Dadeland Mall project to bring new restaurants and retailers

Kathleen Shields, senior vice president of development, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez participate in a ceremonial tile breaking.

Simon Property Group Inc., the world’s leading retail real estate company, announced recently that one of Miami’s landmark retail properties, Dadeland Mall, is set to undergo a significant redevelopment. The Dadeland Mall is co-owned by Simon Property Group and an affiliate of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing.

Shoppers soon will see the construction of a two-story building, which will house an enviable group of restaurants — each with patio seating offering stunning views from the upper level overlooking Kendall Drive — and a new wing of retailers on the lower level. Demolition of the building, formerly home to Limited/Express, is set to begin later this month with a projected opening of Spring 2013.

“The redevelopment work slated for Dadeland Mall isn’t just good news for shoppers — it’s good news for our local economy, too,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“The project is going to create vital jobs for our residents as it takes shape in the near term, and will create additional jobs in the long term by enlarging the mall’s retail and restaurant space. It’s a win-win for Miami- Dade County,” the mayor added.

“The enhancement of this iconic mall will appeal to our entire customer base, which includes not only South Florida residents but our international shoppers as well,” said Dadeland’s manager Maria Prado.

She added the improvements also will be attractive to both current and prospective tenants.

“Interest is very strong and we already have commitments for most of the space which we plan to announce in the near future,” Prado said.

This new “Kendall Wing” will include a host of attractive amenities with a theme of a modern, welcoming ambience reflective of Miami hospitality. It starts outside with a “Fashion Runway” complete with luminous cube bollards, tree sculptures, fountain, and a luxury valet with distinctive valet canopies.

The “Modern Gallery” interior theme will be sophisticated and uniquely Miami. Stoneclad columns will create a strong visual. Colors of the sand and sea — gold, beige, and turquoise — will be sprinkled throughout and there also will be a Missoni-inspired feature art wall. Shoppers will find long, linear, and luxurious custom seating as well as modern plants and pots.

Dadeland patrons who are visiting one of the mall’s 185 specialty stores or one of its anchors — Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Macy’s Children & Home, and JCPenney — will soon have more room to park at Dadeland as well as 300 new spaces will be added to the existing parking deck. The two new levels are expected to be ready to accommodate vehicles beginning this summer.

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