Midtown Miami Walmart

MIAMI-Walmart has filed an amendment to its plans for its 184,000-sf downtown location with the city that would add an adjacent 16,000-sf linear retail building.

The mega retailer reports it has filed an amended Class II Permit application with the City of Miami that adds the adjacent building with street-level retail space along Midtown Boulevard and a new design to its proposed Supercenter at 3055 N. Miami Ave. If approved, Midtown Opportunities, LLC, an adjacent property owner, would develop the liner retail building, which will include more than 16,000 square feet of space designated for four to six independently-operated shops and restaurants, the company stated in an announcement.

The revised design by Gensler, a global architectural firm headquartered in New Jersey, for the Walmart Supercenter adds glazed brick, metal canopies and awnings, and a glass storefront. Zyscovich Architects, the firm that created the master plan for Miami’s Midtown, has been engaged by Midtown Opportunities, LLC, to design the new retail liner project.

“Throughout this process, we have remained engaged with the surrounding community to discuss ways our plan could best serve local residents,” says Steven Restivo, senior director of community affairs for Walmart. “Our plan now allows for additional retail that will not only compliment our store but also offer customers more choices for their shopping needs. Plus, we think the opportunity to activate an empty parcel will add an additional economic boost to the surrounding area.”

The Midtown Miami Walmart is projected to create about 400 construction jobs and 350 retail positions and is tentatively scheduled to open in 2014.