CLIENT NEWS: Commission Advances Expanded Urban Development Boundary Near Homestead for Warehouses

September 15, 2021

Miami-Dade commissioners on Thursday sidestepped concerns about Biscayne Bay pollution, flooding and hazy development details to give preliminary approval for expanding the Urban Development Boundary and converting farmland into a 9 million-square-foot industrial park near Homestead. By a 9-3 vote, commissioners voted to send the expansion application to state agencies for review, a key step for developers in their effort to move the “UDB” for the first time since 2013. “I’m going to always try and protect our environment and[...]

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CLIENT NEWS: Restoration Hardware to open Miami Design District store

June 10, 2021

Restoration Hardware, now known as RH, is planting a flag in the Miami Design District, The Real Deal has learned. The high-end furnishings retailer inked a lease at Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance and the Comras Company’s buildings on the west end of the Design District, according to sources. Michael Comras confirmed that RH is a tenant of the project, with renovations expected to be completed later this year. He declined to comment on details of the lease. RH, which is expanding[...]

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CLIENT NEWS: Michael Swerdlow’s Block 55 in Overtown lands nearly $8M affordable housing grant

June 4, 2021

A Michael Swerdlow-led mixed-use project in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood is getting local government financial assistance for its affordable housing component. Miami city commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved awarding an additional $2.5 million grant to Block 55, after previously giving the project $5 million last year. Swerdlow told commissioners that Block 55, which will feature 578 apartments for low-income seniors on top of 250,000 square feet of retail space and a parking garage, is on track to break ground in the[...]

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CLIENT NEWS: Want to live in Coconut Grove but can’t afford it? New apartments on the way next year

June 3, 2021

Affordable housing is on the way to the West Grove, offering people a new option as gentrification changes the historic neighborhood with Bahamian roots. Across from the Douglas Road Metrorail Station, the mixed-income community Platform 3750 has been under construction since early May, said Lenny Wolfe, a partner at the Hollywood-based development firm Cornerstone Group. Cornerstone Group partnered with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami five years ago on the project.[...]

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Chambers USA Awards Firm Top Ranking in Zoning/Land Use Law in South Florida

June 2, 2021

Miami, June 2, 2021 – Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal guides in the world, has ranked Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes in Band 1 in the area of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use Law – South Florida, the highest recognition given by Chambers. The firm is ranked highest among five South Florida firms at the top of this specialty area in the 2021 Chambers USA Directory. Jeffrey Bercow, co-founder and managing partner of the firm,[...]

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CLIENT NEWS: Allapattah’s ‘authentic barrio’ feel makes way for increased development

June 1, 2021

When she came from Boston in the late ‘90s to study at the University of Miami, Mileyka Burgos-Flores quickly got homesick. She missed the food and flavor of her Dominican family and she was desperate for a Dominican hair salon. The cafeteria workers she’d befriended at school had the answer: We’ll take you to el barrio, they told her. That’s how Burgos-Flores, executive director of the Allapattah Collaborative, got to know the neighborhood built up by Black Miamians and immigrants from[...]

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