Former Wynwood art gallery could be redeveloped, expanded for retail

A building in Miami’s Wynwood that previously housed an art gallery could be redeveloped and expanded to house retail.

On Nov. 14, the Wynwood Design Review Committee will consider the application by RS JZ Wynwood NW2 LLC, an affiliate of Brooklyn-based RedSky Capital and JZ Capital Partners, for the 5,485-square-foot building at 2407 N.W. 2nd Ave. The company acquired the property for $10.6 million in 2015. Gallery 212 relocated after the developers bought the building.

Wynwood started as an industrial area with garment manufacturing. In recent years, it has been transformed by art, street murals, restaurants and retails. While new zoning allows for buildings of up to 12 stories in Wynwood, the RedSky plan would not approach that level of density.

In a plan crafted by architecture firm MKDA, the building would be expanded to 18,320 square feet through adaptive reuse and additional structures that would create a second floor. Part of the street-facing walls would be punched out and filled with windows and aluminum storefronts to make them more attractive to retailers. The building’s remaining walls would be covered by murals curated by the developers.

A sleek, two-story addition would rise behind the existing buildings and be attached to it.

“The existing historic building is really unique in Wynwood,” said Amanda Hertzler, head of MKDA’s Wynwood office. “There are no other buildings here like that with all the detail and decorative elements. It has a lot of Art Deco features.”

Hertzler said the new design would celebrate the architecture of the historic building while creating a new, modern structure that reflects the future of the neighborhood. The second floor could have retail showrooms or service providers for new residents, such as a salon or a gym, she added.

Source: South Florida Business Journal