Homeowners along the Venetian Causeway and West Avenue fear a proposal to build a hotel off 17th Street near Alton Road will create congestion and parking problems.
The hotel, proposed to be a 116-room Marriott Residence Inn, would be built on a pie-shaped tract of land between 17th Street and Dade Boulevard west of Alton Road. Picture it behind Boston Market. Designed by Kobi Karp, it would be five floors high.
“We’re not against hotels,’’ West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association co-chair Christina Florez said at Thursday’s meeting of the Venetian Islands Homeowners Association. “We’re concerned about incompatible development in a residential community.’’
Miami Beach zoning rules allow the hotel in the location, but the developers have asked to reduce the parking requirement, Florez said. The developers, SOBE17 LLC, have asked the Miami Beach Planning Board for permission to use a parking garage with mechanical lifts to provide 66 spaces on the site.
A hearing had been scheduled for Dec. 18, but the developer has asked to delay the hearing until Jan. 22.
The parking request for the Residence Inn is part of a broader proposal Miami Beach is considering that would lower the number of parking spaces required for hotels. Miami Beach United and several neighborhood associations have come out against the parking proposal, in the belief it will lead to greater congestion in largely residential areas like West Avenue.