Third potential Marlins Park garage tenant surfaces
By Patricia Hoyos
A third letter of intent to occupy a space in the approximately 53,000 square feet of retail space at the garages of the new Marlins ballpark has been submitted. The proposal comes weeks after the Miami Parking Authority announced the city was working on drafting leases for two potential tenants.
Latin Corner Sports Bar & Grill would take up about 3,000 square feet. The proposed 10-year lease at $25 per square foot would be for a space facing Northwest Seventh Street and 14th Avenue. If the restaurant follows through, it would be required to open four months from the "receipt of possession of the premises," according to the proposal. Opening day for the regular season at the ballpark is April 4.
"This really fits the model and the direction given to us by the commission in terms of the interlocal [agreement] in terms of types of retail," said Art Noriega, CEO of the Miami Parking Authority.
Latin Corner had a location in Westchester but was bought out, Mr. Noriega said. The proposal to open in the ballpark's garages retail space is meant to revive the concept.
"We're very excited about this one," he added.
In early February, the parking authority and Terranova Corp., which is leading the leasing efforts, announced that Lime Fresh Mexican Grill was interested in opening its fifth location in Miami-Dade County with a restaurant in the garages. The parking authority has not responded to a query about whether that lease has yet been signed.
The parking authority had hoped that once that lease was inked, it would create a domino effect prompting other potential tenants to come forward.
Also interested in moving into the garage's retail space is 100 Fires Cigars, which would sell cigars and have cigar-rolling demonstration. Mindy McIlroy, executive vice president of Terranova, has said that 100 Fires Cigars would fit the neighborhood and its demographics. The establishment is not intended to be a smoking lounge.
Whether any establishment in the garages will be opening by the Marlins opening day remains unclear, although the fast casual restaurant Lime had express an interest in opening in time for the beginning of the baseball season.
Back in September, Navarro CEO Juan Ortiz told Miami Today that the discount pharmacy was eyeing the city-owned stadium garages in Little Havana to open a 13,000- to 18,000-square-foot store. But a public relations representative has recently said that Navarro has since abandoned those plans.
Ms. McIlroy has said that Terranova has made it a priority to bring restaurants and lounges to the space, although they haven't discarded other types of businesses. The goal is that the businesses will be able to sustain themselves during the off season by catering to the surrounding population as well as attracting people throughout the county.
Had Navarro opened a store in the garages, it would have been prohibited from selling Marlins merchandise because of a stadium agreement that prohibits the sale of baseball branded or themed memorabilia other than by the Marlins.
During last week's Miami Parking Authority meeting, the board of directors also approved agreements with vendors for the parking facilities staffing, landscaping and security services.
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