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May June 2019 Marina World

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DRYSTACK STORAGE Racking boats at Coconut Grove The TREO Group – a privately-held, Miami-based real estate investment firm – has completed the first phase of Regatta Harbour, an ambitious US million multi-phase mixed-use project set to transform the waterfront at Coconut Grove into a lifestyle destination. Upon completion, the Arquitectonicadesigned project will boast more than 100,000ft² (9,290m²) of speciality retail and high-profile, chef-driven restaurants, set against the picturesque backdrop of the bay and lush foliage native to the area. The state-of-the-art design, which incorporates the latest boating technology, replaces former Grove Key Marina. The new drystack racks are already fully occupied and a waiting list has been drawn up. The previous marina, owned by the City of Miami and leased out, was a combination of drystack and hardstand pods. At the time the lease expired, the property had approximately 200 boats. With the old marina demolished, the new .5 million marina has been strategically reconfigured to the north of the property, perpendicular to the waterfront, accommodating space for additional vessels and increasing its overall capacity and access to Biscayne Bay – a large lagoon on the Atlantic Coast. The new marina has been repositioned to make better use of the waterfront space to maximise development opportunities and the drystack racks have been designed five levels high to achieve a higher capacity while reducing the marina’s footprint. The developer opted for an open rack system as opposed to a building or semi covered (top and sides) construction to maintain the openness of the waterfront. The marina side of the development now occupies a much smaller portion of the property, allowing for open green space, restaurants and shops. Three, newly-built launch points and boat lifts allow for a fluid transition from rack to water. Two floating docks are used for launching and one for daily docking, with 700ft (213m) of transient floating dockage and three finger piers. A new fuelling station is currently being upgraded for optimum use. The marina uses Wiggins Marina Bull forklifts supplied by Al Paradela, Taylor Machine Works, and docks supplied by Accudock. BoatCloud marina management software, an application-based scheduling system, allows boaters to arrive and board easily. As an ode to old Coconut Grove, Regatta Harbour will preserve and renovate historic aeroplane hangars, utilised in the early 1900s as a naval air station and later by Pan Am Airways, to create ideal space for a gourmet food hall, speciality market, fitness or entertainment concepts. The project will also introduce indoor and outdoor event space and onsite parking, including 253 garage spaces and 300-car surface parking. Regatta Harbour is also an integral component of the current revitalisation of Coconut Grove and is just steps away from luxury new residential and commercial projects. “The completion of Regatta Harbour’s initial phase signifies a milestone not only for the project, but the Coconut Grove neighbourhood, which hasn’t seen major changes to its waterfront in decades and is long-known for its active boating community,” said Otto Boudet- Murias, principal of The TREO Group. “We are honoured to contribute to the area’s nautical landscape and look forward to continuing the development’s momentum as we create a true coastal destination for all to enjoy.” - May/June 2019 51

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