Ever since Hurricane Irma ripped through the Keys in 2017, there seems to be a new cleared lot or construction project popping up around town every week. The coconut telegraph is always abuzz with “insider information” – factual or not – about the fate of these construction projects, and keeping track of each can be mind-boggling. In the interest of transparency, Keys Weekly is proud to present this brief overview of current construction and development projects around Marathon. For additional information, scan the QR codes associated with projects to read prior articles from Keys Weekly about their development. And for the record, we know that everything here is subject to change. We can assure you we did our best.

All construction site photos taken by Alex Rickert unless otherwise noted.

1) Where: 1480 Overseas Hwy.

  1. On the horizon: A 5,181-square-foot public Starbucks as well as Captain Pip’s offices
  2. Estimated completion date: March 2022
  3. Initial Project Valuation: $800,000
  4. Primary Contractor: Keys All Area Roofing

2) Where: 3896 Overseas Hwy. (formerly Fairway Market & South Seas Rigging)

  1. On the Horizon: A 5,411-square-foot RaceTrac convenience store with 19 fueling positions
  2. Estimated completion date: TBD
  3. Project valuation: $900,000
  4. Primary contractor: Great Dane Petroleum Contractors

3) Where: 700 39th St. Gulf 

  1. On the horizon: Two affordable housing buildings. Eight 1-bed, 1-bath units; 28 2-bed, 2-bath units; 16-3 bed, 2-bath units.
  2. Estimated completion date: February 2022
  3. Project valuation: $10,000,000
  4. Primary contractor: Sherwood Construction, Inc.

4) Where: Keys Federal Credit Union, 5050 Overseas Hwy.

  1. On the horizon: Keys Federal Credit Union Bank
  2. Estimated completion date: February 2022
  3. Project valuation: $1,421,772
  4. Primary contractor: Keys Contracting Services

5) Where: 6203 Overseas Hwy. (Dion’s gas station)

  1. On the horizon: Gas station remodel, with other potential plans TBD
  2. Estimated completion date: TBD
  3. Project valuation: $240,000
  4. Primary contractor: D.L. Porter Constructors Inc.

6) Where: 6209 Overseas Hwy. (old Dee’s Hair Sensations building)

  1. On the horizon: No formal plans submitted
Renderings of the new Monroe County Emergency Operations Center. AJAX BUILDING COMPANY/Contributed

7) Where: 7280 Overseas Hwy. (southwest corner of Marathon Airport)

  1. On the horizon: 23,000-square-foot Monroe County Emergency Operations Center
  2. Estimated completion date: TBD
  3. Project valuation: $22-23 million
  4. Primary contractor: Ajax Building Company

8) Where: between 101st and 104th Streets 

  1. On the horizon: La Palma: six affordable housing units, three market-rate houses, and 32,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.
  2. Estimated completion date: Homes completed before April 2022, shopping center later
  3. Primary Contractor: Total Quality Restoration

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9) Where: Reef Road, oceanside

  1. On the horizon: Rebuild of the elevated 125-unit Ocean Isles Fishing Village
  2. Estimated completion date: TBD
  3. Project valuation: $35,000,000
  4. Primary contractor: Burke Construction Corporation

10) Where: 11150 Overseas Hwy. (old Burger King building)

  1. On the horizon: A 5,200-square-foot redesign and expansion of the adjacent Circle K convenience store and gas station 
  2. Estimated completion date: TBD
  3. Project Valuation: $2,107,000
  4. Primary Contractor: TBD

11) Where: 11901 Overseas Hwy.

  1. On the horizon: no formal plans submitted for cleared lot, ideally 14 single family homes
  2. Primary contractor: Discount Rock & Sand (invasive exotic plant removal)

12) Where: Pescayo Ave. (at the bend of Coco Plum Dr.)

  1. On the horizon: 21 units, including six workforce housing units and 15 market-rate single family homes
  2. Estimated completion date: End of 2022 or early 2023
  3. Primary Contractor: Total Quality Restoration

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13) Where: Avenue D, Coco Plum Beach

  1. On the horizon: Seaview Commons: 64 affordable housing units in seven buildings
  2. Estimated completion date: Still in permitting stages. Must break ground by September 2022.

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14) Where: “The Curve” on Coco Plum Drive

  1. On the horizon: Seaview Commons II: 60 two-bedroom affordable housing units, six market-rate single-family homes
  2. Estimated completion date: Still in permitting stages. Must break ground by September 2022.

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Renderings of the Valhalla Resort Lodge. HART HOWERTON ARCHITECTS/Contributed

15) Where: Crawl Key

  1. On the horizon: Valhalla Resort: a 26-acre, 110-unit resort with 50 villas and a 29-room lodge
  2. Estimated completion date: TBD 

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16) Where: Grassy Flats on Grassy Key

  1. On the horizon: 28 new hotel rooms and a 180-person restaurant including a rooftop bar
  2. Estimated completion date: Mar. 1, 2022, restaurant open to the public in October or November 2022
  3. Project valuation: $6,500,000

Primary contractor: Botsford Builders & Development

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.