Invest: Miami speaks to Joseph Kavana, CEO
When we purchased the land for Metropica over 20 years ago, we recognized development could move in two directions: north from Miami-Dade or west from Eastern Broward. Sunrise was an ideal location as it is at South Florida’s epicenter, close to four counties and four highways, including I-95 and the Turnpike. Despite proximity to these highways, we don’t have the traffic issues other areas have.
Sunrise’s enormous potential is no secret. Companies are migrating to the area, portending job growth. In 2014, American Express relocated its regional headquarters to Sunrise. The building is currently under construction and will bring over 6,000 jobs to the area. Organizations contributing to job growth and critical mass in West Broward include Cleveland Clinic, Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University, Broward College, HBO Latin America, the FBI Miami Field Office and the BB&T Center—all close to Metropica.
Setting Metropica apart from similar mixed-use projects is its design and the size of its land. The 65 acres have office, residential and retail areas, with the residential area in the center. Spanning 20 acres, a park and recreational areas surround eight luxury condominium towers. Residents will easily access amenities and enjoy unique dining, shopping and entertainment. Although these elements are close by, the project balances peaceful living and a lively downtown area to cater to buyers’ needs. Though Broward sees much business activity, people move here to find peace and harmony and avoid chaotic city life.
We are creating an oasis in a suburban setting. Moreover, as a transit-oriented development, Metropica promotes pedestrian life and bike use. Because we are located at the edge of the Everglades, it is important to minimize our environmental impact. Ultimately, not only are we creating a place to enjoy your days, but a place you will love to live in.