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Coconut Grove Revamps

Jul. 7, 2017

Coconut Grove’s CocoWalk will start renovations this summer on its western half, which will be completed in mid-2018. The renovations will add a central open-air plaza that connects to Coconut Grove’s pedestrian walkways. CocoWalk will be open during renovations. The plaza will feature café seating, native foliage and water features with a contemporary vibe designed by Beame Architectural Partnership and Foreseer.

New retailers also will arrive, bringing local and well-known lifestyle, beauty and wellness brands. Fast-casual and sit-down restaurants also will be available along with 150,000 square feet of leasable space. Another addition is One CocoWalk, a 78,000-square-foot office building, which begins construction in 2018, with completion set for 2019.

The improvements are being made by Federal Realty Investment Trust, the Comras Co. and Grass River Property, the owners of CocoWalk since late 2015. The companies hope to improve the center’s connectivity to the neighborhood and offer more shopping.

”We love the Miami market and Coconut Grove in particular, but ensuring success in retail today goes far beyond making cosmetic design changes,” explains Chris Weilminster, president of the mixed-use division at Federal Realty Investment Trust. “We’re going to inject CocoWalk with newer, cooler, hipper brands while improving integration with our neighborhood’s urban grid. The result will be an immersive experience that gives people a reason to leave home and brings the community together.”

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