Century Homebuilders proposes modifying plans for Midtown Doral project. Here’s the new plan.

May 02, 2023, Author: Brian Bandell, Real Estate Editor, South Florida Business Journal

Century Homebuilders Group wants to revamp a future phase of its Midtown Doral development, reducing the amount of commercial space in exchange for building more apartments.

Midtown Doral is a 30-acre project on the west side of Northwest 107th Avenue and both sides of Northwest 82nd Street that’s being developed through multiple phases. The first phase, completed in 2016, has 537 apartments and 68,500 square feet of commercial space. In 2022, local developers Century
Homebuilders and partner Mattoni Group broke ground on the first half of Phase II, consisting of 326 apartments, 39,445 square feet of commercial space and a 47,000-square-foot clubhouse.

At the time, the second half of Phase II was to be 349 apartments and 53,555 square feet of commercial space.

The city will hold a Council Zoning Meeting on April 26 to amend plans for that phase to 408 apartments and 27,546 square feet of commercial, plus the clubhouse would be expanded to 58,000 square feet. It would remain eight stories tall. The land for Phase II, which is on the north side of Northwest 82nd Street, is owned by Century Town Center 2, a partnership between Century Homebuilders and Mattoni Group.

“We realized it was too much commercial space and instead we’re adding more residential units,” said Century Homebuilders President and CEO Sergio Pino. “The issue with commercial space in mixed-use projects is they are for mom-and-pop businesses, not big-box stores. How many veterinarians and nail care places can you have? We were looking for a small grocery store but there are none left. There are eight or nine restaurants in that area already.”

He said the new building will have residential units on the ground floor. The demand for apartments in Doral remains strong, Pino said, as people want to live closer to where they work.

He anticipates completing construction of the 326-unit building at Midtown Doral in September.

Doral-based Pascual, Perez, Kiliddjian & Associates is the architect of the project. Miami-based attorney Alejandro J. Arias represents the developer in the application.

The full Midtown Doral site extends up Northwest 107th Avenue up to Northwest 90th Street, but Century Homebuilders doesn’t own any additional property other than what’s in its current application. However, an additional 505 apartments, 141,749 square feet of commercial space and 75,000 square feet of offices are permitted on the northern part of the site. Wilmington, Delaware-based New Doral 107 LLC owns 4.6 acres of that land, Miami-based MTD Unit 3 503 LLC owns 2.2 acres and Doral-based Delcop Group owns five acres.