When was the last time that you drove through South Miami? If it has not been in the past month or two, then you might not have seen that the CVS on the corner of Red Road and Sunset Drive has been torn down, as has Up on Sunset, the hair salon in a little cottage that was right behind it, on 56th Avenue. Don’t worry if you are an Up on Sunset client, they’ve moved just a couple of blocks to 7245 SW 57 Court!
Seeing those two buildings bulldozed sent me on a trip down memory lane: remember the old Sunset Drugs and the adjoining Card Cottage? I can still taste the grilled cheese sandwiches and milkshakes from their lunch counter! The former CVS is not being replaced by a charming, locally owned establishment; rather, it is being replaced by another CVS. I am sure it will be a nice store, but it is still a CVS at the end of the day.
Another South Miami shocker is driving down San Remo Avenue, which I recently did to park at Whole Foods. The small, 3-story apartment complex that was there was torn down last year and a monolith of a building is going up in its place! I knew that this was going to happen, but when the project was first announced the building that borders on San Remo, Yumiri, and Venera was supposed to be a luxury mixed-use development. Those plans obviously changed because it is now The Standard and it bills itself as “a brand-new student housing community located just a few blocks away from the main campus” of the University of Miami, according to its website. The building will have one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, a game room, fitness center, pool, study centers, and lounges. The website does not give details as far as the number of students that the building can accommodate, but its size leads me to believe that it will be quite a large number, which could be great for local businesses but definitely will not be ideal for traffic! I am sure that the redevelopment of Sunset Place will cater to what will be an expanded student demographic in South Miami.
While it is not the South Miami that I grew up with, I hope that the little building boom that is taking place right now is nothing but beneficial to the area!