New Businesses Opening in Brickell and Downtown

Sakaya Kitchen

Sakaya Kitchen opened its second location a few weeks ago in downtown.  The new restaurant is located at 125 SE 3rd Avenue.  I checked out their Midtown location a couple of years ago and remember it being pretty good. Their new location is centrally located and likely caters to a lunchtime crowd. This restaurant has great wide sidewalks that can comfortably accommodate outdoor dinning. It also has an overhang to protect pedestrians and customers from the hot Florida sun and summer thunderstorms.

Le Boudoir


Making Brickell CitiCentre Business and Pedestrian-Friendly


Brickell CitiCentre

On Friday I attended the University of Miami Real Estate Impact Conference that was held at 1450 Brickell Avenue. The conference was well attended with approximately 225 real estate, architecture and legal professionals and graduate students.

The first panel discussion was titled Global Urban Design & Miami 2020 and Guy Bradley, CEO Mainland China, Swire Properties and Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Founding Principal, Arquitectonica spoke at length about Swire’s Brickell CitiCenter project.

The $1 billion project is scheduled to break ground this year and will deliver 4.6 million square feet to Brickell. The 9.1-acre mixed-use development has been assembled with four parcels of land.  Two of the largest parcels are nudged between SW 8th and 7th Streets.  Pedestrian bridges and walkways will connect the four parcels of the development and the project will have two levels of underground parking.  At the heart of the project will be much needed retail, but will also include restaurants, a hotel, office suites, and apartments or condominiums.

CitiCenter will have pedestrian croswalks to keep customers off the dangerous FDOT roads.


The Renaissance of Wynwood Through Art

Check out this trailer about the renaissance of Wynwood, which has been led by visionary developer Tony Goldman. Goldman Properties was an early pioneer of the redevelopment of SoHo in New York City and South Beach. For the past ten years he  has been focusing on the redevelopment of Wynwood and he has been using street art as the catalyst to transform this run down neighborhood.

HCTN TRAILER from Here Comes the Neighborhood on Vimeo.