West Miami will be increasing its population thanks to a couple of projects under way signifying a change to the landscape of the city.
Three residential projects with live-work units and a new Publix supermarket are coming to the city. Two of the three buildings, the Estate Companies Soleste West Gables, will be built along Southwest 67th Avenue at 21st Street. The other building is under construction on Southwest 57th Avenue along Ninth Street.
City manager Yolanda Aguilar said the projects will change the outlook of West Miami.
“The projects will start changing the landscape along the commercial corridors along Southwest 67th Avenue and 57th Avenue because they are higher in density,” Aguilar said. “They provide an architectural design that blends in with our residential area and meet the demands of our city ordinances.”
The current population of the city is 6,032, she said.
“The projects include living units potentially increasing our population by 1,500 to 1,800 persons in the next four to five years,” she said.
Estate Investments Group Chief Operating Officer Antonio Castro said the seven-story Soleste West Gables, at 2101 Ludlam Rd., will bring something different to the city.
“Soleste West Gables will offer a total of 206 units, comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments. The project is unique in offering 50 work and live units, which allow residents to secure an occupational license for a home office and legally claim the applicable tax deductions,” he wrote in an e-mail. “A second phase to Soleste West Gables will commence construction in September 2015, offering the same high quality amenities and centralized access to 221 additional residents.”
The Soleste West Gables will be a luxury rental apartment community. Pre-leasing started in June, and the property is currently 40 percent leased, Castro said. Monthly rent for a one bedroom starts at $1,500.
The project is currently going through final inspections and should be ready for delivery by sometime this month.
The new additions are a needed update for the city, Aguilar said.
“This will bring definitely much needed improvements,” she said. “Our commercial corridors were stuck in time with the exception of several projects that were built several years ago and one recent project, a CVS pharmacy on 67th Avenue at Southwest 24th Street.”
The projects will increase the city’s overall assessed values by about $15 million, according to unofficial calculations Aguilar cited.