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Former Target could be redeveloped into apartments

A former building that housed a Target Superstore in Lauderhill could be redeveloped into an apartment complex.

On July 13, the City Commission will consider the land use plan amendment and rezoning application for the 13.7-acre site at 7730 W. Commercial Blvd., which is on the southwest corner of University Drive. The Soleste Westgate apartments would be developed by Three Amigos Lauderhill LLC, an affiliate of Miami-based Estate Investments Group, led by Robert Suris and Jeffrey Ardizon.

The property currently has a 174,193-square-foot retail building, which was constructed in 2001. The Target there closed in 2018. The developers bought the property the same year for $9 million.

While many big box retailers are struggling, there’s been consistent growth in South Florida’s multifamily sector as people move to the region.

By rezoning the site from “commercial” to “high residential”, the developer would build 529 apartments. Soleste Westgate would have six apartment buildings, ranging from four to six stories, plus a two-story clubhouse and a pool. There would be 844 parking spaces.

Units would range from 453 to 1,144 square feet. There would be 40 studio apartments, 266 units with one bedroom, 194 units with two bedrooms, and 44 units with three bedrooms.

Ardizon said amenities would include a fitness studio with a yoga room, a dog park, WiFi lounges, coworking space, and a game room.

"Just like all our Soleste communities, Soleste Westgate will be no different, offering residents slightly smaller high-end finished apartments with a well thought out space design that provides functionality at a very attainable lower absolute market rent rate," he said. "We look forward to providing current and future residents of Lauderhill a value option and a product that we believe is in dire demand in an area that lacks this type of supply."

Attorney Hope Calhoun represents Estate Investments Group in the application. The project was designed by Modis Architects.

The outparcel buildings, which the developer does not own, would remain. They include a CVS and a Starbucks.

South Florida Business Journal, Brian Bandell, 2020

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