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French-Style Cafe From New York To Make Florida Debut In Wynwood

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Maman, the popular French cafe started in New York, is making its way south, with plans to open three locations across South Florida, Commercial Observer has learned.

The first — and largest — location on the docket will be at the Sentral Wynwood residential development, according to Brand Urban, the real estate brokerage that represented Maman. Located at 51 NW 26th Street, the 4,202-square-foot restaurant is slated to open this winter and will function as a flagship location, housing an all-day cafe and bakery, as well as a pastry production kitchen for the South Florida region. The asking rent stood at $80 per square foot.

Founded by husband-and-wife duo Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall in New York’s SoHo neighborhood nearly a decade ago, the all-day cafe concept has grown to 31 locations across the Northeast and Canada. Maman, which means “mother” in French, sells quiches, salads and pastries. The Florida cafes mark the brand’s first venture into the South.

Maman will also open locations in Coral Gables and West Palm Beach.

 

Source:  Commercial Observer

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Recertification Voting Continues For Miami’s Wynwood Business Improvement District

After approval by the City of Miami Commission, starting Apr. 14, the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) has been up for a recertification vote by all property owners within its boundaries.

The Wynwood BID, which began in July 2013, is the largest one of its kind in Florida, covering a 50-city-block neighborhood that has experienced an exciting transformation, taking it from an abandoned industrial zone to a bustling arts and nightlife destination.

More recently, Wynwood has become a desirable location for new office and residential developments, and now, major new hotels from the world-renowned Arlo brand and the soon-to-be-launched Moxy by Marriot.

For three weeks, all 400-plus property owners within the BID’s boundaries have been asked to sign affidavits supporting its renewal, which the BID will then collect and count. To proceed with the recertification process, more than 50 percent of the votes, plus one, must be in favor. Once the three-week voting period has concluded, all affidavits will be forwarded to the City of Miami Commission and Mayor Francis Suarez for review and final approval.

“We are excited to collect votes from our area property owners to recertify the BID,” said Manny Gonzalez, long-time executive director of the Wynwood Business Improvement District. “The district has entered a new phase, with the ongoing expansion of residential and office capacity that did not exist previously. Our goal is to have another successful decade of embracing change like urban planning and landscape design while also working to maintain Wynwood’s place as an appealing cultural destination and creative center.”

BIDs function as special tax districts that allow for an additional assessment to support initiatives and programs that governments cannot fully cover. In addition to Wynwood, they have been successful locally in places such as Miami Beach, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, and other major cities like New York.

In partnership with area businesses, owners, developers and residents, working with the City of Miami, the Wynwood BID has been a significant catalyst in the neighborhood’s growth, improving quality of life, and in ongoing synergies between new investors, and existing businesses and cultural venues.

During the past decade, Wynwood has experienced an exponential increase in visitors, with the number rising from 240 thousand in 2013 to 15 million annually in 2023. Today, Wynwood supports 5,000 new jobs and generates more than 20 percent of the City of Miami’s parking transactions.

In partnership with the City of Miami Planning Department and Plusurbia, the Wynwood BID developed Miami’s first Neighborhood Revitalization District (NRD) plan to maintain the neighborhood’s distinctive street art and industrial feel, while encouraging a 24-hour community for live, work and play lifestyles.

The BID has accomplished significant successes through its partnership with the City of Miami Police Department, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in crime. Additionally, the BID has made a substantial contribution of $3.5 million towards Wynwood Works, a program aimed at developing 5,000 micro units of affordable housing and invested $1 million towards office development in the area.

The BID also has created a Clean Team to remove trash and debris daily to maintain a clean and attractive neighborhood. These notable achievements have garnered national recognition for the BID in the past decade, with awards such as being one of the greatest neighborhoods in America and being recognized for its Economic Development Planning by the American Planning Association (APA).

In the arts, Wynwood continues to thrive and be the home of the iconic Wynwood Walls, Museum of Graffiti, Margulies Collection, Mana Wynwood, Gary Nader Art Centre, the recently opened Paradox Museum, and many more.

The neighborhood remains a center for over 3,000 units of unique retail, restaurant and nightlife businesses, including Zak the Baker, Oasis Wynwood, 1-800-Lucky, Gramps and UNKNWN. Annual special events such as Miami Art Week, Miami Music Week and Wynwood Pride fill the community with pedestrian traffic and excitement.

Major developments in the area include the recently opened Arlo Wynwood hotel and The Dorsey, as well as upcoming projects such as The NoMad Residences, 29N Wynwood, 545 Wyn and The Wynwood Plaza.

Additionally, the neighborhood is experiencing growth in mixed-use residential and office spaces with developments including Strata Wynwood, WYND 27 & 28, Society WynwoodSentral Wynwood and The Gateway at Wynwood. Currently, there is 600,000 square feet of commercial retail space under construction as Wynwood continues to evolve.

Companies committing to office space in Wynwood include Founders Fund, Spotify, Technology SA and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

The BID supports its City of Miami partners and surrounding communities by running numerous safety and cleanliness initiatives, including state-of-the-art interactive outdoor digital kiosks, neighborhood-wide security cameras and a dedicated Clean Street Team.

“Wynwood property owners and businesses believe in the wisdom of investing in infrastructure enhancements, safety initiatives, forward-thinking planning and destination branding that are key to the BID’s work,” Gonzalez concluded.

For more information, visit wynwoodMiami.com.

 

Source:  Community News

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Wynwood Apartment Building Converts To Short-Term Rentals

An apartment building in Miami’s Wynwood has converted into short-term rentals under the new-to-market Sentral brand.

Denver-based Sentral launched in 10 locations across the country July 20, including Sentral Wynwood. The 175-unit building at 51 N.W. 26th St. was previously known as the Bradley Wynwood.

Residents can opt for a traditional monthly rent or pay by the night for up to 29 days.

Miami-based developers The Related Group and Block Capital Group sold it for $77 million in February to an affiliate of San Francisco-based Iconiq Capital. The Sentral platform is backed by Iconiq Capital with an investment of more than $500 million.

At Sentral Wynwood, 75 units are immediately available for monthly residents and the remaining 100 units will be for short-term rentals this fall. Residents can also rent their apartments out while they are out of town.

 

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