Wynwood Block: New Retail Space in Wynwood, But No Starbucks (Yet)

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Kerry McLaney
The future Wynwood Block space at the corner of NW Second Ave. and 27th St.
Development in Wynwood continues to rage on. Wynwood Block, which takes up a whole city block on NW Second Avenue between 26th and 27th streets, has officially announced its presence.

When the development's banners went up along the border of the property last week, fear of a mini mall in Miami's arts haven had the members of the community buzzing. Rumors of Starbucks have been tossed around as well.

But from the renderings New Times attained from Brightways Properties, and those posted up around the perimeter of the building, the prospective shops look more like independent brands instead of national chains.

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Curious to know which direction this property will be taking, we met with Gaston Miculitzki, who brokered the deal for Brightways Properties and will be curating the incoming occupants.

"The new owners would just like to be known as Wynwood Management", Miculitzki says. "They will be partnering up with Miami-based firm Arquitectonica to create a fresh destination location in Wynwood."

After plunking down a cool $6.3 million to acquire the property, Wynwood Management plans on investing over $1 million in building renovations, Miculitzki says. The exterior will have a raw concrete look, but the interior will have bright and colorful accents. A central corridor will lead people from the main strip to the back where tables and chairs will be set up. Patrons will be able to shop, eat and walk around at their leisure.

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The building will be sub-divided into 28 units that can be built-to-suit during the pre-construction phase. Spaces range in price from $35-$40 sq ft and units start at 350 sq ft and up. Jewelry and clothing companies, café-style restaurants, furniture and coffee shops have already shown interest in the space, Miculitzki says, noting that the new owners are not opposed to national brands, but they are adamant about continuing the "Wynwood aesthetic." Essentially, he explains, they're analyzing all potential tenants but prefer focusing on supporting strong, local, established businesses.

Cesar Morales, owner of Wood Tavern, is in talks with Wynwood Block's owners about opening a food and beverage operation in the new space. "There is still a need for more food options in the area and I would like to offer something that would cater to breakfast crowds as well as lunch and dinner. These guys have the right idea." Morales states.

Set to launch in January 2014, Wynwood Block is planning on pulling a temporary permit for Art Basel. The building will be open as a showroom and pop-up shop of sorts. Right now, they have signed leases with three tenants since the signage went up, and are considering an additional 30 letters of interest. Tenants must agree to a five-year lease; the Wynwood Block crew want to make sure the businesses are focused on longevity and not just short-term goals of occupying the space.

--Kerry McLaney, founder of Wynwood-based 305 Creative Group (@305creative)

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mrwynwood
mrwynwood

Wynwood Block looks awesome! This neighborhood is really developing nicely. I was at a printing shop in the Design District last week and sneaked a peak of some renderings of this project called WYNWOOD CENTRAL that Chariff will be marketing. I called Chariff and asked if they where rental or condos for the residential units. Someone at Chariff confirmed that they would be rental units. The images I saw where AMAZING! I'm ready to move tomorrow.  Chariff confirmed that it was going to be a mixed use residential, retail, office project between NW 24th and 25th Street and really hasn't gone public with it yet. They told me it will have over 400 parking spots and about 60,000 sq. ft on brand new retail space with 20,000+ sq. ft offices and 69 apartments with a rooftop pool deck. They promised they would call me, so I could be the first resident when completed. Hope this happens soon.

Paul Ruthfield
Paul Ruthfield

Like Subway on Kane Concourse in Bay Harbor Islands!

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

Who are they kidding? When the Gap and Victoria Secret come knocking with their deep pockets, they're not gong to turn them away! Lincoln Road is the best example.

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

350 sq ft and up is good. This will give independent designers a place to open their own shop. As far as the haters on here, doral beckons.

Andy Naldo Sardi
Andy Naldo Sardi

why can't they just let art be art, let the district stay local and humble?

Courtney KickPush Mitchell
Courtney KickPush Mitchell

Separated by the boulevard the ghetto? You crazy! All of Miami is a ghetto! I agree with Andy, if its done right, cool. Phil..... Open your eyes Bro.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

STARBUCKs ain't opening anywhere near Wynwood, anytime soon! Biscayne Blvd next to SalsaFiesta, separated from the ghetto by the boulevard itself, 2nd avenue and the railtracks. IN YOUR MINDS!!

Brad Beaty
Brad Beaty

Screw Starbucks! It's all about Pasion Del Celio!

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

$20k a month rent for a small 500 sq.ft. Local cantina might be tough.

Andy Torres
Andy Torres

It can be done correctly and smartly, but there's always reason to be cynical, especially here. The area does deserve growth, more restaurants and the like, as long as it's not heavy-handed. Maybe we're safe with this until we start seeing condo tower proposals.

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