Growth and Development in Overtown

One of Miami’s oldest and historically rich neighborhoods, Overtown has undergone a revival that’s made it a sought-after community. As a newly assigned Opportunity Zone, the neighborhood is seeing an increased interest from developers, hospitality groups and retailers who are looking to be a part of this growing and vibrant community.

Recently, PTM Partners and Estate Investment Group secured a $55 million loan to build Soleste Grand Central, an 18-story, 360-unit multifamily building, that will be a mix of luxury apartments and affordable housing. The deal marks one of the first construction loans given to an Opportunity Zone project in South Florida. The project has broken ground and is expected to go vertical in the fall.

Another big name pushing Overtown’s growth forward is real estate developer, Michael Simkins. As president and chief executive officer of Innovate Development Group, Simkins has created an impressive portfolio of Overtown properties, the most significant being the assemblage of 10.8 acres of properties where he plans to build the Miami Innovation District, a mixed-use project that will include office and retail space, as well as micro-apartments. Simkins also commissioned design-build firm McKENZIE to renovate the historical New Providence Lodge building into Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork, a multi-use, co-working space that will serve the young, African American community.

But developers aren’t the only ones moving to Overtown. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsoon will open Red Rooster this winter where comfort food and the neighborhood’s culinary traditions will be served. The restaurant will be built at the former Clyde Killens Pool Hall and will hire from within the community and also provide a platform to celebrate local artists, musicians, and culinary talents. Overtown’s renaissance is a great example of what smart development can bring a once overlooked neighborhood. We look forward to seeing what other new and exciting plans are in store for the area.

McKENZIE Renovates Historical Overtown Building into New Co-working Space


McKENZIE has completed the renovation of the historical New Providence Lodge building in Overtown into Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork, a multi-use, co-working space that will focus on serving local, African American youth and the South Florida entrepreneur community.

McKENZIE’s design creates a flexible workspace that contains design elements that are in tune with the evolving workplace and the needs of today’s entrepreneurial workforce.

Owned by Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson, both successful entrepreneurs working to provide opportunities for African Americans to thrive in the tech industry, Tribe will house Code Fever and BlackTech Week, two nonprofits founded by Hatcher and Pearson that help build and diversify startup ecosystems and support African American entrepreneurs, as well as several black-owned businesses.

McKenzie, a boutique design, build, and custom fabrication firm recently completed the renovation of the two-story, 3,700-sf New Providence Lodge building in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami.

The building, which once housed a Freemason chapter during the Jim Crow era, is now the Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork, a multi-use, co-working space with a maker lab, classrooms, and collaborative event and hangout spaces. The idea is for the new space to primarily serve local, African-American youth.

Many of the building’s original features were preserved, such as the original wood ceiling and steel beams. These restored historical elements add a visual contrast to the collaborative workspace’s clean and modern finishes.

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