Jacksonville-based real estate developer The Vestcor Companies, Inc., under the Ambar Station LLC, has filed an administrative site plan for a mixed-use development designed by Anillo Toledo Lopez Architecture in the Leisure City area of southern Miami-Dade County near Naranja, which is set to incorporate workforce housing. The 7.83-acre site is located at 27742 and 27860 South Dixie Highway. The property is currently under contract from 27742 South Federal Highway LLC, managed by Bruno and Maritza Ramos, based in Miami.
As reported in the South Florida Business Journal, the existing site houses two apartment buildings and an unused retail structure. It’s strategically positioned adjacent to the South Dade TransitWay, where the county is developing an express rapid transit bus system.
The proposal for Ambar Station includes 576 residential units, 8,300 square feet of commercial space, and 852 parking spaces. Among these, 158 spaces are dedicated to electric vehicle charging. To align with provisions for a workforce housing density bonus, 12.5% of the units will be allocated for workforce housing.
The architectural design comprises two eight-story buildings and two three-story structures, all adorned with vibrant stucco exteriors in shades of white, beige, gray, wheat, and olive. The residential layout is set to include 198 one-bedroom units, 306 two-bedroom units, and 72 three-bedroom units.
The Vestcor Companies initiated the Ambar Trails housing project development at 15000 Southwest 272nd Street in 2021, close to the proposed Ambar Station location. The southern Miami-Dade area has attracted developers mainly because of its relatively affordable land and the benefits of the TransitWay, which provides public transportation to key employment areas.