MIAMI–South Florida, already widely known for its on-the-water lifestyle, is joining a nationwide trend to open a new waterfront restaurant row along the Miami River
River Landing unveiled plans for a 25,500 square foot restaurant space that can be divided into seven concept restaurants that will include everything from fine dining to casual and family-style outlets.
“From Chicago to Washington, D.C., we’ve seen a trend of cities revitalizing and reinventing their waterfronts,” Horacio Stuart Aguirre, Chairman of the Miami River Commission, a clearinghouse for projects on the river, tells GlobeSt.com.
“Miami will be a part of this trend with the development of River Landing. River Landing’s Restaurant Row, various retail options and a landscaped linear park on the water will transform the Miami River while preserving its working nature. It will also inject new life into the Health District, which has experienced a retail and restaurant void for decades.”
River Landing Shops & Residences, a mixed-use development rising just west of downtown Miami, will anchor one of the few waterfront restaurant rows in South Florida.
Restaurant Shortage in Second Largest Health District in US
“This is a strategic location for a restaurant hub because it serves the second largest health district in the United States, provides a remarkable waterfront experience to the community and is accessible from the water, nearby highways and mass transit,” said Andrew Hellinger, a principal with Coral Gables-based UrbanX Group. Hellinger and partner Coralee Penabad are developing River Landing.
The 2-million-square-foot development includes an urban multi-level retail center with Publix Super Markets, Burlington Stores, TJ Maxx, West Marine, Ross Dress For Less, AT&T, Chase Bank, and Hobby Lobby as tenants. It also includes 528 market-rate apartments, more than 2,200 parking spaces, green space, and a 50-foot-wide linear park along the riverfront to welcome the community. River Landing, at 1400 North River Drive, is scheduled to open in early 2020.
“Three important factors set us apart from other developments: the expansive riverwalk and green space, convenient access and ample parking,” Hellinger says.
The 5.5-mile Miami River, one of the shortest working rivers in the US, has emerged in recent years as a magnet for high-end residential towers and hotels. Between River Landing to the west and downtown Miami to the east, the river has been experiencing a wave of redevelopment. At least 15,000 residential units and 1,161 luxury hotel rooms have been built on the river between the previous and current real estate cycles.