Sweetwater's university district is on its way to adding another student-housing building.
Demolition at the site has already been completed, opening the way for the eight-story Plaza Suites II private dorm, which will be located at 10899 SW Fourth St. Construction is planned to start in March, city officials said.
The 72,310-square-foot plot is owned by RRAC University Apts. II LLC and worth $1,735,440, according to the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser.
Sweetwater Mayor Jose Diaz said that the addition of another building shows that the university district is becoming a reality.
"We are very pleased to see University City moving forward with a second building," he said.
The same developer is currently constructing the 109 Tower, a 15-story private dorm with roughly 180 residential units, plus first-floor retail. It is now under construction on Southwest Seventh Terrace and 109th Avenue.
The new building will have 208 units and parking.
The city's university district includes the area between 107th and 109th avenues and between Sixth and Seventh streets, with a small portion that will possibly go farther north up to Fourth Street.
FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus is between Southwest 107th Avenue and Florida's Turnpike, south of Eighth Street, just outside Sweetwater's city limits.
Sweetwater director of operations Robert Herrada said that adding another building tells a lot about the city's market value.
"It’s exciting," he said. "It is the second building. It’s clear the market is interested in University City with the second building going up. It’s an appealing market."
Prior to demolition, the location used to house a nonprofit group’s office, and later, city offices functioned from that building.
But the building will be offering more than just housing, Herrada said.
"It will be mixed-use like the first building, with the possibility of commercial establishments in the first floor," he wrote in an email.
Plans are for the building will be ready in about 18 months.