CRA To Negotiate With Samuelsson For Overtown Restaurant & Entertainment Venue

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency voted last week to begin negotiations with the Marcus Samuelsson Development Group to develop a restaurant and entertainment venue.

Samuelsson was the top ranked proposal to redevelop the Clyde Killens Pool Hall property at  920 Northwest Second Avenue. His company’s Red Rooster restaurant is credited for helping to spark a turnaround in Harlem.

The proposal includes the ground floor being used as the main dining space, with a supper club and entertainment venue on the second floor. A roof deck, balconies, and bar and lounge area will also be used for entertainment programming, with collaboration with local institutions such as the Perez Art Museum.

Should the CRA fail to come to an agreement with Samuelsson, they are authorized to negotiate with the second-ranked bidder, Crescendo Jazz and Blues Restaurant and Lounge.

(photo: phillip pessar)

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

You know with most everyone raving about Wynwood or Brickell or Edgewater becoming the next ” Hot Spot ” , I honestly believe that Overown, for a number of different reasons, has the potential to be the most interesting of the bunch.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It has great potential. Crime is the number one deterrent for development. Murder rate and drug use is to high. On the other hand it is the only neighborhood in the central area of Miami where you can still rent a one bedroom for about $700/mo. I would expect push back from residence fearing to be out-priced of their own neighborhood, like Wynwood. Most people would take $700 rent with murder and drugs, rather than $1500 rent with great chicken and less crime. We will have to wait and see.

Marc305
5 years ago

I agree, I think it will start on the west side where Beckham’s stadium will be built and move east, eventually catching up with Miami World Center.

Anonymous
5 years ago

most residents there are decent people….as developers buy up land those folks may find it impossible to stay….hope somehow everything can co exist….those make up the best neighborhoods

Anonymous
5 years ago

Being around that area my entire life I can tell you that most of them aren’t good people.

suomynona
5 years ago

I live there now and most residents simply do their thing and let you do yours. The criminal element does exist, though, and it has a presence.