MKDA Designed the Printhouse Adaptive Reuse in Miami

A building at 2509 N. Miami Ave. that hosted a commercial printing plant for decades would be transformed through adaptive reuse, but the design would make sure that patrons don’t forget the building’s roots.

The Printhouse would have a facade resembling newspaper print. Co-developers Link Real Estate and Jameson Equities hired MKDA’s Wynwood office to design the retail and office project.

The developers used affiliate 2509 NMA LLC to acquire the building for $5.4 million in December 2017. The 17,843-square-foot building was constructed in 1925.

Through adaptive reuse, it would be expanded to 20,950 square feet, new aluminum storefronts would be installed, and murals would decorate the walls.

“When we first toured the building we loved its character and authenticity,” said Justin Tehrani, an executive with New York-based Link Real Estate. “Wynwood first began as an industrial warehouse district which is exactly what the existing 3-story warehouse embodies. We wanted to make sure we kept the aesthetic that the exposed concrete floors and structural members create. What’s even rarer is the beautiful, wood structure supporting the roof that is made out of Dade-County Pine. Carpentry like that is something unique to prewar Miami buildings which is something we really wanted to celebrate rather than tear down.”

Tehrani said the Printhouse theme would pay homage to the previous owner’s commercial printing factory.

Amanda Hertzler, head of MKDA’s Wynwood office, said the building would receive new doors and windows and the entrance would be moved to face North Miami Avenue. They would otherwise preserve the building to keep its industrial character for the new office space, including its wooden ceilings on the third floor. She hopes to include printing press design elements inside the building as well.

“This isn’t bringing downtown or Brickell to Wynwood,” Hertzler said. “This is really embracing the roots of what Wynwood was built on.”

Tehrani hopes to sign a retail or restaurant tenant that incorporates the outdoor lot fronting North Miami Avenue into their business. It hired Andres Nava from Metro 1 Commercial for leasing.

Tehrani said he hopes to complete the Printhouse in October 2018.

Source: South Florida Business Journal