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The Massive Metropica Development In Sunrise Might As Well Be Its Own City

South Floridians are living in the age of the mega-developments. Miami Worldcenter, Brickell City Centre and Downtown Doral are all in the works for Miami-Dade County, but Broward residents need not feel left out.

Metropica in Sunrise will be a 65-acre retail and residential development built right next door to the Sawgrass Mills Mall and BB&T Center, and it's breaking ground this summer.

The mixed-use development will encompass 4 million square feet of retail shops, restaurants and eight residential towers. That'll include a resort-style beach club, a tennis club, mini soccer fields, a 2.5-acre park, iPic luxury movie theater, performance centers, entertainment venues, and the list goes on.

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Construction will begin with the complex’s first residential tower, Yoo at Metropica. The 28-story condo–dreamed up by design firm YOO Studio in partnership with developer Trillist Companies, Inc.–has an early 2017 target completion date.

Metropica's first phase will also include two hotels, office space and a mall anchored by the luxury cinema, according to The Miami Herald.

Photos really give a feel for the upscale vibe of this indulgent master-planned community. Here's a closer look at the $1.5 billion Metropica in renderings:

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Yoo at Metropica's 24-hour fitness center offers residents cardio, yoga and more.

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The resort-style beach club will replicate the oceanside feel with a beach-like pool.

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Landscape architecture and urban design firm EDSA is creating Metropica's green spaces.

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Open green spaces include a 2.5-acre "Central Park" and walking trails.

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Retail offerings will include restaurants, entertainment venues and large-scale anchor stores.

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Metropica will include two full-size tennis courts.

iPic Theaters
iPic Theaters serves up chef-driven gourmet food and cocktails as moviegoers watch a flick in plush seats.

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American Express is also moving its regional headquarters (and 3,000 employees) to the Sunrise area.

 

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Metropica’s Central Park will span 21 acres. It will span 2.5 acres. In addition, American Express regional headquarters will be moving to Sunrise but will not be located within Metropica.