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

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

Anonymous

Overtown booming

Anonymous

LIke it. Giving the people JOBS!

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

Big project! Takes time.

No billboards

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

Azarius

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

True Harlem of the south

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

Azarius

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

yep 🙁

Anonymous

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

Azarius

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

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

Anonymous

Far too low density for downtown location.

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Excited to see the area booming again!!!

NYC Loves Miami

No skyscrapers?

Anonymous

Great, now tear down i-95 south of dolphin

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Mia Antoinette

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

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

Anonymous

Because poor people love colors it’s Miami baby woooooo

Anonymous

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

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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

Anonymous

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

Miami Realist

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

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

Anonymous

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

Optimist

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

Yeah right

ANOTHER LAND SPECULATOR MAKING REVEALS ABOUT WHAT THEY WILL NEVER BUILD

Anonymous

Horrible news.

No billboards please

Please make sure there are NO billboards.

Anonymous

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

Not holding my breath for this.

Anonymous

look like a colorful ghetto.

Anonymous

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

Shawn Kouri

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

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

we need to leave overtown alone man poor residents

Anonymous

“overtone?”

Anonymous

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