Deco Capital’s Sunset Harbor Office Building Gets Miami Beach Board Design Approval
The Design Review Board has approved a mixed-use building project at Sunset Harbor in Miami Beach that will include nearly 30,000 square feet of Class A office space when completed. Still needed, final approval from the Municipal Commission for an additional ten foot height to allow for the higher ceilings desired by Class A tenants.
The project, known as Eighteen Sunset, is being developed by Deco Capital. Originally the five-story building was designed and approved for residential use with retail on the ground floor and a roof terrace, but as the market has changed with increased demand for office space in South Florida and a lack of products in Miami Beach, the developer offered an office. use instead.
To accommodate the higher ceilings needed for upscale offices, Deco Capital Managing Director Bradley Colmer proposed a height increase from 55 to 65 feet for the one-block area of the 1,700 city blocks. from Purdy Avenue and Bay Road. This ordinance was adopted on first reading in February. It is slated for a second and final reading this week after the agreement with the Sunset Harbor Neighborhood Association, which supports a new overlay for the region with incentives for additional office space and restrictions on certain uses, including a ban on hotels. Eighteen Sunset is considered the “pilot block”.
The new building would contain shops on the ground floor, a parking garage on the second floor, offices on the third and fourth floors and two residences on the top floor. The original proposal contained 12 residential units.
Jason Hagopian, Member of the Design Review Board, said, “I love this project.” Congratulating architect Rai Fernandez for the changes made to the exterior design at the suggestion of Council previously, Hagopian said: “[The building] attracts me as an architect – the forms, the simplicity and the complexity all at the same time… There is something quintessentially Miami Beach and beachy about it… It is truly beautiful.
The approval was unanimous.
The commission post for the height increase for this pilot block is here. Certain time: 1:55 p.m.
The Sunset Harbor Overlay order that will have its first reading this week is here. Certain time: 10:05 a.m.
The Overlay Ordinance provides for an increase in height to 65 feet for offices on properties fronting on Dade Boulevard between Alton Road and Bay Road, properties fronting Alton Road between 20th Street and Dade Boulevard as well as those facing Purdy Avenue between 18th Street and Dade Boulevard. It would also eliminate the minimum parking requirement for non-residential uses above the ground floor while allowing developers to provide parking for offices above the ground floor up to the required level in the building. parking district 1 not counting against the FAR (Floor Area Ratio) limits. There are also limits on the number of lots that can be aggregated for retail, personal service or foodservice uses and the maximum lot size for non-office layouts.
Recommendations from a neighborhood vision plan developed by the Sunset Harbor Neighborhood Association were incorporated into the ordinance, including a hotel ban, requirements for a ten-foot cleared footpath, and uses at the level of the building. ground to activate the neighborhood. There are also setback requirements above 55 feet and height limits for rooftop structures.
Last week, the Planning Council recommended that an exception to the hotel provision be given to developer Ronny Finvarb who plans to develop a Palomar Suites hotel on the edge of Sunset Harbor, across from Dade Boulevard, from his Palomar hotel. Finvarb successfully argued that he relied on the current zoning law and municipal staff to contract a property before the ban was discussed by the Commission. It eventually closed on the property. The municipal commission will have the last word on the exception.
Renderings: Domo Architecture + Design