A shopping center near the Hialeah Tri-Rail/Metro Transfer Station could be redeveloped into a 10-story multifamily tower.
The City Council will consider the small-scale land use amendment and a variance request for the 0.62-acre site at 1067 E. 25th St. on May 10. It would change from “commercial” to “transit-oriented development district” to take advantage of the public transit station one block to the east.
This would continue the trend of redeveloping the largely commercial and industrial sites around Hialeah’s public transit stations into multifamily to encourage more ridership and attract more residents to the city. This is one of two locations where the tri-county Tri-Rail connects with Miami-Dade County’s Metrorail.
BEC Housing Trust LLC, managed by Francisco Espinosa of Coral Gables-based BEC Construction Corp., has the property under contract from Hollywood-based East 25th Street Shops. The 8,268-square-foot retail building there, built in 1974, would be demolished.
The project would have 127 apartments, 3,150 square feet of commercial space and 117 parking spaces. There would be less than one parking space per unit to encourage public transit ridership. The fifth-floor amenity deck would include a pool, a gym and a lounge.
The apartments would range from 465 to 890 square feet. There would be three live/work units with businesses permitted inside the residences, 14 studio apartments, 84 one-bedroom units and 26 two-bedroom units.
Miami-based attorney Maritza Haro Salgado, who represents the developer in the application, couldn’t be reached for comment.
“The project will be marketed to the city’s young professionals [who] often live in the city [and seek] modern housing options with amenities,” the developer stated in the application. “The property’s location is ideal for the proposed use because of its immediate proximity to the Tri-Rail/Metrorail Transfer Station, which connects as far north as West Palm Beach and south to Miami [International] Airport, a major employer in the county.”
The application will require a second reading before the City Council as a later date.