With car racing in rearview mirror, Ralph Sanchez set to fulfill Merrick's dream of a Gables live-work community
After years in the fast lane as the godfather of car racing in Miami, Ralph Sanchez — founder of the Miami Grand Prix and developer of the Homestead Speedway — has put the brakes on all other endeavors to take his time developing his latest project: Old Spanish Village, a luxury live-work community planned for Coral Gables' historic Arts and Crafts District, just outside the city's central business district.
Mr. Sanchez says he's the "kind of guy" to work on one task at a time, and he's focused all of his energies now on getting the mixed-use development, modeled after Coral Gables founder George Merrick's vision for the area, off the ground. Even the Old Spanish Village sales center is historic. Mr. Sanchez renovated Merrick's former architectural headquarters, 2901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., to create a home base for the project and his own offices.
He was interviewed there by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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