A great place eventually… Downtown South Miami with Victor Dover.

A straightforward little one story commercial building a half block off the main retail street.
Monte Anderson and I are in Miami for the final reviews of student infill projects at the University of Miami on Friday.  This morning we toured some of the infill sites in the Allapatha Neighborhood. We met Victor Dover at the Dover Kohl & Partners office and walked down the street for lunch.  Victor told us the story of how Downtown South Miami came back from $6.00 per SF rents and boarded up storefronts in 1992 to what we were seeing today.

Today there are no vacant stores, new single story and mixed use buildings have been built.  Dover Kohl pushed for eliminating minimum off street parking, but there was a lot of resistance, so the came up with a menu of common sense measures that each reduced the parking requirement.  The 5 lane Main Street with occasional

  on-street parking was reduced to 3 lanes with parking and the sidewalks we widened from 4′ to 15-18′.  Arcades and awnings were permitted to encroach into the public right of way.  The ban on sidewalk dining that had been in place since the Bronze Age was repealed.

The rents are now $60.00 per SF.  They got the basics right and the market is stepping up to pay a serious premium for in-town amenities.  Proper civilization makes money.

Umbrella/awnings for white tablecloth restaurant seating. Tables and chairs come out for seating in the evening.

2 thoughts on “A great place eventually… Downtown South Miami with Victor Dover.

  1. Jesse Bailey December 10, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Walkable West Palm Beach and commented:
    Reblogging this post from RJohnTheBad for two reasons:

    1. You should subscribe to R John Anderson’s blog if you’re at all interested in the smaller footprint, beloved older buildings that everyone fawns over in West Palm Beach. Most recently, in a lively thread on the Engage West Palm Facebook forum. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EngageWestPalm/permalink/659818010787953/

    2. This is a great example of the power of good street design. If you’ve followed this blog long enough, you may notice some commonalities between this story in South Miami and West Palm Beach.

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