The march of development in our neighborhood lurches forward and a little sideways.
— The Residences at Sunset Harbour, the Purdy Avenue retail-parking luxury condo project developer that Bradley Colmer wants to build across from Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, stalled again last week at the Miami Beach City Commission.
Commissioners delayed across on the project for another month in hopes Colmer and his opponents in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood can work out their differences.
Colmer’s DecoCapital Group is asking the city for a 40-foot height increase from the allowable 50 feet for the project, which would go up immediately north of the Lofts condominiums. at the corner of Purdy and Dade Boulevard.
Colmer also has gotten into a legal tussle with Beach Towing, which tried to block the development because it provides (go fiture) parking. In response, Colmer’s lawyers filed a legal memo accusing Beach Towing of operating contrary to city zoning rules for decades.
— Another mixed use project, this one proposed for two lots south of 17 Street between Alton Road and West Avenue (including the old Shell Staion and a parking lot), got approval from the Miami Beach Design Review Board on May 2.
The project, proposed by members of the Soffer family of Turnberry fame, includes retail space, 36 apartments and roughly 200 parking spaces.