Coral Gables having a live-work-play growth spurt

Source: Sun-Sentinel

By: Lisa J. Huriash

Coral Gables is in the midst of a growth spurt of mixed-use residential projects.

Apartments, hotels, restaurants and more are being planned that will make “the city more active,” said Ramon Trias, the city’s Planning and Zoning director.

One is at the doorstep of the Metrorail, within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Another will be outfitted with generators, thinking ahead to hurricane season.

Many of the mixed-use projects are in “areas that in the past used to be mostly commercial,” he said. “It’s high-quality growth.”

Merrick Manor, a 10-story building at 301 Altara Ave. that is expected to be completed by year’s end.

The project, by the Astor Cos., will have 227 condominiums, ranging from one- to four-bedroom units. Prices will range from $374,990 to $2.5 million.

The project will also include 19,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurants. It is next to Merrick Park, which is an upscale shopping mall.

“This area needs good condominium housing,” said developer Henry Torres, of the Astor Cos.

Among the perks: emergency generators for the amenities floor, which includes the fitness center area.

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For pricing and other information about the residences at Merrick Manor, contact the ONE Sotheby’s International Realty sales team, call (305) 779-6870 or visit the project Sales Gallery at 4200 Laguna Street, which is located directly across the street from the project site.

For commercial and retail opportunities available at Merrick Manor, contact Roza H. Radkiewicz of Astor Real Estate Group at (305) 779-5672 or (786) 218-8322 or email

Additional information about the project can be found by visiting or emailing