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Board Slams 48-Story Live Local Act Project Proposed In Wynwood

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Bazbaz Development’s plan for a 48-story tower in Wynwood, the area’s tallest ever planned building, struck out in front of a Miami review board.

The Wynwood Design Review Committee voted against the proposal after a roughly two-hour discussion this week. The committee’s vote isn’t final but merely a recommendation.

Sonny Bazbaz’s eponymously named firm wants to build the 544-unit apartment building on a  1.5-acre assemblage at 2110, 2118 and 2134 North Miami Avenue, as well as 2101, 2129 and 2135 Northwest Miami Court in Miami.

The Live Local Act, a state legislation approved last year and tweaked this year, allows developers wiggle room on site and neighborhood zoning restrictions as long as at least 40 percent of the units are designated as affordable or workforce housing for tenants earning no more than 120 percent of the area median income. These apartments have to stay at below-market rents for at least 30 years.

Bazbaz’s project marks the first Live Local Act proposal for Wynwood to go in front of the design review committee for a vote. Wynwood buildings are limited to 12 stories, a threshold reached after a yearslong effort to hammer out the neighborhood’s zoning code in a way that preserves the former warehouse district’s character.

But Bazbaz’s project isn’t the only Wynwood proposal under the state affordable housing legislation. In total, six Live Local Act projects have been filed for Wynwood, according to city staff members.

That’s why review committee members said during their meeting that their vote on Bazbaz’s project essentially sets a precedent for future proposed Live Local Act projects in Wynwood, and ultimately for the neighborhood’s changing character.

Under Live Local, the committee’s hands are tied on the project’s height and size in general. But members took issue with various aspects of the tower’s design and its scale just on the first few levels, including of the garage podium.

After several committee members commented on the tower’s “efficient” design, committee member Shamim Ahmadzadegan chimed in.

“I want to call it efficient as a euphemism for too simplistic. It’s a box on top of a slender box. We feel like it’s probably overly simplistic. I might use the term unremarkable,” he said at the meeting on Tuesday. “Wynwood is never simplistic and unremarkable.”

Committee member Amanda Hertzler echoed her colleagues on the dais in saying that the tower is “beautiful,” but the design doesn’t fit in Wynwood.


Source:  The Real Deal

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Developer Proposes Wynwood’s Tallest Project At 48 Stories

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Bazbaz Development wants to build a 48-story apartment tower in Wynwood under the Live Local Act, marking the tallest project proposed for the Miami neighborhood.

The firm filed an application for a 544-unit project on a 1.5-acre assemblage at 2110, 2118 and 2134 North Miami Avenue, as well as 2101, 2129 and 2135 Northwest Miami Court, according to city records. Bazbaz Development, with offices in New York and Miami, is led by Sonny Bazbaz.

The 755,700-square-foot project would include 321 on-site parking spaces and eight off-site spaces.

The Wynwood Design Review Committee is expected to vote on the project at its meeting on Tuesday, including on requests to include fewer parking spaces than required.

The Live Local Act, a state law approved last year and tweaked this year, gives developers wiggle room on sites’ zoning in exchange for designating at least 40 percent of the units for households earning no more than 120 percent of the area median income. Under the legislation, developers can build up to the highest density allowed in a city and up to the tallest height allowed within a 1-mile radius of the development site.

Bazbaz’s proposal for 48 stories is less than the 60 stories they could build under Live Local, but it’s much higher than the 12-story maximum allowed in Wynwood, according to the application and Wynwood zoning records.

The proposal marks a switch from Bazbaz Development’s previous proposal for an eight-story building and a 12-story building with a total of 339 apartments, 25,653 square feet of retail and a 407-space parking garage. The Miami Urban Development Review Board greenlit the plan last year.

Bazbaz bought the development site in 2022 for $12 million, records show. The purchasing entity also ties to Isaac, Jacobo, Simon and John Bazbaz.


Source:  The Real Deal

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Bazbaz Buys Wynwood Development Site For Mixed-Use Project

Bazbaz Development can finally scratch a seven-year itch and move forward on a mixed-use project that’s been in the works in Wynwood.

An affiliate of the New York-based developer paid $12 million for 1.5 acres at 2134 North Miami Avenue, records show. The seller is an entity managed by Brett Lang, a commercial real estate investor who heads Miami Beach-based Centric Capital, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In 2003, Lang’s affiliate paid $1.7 million for the six vacant parcels, which are currently used as temporary parking lots.

Bazbaz is planning two interconnected buildings with 229 apartments and 79 extended stay hotel rooms according to Bazbaz’s website. The project will also include 45,000 square feet of office, 18,000 square feet of retail and 293 parking spaces.

In 2015, the Miami Urban Design Review Board approved Bazbaz’s architectural plans, which show an eight-story building and 12-story building connected in a L-shape. Bazbaz’s project is adjacent to another development site where The Related Group is also planning a two-building mixed-use complex.


Source:  The Real Deal

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