Known mostly for being an industrialized city filled with office workers and an affluent community, The City of Doral is looking to expand their horizons and change the feel of their city. Codina Partners and Lennar Commercial announced their plans for their $1 billion Downtown Doral project. Looking to change the vibe of their city, Downtown Doral is going to be home to some popular, unique restaurants such as Bulla, Dragonfly, Passion del Cielo and Freddo. Codina CEO, Ana Barlick, says that they went after the tenants they wanted in their development to create the right mix. Bulla is a Spanish, tapas-style restaurant, Dragonfly is a Japanese restaurant, Passion del Cielo is a coffee house/ cafe, and Freddo is a gelato bar. With little retail, and restaurants outside of major food chains, Codina and Lennar hope to reach and under-served group in Doral, who are hungry for such restaurants to open. Codina says they want their new development to become a popular destination for people to come walk around at and decide where to eat.
The 120-Acre, billion dollar project will not just be home to new retail stores and restaurants however. Along with the new restaurants, the new development will be home to a 400,000 square feet of fully leased office space, as well as a charter school of nearly 400 kids that will open in the fall. Also, the development will have 200 luxury condo units that are already sold out. Lastly, the development will have many service-oriented shops like AT&T, drycleaners, banks, salons and a liquor store, giving the development a wide array of diverse service-oriented shops.
Codina and Lennar are set to start construction on phase two of their development this summer and plan for it to take about 18 months. The second phase will include more trendy restaurants, a supermarket, more office space, and a second condo tower. With great public bus and trolley systems, developers hope to make Downtown Doral a very transportation-efficient development, separating it self from notoriously high traffic areas surrounding it. There will also be plenty of parking with two covered garages allowing for about 500 parking spaces.