Magic City Innovation District Gets Final Approval, Activation Will Be ‘Immediate’

The Magic City Innovation District – Little Haiti’s Special Area Plan was unanimously granted final approval by Miami’s City Commission at a meeting last week.

The proposal calls for a walkable urban campus spread over 18 acres. Around 3.8 acres of public civic space is included, including the development of an approximately 2.18 acre landscaped pedestrian promenade named the Promenade du Grand Bois.

A total of 17 buildings are planned, with the tallest reaching 24 stories.

The development is proposed to include:

  • 2,630 residential units
  • 1,987,686 square feet of office
  • 101,669 of expo space
  • 432 hotel rooms
  • 344,538 square feet of retail
  • 6,081 parking spaces in garages
  • Potential Virgin Trains or Tri-Rail Stop

Developers say there will be immediate site activation and benefits to the community. Existing factories, warehouses and buildings are already being renovated into leasable spaces for offices, galleries, cafes, restaurants, retailers and pop-up shops.

The developers have also agreed to contribute up to $31 million in payments into a newly created Little Haiti Revitalization Trust, to be overseen by the city. Community beautification projects and the creation and improvement of public parks are among the projects to be tackled by the trust.

Four tenants were announced last month. They include: Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Manmar Entertainment (marketing), Ecovie (recycling start-up), and COOL Creative (advertising).

Additional food and beverage tenants are being courted.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Perfect for Lemon City.. basically it’s transforming an old mobile home park, and warehouses, into Mixed-Use project.. similar to Midtown.

Azarius
2 years ago

Sorry but it’ll never be called Lemon City again lol rotflmao

Anonymous
2 years ago

I would spend the entire $ 31 Million on Morningside Elementary/K8 Academy and Edison.

Education is the best investment.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Invest in the people!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Education is a great investment when it doesn’t line the pockets of corrupt School Board officials in cozy pseudo career politician positions, teacher’s unions, and everything else not in the best interest of the teachers, other school staff, and students themselves.

Anonymous
2 years ago

very excited about this project being completed by 2050

Azarius
2 years ago

The trust should ensure the continuation of spreading and teaching the lil Haiti culture and building affordable housing

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lol of course it won’t. This project will destroy and displace the entire neighborhood. The Wynwood effect will come and one developer will lead to another to another till there is no more Haitians there….just yuppies. Sadly this will happen. The funds will be used to build a community center or some Little Haiti cultural center that no one will attend but alas the city said and did what they said they would do as the new centers will “ preserve “ the neighborhood

Anonymous
2 years ago

Right, because the Haitians who fled Haiti and “Little Haiti” for North Miami and Miramar have really turned around the neighborhood. Give me a break. People are quick to play the race card, but neighborhoods change, both ways.

Azarius
2 years ago

This is partially true but instead of pricing ppl out build something that can be built upon that educates the ppl how to build and maintain small businesses and the importance in talking care and investing in what you have.. everyone isn’t presented the opportunity to learn these things but hey that’s jus my opinion you’ll think we learned something but I guess not….everything is about money

Azarius
2 years ago

P.S they are fleeing trying to survive within the price point they can

Anonymous
2 years ago

1-Please describe Little Haiti’s Character without using the terms: vacant lots, boarded up houses, concentration of poverty, and being completely ignore by the mostly white neighborhoods east of Biscayne Boulevard that now pretend to care because they oppose high rises close to their quasi segregated gated communities. 2-When was the last time you supported a Business in Little Haiti?
3-How many times you did your groceries in a Puerto-Rican Bodega before the area was gentrified?
4- Are you supporting the local businesses in Liberty City, Carol City, Opa-Locka, etc so they can afford not to be rented out?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I call it progress.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good for lemon city

C.O.Jones
2 years ago

love how they call this an innovation district. What have or will they be innovating? Condos, Office, retail space…etc.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Empty buzzterm they appropriated from Richard Florida.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Commerce

Anonymous
2 years ago

“The developers have also agreed to contribute up to $31 million in payments into a newly created Little Haiti Revitalization Trust, to be overseen by the city.” *** oh… this can only end well. by which I mean it will be spent on pole dances and blow !!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s time to gentrify this part of Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Eaton park and the lemon city library need a serious face-lift.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Somebody quick tell them Grand Bois translates as Big Wood.

Shawn Kouri
1 year ago

I support the project. It’s very close to my dads house. To help with the gentrification that would be caused by the project, they can make some units affordable housing including low income housing. There can also be
Modestly priced Condos by Lennar & DR Horton from one bedrooms to 3-bedrooms with 2-story 3 to 6 bedroom family units with modest Suburban new construction home interiors
Premium condos
Some rental apartments

And with the amount of office spaces, to help with the gentrification, if someone living in the area got a degree and couldn’t start their swingers in an office space because jobs weren’t there before as it is the case in most of Miami, the developer can help by getting them into these careers. Moreover, they can make all of the residential towers, hotels, offices, and other buildings fully solar powered with off grid energy technologies and all towers can be built using pre-fabricated or modular construction. Factory built hurricane proof buildings. It allows the buildings to be built faster and 10% to 30% more affordable in construction costs compared to traditional methods. This makes the units much more affordable. Easy!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hey