A union representing electrical workers could rezone its headquarters in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood to set up a mixed-use development.
The city’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board was scheduled to consider the application from the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, part of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 349, on April 19. It concerns the 1.83-acre site at 1544, 1649 and 1650 N.W. 16th Terrace; 1657, 1601 and 1667 N.W. 17th Ave.; and 1700 N.W. 15th Street Road.
The IBEW has owned the property since 1948. The main structure there is a 27,144-square-foot building that houses its union hall and apprenticeship school.
The union wants to change the zoning from “T6-8-O” and “high-density residential” to “T6-12-O” and “restricted commercial.” The density would be 150 units per acre, which would equate to 275 units on a site of this size.
In the application, the IBEW stated it wants to redevelop the property with a newly designed union hall and apprenticeships schools, plus professional offices, convention spaces, affordable/senior living and workforce residential units.
This would follow the trend of nonprofit organizations and religious groups in Miami capitalizing on long-held property with redevelopment as property values in the city soar.