CLIENT NEWS: Developer proposes assisted living facility near Pinecrest

January 21, 2022

A developer is seeking to change the land use of a property near Pinecrest, where it wants to build an assisted living facility.

South Dixie and 112 LLC filed a comprehensive land-use amendment with Miami-Dade County for the 1.72-acre site at 8315 S.W. 122nd St., on the west side of Dixie Highway. The vacant property was approved in 2015 for 12 residential units in six buildings.

The developer wants to change the land use to “mixed-use corridor” so it can build 150 assisted living units, said Miami-based attorney Melissa Tapanes Llahues, who represents South Dixie and 112 LLC in the application.

The developer’s economic study says the project would cost about $25 million to develop. The three-story facility would total 138,364 square feet. The project would support 458 jobs, including 265 during construction.

In the application, Tapanes Llahues said the assisted living facility is needed to address the growth of the elderly population in Miami-Dade.

“The county has the largest population of older adults in the state of Florida, with over half a million residents age 60 and older in the county, and that population is expected to continue to grow to over 8000,000 by 2040, representing 25% of the total population of the county,” she stated. “This application seeks to directly meet the needs of aging populations by providing necessary housing options in close proximity to essential neighborhood amenities, medical services and a major transportation corridor.”

The developer’s traffic study said the project would generate 309 daily vehicle trips.

According to the application, South Dixie and 112 LLC is co-owned by Michael Garcia-Carrillo of Miami, Robert Behar and Javier Font of Behar Font in Coral Gables, Jesus Guerrero of Miami, Oscar and Adriana Gurdian of Miami, and Javier and Monica Vargas of Miami. However, the site is under contract to Miami-based GC3 Development, led by Garcia-Carrillo.

This comprehensive land use amendment will require County Commission approval. A more specific site plan will be required later in the process.

Another developer has proposed an assisted living facility in the area, as well.

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