The Miami-Dade County Commission approved rezoning applications for two development sites in southern neighborhoods May 19, including one to redevelop the long-standing Norman Brothers Produce site.
These plans continue the redevelopment wave sweeping south Miami-Dade County. As more people move to the area, infill development has become more frequent. That sometimes spells the end for long-running businesses, but it also allows their owners to cash out.
Norman Brothers Produce has run a gourmet fresh food store in Kendall for more than 50 years. The family decided to sell the 4.68-are property at 7621 S.W. 87th Ave. to GCNB LLC, led by Michael Garcia-Carrillo of Miami-based GC3 Development.
The new zoning for the site will permit a 115-bed assisted living facility and a 40,000-square-foot office building, with half of that space for medical offices and 8,000 square feet for retail, said attorney Melissa Tapanes Llahues, of Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes. The developer would like a boutique grocer in the building, but there is no agreement with Norman Brothers to remain, she said. The family may not remain in the business.
“There is an incredible need for assisted living facilities in the county,” Tapanes Llahues said. “One of the greatest challenges we face as a community is the affordability of housing, including for seniors.. This assisted living facility will help meet that growing demand.”
She said GC3 Development plans to close on the property this year and start construction on the two-story project in 2022.