Read about some of the most exciting new occurrences in Miami in our OPTIMAR Observer.

    Aventura Mall Is Expanding


    Aventura Mall’s new three-level, 315,000 square-foot expansion wing is taking shape on the east side of the property and will be scheduled for a late 2017 debut.


    The new space is designed to create an inviting exchange between the indoors and outdoors, providing a dynamic shopping and dining experience blended with experiential, artistic elements, including a nearly 93-foot tall sculpture by renowned Belgian artist Carsten Höller that Aventura Mall visitors will be able to slide down.


    An open-air, lushly-landscaped piazza will be defined by eye-catching architecture and populated by contemporary art, people and nature. It will provide shaded, inside-outside dining experiences from an array of inviting restaurants and cafes, including CVI.CHE 105, Serafina, Pubbelly Sushi, Harry’s Pizzeria, Blue Bottle and more to come.


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    Coral Gables Streetscape Is Taking Shape


    The first phase of this multi-million dollar Downtown transformation has successfully addressed long-standing drainage issues, while also installing high speed fiber, new shade trees, expanded sidewalks for outdoor restaurant seating and specialty lighting. A Block Party to celebrate the completion of the 100 and 200 blocks of the south side of Miracle Mile is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 5-8 p.m. More event details should be available soon. Once the blocks are completed, construction will commence on the north side of Miracle Mile. The entire Giralda Plaza is set for completion this summer but you don’t have to wait until then to enjoy the new outdoor plaza. “Giralda Al Fresco” now is available every Saturday from 8 a.m. until midnight on the new Giralda Plaza at the Ponce de Leon entrance to Restaurant Row. Support your local merchants and come experience outdoor dining from your favorite Giralda restaurants. Discounted and validated parking is available in nearby city parking garages and centralized valet parking.


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    The Citadel Food Hall: Coming Soon To Little Haiti


    Little Haiti looks to continue its evolution as one of Miami’s fastest-growing neighborhoods with The Citadel expecting to open next Winter. Within the 60,000-square-foot MiMo building at 8300 Northeast 2nd Avenue will be a hub for dining, shopping, and working. A food hall will live on the first floor, with announced tenants including Stanzione (pizza), Bianco Gelato and Smashing Avo’s (specializing in avocado toast). Other components include a service-oriented mezzanine with retail; rooftop entertainment with a bar; and the radio/production studios of Entercom Communications, which merged with CBS Radio and has an office in Miami Gardens.


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    Mixed-use Development In The Heart Of Doral: CityPlace



    CityPlace Doral held their ribbon-cutting ceremony a few weeks ago, opening with 40 tenants in addition to luxury residences.

    The Arquitectonica-designed development is a collaboration between Shoma Group and The Related Group, encompassing 250,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, along with 700 luxury rental units.


    Among the entertainment draws are CinéBistro Theatre, Improve Comedy Club, and Kings America, with restaurants including BurgerFi, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, and IceBox Cafe. There’s also The Fresh Market providing an on-site grocery store option.


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