Belle Isle Key owners are planning another project

It’s been five years since Belle Isle residents successfully fought a proposal from the owners of the apartment complex Belle Isle Key to knock the low-rise complex down and replace it with a shiny five-story conplex.

The owners of the property at 31 Venetian Way, the EuroAmerican Group, have hired a new architect and have a new design.

They will be giving Belle Isle residents a look on Tuesday, Belle Isle Residents Association president Scott Diffenderfer says.

The preview will happen at 7 p.m. at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave., in the card room.

The existing apartment complex on the site has 120 units. The previous proposal called for 181 apartments in two five-story buildings, including a 315-space parking garage topped by two tennis courts.

The Miami Beach Design Review Board approved the project in July 2010

Rendering of previous plan

Rendering of previous plan

, but only if one of the two five-story buildings proposed for the site was scaled back by one floor. The developer appealed to the Miami Beach City Commission, and when that failed, went to court. They were unsuccessful there as well.

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