Back in September of 2007, I wrote a development outlook for Midtown Miami. In it, I said:
“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. (Sept. 25, 2007)”
In January of last year, a “resident” wrote (in comment #34 of the post):
“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. (Resident, March 15, 2010)”
Today, much of the south sector retail space remains vacant but, as expected, in the last two years, lounges and restaurants have begun to fill in the more centralized spaces–helping to make Midtown a viable nighttime destination. Previously, this aspect had not materialized. This recent viability will go far in boosting Midtown’s prospect for success
Almost four years ago, I began my last Midtown development outlook by saying,
“Midtown Miami is, in many ways, the most obvious symbol of Miami’s rapid urban transformation.”
Today, it might be representative of Miami’s long crawl back. We’ll have to take a closer look to find out.