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Here’s what’s happening next at the Bal Harbour Shops

Under the new plan to expand the Bal Harbour Shops, the sidewalk lining the property would be beautified with landscaping and fountains.
Under the new plan to expand the Bal Harbour Shops, the sidewalk lining the property would be beautified with landscaping and fountains. Zyscovich Architects, Whitman Family Development

The Bal Harbour Village Council late Tuesday night approved the expansion of the Bal Harbour Shops, which will add 340,000 square feet of floor space. That’s a 66 percent addition to the current 511,422 square feet.

A new wing of stores and restaurants will replace the current parking garage, and a new garage will be built on the site of the old Church of the Sea, which Whitman Family Development, owner of the Shops, bought and demolished.

Although tenants have not been announced, Whitman anticipates it will feature the first Barneys New York flagship store in the southeastern U.S., major upgrades to longtime anchor tenant Neiman Marcus, new luxury boutique retailers, and new dining options including Freds at Barneys. No improvements are planned for Saks Fifth Avenue, the center’s largest tenant.

The Collins Avenue parking lot will be replaced by a public plaza. A new entrance will be designed to move more cars off Collins Avenue and reduce traffic delays by 15 percent.

Construction for the expansion is expected to take up to six years, with an additional two years until new stores officially open. Developers are hoping to break ground by the end of the year.

The build-out will comprise three phases:

Phase I (about 18 months):

▪  Third level addition to two existing retail buildings with rooftop parking.

▪ New underground parking at Neiman Marcus and new Collins Avenue entrance by Neiman Marcus.

▪ Modifications to existing garage.

▪ Additional site and right-of-way improvements.

Phase II (about 28 months):

▪  New underground and above-ground parking garage at 96th Street

▪ Additional site and right-of-way improvements

Phase III (about 14 months):

▪  New retail buildings with rooftop parking

▪  Removal of existing garage

▪ Additional site and right-of-way improvements

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