Metropica Featured at Urban Land Institute (ULI) Florida Summit by ci design


At this year's Urban Land Institute (ULI) Florida Summit in Miami, representatives from the Metropica development team, KGH International Development, spoke on a panel addressing the challenges and opportunities that come with the development of large-scale, mixed-use developments such as Metropica.

Regarded as one of the "most highly anticipated real estate projects in south Florida," the primary strategy behind the 65-acre transit-oriented, mixed-use development aims to provide an all-encompassing retail experience by heavily incorporating food, beverage and entertainment options into the mix of shopping tenants. This retail district, master planned and designed by ci design, differentiates itself from the shopping centers and malls typical to South Florida to create an experience aligned to the changing expectations of the customer.

Read the complete article, Modern MPCs Combining Resort-Style Amenities with Mixed-Use, Transit-Oriented Neighborhoods, featuring Metropica and more on the ULI website.

Watch Now: ULI Case Study of North Hills by ci design

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently completed a case study of North Hills, a 2 million sf mixed-use development located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The case study highlights our team's experience with the planning and architectural design of the project and its impact on the downtown area.

An excerpt from the case study reads:

A staid 1960s mall and its surroundings have been transformed into a $1 billion, 94-acre urban destination—located on two major parcels separated by an arterial street—for one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. At North Hills, a finely balanced mix of uses surrounds parks, plazas, and walkable streets. In all, visitors will find 988,500 square feet of lifestyle and convenience retail, dining, and entertainment uses; 1,056,000 square feet of office space; 920 residential units; and 366 hotel rooms. The arrangement of uses—both vertically and horizontally—allows boutiques and fine dining to coexist at North Hills with parking garages, office space, and large-format retailers. In 1999, local developer Kane Realty began the project by repositioning a modest retail strip and then demolishing the mall and assembling adjacent parcels for redevelopment. In the years since, the project scope has steadily evolved to encompass a broad, long-term vision of a 24-hour, high-rise urban district.

For more information about North Hills, view the ULI case study video or visit www.ci-designinc.com/North-Hills.

A City For The Future by ci design

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Gracing the cover of this month's issue of Shopping Center Business magazine is Metropica, a new mixed-use development in South Florida that is "changing the retail environment." 

In the article, Metropica: A City For the Future, ci design Principal Chris Bauer discusses how Metropica will create a "dense, sustainable urban community" while complementing, embracing and connecting its suburban neighbors. ci design is serving as master planner of the project, and as architect for the retail, entertainment and mixed-use district.

"[Metropica] will be an environmentally sensitive, pedestrian-oriented core that will utilize public transit to become a larger community with such suburban elements as the Sawgrass Mills mall, BB&T Center and upcoming American Express corporate campus. In this respect, Metropica is at the forefront of a national – and global trend – of urbanization," writes Mr. Bauer.

In November, Metropica officially broke ground and expects to begin construction on the first residential tower in 2015. Expected completion is 2017.