Apartments, shops planned for Miami Lakes Golf Course

Sports By Linda Trischitta, Editor Wednesday, June 1, 2022

     The Graham Companies has a $110 million development planned for the town landmark that is the Miami Lakes Golf Course.

    “What this project will enable us to do is really create a gateway to Miami Lakes,” Luis Martinez, senior executive vice president of The Graham Companies, said about the intersection of Miami Lakes Drive on the northeast corner near the Palmetto Expressway.  “The ability to host a really nice wedding at a really nice golf course doesn’t exist in town today.”

     On June 8, the public can see the plans to transform the 59-year-old property during a developer information session that will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Miami Lakes Town Hall.

     Three main buildings that will rise on or near the footprints of existing structures:

--A new clubhouse will replace the former Shula’s Steak House and existing pro shop and Bull Pen restaurant. There will be a banquet hall large enough to accommodate 250 guests that will also have a bride’s room and a separate small restaurant and bar that replaces the Bull Pen.

--A new, single-story driving range building with indoor and outdoor practice bays – 29 total -- will rise where golfers currently practice outdoors. Also planned is a bar/restaurant to add an entertainment element and private video teaching rooms.

  --A U-shaped, seven-story building on the former Hotel Indigo site along Miami Lakes Drive will have 278 one-and-two-bedroom rental apartments. There will be 11,000 square feet of commercial space, with a  two-stories tall space for a restaurant and retail. 

     Called The Residences & Shops on NINE, it will overlook the 9th hole on the golf course. Plans also call for a parking garage that will be well hidden from the street and amenities for residents such as a resort-style pool; dog grooming room; a fitness center; a club room and conference rooms for residents who work remotely.

      The complex will have a Mediterranean style with barrel tile roofs.  The apartments will have balconies and the building will have a veranda on the first floor for retail customers.  Sidewalks along Miami Lakes Drive will be 10-feet wide. 

     “The apartments will be rented at market rates and should be a good destination for young families,” Martinez said. “And the building will have amenities for young adults.”

     The architect is Roger Fry & Associates Architects, P.A., a longtime collaborator with The Graham Companies. 

     The firm also designed the residential and retail project across town, 6600 Main.

     The Residences & Shops on NINE will have 83 fewer apartments; access to an 18-hole championship golf course with views of its 178 acres and close proximity to a major highway.

     A public hearing for site plan approval will be held June 14 during the town council meeting.

     The developers will not be asking for any variances for the use or zoning of the property. 

     If the elected officials approve the site plan, the developers plan to break ground during the third quarter of 2023.