April 19, 2018 | South Florida Business Journal
By Brian Bandell
Terra has joined the development team that plans to build a mixed-use project at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station.
In 2016, Miami-Dade County approved a 90-year lease with GRP Grove Metro Station LLC, an affiliate of Coconut Grove-based Grass River Property, for the five-acre site near the Metrorail station at 2780 S.W. 27th Ave. in Miami. The developer had envisioned a mixed-use project but the exact size and design was subject to county approval.
On Jan. 23, GRP Grove Metro Station LLC filed a pre-application with county officials for the project, now called Grove Central. That application indicated that Coconut Grove-based Terra, led by David Martin, has joined the development team.
Terra is well known for building mixed-use projects in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, especially condos and retail centers.
A spokesman for Terra and Grass River said the developers couldn’t comment because the plans displayed in the January pre-application were undergoing significant revisions. Developers file pre-applications so they can receive feedback from county staff before seeking final approval.
The preliminary plans for Grove Station featured 134,228 square feet of commercial space, a 206-room hotel totaling 143,796 square feet with a pool deck, and 898 parking spaces. The building would rise 11 stories, with retail on the first two levels.
Also included in the preliminary plans are bus and drop-off lanes for the Metrorail station. The developer would also build enhancements to the rail station.
Terra and Grass River are working with architects Touzet Studio and Beame Architectural Partnership, planning firm Kimley-Horn, and lawyers Al Dotson and Javier Avino of Bilzin Sumberg.
Grove Central would continue the wave of transit-oriented development in Miami-Dade. There’s also a major mixed-use project planned at the Douglas Road Metrorail Station.