Simkins Unveils Plans To Build Mixed-Use Village In Overtown Culture & Entertainment District As Part Of A Deal With The CRA

Developer Michael Simkins is planning a redevelopment of historic Overtown under a master plan that is part of a deal with the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency.

The CRA board will vote next week on finalizing the deal. A total of three bidders submitted proposals for the property, with the Simkins proposal ranking top by a selection committee.

Under a master plan adopted by the CRA, a mixed-use village will be built within an Overtown Culture & Entertainment District.

Simkins’ Overtown Associates, LLC will purchase 14 parcels on condition that they be developed in accordance with a master plan adopted by the CRA.

In exchange, his company will transfer title to 4 parcels and make a cash payment.

The CRA meeting where a vote to finalize the deal is scheduled for December 16.

Simkins also owns property nearby where he is planning the Miami Innovation District.

 

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Shawn Kouri
1 year ago

Oh and add a Tesla Service Center, a bank, and a small medical plaza.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Overtown booming

Anonymous
1 year ago

LIke it. Giving the people JOBS!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Simkins ?? And ummm…What is going on with the Miami Innovation district with the supposedly 9 towers including the one that lights up with ads ?? Been planning that forever Mister.

Azarius
1 year ago

Waiting on market turn around and for the MWC to fill in more so when they start they can go for higher sells

Anonymous
1 year ago

Big project! Takes time.

No billboards
1 year ago

Please no billboards. Billboards and especially LED billboards are incredibly ugly.

Azarius
1 year ago

Love the look and scope of this plan jus hope they add a time for him to build out so many lots as well as make sure it’s inclusive of its residents (affordable/workforce housing) small market to encourage sm businesses more mom and pop than anything… this area will thrive especially with neighboring Wynwood

Azarius
1 year ago

True Harlem of the south

Anonymous
1 year ago

I guess you’d rather it resemble somewhere in Gables?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nice concept but what’s with the rainbow of colors on the buildings? How about all the Overtown signs everywhere in this rendering?
For it being “Historic Overtown” maybe they should design something more historical looking with brick or an antique look. Take notes from the Block 45 design which is a nice balance of modern and historical look. You currently drive by and see signs of “Historical Overtown” but thats actually quite hysterical considering no history is being displayed to the public. But hey I guess there’s always soulbasel (which is just straight noise for 5 days), the empty lyric theater and the hope of Red Rooster bringing a positive change to the area

Anonymous
1 year ago

Forget it.. I was born and raised in Overtown during the 1960’s and 70’s. Definitely not the same place now.

Anonymous
1 year ago

My guess is, you got the hell out as soon as you could afford to do so. That’s smart.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah.. just as smart as the people who got the hell out of Little Havana as soon as they could afford to do so.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The people living there will definitely not have any objections to this aggressive gentrification. This will be a breeze.

Azarius
1 year ago

If done right this could be good for the area as long as they keep the residents market/workforce/affordable prices it’ll be good cause everything else going towards Biscayne Boulevard hoes up in pricing

Anonymous
1 year ago

Going towards Biscayne Boulevard hoes can be risky and unhealthy. Get tested.

Anonymous
1 year ago

No ONe does this for free…The people living here will be displaced for sure.

Anonymous
1 year ago

yep 🙁

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not the people who OWN property.
Only renters get displaced. Owners get paid.

Azarius
1 year ago

He’s doing for as a clearing for the innovation district jus a few blocks away to create a mix of incomes in a general area

Anonymous
1 year ago

Especially all those people living on vacant lots, I know right?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Far too low density for downtown location.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s a historic neighborhood in need of preservation. Not everything downtown needs to be massive. I think the density‘s (at least in part) for that reason.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You’re right, that area can be built with more density being that a MetroRail stop is right by it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I think this is very positive for the area!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Excited to see the area booming again!!!

NYC Loves Miami
1 year ago

No skyscrapers?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Great, now tear down i-95 south of dolphin

Anonymous
1 year ago

#8 “The Watermelon Building”? Is that existing?

Anonymous
1 year ago

looks amazing. but I know the local residents of overtown will not like this new development.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You know?.. I mean, you actually go Overtown and talk to people?

Anonymous
1 year ago

THis is great because it brings more jobs to the community!

Mia Antoinette
1 year ago

I love to see people want to invest in your own backyard! Nothing like giving life and opportunity to the same place you were born and raised in.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes, the area could use development like this, but why the silly colors?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Because poor people love colors it’s Miami baby woooooo

Anonymous
1 year ago

I think poor people are more concerned with something affordable to live in. This is not Wynwood or the Design district.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Haha. This will never happen. People there would rather be complacent than watch the community grow.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You mean, you actually mingle and hangout with the folks Overtown and that’s how you know how the people are?

Miami Realist
1 year ago

Good bye ghettoes! Welcome gentrification! Soon Overtown slums will be the past, and many other slums in Miami will disappear. Miami needs to advance into a world class city.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is a borderline racist comment. I’m surprised TNM doesn’t clean this crap up.

Anonymous
1 year ago

There are so many buildings not identified in the proposal diagrams.

Optimist
1 year ago

Looks like it would preserve a lot of the existing structures in the area. That’s a good thing.

Yeah right
1 year ago

ANOTHER LAND SPECULATOR MAKING REVEALS ABOUT WHAT THEY WILL NEVER BUILD

Anonymous
1 year ago

Horrible news.

No billboards please
1 year ago

Please make sure there are NO billboards.

Anonymous
1 year ago

According to Google, Spring Garden is in Overtown? Right, just like everything between Downtown/Brickell and the city limits south of the Miami River and Dolphin Expressway and north of Coconut Grove wrongfully blacketed as “Little” Havana…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not holding my breath for this.

Anonymous
1 year ago

look like a colorful ghetto.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I bet you think and say the same thing when you look at your house?

Shawn Kouri
1 year ago

This will really gentrify the area. It should have affordable housing, workforce housing, luxury condos, hotel, office space or can, and open air shopping.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I hope they build a sedanos. These developers are always leaving sedanos out of their plans.We need a sedanos rich folks want to snack on a croqueta every once in a while

Anonymous
1 year ago

we need to leave overtown alone man poor residents

Anonymous
1 year ago

“overtone?”

Anonymous
1 year ago

No actually we need to do the exact opposite and invest into the community including mixed use projects like this with public/private partnerships.