Earlier this year, South Florida-based Turnberry Associates and LeFrak, of New York City, announced they were pooling expertise and resources on a joint venture project – SoLē Mia Miami, a 183-acre master-planned community in North Miami. In June, the partners formally broke ground on the multi-use development.

The Miami Herald’s article on the event reported construction is scheduled to begin in little more than a year. The initial phase of the project’s retail component – SoLē Mia Mainstreet – will take shape during that first stage of construction, overseen by Turnberry Associates Co-Chairman and CEO Jackie Soffer.

In addition to SoLē Mia, Soffer leads the retail development for Turnberry’s Aventura Mall. Turnberry and LeFrak plan to create a pedestrian-friendly “lifestyle center” at SoLē Mia Mainstreet.

For SoLē Mia Mainstreet, Soffer expects to create a strong mix of local and national chef-owned restaurants, bowling, a dine-in movie theater, and a combination of nationally renowned and locally established boutique shops. She already has announced a Warren Henry auto showroom featuring Infinity, Jaguar and Land Rover will be located at the community.

SoLē Mia Miami’s first phase of retail will encompass approximately 500,000 square feet. Ultimately, SoLē Mia Mainstreet will offer 800,000 square feet of retail with upscale shopping, fine dining, 37 acres of parks and recreation, and a wide array of world-class amenities.

Designed to become South Florida’s next iconic neighborhood, the SoLē Mia Miami community also will feature parks, swimming lagoons, and more than four thousand apartment residences. A 50 percent partner in the project, Turnberry Associates will be the development’s primary manager.