Grove Central breaks ground in Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove is getting a new mixed-use project that the developers hope will become “a model for smart development in South Florida.”

Terra and Grass River Property recently broke ground on Grove Central, a project that includes a 23-story residential tower with 402 multifamily, workforce and co-living units, a 1,250-space public parking garage, and around 170,000 square feet of retails space, anchored by a Target. Grass River and Terra will build, manage and lease the property through a 90-year ground lease with the county.

The project at the intersection of US-1 and SW 27th Avenue will also offer easy access to local transportation options. It will be connected to The Underline linear park through a tree-lined public plaza and will provide easy access to the Coconut Grove Metrorail station, City of Miami trolley network and Miami-Dade bus system.

“Terra is focused on advancing a sustainable and resilient development model that combines residential density, a balanced mix of commercial uses, and access to multimodal transit options,” said Terra CEO David Martin in a release. “Grove Central will bring this vision to life along one of Miami’s most important transit corridors, creating an everyday amenity for nearby residents and filling a void in our housing market.”

Designed by Miami-based Touzet Studio in collaboration with RSP Architects and Walter Meyer of New York’s Local Office Landscape Architecture, the project will “exceed the City of Miami’s sustainability, efficiency, and green building requirements with Gold level certification under the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) program.” With adaptability for solar energy and battery storage as well as a cistern that captures roof runoff, the project is “a model for the future of development and mobility in Miami-Dade County,” says Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

“Miami-Dade County has been trying to stimulate development on this property dating back to 1998,” said Grass River Property President Peter LaPointe. “Now, 20 years later, we are moving forward with the creation of a true multi-modal destination that can be easily accessed by train, bus, car, foot or bike. Together with our partners at Miami-Dade County, we believe that locating mixed-use amenities at transit hubs will increase ridership on public transportation and help alleviate reliance on cars.”

The developers say the project will create “more than 1,500 construction jobs, several hundred permanent full-time and part-time jobs, tens of millions of dollars in lease payments to Miami-Dade County and the collection of property tax revenues for the first time in this site’s history.”

Project completion is expected in 2023.

David Martin, CEO of Terra; Jimmy Morales, Miami-Dade County Chief Operations Officer ; Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Mayor; Francis X. Suarez, City of Miami Mayor; Alice Bravo, Miami-Dade County Director of Transportation & Public Works; Ken Russell, Miami City Commissioner District 2; Peter La Pointe, President of Grass River Property ; Eileen Higgins, Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 5.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.