Miami Developer David Martin Is On A Mission To Build A Stylish And Sustainable South Florida

October 11, 2018   |   Forbes

One of the things I love about my day job as Editor-in-Chief of Ocean Home magazine is getting to interview a wide variety of ocean-centric movers and shakers who are are committed to making a positive difference in the world. But I must admit, it was extremely early in the morning when I met with one of Miami’s youngest, and arguably the most influential real estate developer recently. We didn't watch the sun rise in his office overlooking one of his signature projects—dual twisting glass towers designed by Bjarke Ingels—that have invigorated the skyline of Coconut Grove. But it was pretty close!

David Martin at Terra's offices in Coconut Grove.

Then again, the 40-year-old Terra founder and CEO David Martin’s time is extremely valuable. In fact, he’d flown in only several hours before and I was just the first of many meetings he had on his schedule that day. And the gleam in his eye when he started to explain his development philosophy and overall vision for Miami and South Florida only confirmed what I’d already surmised. Martin is way more than just a “developer.” He’s a bright, thoughtful, hard-working, connected and community-minded visionary who’s hoping to shape the future of sustainable living in South Florida.

He explained that he’s always working on multiple projects but that he’s particularly excited about Eighty Seven Park. The tower is Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano’s first residential project in the US and is currently under construction on Miami Beach’s North Beach.


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