Mizner Country Club completes $22 million lifestyle complex ‘CENTRAL’


Staff report

Mizner Country Club residents have all the perks of a 5-star hotel right at home.

The club recently completed a $22 million renovation and expansion of its poolside, lifestyle complex. Formerly known as the Palazzo, “CENTRAL” is the new meeting point for dining, exercising and socializing.

“In designing CENTRAL, we’ve reimagined life at Mizner,” president of the board of directors Steven Nathan said.

The project involved adding 41,000-square-feet to the club. The two-story structure has two sections, a north and south building. The buildings are filled with amenities with a modern design and original artwork from renowned “Postgraffism” artist Ruben Geraro Umbiera Gonzalez and his partner, Golden.

“This project was a Herculean task,” Nathan said during the ribbon cutting ceremony, adding it was completed within budget.

General Manager and COO of the club Larry Savvides said they came up with the name “CENTRAL” because it will serve as the center of all activities of the club.

“Nothing compares to what you’re about to experience and see,” he said as members awaited to enter the new facility. “We know the wait is going to be well worth it.”

After the ribbon was cut, members swarmed the new facility buzzing with compliments over the new feel and finishes. The women were overjoyed with the completion of the new ladies card room.

The north building houses a cycling studio, Pilates studio, aerobics room, massage therapy and meditation rooms, steam rooms, tennis shop and golf cart parking on the lower level. The upper level houses the Technogym Fitness Center.

Mizner is the first country club in Southeast Fla., to be outfitted with a complete Technogym center. Mizner Country Club will become one of Technogym’s flagship country club facilities.

Technogym is the official supplier to the Olympic games and other professional sport circuits. The machines use technology to personalize training sessions. Users can connect their cell phones up to the machines to keep track of their goals and progress.

The south building has two restaurants on the ground level, the Craft Bar & Grill and The Market Cafe, which offers more casual grab-and-go items, smoothies and coffee. Upstairs, there is a meeting room, ladies card room, arcade and activity center for kids. There will be a bridge that connects to the main clubhouse.

Outside, the new aquatic center and spa has a poolside restaurant and bar designed by Pamela Manhas. She is the designer behind more than 100 restaurants including Burt & Max’s Bar & Grille, Apeiro Kitchen & Bar and Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ in nearby Delray Marketplace.

Gonzalez’s original artwork helps each room tell its own story. Overall, he said his inspiration was Addison Mizner.

Known for his work in Wynwood, Gonzalez said he hasn’t done studio work in over a decade. When Mizner approached him about creating art for the new space, he said it got him back into the studio.

He said bringing an urban artist in to create the art is “unlike anything else” he has seen in a country club. His urban pop can be found in nearly every room in CENTRAL.

“Every room has its own identity and look and feel,” he said, adding it gives the sense that a different artist worked on each room.

For more information, visit miznercc.org.