It had seemed earlier this week that downtown South Miami was not getting the proposed redevelopment of The Shops at Sunset Place anytime soon – if at all. By a 3-2 vote on Monday night, commissioners voted against the special zoning that would have allowed redevelopment of the portion of the mall that sits along U.S. 1.
Surprisingly, a day later there was a consensus among the commissioners to reconsider the plan in response to pleas from South Miami residents and business owners. It is still yet to be seen if the motion would pass to allow time to revisit the proposal and negotiate elements of the plan that initially concerned some commissioners. The principle owner and developers need a unanimous vote in favor of the changes to move forward. If approved, original plans for the site include demolishing parts of the mall on the U.S. 1 end to add an 18-story hotel and apartment building while widening sidewalks, adding more trees, and giving the mall a more contemporary look.
The Shops at Sunset Place
The outdoor mall was purchased for $110 million back in October 2015 by Federal Realty, Grass River Property, and The Comras Company from Simon Property Group. Located at the intersection on South Dixie Highway (U.S. 1) and Red Road (57th Avenue), The Shops at Sunset Place opened in 1999. Prior to the mall being built, the property was the site of what used to be The Bakery Centre, which opened in 1986 on the site of the old Holsum Bread Bakery. It was demolished in 1996.