I LOVE BRICKELL
I frequent the Brickell area and every time I take South Miami ave north a see that big empty double lot that says Citi Centre coming soon. You know, right by The Blue Martini and Tabaco Road. So when is soon? Well here is some news as to what, where and when this site will be developed. Oh and once again Miami-based Arquitectonica will spear head the project. Hope fully they will do a better job then that tunnel entrance design they revealed for the future Port of Miami Tunnel. Construction is set to start later this year but that’s what they all say. Look at the Met3 that was to start construction this February. Nothing, all you see is a big hole in front of the Wells Fargo building. Oh and the beautiful Capital building in front of Segafredo in Brickel. A big hole there too. Anyway, hopefully construction does start this year. That would be jobs for many in this city.
[HONG KONG – 15 February 2012] Swire Properties has announced its plans for a major new mixed-use development in Miami, Florida. This is Swire Properties’first mixed-use development in Miami and largest single project in the city to date, although the Company has 30 years of development experience on the nearby island of Brickell Key.
Located strategically in the centre of the Brickell financial district of Miami, the Brickell CitiCentre development will offer a gross floor area of approximately 2,891,000 sq ft (excluding car park), including 520,000 sq ft of shopping and dining, three office buildings, two residential towers and a 243-room hotel with 93 serviced apartments. In keeping with Swire Properties’well-established policy of focusing on key transport nodes, the site incorporates a station on the Miami Metromover light rail and offers easy access to Interstate 95. The Company acquired the four parcels of land which make up the 394,000 sq ft site in 2008 and 2011, and expects to begin construction by the second quarter of 2012.
“We are very excited about this project,” said Swire Properties’Chief Executive Martin Cubbon. “We felt that acquiring the site at Brickell CitiCentre was a compelling investment, in that it offers us a rare opportunity to develop within the heart of a thriving financial district. We’re very keen to expand our presence in Miami by doing what we do best – developing large-scale, mixed-use complexes anchored by retail.”
Explaining the choice of Miami, Florida for the Company’s latest development, Cubbon remarked, “We are a highly-respected developer in Miami, with 30 years of operational experience in the city and strong relationships with the community. Miami’s economy is benefitting from investments from its southern neighbours in South America, and we see strong growth potential for the city. The location of Brickell CitiCentre offers an excellent opportunity to attract business both from local businesses and residents as well as visitors. We’re confident that Brickell CitiCentre will transform the Brickell neighbourhood and become a key urban destination.”
The Brickell CitiCentre project will be developed in two phases, with the first phase, including all elements except for one office tower, scheduled for completion in 2015, followed by the final office tower in 2018.
The Company has commissioned renowned Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica to spearhead the project; Arquitectonica has worked with Swire Properties on several other projects in the past, including TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou, the Company’s flagship development in Mainland China.
Whilst continuing to expand its portfolio selectively overseas, Swire Properties will focus primarily on developing its core business in Hong Kong and Mainland China with large-scale, mixed-use projects.
About Swire Properties
Swire Properties develops and manages commercial, retail, hotel and residential properties, with a particular focus on mixed-use development in prime locations at major mass transportation intersections. Listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the Company’s investment portfolio in Hong Kong totals over 17 million sq ft (over 1.58 million sqm)* of gross floor area, with Island East and Pacific Place as its core holdings. In addition to Hong Kong, the Company has significant investments in Mainland China, the United States and the United Kingdom.
In Mainland China, Swire Properties has a portfolio amounting to approximately 13.6 million sq ft (over 1.26 million sqm)*, comprising five mixed-use developments in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shanghai. Of these, Sanlitun Village and INDIGO in Beijing and TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou have opened.
Since 1980, the Company has been developing investment and trading properties on the island of Brickell Key in downtown Miami, Florida where it has created an acclaimed residential and commercial portfolio that includes three office buildings, nine condominium towers offering a total of 2,100 residential units, and the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.
Through Swire Hotels, the Company also creates and manages intriguing urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, aimed at providing an exceptional experience for travellers who seek individuality, style and personalised service.
Visit Swire Properties’ website at http://www.swireproperties.com