Transit-Oriented Development? Thousands Of Units Planned At Southland Mall, Next To New BRT Stop

South Dade’s Southland Mall has been sold, and the new owners are said to be planning thousands of new residential units, according to the SFBJ.

Electra America and BH Group paid just over $100 million for the property.

Existing zoning allows 15 floors and 720 apartments, according to the Herald. The SFBJ said that the new project would have thousands of units, however.

The new owners will also remodel the existing mall.

The property sits across from a new stop on the South Corridor Bus Rapid Transit project, which is currently under construction and slated to open early next year.

 

(photo: Phillip Pessar)

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Azarius
8 days ago

Build the MetroRail ‼️‼️‼️ This could help the housing situation. Rezone and build affordable and workforce housing

Anonymous
8 days ago

They really need to extend that metro rail, traffic south of the metro is a nightmare but the new housing units is a good start.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Not gonna happen. The $$$ isn’t there for it.

Not Anonymous
8 days ago

but the $$$ for the salary that pays Carollo’s mansion is?

Anonymous
8 days ago

^Post again only after you get a clue

ParkingHater
8 days ago

Nah, market rate is what we need. Supply and demand. Look at Minneapolis.

Anonymous
8 days ago

The population in the state of Minnesota is about five 5.8 million people.

The population in the state of Florida is about 22.3 million people or more.

You can kick the entire amount of people that live in Minnesota out of Florida and still Florida will have a population that’s almost or probably is three times larger that Minnesota.

Florida can’t look to Minnesota for solutions, they’re too small.

ParkingHater
8 days ago

Minneapolis is 430k

Miami is 442k

Keep the excuses coming

Ton
8 days ago

Bro are you that dumb? He said Florida not Miami. Lol

ParkingHater
8 days ago

Did I say we should copy Minnesota housing?

https://streets.mn/2022/05/06/minneapolis-rents-drop/

Checo
8 days ago

The connection hasn’t been made…and I’m curious…what does Minneapolis have to do with greater Miami?

Muhammad
6 days ago

Minnesota is cold. Miami got the sun, sand and the beach. Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 lakes

Checo
8 days ago

Are you saying that Minneapolis real estate is affordable because people have been leaving the city for decades?

Fun Minneapolis facts:
The peak population of Minneapolis was in 1950, when its population was 521,718. In 1950, Minneapolis was the 17th largest city in the US; now its fallen to the 46th largest city in the US. Minneapolis is currently 17.7% smaller than it was in 1950.

The comparison would not make sense, because Miami’s population has been increasing since then.

Jacob V
7 days ago

Minneapolis gained 50k people in the past decade and all neighborhoods in Minneapolis continue to increase in population.

Anonymous
8 days ago

People have been leaving Minneapolis in droves since two weeks from today, two years ago.

Jacob Vandervest
7 days ago

Minneapolis has been gaining population for the past 15 years. It’s really easy to research.

Checo
8 days ago

There is a shortage of housing units in Miami-Dade at all tiers.

Minneapolis
3 days ago

Keep my name out of your mouth.

Anonymous
8 days ago

I’d rather Metrorail be extended to Miami Beach east, and Little Havana, Doral, and FIU west, before any extension southbound into a low-density suburban area. Metromover doesn’t cut it. Priorities…

Anonymous
8 days ago

There are no extensions planned, and no funds for expansion.

Anonymous
8 days ago

How? With an endowment from The Azarius Fund? There is no county money nor federal money for this. But, “Just Do It” anyhow right?

C. Judd
7 days ago

Miami Dade county taxpayers have paid *for years* for Metrorail extension that has never happened. Instead, former Mi Dade county mayor brokered sweetheart deals with buses. A county-wide transit assessment emphasized utter necessity for metro rail extension with Southland mall as a metro rail and other transit hub.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Taxpayers half cent sales tax increase paid for the 2.4 mile airport Metrorail expansion, plus maintenance and repairs to existing Metrorail. That’s what the half-cent sales tax raise was for, and it sunsets for that cause in two years.

Politicians did not have to guts to tell taxpayers the ugly truth–that the mass expansion they touted would take around a 1.5 – 2 cent sales tax increase.

MD County recently was awarded $1.2 billion in federal transit money, and none of it is earmarked for Metrorail or Metromover expansion–it’s for repairs and maintenance to existing systems.

3 years ago–before The Great Inflation–it was estimated by MDC the cost of each additional mile of Metrorail tracks would be $150 million, while constructing a light rail line would require $1.5 billion.

Even in 2018 dollars, that would be approx $1.74 billion to extend Metrorail from Dadeland South to Southland Mall, figure over $2 billion today and far more in a few more years.

Muhammad
6 days ago

That was Alex the great penelas, who stole all of poor people $$$. What a bunch of satanic Liars and hypocrites

BDub
8 days ago

If residents along that corridor will ride the upcoming BRT system in sufficient numbers, they can make a case for extending Metrorail.

Anonymous
8 days ago

thats the biggest problem. Not enough people are riding the bus and that is the excuse the city will make to not expand metro rail. However, with more units being built in t he area that should help speed thigns up

Jsantiago
8 days ago

that’s because nobody wants to ride the crappy bus; and those super rich folks in Coral Gables don’t ride the metrorail; the whole thing doesn’t make sense

Anonymous
8 days ago

Metrorail doesn’t go offer routes feasible for people going to and from Coral Gables. However, if it’s extending from the Miami Airport Station south West 37th Avenue to Douglas Road Station with more stations in between, there will be more reason to use it.

Fern
8 days ago

South from Airport to Douglas Rd and then a new line from FIU to the east along SR 41

Not Anonymous
7 days ago

I don’t think the vendors along Calle Ocho will let that happen

Anonymous
8 days ago

The thing is, middle and upper class people don’t want to take a bus but will ride trains

They call me...
8 days ago

So there is no ridership….but “WE” “NEED” a $100 gazillion metrorail expansion.

Jsantiago
8 days ago

Yeah; twenty years from now.

ParkingHater
8 days ago

That is in the plan. 35K is the trigger

Muhammad
6 days ago

Yeah in about another 10 years. Really will be cost prohibited

Anonymous
8 days ago

Good news for Cutler Ridge area.

Pyst Auf
7 days ago

Hell no. Stay away!

Pickles
3 days ago

How is this good news? A 7 story bedroom community is just going to cause more traffic/congestion in the area of that mall. The quality of life will go down hill in a hurry. This is why so many people are being bled out of Miami because the quality of life there sucks now.

Melo is sigma and chad
8 days ago

Good more density near future metrorail stations hopfully.

Pickles
3 days ago

Metrorail is never coming that far south. Just forget it. The privileged elite in the Northeast corridor of the county may say it, however.

C. Judd
7 days ago

Apparently many commentators here are unaware of Miami’s current public transportation crisis that is set to become a complete catastrophe in the near future. There are thoughtful professional DOT blueprints, proposals and discussions easily available on the web for those interested in this critical topic. Extensive light rail is the only solution where the US1 busway and 117th Ave run as main corridors—along with other main thoroughfares. The longer elected officials delay metrorail expansion, the more expensive that expansion will be. Akin to Los Angeles, Miami *used* to have a light rail network that was ripped out in favor of automotive transport—big mistake.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Again guys – THERE’S NO MONEY FOR A METRORAIL EXPANSION

Not at the federal level (most important) and surely not at the county level. Unless you’re aware of some magic funding source that no leaders know of….

Anonymous
7 days ago

Isn’t it like any other public service tho? There would be a tax increase in some form to pay for it. Nobody is saying it should be free.

Anonymous
7 days ago

You wanna get taxed outta Miami? That’s what you’re advocating to pay for this huge undertaking.

Pyst Auf
7 days ago

Yeah. Try legalizing Recreational Cannabiz and tax it.

Scott Dunn
4 days ago

Past mayor Giménez now represents us at a federal level. Why hasn’t he made it a priority to get federal funds down here for transportation?

Gabe
4 days ago

Did everyone not reas the the article? They are construction BRT which is comparable to the metro rail. It will be open next year. It will go from Homestead to Dadeland station.

M m
8 days ago

Transit-oriented? Miami? Keep dreaming.

Anonymous
8 days ago

In my opinion, this “BRT” route should be tri-rail style commuter rail. I think it’s not dense enough to support metro rail and frankly would be too far for a convenient commute but it’s the perfect distance for commuter trains.

Anonymous
8 days ago

This. Too bad they dug up the FEC rail that previously existed, and are doing the same for areas around Kendall that are perfect from a Tri-Rail spur from Hialeah Market Station.

Pyst Auf
7 days ago

Hiw about just staying out of South Dade. Wd don’t want anh more peopke and traffic. Period.

Buddha
7 days ago

I’ve been to Washington DC & stayed in a air b&b in a location with mixed stores & apartments & condos/ townhouses. It works seamlessly. It could work at Southland mall. Truly the mall desperately needs renovation, & proposed plan would satisfy housing for many people.

Qalexander
7 days ago

This is a Bad idea

Bob
7 days ago

How so ?

Pyst Auf
7 days ago

More commuters on our already over crowed roadways, and more traffic clogging construction work that don’t result in any improvements when the orange cones are finally, if ever, removed.

Pickles
7 days ago

Noooo leave the Cutler Ridge Mall alone. I’m going to miss it. We would go to that mall a lot in my childhood years. It’s literally a piece of my childhood. ;(

Anonymous
7 days ago

I did too. That Sears in the photo is in some of my earliest memories–back in the 1970s.

But its time has passed, and it’s time for something to meet today’s needs.

Pickles
3 days ago

Sears is closing stores nationwide. I can see the Sears going away but the rest of the mall should be updated with better stores. I just hate to see it go it was such a big part of my childhood and my cousins childhood.

Shawn Kouri
8 days ago

I’m going to see renderings please

M m
8 days ago

There are none.

Pyst Auf
7 days ago

Gee, surprise…..
NOT

peej
8 days ago

Actually, you won’t Shawn. This was literally purchased last week…

Givemecat
7 days ago

I love how people think this is going to make Florida better

Anonymouse
8 days ago

Have not seen this latest version of the BRT, but can not help but wonder how ” different ” it will be from the original one ,which came on line in 1997 , that is about 25 years ago , give or take.
What is more important , what will the ” People “get for the tidy sum of $ 368 million.
Hopefully at least some new asphalt and some really spiffy 21 st. century benches.
Oh ,almost forgot,tens of thousands of new riders.

Rodriguez
8 days ago

no different just a fancier bus stop; or fancier place for homeless population to sleep in

They call me...
8 days ago

Wrong.

ParkingHater
8 days ago

It will be better. AC. Off board fare collection. Level boarding.

Literally all that’s missing is rail and it’d be a modern metrorail stop

They call me...
8 days ago

Allow me…
The platforms are state of the art and are set up exactly the level of Metrorails.
Payment systems are touchless and link directly to any of your payment platforms (ApplePay, Google, Zelle, PayPal, your bank…whatever).

The stations are safe, secure and easily accessible and upgradeable for the day that there is enough ridership to substantiate upgrading.

The busses will run on NatGas or electricity and the travel lanes are dedicated to the BRT and trigger crossing gates the same way the the Metro rail would trigger gates.

ParkingHater
8 days ago

(Also they look cool)

daniel
8 days ago

EXACTLY

Anonymous
8 days ago

It’s still a bus.

daniel
8 days ago

A 60-foot battery electric articulated bus with electric traction motors with 150% better performance and no vibration.

Ahsumsawz
7 days ago

It’s a train on wheels

Ciparoo
8 days ago

Geez this is far away