possible TargetExpress)"

10 hours 34 minutes ago

Should add apartments on top of the buildings, not too tall, but some.

10 hours 17 minutes ago

I agree with Miami1.. I thought Mana would go a little higher than the two floors portrayed here. With all the development in downtown and the surrounding area, this will be prime real-estate (as if it isn’t already). Two story buildings seem like massive underutilization, especially for a downtown area. Can’t have a 24/7 neighborhood without housing.

10 hours 17 minutes ago

And here I was expecting something amazing. What was I thinking?

10 hours 11 minutes ago

The ~150 ft, 10-15 floor buildings like in Wash DC would be perfect here…

10 hours 2 minutes ago

Agreed on the low rise housing. A little underwhelming, but eagerly anticipated…

9 hours 58 minutes ago

I would understand if this was the plan for Wynwood or Edgewater- somewhere out of downtown that was trying to be a shopping/dining and after hours district. But this is downtown… Shouldn’t there be at least a little space for commercial services and offices

7 hours 21 minutes ago

Fun fact of the day: after completion of the projects currently in the pipeline, Edgewater has more density than the CBD. Guess it’s trying too hard.

Tomas Possenti
9 hours 34 minutes ago

Who wants to start bidding on the air rights to these?? Let’s hope Wynnwood plan isn’t as disappointing.

9 hours 31 minutes ago

more trees!

9 hours 11 minutes ago

Extremely disappointed. How is this going to bring a destination that is 24/7? This is Downtown Miami. Not saying he should build skyscrapers but 2 levels, seriously?? No vision what so ever!

9 hours 12 seconds ago

Holy bleep, we hate shade in Miami. I feel for those poor rendered souls baking on those sidewalks.

8 hours 32 minutes ago

What’s wrong with the skyscrapers in downtown location?Could do easily 70-80 floors.Underutilized,have to wait another couple of decades for what belongs there.Pity.Hopefully someone eventually shows up and buys all this land and does it right.

8 hours 15 minutes ago

I agree, its a bit bland. Overall, an underwhelming vision.

What were they THINKING?
7 hours 50 minutes ago

A massive disappointment devoid of any character or interest. This is downtown…I sincerely hopes Mana goes back to the drawing board with this, because I can’t fathom how generic Target #8763467 is supposed to revolutionize the heart of Miami. If anything, it has the complete opposite effect. Might as well pave over South Beach and turn it into a Walmart-by-the-sea at this rate.

1 hour 55 minutes ago

Exactly my thoughts. Your comment reminded me when I went to Galveston Texas and actually saw a Walmart on ocean front property. SMH.

7 hours 5 minutes ago

Did you mean for the title to read “Mana Unveils Lack of Vision for Flagler Street”?

6 hours 58 minutes ago

You hear that Mana? The readers of this blog want you to do the exact same thing everyone else is doing (housing, housing, housing) instead of adding some substance to the street experience of our urban core. How dare you do something different that actually adds value to the neighborhood instead of contributing to our housing oversupply! Nevermind that 1200 units are currently under construction nearby (+ another 5000 across the river in Brickell), with 1000’s more proposed.

By the way, if you ARE actually out there listening, I beg you to buy the Flatiron site and build something similar to help with the positive transformation of Miami Avenue into the Other retail/entertainment center of downtown. Thank you for actually caring about the development of our city instead of just trying to make a quick hundred million from wealthy foreigners. Flagler Street and Miami Avenue both deserve better.

6 hours 28 minutes ago

If it’s a 10 year “master plan” then forgive us for expecting more than the same Targets and Walgreens you can find on every corner in West Kendall and Hialeah. When you promise SoHo, then people expect to see SoHo. Not 2 story boxes.

You can’t market Miami as a world class city when you pump out soulless modernist glass boxes that will be out of fashion by the time they open. They claim that they are creating the next Paris, Berlin, or London, but what are they really building with this kind of project?

Miami deserves better.

4 hours 45 minutes ago

Did anybody actually watch the video before commenting or just look at the pictures? These are VERY early renderings, Target (if it is even actually planned for that corner) would be a very small part of it. The point is he will renovate and revitalize very outdated buildings, while introducing social and cultural programs to kick start the area–like the big party he has orchestrated for Wynwood this weekend. The rooftop alfresco terraces will be very popular too. If this street becomes a “24 hour area” with loud nightlife, people may not want to live right on top of it but surrounding it.

BTW, Soho is a shopping district in NY, not an area surrounded by skyscrapers. Mana will be a catalyst for this area that could bring other developers in to build the skyscrapers everyone on this site salivates for. Let’s not be so quick to judge.

4 hours 17 minutes ago

There is a whole world between what Mana’s video is showcasing and massive skyscrapers. The point is that one expected Miami’s premier historical street to get the Calle Florida (Buenos Aires) treatment- something beautiful, eye-catching, appealing to both locals and visitors alike. Despite claiming to be inspired by grand ambitions, what we’ve seen so far looks no different than your typical side-strip mall. You don’t need 1000+ footers to create something better than that.

3 hours 1 minute ago

It’s his private property. You shouldn’t have any expectations for anything. You should be happy he’s improving it at all. He doesn’t own the entire street.

1 hour 49 minutes ago

Yet another tree hugger who wants to keep everything flat. Miami has plenty of places that are exactly what you want Downtown to be. This area is the Manhattan of the South, and whether you like it or not, eventually someone will buy this land off of this guy and build something that can really make this a 24/7 destination, and not have it be a desolate area as soon as the sun goes down.

1 hour 12 minutes ago

Yet another real estate agent that just wants another residential building to make a profit from! I love skyscrapers more than anyone and I hope Miami continues to build them at an unprecedented rate–though at this point we need more office towers. I just don’t think because Mana renovates and revitalizes a few smaller buildings along Flagler that there still isn’t plenty of land to build in that area. In fact, creating a more attractive central street through downtown could activate more developers to build around Flagler similar to Centro. It could push Liquid Lofts, Downtown 54, the ‘Sky Plaza’ complex, and Ultramont Mall tower closer to becoming realities. Centro and Monarc will be adding 800 new residents to the immediate neighborhood very soon. It’s too dramatic to be so doom and gloom about this.

6 hours 41 minutes ago

Boredom and underutilization

6 hours 16 minutes ago

Big boxes kill retail.

genghis khan
5 hours 45 minutes ago


5 hours 44 minutes ago

So Flagler Street is going to look like Lincoln Road Mall except all the classic historic buildings like Woolworth, Mangels, and Miami Theater are going to be demolished? No bueno!

4 hours 31 minutes ago

he is not doing anything grand but at least he is cleaning up the area that it is a real shame of downtown. even latin american countries have better downtowns (not including brickell).
but hopefully this will generate more action and interest.

3 hours 13 minutes ago

Flagler Street is named after our city founder Henry Flagler. It is and was the first and most storied thoroughfare in South Florida. The core of the city grew from nothing in 1896 and mushroomed outward in both boom and bust around Flagler Street. Everything we see today of significance in Miami and Dade County we owe to his vision and foresight. The street that bears his name is tired and forlorn and needs a redo worthy of the Mr Flagers vision and commitment. I am sorry Mr. Mana, but with all due respect this article does not reveal anything that represents the same effort, the same vision, the same imagination that Flagler Strret once represented. Why not consider a charette that invites Imput from the community at large for ideas from people like Arva Moore Parks and Beth Dunlop and Historians and others that care as much as you do about the core of our great city.

3 hours 4 minutes ago

Mr. Mana only owns a handful of buildings on actual Flagler, not the entire street. I’m not sure what people are expecting him to do. It’s not in his hands to make it a “grand boulevard” or like Paris or Buenos Aires. That is the city’s job. People should be glad he’s doing anything at all to modernize the area, as it’s not in his obligation to do so.

2 hours 5 minutes ago

Except nobody forced him to make grand claims to the contrary.

And by modernizing do you mean turning historic buildings into tacky boxes that haven’t aged well at all since the 80s? The area sure could use even more of those

In any event, the free market will decide. Locals will be disappointed, tourists will be underwhelmed, and history will repeat itself. Mana has a chance to do something amazing, and seemingly the funds and will to do it. Accepting the bare minimum is a piss poor mentality and does nothing for anyone involved.