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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.


— 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.–



— 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.


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.


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.

More Dade Boulevard snags today, but break for July 4

The Alton Road-Dade Boulevard construction maze gets a new little twist today, and today only: FPL will be working on traffic signals at Dade and Meridian, a key pressure point in the detour around the Alton Road work.

Traffic lights will be out from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m., and police will be directing traffic at the intersection. Good thing this is a holiday week.

Speaking of which, there will be no active construction on Independence Day, the city reports. Of course, northbound Alton Road is still barricaded from 17th Street to Michigan Avenuem but you knew that……

Collins Canal bike path should be complete by late April, city says

Bike path and seawall work between Alton Road and Michigan.

Bike path and seawall work between Alton Road and Michigan.

Stalled work on the Collins Canal seawall and bike path has resumed, and the project should be complete in late April, Belle Isle residents were told this week.

Construction on the seawall and bike path was halted last fall after Miami-Dade prosecutors arrested former Miami Beach procurement director Gus Lopez on  63 charges including racketeering, bid-tampering and illegal compensation in connection with a dozen different city contracts. The bike path contract, with Harbour Construction, is one of the projects tied to that investigation.

The city has decided to move forward with the work, said Rick Saltrick, chief capital projects engineer for the city.

“We stopped work for a while because of procurement issues,” he told a gathering of the Belle Isle Residents Association on Wednesday night. ” We decided to go ahead and let him finish….We shouldn’t punish the rest of the city” with an unfinished project.

Harbour Construction had already been been paid more than $3.6 million on the $4 million project. The Miami Herald reported that police said company employees admitted to falsifying a letter of credit and receiving leaked information about other companies’ bids.

The project extends the existing bike path from where Dade Boulevard splits off of 17th Street at the Collins Canal bridge to Convention Center Drive.  In all, it’s 2,900 long, and will enable bikers, runners and parents pushing strollers to get from Belle Isle to the beach on a nice sidewalk all the way.

The improvements include raising the existing seawall to address times of high water. Completed, the path will feature a wider concrete path, landscaping and improved lighting using LED fixtures.

More Dade Boulevard closures for Collins Canal bikeway construction

A reminder: Construction of the bikeway and running path along the Collins Canal on Dade Boulevard will make running and riding safer from Belle Isle all the way to the beach.

Think about that as you navigate around the short-term inconvenience of road closures and lane shifts on Dade Boulevard.

The activity today involves shifting eastbound and westbound lanes on Dade between Michigan and Meridian avenues to the north, leaving one lane in each direction.  This is the area between the Dade Boulevard Publix (the old Publix) and Miami Beach High School.

Crews will be working on the Collins Avenue seawall. The regular traffic pattern should be restored on Friday. Eastbound detours at the 17th Street/Dade Boulevard bridge (Between the split and Alton Road) continue.

Get ready to detour; Dade Boulevard closing again

Dade Boulevard will be closed eastbound from the bridge at the split with 17th Street Bridge to Alton Road starting early Friday morning, and traffic will be detoured through 17th Street.

It’s part of the continuing construction of the Collins Canal bikeway, and will continue for much of the next week.

More delays, closures, on Venetian Causeway and Dade Boulevard this week

Are Belle Isle and the Venetian Islands  the epicenter of road construction?

If you drew a line from west edge of the Venetian Causeway and followed it to the Atlantic at 21st Street, you’d see earth movers and paving equipment all along the path.

Of course, if you live in neighborhoods north of Dade Boulevard and Miami Beach Golf Course, you’d get to enjoy a sewer line project, too.

In the spirit of survival and maintaining sanity, here’s this week’s road report:

— Dade Boulevard will be closed eastbound from Michigan to Meridian avenues for work on the Collins Canal pedestrian-bike path. Westbound Dade Boulevard will be open to all traffic. This will remain the case through mid-April, according to the city of Miami Beach.

— On the Venetian Causeway, the installation of pink concrete crosswalks is nearly done, and repaving the road is moving ahead on Rivo Alto, DiLido, San Marino and San Marco islands. At varying times, only one lane will be open, and flagmen will be directly traffic. Expect slowdowns and tire crunching bumps on the route.

— Miami-Dade County public works, which is overseeing the Venetian Causeway work, is winding down this phase of the work — with the finish in sight. Expect smooth sailing in about a month — hopefully before the rainy season. Then we’ll see how the new drains work.

And if that isn’t enough: There is a public hearing on Tuesday,  March 27 on the proposed West Avenue Bridge. It happens at the Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd St. (and don’t try to get there by going east on Dade Boulevard). The meeting room opens at 6 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.

There is parking behind the library.


Dade Boulevard east to close again

Eastbound lanes on Dade Boulevard will be closed again Tuesday east of Bay Road on Miami Beach so construction can resume on the new bike/pedestrian path along the Collins Canal.

The roadway was closed to eastbound traffic between Bay and Alton roads for much of January and early February, but the city reopened the  stretch to accommodate boat show traffic.

For drivers, the workaround is to bear right on 17th Street and then turn left on Alton Road.

Dade Boulevard to close for a month for construction

Sketches of the railing for the path.

We reported work would begin quickly on the elevated bike-walk path along the Collins Canal. How quickly?

Starting next Tuesday — Jan. 17 — road crews will close eastbound Dade Boulevard from where is starts at the 17th Street/Dade Boulevard split near Sunset Harbour to Alton Road. (note: signs on Venetian Way near the closure say it will happen Thursday, Jan. 12, but the city says it won’t be til next week).

The closure is taking place so work can begin on the Collins Canal seawall replacement, which has to happen before the multi-use path is put in place.

“The closure is necessitated for the equipment needed to drive the pilings for the seawall project,” said city of Miami Beach spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez.

“The closure is only eastbound on Dade Boulevard between the 17 Street Bridge and Alton Road. The bridge will remain open and the closure does not affect westbound lanes. The piling work must be completed before the Boat Show move-in begins.”

The signs warning of the closure on the Venetian Causeway say the closure will last until Feb. 10.

In the meantime, drivers from Belle and other Venetian Islands will have to detour by continuing east on 17th Street and then turning north on Alton.

Miami Beach may upgrade Dade Boulevard bike paths

The Public Works Department of Miami Beach is planning a community meeting to outline plans for upgrading the bike paths on Dade Boulevard with a new concrete path, landscaping and improved lighting using LED fixtures.

The project extends from 17th Street along Dade to the Convention Center.

The project would go from where Dade Boulevard splits off of 17th Street at the Collins Canal bridge to Convention Center Drive. If you’ve ever biked, jogged or walked that stretch, you know it’s pretty ragged. The improvements would include raising the existing seawall to address times of high water.

The meeting happens at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 1755 Meridian Ave. on the second floor.