Above photo is a rendering shows a planned office building that will replace the city’s Oak Avenue parking garage. Felipe Aldana Touzet Studio
As Coconut Grove surges, developer plans first new office building in decades
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As Coconut Grove surges with new condos, restaurants and shops, developer David Martin is planning what he sees as the missing link in the Grove’s revitalization: its first new office building since 1989.
The project will adapt an existing city of Miami parking garage at 2850 Oak Ave. into a five-story mid-rise with 75,000 square feet of Class A office space and renovated ground-level retail. The architects of the makeover — a process often referred to in design circles as “adaptive reuse” — are Carlos Prio-Touzet and Jackie Gonzalez Touzet, the Miami-based designers of the Nike store on Lincoln Road and other eye-catching local projects.
“The businesses that are our target want less traffic than what our financial core [in Brickell] has to offer,” said Martin, whose firm Terra is partnering with Mayfair Real Estate Advisors. “They like the tree canopy and the ability to be in a tranquil environment.”