February 5, 2018 | South Florida Business Journal
By Brian Bandell
Terra has filed plans to redevelop a property in Doral into a three-level shopping center.
The Miami-based developer would build the 145,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space at the southeast corner of Northwest 36th Street and Northwest 87th Avenue. The structure would be in the parking lot around the Doral Court office building at 8600 N.W. 36th St. Terra would reduce the size of the office building to 150,000 square feet from 210,000 square feet by demolishing an annex building.
Terra acquired the 3.86-acre parking lot for $12.5 million from Banyan Street, which still owns the office building.
David Martin, president and co-founder of Terra, said it’s a great location for retail and restaurants because both cross streets carry over 50,000 cars a day. It’s near the center of Doral, which has many workplaces and a rapidly growing population, he said.
“We are making it more urbanistic, with large sidewalks and a strong food and beverage component,” Martin said. “We will have outdoor cafes and an interesting landscape design."
Designed by Touzet Studio and Beame Architectural Partnership, Doral Square would have five retail and restaurant buildings, plus an interior parking garage.
Martin said he envisions a fitness center on the third floor, and he’d also like to attract a home furnishings store and service-oriented retail. The parking garage would lead directly into the second- and third-floor shops, he said.
The retail spaces would range from 2,000 to 10,000 square feet on the first floor, and be as large as 30,000 square feet on the upper floors, Martin said.
“With the way technology and companies like Amazon and others are innovating with online purchasing, we want more resilient tenants,” Martin said. “Even retailers that have been large tenants are taking smaller spaces."
There would be renovations to the remaining office building.
Attorney Tracy Slavens represents Terra in the application. The city will hold a public zoning workshop on the Doral Square plans Feb. 7, but no votes for approval have been scheduled yet.
Martin said he’d like to break ground in late 2018 or early 2019.