Development Outlook: Midtown Miami & Vicinity

Image: Midtown Four and Midblock

The Foremost Symbol of Miami’s Emerging Urbanism

Midtown Miami is, in many ways, the most obvious symbol of Miami’s rapid urban transformation. It exhibits Miami’s architectural star power, represents the most ambitious push west for urbanism in the city thus far, sits on a formerly blighted and infrastructureless area of the city, and incorporates large-scale commercial and residential elements. For all intensive purposes, it is a city-within-a-city.

Image: The shops at Midtown Miami’s northwest side

The Skeptics Viewpoint

Yet, despite this, there are those that recall the past failure of the much hyped Omni Mall when considering Midtown’s prospects for success. However natural this historic allusion may seem, the Omni, which never had the residential component Midtown has, is currently owned by a New York-based firm with billion dollar plans that span 10-15 years. Suffice to say times have changed. Then there are those that claim the project is too vast and will never be fully completed. This is to suppose that after all that has taken place, the remaining land and phases are going to be disregarded. This is hogwash, as I see it.

Image: West entrance into the Shops at Midtown Miami

What Prospects Does Midtown Miami Present for Uptown’s Future?

Sunset Place in South Miami is a good starting point for considering how a large-scale destination-retail facility can affect its periphery. Before I continue, I am in no way claiming that Sunset Place is a model for Midtown to emulate, rather I am using it as an example of the effects of a large-scale destination-retail facility on its periphery. Acting as an anchor luring thousands of visitors to the heart of South Miami, Sunset Place’s southern flank along Sunset Drive has become a hub of economic activity. There are restaurants, taverns, wine bars, lounges, stores, and cafes along Sunset Drive across the facility. Each of them is a testament to Sunset Place’s catalytic effects.

Image: Sunset Place in South Miami

Is Midtown Miami’s Peripheral Effect to Be Any Different?

There are those who argue that South Miami is a more stable section of the city with an enclave of well-off single family homeowners in the surrounding the area. This same argument is predicated upon the idea that Midtown is in the inner city where stability is fleeting at best. Naturally, the “inner city” refers to the Wynwood area that only within the last few years began gaining recognition as the center of a burgeoning art scene, but remains, for the most part, largely overlooked by visitors and tourists. We’ll get further into the Wynwood aspect later in the post, but to suggest this is also to ignore the presence of two nearby exclusive bay front communities: Bay Point and Morningside. These two neighborhoods are no slouches when measuring affluence. Edgewater’s rising prominence will add luster to Midtown’s prospects as well.

Image: Restaurants, taverns, and cafes across from Sunset Place

What Makes Midtown Miami Different?

Aside from the three aforementioned neighborhoods, Midtown Miami is situated next to two highly distinctive urban nodes: the Design District and Wynwood Arts District.

Image: Underutilized properties directly across from Midtown Miami.

The DD

The Design District’s Dacra-propelled plans and resulting buzz has lured numerous high-profile international tenants into the aesthetically alluring DD. Although some would describe the Design District as movie-set-like, that is to say absent of real life, there should be no doubt as to Craig Robins’ knack for smelling out the City’s next hot spot. Positive developments and activity in the Design District are sure to have a spillover effect on Midtown Miami and vice-versa.

WAD

Then, of course, there is the Wynwood Arts District, which for years, while simply known as Wynwood, had the stigma of an unsafe inner city neighborhood. Today, the hood is at the forefront of Miami’s art scene. There is a greater concentration of art galleries in Wynwood than in Coral Gables or Miami Beach. So many, in fact, that there is a website dedicated to tracking and showcasing them. However, on the surface, Wynwood doesn’t exude this fact. Passing by the neighborhood, only a keen eye will notice the various little galleries that dot the place. But, let’s be serious, Wynwood is gritty not commercial. It’s a neighborhood that is propelled by earnest passion for art not a desire to be accepted. Wynwood represents a breaking of the mold while Midtown represents a casting of it. Given such opposing characteristics, it’ll be interesting to see how the neighborhoods interact with one another.

Image: More under utilized properties across from Midtown Miami. Notice the neatly landscaped median–attributed to Midtown

The Midtown Periphery As It Is

Currently, there isn’t much new activity attributed to Midtown Miami around its periphery. This is natural since Midtown has yet to establish itself. Midtown Miami is the product of a NY-based development firm. In looking at land acquisitions in the periphery, almost all of the parcels located north of Midtown Miami are owned by NY-based firms. There is no direct connection to Cayre-Samuel that I’ve seen. Not surprisingly, the west flank of MM–and farthest from active Edgewater–has the least activity in terms of recent acquisitions. In other words, the most recent acquisitions took place in 2004, and the majority have been held for at least 7 years or, in most cases, longer. The south and east sides of Midtown are also lax on new acquisitions. If Midtown is to trigger activity along its periphery, then many existing land owners may just be playing a waiting game until the timing is right to make a move.

Image: Cynergi, which would never have been built were it not for Midtown Miami, is a prime example of the positive effect Midtown Miami presents to the area.

Anticipating Change

In anticipating the type of commercial activity that may take place around Midtown, the Sunset Place comparison becomes useful. Currently, Midtown doesn’t really offer dining options. The Design District does a better job at filling the void, but Midtown remains depressingly behind in this respect.

It’s a simple formula: where there is big box retail and new residential towers, we can expect restaurants, lounges, wine bars, and cafes to follow suit.

Sunset Place bore witness to this and Midtown Miami shouldn’t be any different. Will this happen in a few months? Of course freaking not! It will take a couple of years gradual and often painstakingly slow progress–which I will endeavor to cover–before people realize that the area is truly phenomenal. It boggles my mind to think that people doubt the positive influence that MM and the DD will have on the Uptown area. It just seems so shortsighted to me. I have heard people say that South Beach’s heyday is over and the Urban Core has only one way to go: up. Although I disagree with the South Beach side of the assertion, I know that much of our city’s dynamic social energy and economic influence will be shifting to the Core. It’s already happening. But, I bet, as time unravels its secrets, Midtown Miami will be pivotal in instigating this paradigm shift.

Map: Midtown Miami proper is outlined in Blue. Its vicinity in yellow. The WAD is colored in red, Edgewater in green, and the edge of the Media and Entertainment District in blue. The Design District lies directly across the I-395 to the north and Bay Point to the north east.

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41 responses to “Development Outlook: Midtown Miami & Vicinity

  1. FrenchyMiami

    Midtown is and will become a major attraction for the city of miami. A lot of the people who bought from the developer are people from miami /ny/europe and latin america. They bought because they Bet the area will become what it ought to be a rich enclave in an urban neighbourhood with a great shopping experience..like a Rockefeller center…miami style..Also they stressed the fact that it will be in an area where culture and fashion are gonna thrive with the PAC around the wynwood art district and the Design district…all of them will attract the fashion industry, the clothing , the restaurants and cafes. ….

    The fact that there was a lot of speculation on those towers didn’t seem to affect them so much since almost 85% of tower 2 went into closing already. The bet is on and i believe those who bought still believe and if they can hold they will hold until streetcar or extension of metrorail is completed and people move in what looks like a pretty safe environment again like an enclave…Also to be noted is the fact that other towers have been postponed which makes the people in the first 3 tower in a better shape since there are less offers around…It s actually pretty interesting to see that people in miami are realising that this midtown area is become a destination ..whereas towers that are priced much higher and seem much more luxurious often appear to be lost around alone on biscayne,

    We need more time but people in this area and around Wynwood /Edgewater/Design district will hopefully very soon be quite proud of Midtown which stands to represent them to the rest of Miami and to the world…Add a sort of Publix in the really beautiful and well managed by DDR commercial center add improved transport by car though I95 and hopefully by Metrorail or the streetcar…you will only need segways to live around(just kiddding)

    I do believe in their idea even though the process is tedious and costly…evn though sometimes you risk to lose a masterpiece like Midtown3 because of the volatile situation of the real estate market..It s all for the best of it…

    They need to continue to push once they have the support of their investors, of the city, of the local associations so that everything comes together soon enough…The support of the Bayrock group which increased its participation in Midtown is giving us a proof that people believe because the fundations are healthy…They can build on the existing if not in the coming year at least in 2 3 years so the project comes together. In between time the whole thing is a very cute destination adn a very safe environment to live not to far from work dowtown or from the beach for the matter…10 min each way(not to rehash what they used to sell.

  2. James Wilkins

    The screeching halt of 3Midtown has me concerned. You need risk takers to make it happen. I hope Craig Robins continues to be tackle the DD the way he did Lincoln Road and Aqua.

    I am concerned that Midtown will stop, much the way we see it today for several years, 5-10 and then the opportunity will have passed. I hope I am wrong.

  3. FrenchyMiami

    I don’t think they will stop more than 2 years…Especially when they see people coming and demand picking up…it s a good test for the market. Land investment is good but building condos will bring them much more returns…as soon as demand comes back they ll be building…i don’t expect them to wait more than a couple years out.

    Another idea was to buid a hotel and an office tower…maybe it is coming who knows this will make the area very versatile and interesting too..more restaurants for workers at lunch..for diners too for hotel and residents…they can have a little park to wait it out also…

    Parking lots can bring them money it s useful but no so nice

    They really can do a lot with that place i hope they end up delivering..

  4. FrenchyMiami

    A lot of investor thought their would be a lot of demand in renters in this area and i think this will prove right because f it being a safe enclave in a big area surrounded by retail. Being self sufficient is of great interest for most people. I ve even heard a lot of lawyers /doctors or accountant looking to rent in those buildings to have their office practice there..

    It s practicailty, location and plus everything looks brand new even the roads thanks to the city.. that is attractive

    Also i ve heard a lot of talks about the need for Publix and a movie theater in this area….

    As for being on the border of the bay or the sea it has its advantage but remember water is everywhere in Miami….and often the border of the bay can look a bit quiet if not scary for some…and also remember a lot of the imigrants to Miami come from a city with no sea or water…Midtown offers a very nice alternative for them

  5. Brian

    Didn’t the developer turn many of these Midtown units into rentals?

  6. A movie theater is absent in Downtown’s market. One would further anchor retail in the Shops at Midtown but lure a lot of teenagers from nearby neighborhoods to the facility–a result that may not be entirely welcome by MM’s residents. Regardless, there is no more ideal location for one in the entire Core.

    The point of self sufficiency that Frenchy brings up is important. It’s true that Midtown’s infrastructure is brand spanking new, but as mentioned earlier, there isn’t enough dynamism in the commercial segment to foster such self sustainability. That is until eateries and groceries fill spaces in the project.

    Bayrock’s intervention is a sure sign of confidence in the long term potential of Midtown and I suspect that some of the rumors regarding the change of use in the remaining phases into hotel and/or office makes more sense at this point than pushing the residential agenda in a hostile market.

    I didn’t point out the potential street car and/or rail transit extensions because I feel that they aren’t going to happen in the near future. Midtown is disconnected with the rail transit system and that’s not good, but the FEC corridor composes its east border, so its fair to say that the benefit of a rail extension or streetcar addition will have a major and direct impact on MM.

    Although I tend to agree with the idea behind Frenchy’s comparison to the Rockefeller Center, I think that Argent’s longterm plans for the Omni will fill that role more adequately in the future.

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  7. Regarding rentals, Midtown Four has a massive banner draping the west side of the building advertising rentals. Midtown 2 has its own banner as well. The development team will promote rentals for owners that aren’t occupying their units as well as units left over in the inventory. Future phases, however, may be converted solely to rental depending on what the market calls for. I’m not aware of any partial conversions to rental. Maybe someone else can chime in on this note.

  8. mike

    Midtown is great simply because, like it was pointed out earlier, it will spawn tons of economic activity for edgewater and the design district. I don’t believe, however, that wynwood will reap the full benefits in the same manner regarding major development because let’s face it, west of miami ave is shady as hell! And every developer wants to build close to biscayne being that it is quickly transforming into a more livable artery (especially south of NE 36th).

    I also think that delaying midtown 3 is good in the sense that the developers can wait out the oversaturated and unstable market of today and build to suit the market of tomorrow. Right now, it does seem that renting out units is a solid strategy since potential buyers are nervous about buying, while many others have been completely priced out buying thereby raising rental demand which gives developers the opportunity to charge high rents for the next few years. As was stated, and office component would really give midtown versatility since office occupancy rates are really high.

    Too bad that the streetcar plan isn’t front and center (yet) since that will truly transform midtown and the biscayne corridor, as will the next midtown, the new omni! what a solid long term plan for the performing arts area and what an exciting time for miami! Awesome article as always!!!!

  9. FrenchyMiami

    December 2007 meeting will give us a better idea on the streetcar situation, according to Lilia Medina who is in charge of the project for the city.

    As far as Midtown here is a little quote from Mr Zyscovich

    Midtown Miami is an authentic and sincere urban redevelopment of the city”, says renowned lead architect, master urban planner and real urbanism proponent Bernand Zyscovich “Real urbanism to me is taking a city’s defining character of history and demographics and building upon what is unique in each area, adding an element of surprise. Redevelopment works best when you can retain elements of each neighborhood while building in new opportunities. In concept, design, and strategic location”, he adds “Midtown Miami will celebrate that character it will connective link for the design district Wynwood/Edgewater and Biscayne boulevard. Each will maintain its own flavor but will be connected into a flourishing 24-hour city with entertainment, art and business

    we wish it all the best that is what Miami needs …

  10. FrenchyMiami

    Check out their new website it is pretty cool
    http://www.midtownmiami.com

  11. Peter

    I believe that Midtown will succeed because it happened at the right time in the right place. The neighborhoods that surround it are diverse enough in their potential for further commercial development, workforce and customer support.

    I disagree that the development on Sunset Drive is a testament to Sunset Place’s “catalytic effects”. I think this occurred in spite of a second failed design attempt at a mall but was driven by the need for something more interesting than the existing plethora of strip malls for the homogeneous well heeled population of the area.

  12. I don’t think its safe to say that there were no catalytic effects drawn from Sunset Place. That is to say the new commercialization adjacent to Sunset Place would have taken place without SP’s presence. Granted, the Bakery Center was a resounding failure and Sunset Place hasn’t been a shining success, but it has fulfilled the primary role of an anchor by luring thousands of visitors to the area. There is, in my estimation, no doubt that this has influenced commercialization along the periphery.

  13. FrenchyMiami

    http://www.ddr.com/centers/florida/miami/FL_Maimi.pdf

    nice layout of retail activity in Midtown…

  14. FrenchyMiami

    I hav to say that Midtown were the pioneer in mixed used development and give a salute to them..Slowly people are realising it is successful and now Omni is ready to take place..even Villa Magna is changing to a mixed used development idea…

    I hope they get the rewards they deserve…sucess…and I hope they will be able to complete their project of a city within a city…It would be too bad if they stop here because others are on the line to develop…They arrived at the right time…the community has to recognize that …

    Others are gonna try to grab the train but my guess is costs are gonna prove to high for those others,,,even if they ssucceed it will only be on a smaller scale and ultra luxuary to make up for the costs…considering this I stick w Midtown which proves to be a major development for the population of Miami…
    !!!!

  15. FrenchyMiami

    MIDTOWN MODIFICATION: Miami commissioners tabled last week a measure that would have removed the residential component requirement from the definition of mixed-use buildings in the Midtown Miami special district. If passed, the ordinance would define a mixed-use building in the area as a combination of residential, retail, office and/or live-work uses, allowing for retail/office combinations.

    Offices and maybe hotel on Midtown 1 site are coming to Midtown

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  16. BoB

    ´thanks for the update Frenchyª Youre like the ultimate Midtown correspondent. Içm in Spain right now. Içll follow up when I return

  17. FrenchyMiami

    Have a good one…latest says the Midtowm 3 site has been sold to DDR for more shops and restaurants..

  18. crimes

    Let’s get some perspective here…

    (1) the midtown project actually is looking really good from the time i’ve spent over there.

    (2) in the long term, i.e., 10/15 years or so, this area stands a great chance of reinventing itself. drive a block away and its still a VERY rough area. go three blocks west and it looks like the street where Ricky got shot down in front of Tre. don’t expect this neighborhood to change dramatically in five years. a lot of developers are still grappling with the amazing amount of construction that has taken place in a very short span of time. more importantly, notwithstanding some wealthy pockets of residences in the area, for the most part, this is a very poor area.

    (3) the pricing of the units themselves are absurd (throw parclofts into this discussion while i’m at it). what is the average time a condo unit owner holds his place? 4/5 years? why should today’s buyer be paying for what the neighborhood will be in 10 years? really, as much as like target, why should i pay 300+ sq ft to live next to it? just doesn’t make sense.

    (4) the rental situation is pretty good for those that are interested. i’m hearing prices around $1,500 for a good sized unit. makes me wonder if the owners are coming remotely close to covering their carry.

    (5) this conversation completely ignores the maintenance fee situation in the project. midtown 2 hasn’t been turned over to the ass’n and they’re already at 70 cents a sq ft. that’s nutty and only going to get worse.

    (6) cynergi is an absolute dump (looks nothing like the advertising promos a few years ago) and is going to take a massive hit. you’ll see 30%+ walkaways at that building. it was targeted toward investors (i was at the promo party – my anecdotal experience was that i don’t remember meeting one end user…a lot of flight capital however). preconstruction alone was over $400 sq ft. i wouldn’t be surprised if cynergi either goes back to the bank or the developer files an 11 for the project.

    in sum, my beef is that the pricing for midtown doesn’t match the location . the project itself looks great (considering the developer’s previously botched efforts at nirvana…i’m holding my breath). once the pricing moves to the mid 200s a sq ft or lower in the next year and a half (some say the platinum auction was a fluke…i humbly disagree) this project becomes extremely attractive for end users.

  19. FrenchyMiami

    wow… harsh reality or wishful thinking to buy in cheap?

  20. FrenchyMiami

    It s actually a message to end users : the projects looks great rent now…and wait that owners feel the pressure to lower their selling prices that are supposedly gonna be 250$ a sqfoot in the future…then buy it from them at discount…..

    I don’t believe it will happen …you might get people selling their condos now at around 300$ a sqfoot because thy don’t want to close…but don’t count on them give it away at lower prices after they paid the carry all those years…

    What you can expect is cheap rent prices now slowly increased every year untill rents command higher selling prices in 3 -5 years My guess…

  21. crimes

    you’re assuming that they can cover the carry for several years. if not, it doesn’t matter if they don’t want to sell for a cheaper price…they’ll be forced to. you’re already seeing it happen in certain buildings…albeit, in limited instances. not to mention, if you’re willing to carry, during this time, appreciation will be minimal if at all. although i don’t believe with jack mccabe’s assessment in the herald today, he’s hitting on a lot of points that i would agree with. more importantly, if you’re an investor, why would you hold out for several years to make a minimal return once transaction costs are factored in? why park your money in this illiquid investment when you can put it into the market and get a better rate of return immediately? outside of an inability to grasp reality, the real investor will accept his loss, plow the money elsewhere and get some credit on the tax return.

  22. FrenchyMiami

    we re just starting to see who holds miami real estate..flippers get out ..investors stay….construction stops for a while…rents are driven up…

    transportation systems improves..downtown miami abd the biscayne corridor start to look stunning….

    that s my scenario….hopefully down 100k up 300 in the next 5 years…

    Its volatile but interesting…

  23. FrenchyMiami

    And remember real estate in the us is alredy correcting…whereas the one in europe and gb isnt yet…

    usd is still usd ..create a new $..real estate will go up again…

    by the way once the parity is 1euros=2 dollars and i would have paid off my apt at discount…that will be the time to create the new $ so i can let it run the other way around with price rising

    how many francs is 500,000 euros…3.33 mio francs

  24. FrenchyMiami

    Did I mention i am a Frenchy living in UK where pound =2$ already??

  25. Blanche Nonoo

    Where is the movie theater to service the community?
    In all of downtown there aren’t any theaters,
    what a business oversight
    Many condos, stores, restaurants, but no movies!

  26. crimes

    that’s funny. i thought the same exact thing.

    i think the lack of theatres in downtown is attirbutable to the financial realities of the business model. nowadays, the megaplex model (i.e., 20+ screens etc.) is the way to go. thus, you need a good amount of space along with the prospect of drawing large crowds (at all times during the day). i’m not sure either criteria has been met in the context of midtown or downtown.

    the met is supposed to have a theater but that buidling hasn’t even gotten out of the ground yet…

  27. FrenchyMiami

    How cool would that be….

    Developer sets sights on Orange Bowl area

    By Risa Polansky
    Developers of Wynwood’s Midtown Miami have pitched to Miami officials the idea of redeveloping the neighborhood around the Orange Bowl in conjunction with the county’s plan to build a stadium for the Florida Marlins on the site.
    Representatives of Developers Diversified Realty met with city staffers this month to express interest in “creating a redevelopment plan for this venue and surrounding neighborhood,” wrote Daniel Herman, senior VP of development, in an e-mail to city officials.
    He declined to comment for this article but used the e-mail to “remind” city officials of “our successful joint effort to transform the former FEC rail yard” through the Midtown project.
    “This is a fantastic example of a public-private partnership that has revitalized and invigorated a once crime ridden and depressed area,” Mr. Herman wrote.
    But activists and city officials at a recent City Commission meeting questioned Midtown’s follow-through, talking of an expensive and inconvenient automated garage system in a project intended to offer free parking.
    According to the letter, the company plans “to spend some of our own time and energy to see if we could offer some suggestions to the city” for the Orange Bowl area, though city officials “have stated that you are not currently working with any developer.”
    City Manager Pete Hernandez’ office said he met with the developers as a courtesy and that it’s too “early in the game” to set any plans in motion.
    Developing the area could involve taking private property for a private purpose, which is sanctioned by the US Supreme Court.
    When the issue of eminent domain involving the Orange Bowl came up at last week’s county commission meeting, county officials said no condemnation of private property would be necessary in order to build the stadium.

  28. Lucy

    You guys are nuts…Midtown Miami is surrounded by the hood. Not an attractive prospect at all for someone considering shelling out hundred’s of thousands for a condo. Wynwood historically has been the hood. You have generation upon generation of people in Wynwood who earn under $12000 a year…that’s working poor for those who are not in the know. You cannot and will not force those people out just because you built big box retail stores for the upper crust in the Urban core. Come on people wake up…Midtown cannot live up to the hype. What they needed to do was build affordable housing and retail for that community instead.

  29. BoB

    Morningside, Buena Vista East, the Design District, Midtown Miami, and the new development along Edgewater are all positive factors in influencing Wynwood’s evolution. Also, its not just Big Box retail. It’s a vast and multifaceted project on what was a massive rail container storage yard with no infrastructure. For generations Wynwood and its low income community sat in the shadows of it. You think after all of this Wynwood is not going to change for the better!?? The map above, by the way, is color coded (red) to illustrate exactly what you refer to as the hood.

  30. Roger

    Well, that area in red will soon be gentrified if development continues, but uber-upscale communities are tricky because you have to have a mix of incomes and socio-economic levels for a neighborhood to truly succeed. You can’t have all low-income residents, but neither can you have all super-affluent either, and clearly, Midtown is being marketed toward highly-professional, highly-paid individuals. This strikes me as odd because the Miami area doesn’t even have any real fortune-500 companies where developers could –at least — target their execs. So, it’s mostly going to be foreigners who are going to be buying property there, and frankly, if a neighborhood is made up of 50 – 70% foreigners, that’s not a real American neighborhood; rather, it’s just another tourist destination.

  31. FrenchyMiami

    is a Cuban a foreigner to miami, is a mexican a foreigner to miami, you got white, blacks and i even know some chinese there…

    Now spanish, French and italians are in the mix because of all the design trend of the district and that makes it even more exciting

    I rent my place to guy from Panama and he loves it there,,

    Dam I wish i was there already!

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  32. Very good read. Keep me updated! plz

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  33. Keep up the great work! Look forward to reading more from you in the future. I think it will be also nice if you add “send to email” tool so people can forward the articles to their friends easily.

  34. resident

    After an initial boom thing look a lot slower. Circuit City’s departure left a big hole behind that is unsightly and being filled on and off by fly-by-night operations selling Christmas decorations, Halloween supplies etc. If the place was so attractive and booming I am sure high visibility retailers would be fighting over it. Whole foods once rumored to want to erect operations there has apparently scrapped them as well. The number of winos, drunks, drug addicts and panhandlers seems to be exploding. Maybe if we get lucky the whole thing will fly someday but for now, aside from a few small mom and pop cheese & wine places nothing much is happening.

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