Construction Progress At Solar-Powered Grove Central At Metrorail Station

Another major transit-oriented development is well underway at the Coconut Grove Metrorail station, new photos show.

Grove Central is unique in that it is planned to be powered by the sun – with enough solar panel capacity to produce two megawatts.

The developers have previously said that there will even be enough solar energy to power Metrorail trains when departing the station.

There will also be a giant battery to store power for nighttime usage.

Grove Central will include:

  • 400 apartments (including some workforce housing)
  • 172,000 square feet of retail (Target and Total Wine have signed leases)
  • 898 parking spaces

Air condition for the building would come from a geothermal system using cold water pumped from underground. Groundwater and rainwater will also be used to provide cooling mist and for landscape irrigation.

A waste-to-energy plant that would convert sewage into power, compost and water was also in planning.

Touzet Studio is the architect.

Terra Group and Grass River Property are the developers.

 

(photos: Aaron DeMayo)

 

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Azarius
1 month ago

I love this project and truly believe we should have more like it and it’s built on the MetroRail line. I think the parking is needed so ppl in this area can park and ride. Plus what about the residents that visit the store they need parking.

Melo is chad and sigma
1 month ago

Now Palmetto station and Okeechobee stations need density around them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I think they need it also.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Its nice to see how much tree coverage there is in the area. Coconut Grove, Silver Bluff, Shenandoah and The Roads are definitely some of Miami’s best neighborhoods.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Grove it’s the best neighborhood by far. Walkable area with canopy trees. Truly european.

William
1 month ago

Great infill! Go Miami!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Transit-Oriented Development FOR THE WIN!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The bus loop is a nice touch

Anonymous
1 month ago

The green technology being used here is so cool. hopefully more projects take like this pop up in miami

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hopefully it will work as advertised. BTW, the giant lithium batteries for backup will probably need to be replaced every five years or so.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The concept is great, but the architecture is atrocious. Please tell me the renderings aren’t depicting splotchy facades of glass and concrete, and that it’s all glass and those are just windows with closed curtains.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Total Wine for the win.

Connor
1 month ago

Why isnt Miami making these TOD’s help renovate these Metro-rail stations. From what i’ve seen online they are kinda nasty/outdated. I’m in Tampa though so maybe these stations south of downtown are nicer?

Melo is Sigma and Chad
1 month ago

They’re the same, Miami Dade putting more LED screens in the stations and still no platform renovation

Anonymous
1 month ago

This station is south of downtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice project but it just looks so underwhelming.

Paul Gorman
1 month ago

Love this developer! Grass River for the win. First Cocowalk and fixing up the grove and now this! We need more work/live/play area like Coconut Grove or Sunset Harbor or Aventura Square!

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Transit Oriented” but we are adding close to 900 parking spaces. Right next to a Metrorail Station.
Wow, makes a lot of sense.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not everyone lives within walking distance of the Metro station. If you are nearly two miles to the north and work in downtown is it preferable to drive into an already congested downtown or drive a mile or two to a metro station where there is more space for parking and catch the train from there?

In an ideal world everyone would be able to have a metro station at their front door. The reality is that given our climate (i.e daily torrential rain in the summer) walking 1 to 2 miles in work attire is not practical. Instead of nagging on the parking look at the positive effect this will have on boosting use rates for the overall system.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In an ideal world, the County wouldn’t have misspent the half penny tax dollars and Metrorail would have been expanded to serve more neighborhoods.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The half penny tax would not make a dent in the funds needed to construct major expansions. Plus, since the tax is levied on all tax payers of Miami-Dade the commissioners in districts outside of Metrorail and MetroMover argue for their share of funds hence the paltry “free” trolleys. While not the best, park and ride station have there place and purpose.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami’s climate is hardly an excuse. Plenty of US cities (most) have summers as hot as Miami or even more so, and they all got shittier winters.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You can dress easier for winter. You can’t shave every hair on your body and walk around in your birthday suit… yet, judging by how the much more pozzed clown world becomes.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You can dress for cold weather. You can’t bring an A/C around with you.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Clearly, you aren’t a woman because no woman I know wants to arrive to work or anywhere dripping in sweat. Winter you can bundle up, but Miami summers you will be drenched in less than 2 minutes. People will drive to the station not walk. The climate doesn’t lend itself to walking many blocks.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^clealy you folks have never lived in the upper midwest. Thete is no amount of bundling up that will make you confortable walking many blocks in minus 20 windchill. Plus dealing with snow and ice hazards makes walking dangerous as well as uncomfortable.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m a woman that bikes 3 miles to her office job. Most offices have showers. Don’t lump us altogether.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Everyone in this thread misread OP’s post lmaoooo. They’re saying other transit-friendly cities in the US (with the only exception being SF) get hot as shit in the summer too. Miamians are just so soft.

Anonbttm
1 month ago

so soft. It’s incredible. Many places in the US are HOTTER and MORE humid in the summer. And their winters are nuts. Miamians will brag about the weather out of one side of their mouths and then pretend like it’s the most unbearable place out of the other.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um, this project is to have “400 apartments (including some workforce housing) and..
172,000 square feet of retail.” So what are the people who drive vehicles and live there and people who are there to go to the retail portion of this project supposed to do.. ride around looking for a place to park?

MiamiArchi
1 month ago

Transit Oriented means helping people use Transit.
Many people who take the Metro into Brickell / Downtown live in a house in the suburbs.
You drive to the garage. Park your car and take the train to work.
On your way back from work you can now stop at Target for groceries, Or Total wine for alcohol.
Its a great project encouraging everyday people to use transit and showing how much convenience transit can provide.
Plus obviously the tower with 400 apartments.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’re putting a SEWAGE AND WASTE PLANT here?????

BDub
1 month ago

It would likely be done as a closed system that mitigates odors.

Anonymous
1 month ago

TOO MUCH PARKING!

Melo is chad and sigma
1 month ago

Its for the retail

Anonymous
1 month ago

Check out the Target parking lot in other urban areas. Not used as much as some may think.

Melo is chad and sigma
1 month ago

The target in dadeland and midtown both have garages too

MiamiArchi
1 month ago

Its a Park and Ride concept!
Look at the Garage at the Dadeland Station. Its regularly completely full from people parking their cars their and taking the metro rail to work in downtown.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The population in MiamiDade is growing exponentially.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, it’s not. Did you see the 2020 Census data? It was moderate growth, not exponential. The County even anticipates population loss over the next 10 years.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well I guess all these towers going up and proposed is just a mirage then.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Foreign investment, my dude. Real estate demand hasn’t been driven by occupancy needs in decades here.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You are clearly misinformed. How do you explain the record leasing of entire apartment buildings in the urban core? Downtown 5th all of the Melo Buildings in the Arts and Entertainment District? No doubt that Miami is highly desirable for a second or third home for foreign investors, but the past two years have shown that the city is attracting full time residents.

The shift from developers of building apartments rather than condos shows the strong demand for year-round housing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Those are market rate, which is a rarity in Miami. Anything close to affordable will go fast, especially when existing inventory shoots up 30% YOY. Since you seem to have all the information, why don’t you tell me the absorption rate for luxury apartments?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Existing inventory rents*

Anonymous
1 month ago

There is probably a lag effect between the time someone moves in from a Blue state and the time they buy a house or condo. People may or may not have sold their prior home, for example. I would anticipate that near term rental demand may be somewhat exaggerated by this effect, but the pig will ultimately pass through the python.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So the US Census is wrong and you are right. What bullshit.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well there were admitted irregularities, but God forbid questioning the 2020 election after NPCs claimed 2016 was compromised for four years, while doing nothing between to stop any fraud.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^you are the kind of person who would find something political about their genital warts. Clown.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The US census reflects the past ten years. While it did show a slight slowdown in population growth, you cannot extrapolate the anomaly to the wider trend that Miami-Dade has been growing for decades and will continue to do so. Florida as a whole is growing exponentially. Given historical trends and the current national political climate, Miami will continue to grow.

Linda C
1 month ago

That is a well researched & thought out answer. The Real Estate Market did change a few years ago, but some people stay stuck on old concepts. Change had happened especially in the last two years when travel from other countries was restricted. Now, more buyers are moving to Miami from other parts of the US, & are living in their units. Also, families can get by with owning only one car (& saving a lot of money) when they live next to Transit. Until more Transit Oriented Developments & the new transit lines still in the planning stages are funded & built there will still be a lot of commuters depending on automobile transportation & stuck in traffic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Population loss over the next decade seems incredibly unlikely. I hope that’s not the baseline assumption for Miami-Dade capital expenditures.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Census 2020 did not capture the large population migration from the cold northern states to Florida, especially to Miami, as a result of the pandemic. This migration explains the boom in the rental property market.