Publix-anchored retail center in Omni awaits City of Miami go-ahead
By Jacquelyn Weiner
Developers of the first major grocery store in the Omni area are still awaiting a building permit to break ground.
South Florida-based developer Stiles has planned to begin construction of a two-story retail center that includes a 49,200-square-foot Publix by the first quarter of this year.
"As soon as the [City of Miami] issues the permit, we will begin construction," Robert Breslau, president of Stiles Real Estate Investment Services Group, wrote in an e-mail.
Mr. Breslau said the store is still on track to open in March 2012. The building permit — the last government go-ahead needed for the project — is still under review.
The city granted a Class II Special Permit in August. Such permits are required "prior to approval of any permit affecting the location, relocation or alteration of any structure, sign, awning, landscaping, parking, area or vehicular way visible from a public street," according to city documents.
Located at 1776 Biscayne Blvd., the planned Omni-area Publix is to include a bakery, pharmacy and café with outdoor seating, Mr. Breslau said.
It's to serve as anchor tenant for a three-story, 57,200-square-foot retail center dubbed Publix at 18Biscayne.
Two levels of parking and 23 street-level spots are planned, totaling 296 spaces.
In addition to the grocery store, the retail center is to house 8,000 square feet of retail facing Biscayne Boulevard. That space includes a 1,470-square-foot Publix liquor store.
Negotiations are being finalized with a national bank branch to lease 3,200 square feet, Mr. Breslau said.
"The remaining 3,300 square feet of retail space is currently being marketed for lease," he said. "We are in lease negotiations on two of the [three] remaining retail" spaces.
Mr. Breslau has said Stiles aims to fill the spaces with service and restaurant tenants to serve the area's growing residential population.
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