A group of Belle Isle residents have scheduled a meeting Tuesday night at Costa Brava to rally opposition to the demolition of Belle Isle Key apartments.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.on the mezzanine level of the condo , 11 Island Ave.
The EuroAmerican Group, which owns the apartments at 31 Venetian Way, has submitted plans to replace the current complex of 120 units in five three-story buildings with 172 apartments in two five-story buildings. The project would also provide substantially more parking — 297 spaces in an interior garage, instead of the 109 spaces that are part of the current complex.
The Miami Beach Design Review Board will consider EuroAmerican’s plan on June 7.
Lawyer Richard Freeman, who lives in Costa Brava and is helping to organize opponents, said he’s trying to marshall a big group to show up on June 7 to voice opposition when the DRB meets.
“The best arguments are not as effective as having people show up,” he sad. “Sometimes numbers seak louder than words.”
At a meeting last week, Belle Isle Residents Association president Scott Diffenderfer said the island association would not be taking a formal position against the complex because the height and number of units are allowed under the zoning code.
“You can’t just fight it because you don’t like it,” he said. “It has to have a legal basis.”
A meeting announcement circulated by Freeman says some residents are concerned the project will bring more traffic, construction and block bay views from other buildings.