Tag Archives: 17th Street

More details emerge on mixed use project near Epicure

Rending view shows project from corner of Alton Road and 17th Street on the right

Rendering view shows project from corner of Alton Road and 17th Street

There are more details on the mixed-use project proposed for the properties on 17th Street between Alton Road and West Avenue, including the Shell gas station site.

Shuttered Shell station at Alton Road and 17th St.

Shuttered Shell station at Alton Road and 17th St.

As Belle Isle Blog reported previously, a development group including members of the Soffer family (think Turnberry) want to build a five-story structure featuring restaurants, retail, parking and high-end rental apartments on the two properties, which would be linked over the Alton Court alley by an overhead ramp connecting the parking garagess.

According to the Real Deal, plans call for a 30,699 square foot ground floor with a “prominent” supermarket and the upper levels would include 221 parking spaces, along with 29 residential units.

It’s supposed to go before the Miami Beach Planning Board next month, Next Miami reports.

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Venetian Causeway closes at midnight; nine months of detours to begin

Workers race to open 17th Street to West Avenue lanes on Saturday

Workers race to open 17th Street to West Avenue lanes on Saturday.

After more than a year of dread and delay, the Venetian Causeway link between the Venetian Islands and downtown Miami closes tonight — for at least nine months.

The $12.4 million job means no Miami Beach to Miami access for Art Basel (December) and the Miami Marathon (February), Art Deco Weekend (January), the Boat Show (February), South Beach Food and Wine (February) and possibly Winter Music Conference and Ultra (March).

It’s inconvenient for drivers, and a nightmare for bikes and scooterswho know the Venetian to be the quickest and safest path for them across Biscayne Bay.

March 15, 2014. That’s the day when a chunk of the westernmost Venetian Causeway bridge gave way under the tire of Miami-Dade Transit bus.

A month later, Miami-Dade County announced the structural deficiencies in the bridge were so severe that the span would have to be closed and rebuilt. At the time, Miami-Dade said the closure would begin in four to six months, and work would take nine months.

Could some of the event impact have been avoided if the county moved closer to its original timetable? Maybe.  But with nine months of construction, it’s hard not to impact a major attraction in an event-laden area like ours.

There’s an interesting story by the Miami Herald’s Joey Flechas today that reveals that the contractor could get the work done before Art Basel — for $4.7 million more than the $12.4 million construction contract. It’s money Miami-Dade says it’s not willing to pay.

Meanwhile, island residents prepared Sunday for their longer commutes, contractors worked all weekend on the 17th Street connectiion to West Avenue, trying to get it ready so drivers heading south to the MacArthur Causeway could avoid the detour to Alton Road.

 

Shutdown on 17th Street at Alton Road starts Sunday night

The construction on Alton Road claims a major intersection starting Sunday night though May 22, when all east and west bound lanes will be closed on 17 Street west of Aton Road to Alton Court .

Alton Court is the alley that runs behind Epicure and Ace Hardware.

The closure will enable the Alton Road reconstruction contractor to install underground drainage structures and pipe, and then rebuild the road.

Northbound traffic on Alton Road will not be affected.

Motorists traveling south on Alton Road who wish to turn west on 17 Street will have to pass 17th Street, then turn west on 16th Street and north on West Avenue to get back to 17th Street west.

Drivers traveling north on Alton Road who need to go west on 17 Street will have to turn left on 16th Street and then right on West Avenue.

Drivers heading from Belle Isle to the east on 17 Street who will have to either go south on West to 16th Street, or use Dade Boulevard.

Planning Board approves 17th Street hotel; Design Review Board comes next

Proposed Residence Inn site north of 17th Street

Proposed Residence Inn site north of 17th Street

The Miami Beach Planning Board approved the proposed Marriott Residence Inn at 17th Street and West Avenue on Wednesday night, after more than four-and-one-half hours of discussion.

The project, which includes a sleek 116-room hotel designed by architect Kobi Karp and a 66-space mechanical parking garage, now will go before the Miami Beach Design Review Board.

The 6-1 vote came after board members heard from more than a dozen residents from different neighborhood associations who expressed concerns the hotel would add to traffic woes on 17th Street between Alton Road and Belle Isle.

They also heard from supporters of the project, who said an extended stay hotel in the residential part of Miami Beach would add convenient lodging for family and friends of Miami Beach residents.

The property is bounded by 17th Street, the Collins Canal, the path of the planned West Avenue Bridge and a parking lot that serves Boston Market and a retail and apartment building at the corner of 17th Street and Alton Road.

Rendering of proposed Marriott hotel

Rendering of proposed Marriott hotel

Board members praised the design of the hotel project, proposed to be built on land under contract to be purchased for $5 million from the Miami Beach Housing Authority by the Finvarb Group.

Finvarb owns several Marriott properties, including the Courtyard on Washington Avenue.

But most of the debate involved impact on 17th Street traffic from the project.

Henry Stolar, the only board member who voted against the project, did so after asking for the vote to be postponed so the development team and city staff could do more work on the 17th Street issues.

“I can’t imagine a better case for doing the right thing than giving this another month….otherwise we are in a position of just getting this done. I do not like haste in deciding something that has taken seven months while a political process takes its course.”

Board chairman Charles Urstadt said the decision was difficult because he believed the project is a good one, but the concerns about traffic were legitimate.

“We are here to balance the greater good to the public with the rights of the property owner.” he said. “We can’t force this to become a park, we have certain limits on what we can do.”

To try and address traffic, board members asked for a slim median on 17th Street to keep eastbound traffic on 17th Street from attempting left turns into the property, and a requirement that a fourth valet be added during peak business hours at the hotel to prevent cars from backing up from the hotel entrance into the street.

Developer Ron Finvarb told board members the hotel would be something the city will be proud of. “This will be a Residence Inn by Marriott. It must adhere to very high standards,” Finvarb said.

“It will not have any accessory uses that will create additional impact or noise…. With all of the conditions we have offered…the hotel will only benefit the neighborhood. This will not be a party hotel. It will be a state of the art hotel with great design and service.”

FDOT closes lanes at 17th and Alton

The Florida Department of Transportation has closed all but one lane east and west on 17th Street at Alton Road while Teco Gas crews repair a line.The work is epxected to continue throughout the day Tuesday.

(And thanks to the West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association for the heads up).