Proposed 17th Street hotel, 600 Alton Road project on Miami Beach Planning Board agenda today

Two proposed developments closely followed by Venetian Causeway, Sunset Harbour and West Avenue residents appear on today’s Planning Board agenda, but it looks like only one — the proposed apartment complex called 600 Alton Road — will be examined.

The developers of a proposed 116-room hotel at 1231 17th St. — planned as a Marriott Residence Inn with a 66-space mechanical parking garage — have asked to defer their project until the board’s April 3 meeting. It’s the second time they have asked the Planning Board to delay considering the project.

As for 600 Alton Road, the city planning staff is recommending approval of the 440-unit apartment and retail complex — with dozens of conditions.

In its 18-page planning staff report on the project — which covers the area between Alton Road and West Avenue and Fifth and Seventh streets — the city recommends several measures to reduce the impact on residential West Avenue.

Among them: allowing no outdoor dining and no bars or restaurants open after midnight.

The proposal from Crescent Heights development (South Beach Heights LLC in the formal application) involves renovation — not demolition — of the old (and hurricane damaged) South Shore Hospital structure as part of the project.

The vital statistics: 60,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses on the ground floor, 444 apartments, 1,073 parking spaces below ground. A new seven-story building will be constructed on the 500 block of Alton Road, and a five-story building on the 600 block. The South Shore building is 10 stories.

Today’s regular Planning Board meeting starts at 2 p.m. at City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr. The project is not the first item on the agenda.

It’s important to note that if the Planning Board approves the project, it next must undergo scrutiny by the city’s Design Review Board.


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