Retail Project Now In Permitting Next To Walmart’s Abandoned Midtown Miami Property

At Midtown Miami, a retail project is now in construction permitting.

29 and 31 Northeast 29 Street would be renovated from its former use as the Pyke Bros. auto repair shop into retail space.

A total of 15,447 square feet will be remodeled at a cost of $1,351,613, the permit states. The building height is 1 story, or 18 feet.

The permit was first submitted last summer, and was actively being worked as recently as yesterday.

According to the website of Panoply Properties, the project will offer 11 retail bays ranging from 692 to 2,766 square feet and a landscaped courtyard/parking lot with approximately 27 parking spaces.

The skeletal remains of a foundation have been in place at the abandoned Walmart construction site next door for nearly four years. There has been no construction permitting activity at the Walmart property since 2015, when the retailer was denied approval for a 164,379 square foot building.

 

A former auto repair shop (covered in graffiti in background) will be converted to retail. Walmart foundation is in foreground.

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Anonymous

Hopefully, they will put the parking lot in the back.

Anonymous

Me too

Anonymous

put you in the back?

Anonymous

since they are renovating the existing building, the parking will be where it currently is in front of the building.

Anonymous

What is taking Walmart so long to build?

Anonymous

Local opposition.

Anonymous

What’s taking Walmart so long to build?.. dude, can you read – “There has been no construction permitting activity at the Walmart property since 2015, when the retailer was denied approval.”

What more do you need this article to say?

Anonymous

Everyone on this website opposes this Walmart which is why they rushed to put their foundation down

Anonymous

Hope walmart never gets built there…

Anon

it won’t. they’ve taken the L and moved on, i believe.

William

They own the land and have the right to operate there. They are being held hostage by the Midtown CDD and certain small group of local activists.

Anonymous

Eventually residents will get tired of looking at an empty swath of land covered in weeds.. Walmart has time on their side.

Anonymous

Not with changing consumer tastes.

Traffic Nighmare

Walmart NEVER had site control.

Jim Jones

Walmart owns the land. Can you explain what you mean?

Anonymous

“Local activists” keeping the revitalization of the neighborhood from being reversed.

Traffic Nighmare

Putting a Super Walmart on that tiny site was NEVER a good idea. Never.

Anonymous

Walmart is a scourge.

Anonymous

So many empty lots, all downtown…

Anonymous

Everything in Miami has local opposition.

Anonymous

And people here thinks this place is world class.

Laz

so these midtown folks are so upscale with a target, marshalls and homegoods ; STFU. a Walmart would do twice the business of Target and bring jobs with a bunch of tax revenue, above the walmart could have been apartments.

if you go by midtown the pricey stores like West Elm are empty while the homegoods is packed to the rafters. cheap a$$ roommate household midtown residents

Anonymous

Agree! Done correctly a small walmart with exterior esthetics that match the neighborhood would be great! People forget that within a 3 mile radius there are over 100 thousand people that are working class people which need to be able to afford goods. Even folks who live in Midtown and are students or young roommates. If we want more urbanization for all classes of people we have to be willing to offer all price points for goods. I wonder if all these “activist” will give donations to people that cant afford to purchase items at higher end stores. They disguise themselves in being progressive and activist but are truly anti-working class and just dont want a “certain type of person” in their areas. I live in East Allapattah, I welcome investment and development.

Anonymous

I just noticed a day or two ago that there appears to be some activity at the Walmart site.

Anonymous

Hopefully Related bought it.

Anon

said no one ever.

Anonymous

The majority of the high rises in midtown are built by Related, they have been successful in this area.

Anon

not one midtown building was done by Related.

Anonymous

Hyde!

Anon

lol fuck you right. it’s the one that slipped my mind. but the rest were done by others.

Anonymous

What a shame!

Anonymous

About seven or more ten story tall apartment buildings would be awesome for that abandoned Walmart site.

Gene

The land should be bought by the city and turned into a park. More green space is needed not more concrete.

Anonymous

Whatsamatter.. tired of Simpson Park?

For Sale

Walmart is limited to a height of 50’. Someone else owns the air rights.

Anonymous

more walmart drama

Anonymous

Zyscovich architects designed the Walmart building and City of Miami approved. What’s the holdup?

Anon

going from memory… i believe walmart was granted approval for foundation only phased permit, but never the building permit. local opposition turned up some emails from a commissioner or planning director’s personal email to walmart’s lobbyist, which is highly illegal. walmart was incapable or unwilling to make the changes that city staff requested in order to get approval and they walked away.

Anonymous

Thanks, I’m new and didn’t know the history.

Anonymous

Condo and Retail Owners in Midtown 6, 7, 8, are going to demand that Walmart site completed.

Anonymous

No they don’t want it to be built.

Anonymous

Lol. I use amazon thanks

Anonymous

shoppers need options LOL

Anonymous

Agree! Done correctly a small walmart with exterior esthetics that match the neighborhood would be great! People forget that within a 3 mile radius there are over 100 thousand people that are working class people which need to be able to afford goods. Even folks who live in Midtown and are students or young roommates. If we want more urbanization for all classes of people we have to be willing to offer all price points for goods. I wonder if all these “activist” will give donations to people that cant afford to purchase items at higher end stores. They disguise themselves in being progressive and activist but are truly anti-working class and just dont want a “certain type of person” in their areas. I live in East Allapattah, I welcome investment and development. Working Class people sometimes cant afford Amazon Prime or have access to internet or simply don’t know how to use it. People need to get of their bubbles.