Ross Dress For Less Signs Lease To Open At Downtown Miami’s Historic Burdines Building, Gets Construction Permit

Ross Dress For Lease signed a lease to open at the historic downtown Miami building that most recently housed Macy’s.

A construction permit to begin work was approved by Miami’s Building Department in late September.

Ross will occupy the ground floor of the building, a leasing plan shows. Escalators to the second floor will be walled off.

In total, Ross will spend $2,991,800 to renovate 34,192 square feet of space, plans show.

Another permit was approved today (October 10) for a separate retail space in the building. A total of 3,174 square feet of retail space will be renovated at a cost of $277,726 for the unidentified tenant.

 

The store in 1926 (photo via Florida Memory:

 

 

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Anonymous

Makes sense, since the building they’re currently in will be demolished and become One Biscayne. Citibank already relocated as well.

Anonymous

Blah. Target would have been a better choice.

Anonymous

Glad they not demolishing the old Burdines building.it is historic.

Anonymous

so was the Orange Bowl…but that topic came and went.

Anonymous

What a missed opportunity to convert it in a great live-work lofts building.

Anonymous

They might for the upper floors.

Anonymous

There were some developers interested but being in Real Estate for the last 20 years I can tell you that the area and specifically that block is not there yet. We show many people in Downtown and some blocks do better than others. Here, it is homeless central in the day time and even more so in the evening. Macys pulled out and I wish Ross the best but it is going to be a bit difficult to improve this block.

Anonymous

Look it that old street car in downtown Miami ! I think it went all the way to South Beach Beach then. It seems the further back we go the better the mass transit was in the developed areas of Miami Dade back then

Shawn Kouri

Wasn’t this building supposed to be a proposed high-rise?

Anonymous

Some dopes from NYC were trying to sell it that way.

Anonymous

Can you even have a commercial district in Florida without a “Ross Dress For Lease”?

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Gross.

Anonymous

Ross would’ve made better sense in the annex across the street, or in the old F.W. Woolworth next door (like on Los Angeles’s Broadway) but it’s likely uninhabitable thanks to Mana. We could’ve had a magnificent Target and lofts along 1st in the original section which could’ve been restored like in the 1926 image.

Anonymous

I never see homeless around Brickell so why are they downtown?? Maybe they need cops in blue instead of ambassadors in red.

Anonymous

The reason why is because Brickell architecture does not have a lot of shelter for homeless people, whereas Downtown’s architecture has blocks and blocks of shelter. Until that changes, it will continue to be this way.

Anonymous

also many stores are closed, which allows tons of homeless to camp out

Anonymous

What a shame. This could have been a great opportunity to bring in a more meaningful tenant to one of downtown’s most important and historic retail buildings. While new shopping destinations are sprouting up all over the city, downtown who has an established infrastructure and great collection of architecturally significant buildings, sits deteriorating.

Anonymous

The sad fact is that these old buildings are cavernous and they attract a lot of homeless people. New buildings with out shelter would solve this issue but preservationists will fight tooth and nail to keep them standing just as they are now. It is a vicious cycle that I don’t see ending anytime soon.

Anonymous

Shelter keeps you cool while walking on the sidewalks and dry from the rain. We don’t have enough trees (especially shade trees cough:palms:cough) to keep pedestrians cool. All of Brickell City Centre has the climate ribbon, a shelter if you will. They don’t have homelessness. It has less to do with the building’s design and more to do with derelict properties teeming with code violations that code compliance won’t actually enforce and overpriced rents for these dumps keeping businesses out. Looking at you, Mana.

Anonymous

This not meant to purposefully get the “cult of cars off the street” girls upset, but the successful retail ALWAYS has ample parking. ALWAYS.

Anonymous

Two points:
1) Asbestos in 1983 ?!?
2) Should remain public/workforce housing.

Anonymous

Wrong article.