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Developer reveals details about second phase of American Legion waterfront project

Ahead of Veterans Day, Global City Development revealed amenities and services that will be included in the second phase of its American Legion redevelopment which will overlook Biscayne Bay.

Despite complaints from neighbors, the developer will continue with phase two, which will transform the surrounding land into amenities dedicated to veterans. Aside from offering 237 residential units, the 15,000 sq. ft. facility will also feature a community ballroom, fitness center, swimming pool and physical therapy areas. Group therapy services and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment will also be made available to tenants.

While the developer previously announced that the project is built for military veterans of American Legion Post No. 29, occupancy is not limited only to the group. Global City Investments principal Diego Procel, who has a 21-year-old son serving in the military, said that they aim to attract a new, younger generation of veterans.

“If this is successful, we can take it statewide and nationally… There’s an American Legion in every neighborhood,” said Jonathan Black, a judge advocate.

Demolition started in May 2017. During that period, Global City sought zoning for a Special Area Plan. In order to qualify, the firm had to count two acres of Legion Memorial Park as part of its property. They also proposed the construction of three 15-story towers but were opposed by neighborhood residents and the mayor. As for Global City’s SAP application, Miami’s Urban Development Review Board is still considering the plans.

To acquire the 3.6 acre plot of land on the Upper East Side’s bayfront, Global City entered into a 75-year lease with American Legion. Phase one of development will include a 237-unit apartment building and a new American Legion facility. About $6 million will be invested by the developer to construct the new American Legion building, an amount that will be broken down to $2 million for development and $4 million for operation under a new business model.

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