Category Archives: Sunset Harbour

Sunset Harbour condo-retail project goes to war with Beach Towing

Remember the proposed 90-foot-high mixed-use development on Purdy Avenue across from Maurice Gibb Memorial Park?

It’s landed in a nasty battle with Beach Towing. The Miami Herald has the story tonight.

 

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Here’s your development scorecard for Sunset Harbour, Dade Boulevard and upper West Ave

Proposed mixed use project at 17 between Alton and West, with new Residence Inn and proposed hotel renovation site in the background.

Proposed mixed use project at 17 between Alton Road and West, with new Residence Inn and proposed hotel renovation site in the background.

Two months ago, your Belle Isle Blog recapped the proposed onslaught of intensified development facing the neighborhoods of the Venetian Islands, Sunset Harbout and upper West Avenue.

And now we’re back with a report card that shows much of it is moving forward. So make notes, be vigilant, and take whatever actions you deem appropriate.

BELLE ISLE

— The owners of the Belle Isle Key Apartments, 31 Venetian Way, are moving forward with plans to replace the apartments originally built in 1931 with shiny new apartments.

The existing complex is 120 units in three-story buildings on 3.5 acres, and inadequate parking. The new plans, we hear, call for 172 units in two buildings with a view corridor in between and enough parking to serve all the tenants.

We’re told the owners, the EuroAmerican Group, plan to present their latest designs to Belle Isle residents before going before the city for approval, so stay tuned.

–The Standard hotel and spa is planning to ask for the city’s okay for a renovation plan that would to bring more parking to the site, but no plans have been submitted to the city yet. In January 2013, The Standard pitched an ambitious reconstruction that included rebuilding a wing of rooms and construction of a 45-foot high robotic parking structure. The hotel never moved forward with that plan. The new plan is expected to be  less dramatic, but still significant if you live in the bungalows to the east on Farrey Lane: Knocking down the existing one floor east wing of rooms, and replace it with a two-story wing — with parking on the first floor. It would not add any units to the hotel, and would resolve their parking shortage.–

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THE HOTEL PROJECTS

— The proposal to renovate/restore the adjacent apartment and retail building at 1700 Alton Rd. has cleared an important hurdle and next must be considered by the Miami Beach City Commission.

The owners of the five-story retail/apartment building at 1700 Alton Rd. want to renovate the Mediterrenian Revival building as a hotel with first floor retail.

To move forward with those plans, the owners want the 94-year-old property designated as historic. Last week, the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board voted to recommend that designation to the Miami Beach City Commission.

Currently, that building houses first floor businesses including the Vespa store, an eye doctor, Masters Pizza, a beauty salon and other restaurants. The balance of the building since 1992 has been studio apartments.

The renovated project will house retail and 72 hotel rooms.  The restoration will include eliminating changes in the building made in the 1950s and restoring the original lobby to what is looked like back in the day.

It also means that the building can move forward with no more parking than currently on the site — 25 spaces.

Old Boston Market, site of proposed boutique hotel.

Old Boston Market, site of proposed boutique hotel.

— The proposal to turn old Boston.Market property — the last slice of what is becoming a big pie of hotels between 17th Street and the Collins Canal — is still in the works.

Developer Robert Finvarb is proposing a 96-room “boutique” hotel with a 100-plus seat restaurant. The structure would be five stories tall. It would include a bay walk to West Avenue, and construction could start as soon as the fourth quarter of this year if it gets city approval. Finvarb is the developer of the five-story Residence Inn by Marriott on 17th Street at West Avenue, which opened two weeks ago.

SUNSET HARBOUR

Proposed mixed use development on Purdy.

Proposed mixed use development on Purdy.

— The proposed retail-parking and luxury condo project on Purdy Avenue, the one seeking a variance from a 50-foot height limit to allow a structure 90 feet high, will go before the Miami Beach City Commission for a final vote on May 11.

The project is across from Maurice Gibb Park, between the Loft condominium and the kayak rental bungalow. Developer Bradley Colmer calls the project the Residences at Sunset Harbour, with 15,000 square feet of retail at street level, topped by two floors of parking and 15 large, luxury condos priced at roughly $3 million each. The condos would face the bay.

City Commissioners on March 9 deferred a decision on the project.

Rendering of Kobi Karp design for 1824 Alton Rd.

Rendering of Kobi Karp design for 1824 Alton Rd.

On March 1, the city Design Review Board approved a four-story restaurant retail and parking complex at the corner of Alton Road  and Dade Boulevard, site of an old Larry’s Chevron at 1824 Alton Rd.  The project’s largest tenant is expected to be a Michael’s craft store on the second floor. It’s also expected to house a 160-seat restaurant.

UPPER WEST AVENUE

Shuttered Shell station at Alton Road and 17th St.

Shuttered Shell station at Alton Road and 17th St.

— Also pending is the Soffer family’s proposal to build a restaurant/retail/apartment project on the site of the former Shell station at Alton Road and 17th Street and the private pay parking lot across the alley at 17th Street and West Avenue. The project would include restaurants, retail, parking and 32 high-end rental apartments in a five -story building. It would include a ramp for cars over the alley.

Miami Beach delays action on 90-foot Sunset Harbour project

With Mayor Philip Levine sitting out the discussion because of conflict of interest questions, the Miami Beach City Commission delayed action on a mixed-use project proposed for Purdy Avenue that seeks to build 90 feet high where only 50 feet is permitted.

The project proposed by Deco Capital LLC is across from Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, and would include 15,000 square feet of retail and a parking garage topped by 15 three-bedroom condos priced at $1 million plus.

Deco, which calls its project Sunset Harbour Residences, has said the taller, mixed-use project would have less traffic impact on the neighborhood than what is allowed for the property under code, about 45,000 square feet of retail.

There is plenty of neighborood opposition, from residents to the towing companies on Bay Road, the back side of the project.

The Miami Herald’s Joey Flechas has a complete story on Wednesday’s discussion.

Commissioners delayed a decision to its May 11 meeting.

How rising seas threaten our homes on Belle Isle and surrounding islands and neighborhoods

With sea-level rise of two feet, we see significant flooding.

With sea-level rise of two feet, we see significant flooding.

More than most, residents of our neighborhoods know the realities. Our streets have flooded for years at high tide, and we’ve endured the cost and inconvenience of road raising and pumping installation projects that will attempt to keep our neighborhoods dry.

We own or rent properties at risk from rising seas. Many of us wonder when, even with higher sea walls and pumping stations, the sea may be lapping at our door.

The Florida International University’s School of Journalism & Communication did a nifty project on sea-level rise and its South Florida impact, called Eyes on the Rise. As part of it, they created a tool that allows you to project how different levels of rising seas could impact South Florida. Using the tool, you can look at specific addresses.

At three feet, the sea spreads.

At three feet, the sea spreads.

We’ve reviewed the impact on Belle Isle and the surrounding areas with a sea level rise of two, three or four feet, but you could do this yourself and put in your house or building address to see a full range from no-rise to six feet.

At four, all wet.

At four, all wet.

For context, scientists now project a rise of 6 to 10 inches in our area by 2030. Six feet of water level appears outside of our lifetime, but nevertheless, all the projections are sobering.

Once sea-level rise reaches two feet,  buildings are in jeopardy — Costa Brava, Island Terrace and the Venetian Isle Apartments on Belle Isle, for example.

condosAs the water rises, more buildings and neighborhoods are swamped along with the homes on the Venetian islands and high-rises in Sunset Harbour and down West Avenue. As you use the tool, you see all of Sunset Harbour under water except for Sunset Harbour 1800, 1900 and the Townhouses. So is virtually all of West Avenue, the Venetian Islands and all of Belle Isle except the Grand Venetian, the Vistas, 9 Island Avenue, 3 Island Avenue and the Standard.

The Real Deal website compiled a list of major condos at risk at different level or sea level rise.

 

Another Sunset Harbour project moves forward

The pending onslaught of new, more intense development in Sunset Harbour and between 17th Street and Dade Boulevard moved ahead Tuesday.

The city Design Review Board approved plans for a four-story restaurant, retails and parking development at 1824 Alton Rd, the former site of Larry’s Chevron.

According to the RealDeal.com, Saber 1800 LLC plans to build a structure that will house a 160-seat restaurant, almost 27,000 square feet of retail space on the first and second floors, and two upper floors of parking. Michael’s craft store is expected to occupy the second floor of retail space.

The city Planning Board blessed the project in January.

 

Purdy Avenue retail, parking and luxury condo project gets early ok for 90-foot height

shopsThe Residences at Sunset Harbor, a mixed-use project proposed for Purdy Avenue across from Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, got a blessing last week from a key Miami Beach committee to rise 90 feet in an area where the height limit is 50 feet.

The trade-off developer Bradley Colmer pitched to the land-use committee: more height in exchange for less intense use. The code allows 45,000 square feet of retail in a 50-foot-high structure. This project would include 15,000 square feet of retail at street level, and two floors of parking topped by 15 large, luxury condos priced at roughly $3 million each.

The project, just north of the Loft condominium and south of the bungalow that features kayak rentals, will face the Gibb Park and Biscsayne Bay. Cars will enter from the eastern back end on Bay Road.

The Miami Beach City Commission still must review the proposal.

Convention Center hotel developer to pitch his project to Belle Isle on Tuesday

The leader of the company that wants to build a major hotel next to Miami Beach’s under-renovation Convention Center will provide an overview of the plans to Belle Isle residents Tuesday night.

Jack Portman, vice chairman of Atlanta-based Portman Holdings, will meet with Belle Isle residents at 6 p.m. in the card room on the mezzanine level at Costa Brava, 11 Island Ave.

Portman is meeting with Sunset Harbour residents on Monday night.

Miami Beach voters will be deciding on March 15 — Florida Presidential Primary Day — whether to allow the lease of city land west of The Fillmore/Jackie Gleason Theater for the hotel site.

Portman Holdings wants to build a privately funded, $400 million, 800-room hotel on the site. It would be 30 stories high.

Support from 60 percent of Miami Beach voters is needed for the project to move forward.

Critics of the hotel have said it will bring additional traffic through the already crowded 17th Street and Dade Boulevard corridor.

But backers — which include the tourism community and the Collins Park Neighborhood Association — said it an important part of the future success of the Convention Center. Work started in December on a $600 million renovation of the convention center.