Construction of the long-awaited mixed-use community called South Pointe is about to begin.
Three four-story buildings will rise along the southern bank of Graham Dairy Lake in Miami Lakes.
The complex will have ground-floor retailers at 8205 Commerce Way in Miami Lakes and 179 apartments on three floors above.
“We’re excited about getting started on our new project that will provide much-needed housing and neighborhood service-oriented businesses in Miami Lakes,” said Luis Martinez, senior executive vice president of The Graham Companies, which owns and is developing the site.
Ground-breaking is slated for Nov. 15, with apartments and commercial spaces available for occupancy in Feb. 2024.
Plans were approved by the Miami Lakes town council in June 2018.
Until a few weeks ago, a small herd of The Graham Companies’ Holstein dairy cows grazed behind barbed wire fences on the nearly 8 waterfront acres.
“We will have a mix of apartment homes that will be appealing to a wide range of residents, from first-time renters all the way to small families,” Martinez said.
Architects Wolfberg, Alvarez & Partners in Coral Gables have designed the buildings to have light-colored, textured stucco facades and roofs with barrel tiles.
Some homes will have porches and balconies. The residential side of South Pointe will be gated.
Among the amenities for those who will live in the 121 one-bedroom units and 48 two-bedroom apartments are impact-resistant windows and French doors. Many apartments will have water views.
Also planned for the grounds are a gazebo; pool; grills and a cabana. There will be a dog park; electric vehicle charging stations; underground utilities; a fitness center and elevators.
Plans for ground floor spaces may include up to two restaurants in the two buildings that will face Commerce Way.
Other commercial tenants could include businesses such as salons, dentists or a dry cleaners.
Apartment rental rates will be market driven and will not be available until about 90 days prior to occupancy, Martinez said.