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Mixed-Use Buildings On Miami Avenue In Wynwood Win Urban Development Review Board’s OK

A sprawling mixed-use project designed to bring apartments, office space and more in two new buildings in Wynwood won a positive review from the city’s Urban Development Review Board.

The board unanimously recommended approval of the project, known as PRH N. MIAMI, after the developer made several changes to the plan in response to issues and concerns brought up by the review board and earlier by the Wynwood Design Review Committee.

PRH N MIAMI LLC plans to build the dual, complementary buildings at 2150 N Miami Ave.

The project is to include 317 residential units, 60,400 square feet of offices, 22,701 square feet of commercial-retail uses, and a garage for up to 534 vehicles.

The property has a principal frontage on North Miami Avenue, which bisects the property. The property fronts Northeast/Northwest 22nd Street to the north comprising secondary frontage, with Northwest Miami Court on the west being another secondary frontage.

The property is divided into two parcels, Parcel 1 to the west of North Miami Avenue and Parcel 2 to the east of North Miami Avenue.

The east parcel is to have retail at the ground level, a seven-level parking garage lined on the east façade with residential units up to the eighth level, and office space up to the 12th level.

The west parcel is to have retail at ground level, residential units up to the 12th level and amenity spaces for the residents.

Sandy Peaceman of CFE Architects went through many of the tweaks and changes made by the design team, with the goal of addressing the concerns of the Wynwood committee and the city board. Among them:

  • Increased connectivity and activation of the courtyard with new breezeways providing courtyard access for the west tower. Providing crosswalk connectivity between the two buildings, and a direct link between the east tower residential lobby and the west tower residential lobby and breezeway.
  • Modifications include chamfered corner along the entire northeast corner of the west tower.
  • The rooftop amenity deck has been redesigned to provide a more appealing lifestyle to the residents while creating a more intriguing skyline of the west tower.
  • Artificial green wall has been removed from the west façade of the west tower.
  • Faux brick has been removed from the ground level of the east tower and replaced with exposed concrete to create a more industrial feeling.
  • Residential lobby and office lobby have been made more prominent and inviting.
  • The long retail façade on 22nd Street has been broken down by stepping back a 33-foot-wide portion of the façade to be flush with the tower above. By doing so, it disrupts the perceived monotony along the retail wall.
  • Round balconies have been removed from the tower at the main corner at North Miami Avenue and 22nd Street to emphasize the floor-to-ceiling glass corner.
  • Garage screening and massing has been articulated with design elements that become part of the solution to the 60% roof covering requirements. Louvers have been provided where mechanical equipment will be utilized.

Board Chairman Willy Bermello and others commended the developer’s team for listening to the board’s concerns and making changes.

“You’ve done a good job in being very responsive and sensitive,” said Mr. Bermello.

Board member Ligia Ines Labrada said she appreciates that the developer and architect acted upon board recommendations.

“It makes for a much stronger project. The open breezeway makes it more inviting … the scale and language has improved in relating the two buildings,” she said.

Board member Ignacio Permuy said: “If we had a category of Most Improved Project, this would be one of the top ones. I commend you on a job well done … exceptional job. Night and day.”

 

Source:  Miami Today

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Wynwood Votes Down 12-Story Mixed-Use Project

A sprawling mixed-use proposal plans to bring with it apartments and more than 60,000 square feet of office space to two lots in Wynwood.

PRN N. MIAMI is planned for property at 2150 N Miami Ave.

Along with the new office space, the 12-story project is to include 317 residential units, 22,700 square feet of commercial-retail uses, and a garage for up to 534 vehicles.

The Wynwood Design Review Committee recently voted to recommend denial, after itemizing concerns about the project.

After the meeting, attorney Iris Escarra said the developer appreciates the committee comments, is seeking to incorporate them into the design, and will submit updated plans to the City of Miami’s Planning Department for consideration by the Urban Development Review Board early in 2021.

Ms. Escarra said the committee requested that the applicant consider the following items:

  • Emphasize the lobby entrance at the East Tower.
  • Break up the retail/pedestrian façade on North Miami Avenue (East Tower) and Northwest 22nd Street (West Tower) by bringing the vertical elements to the ground level.
  • Further articulate the garage screening on the East Tower.
  • Add landscaping on the north setback area of the East Tower.
  • Reconsider the architectural treatment on the West Tower at the northeast corner, including changing of the curved balconies.

Brian A. Dombrowski, an attorney also representing the developer, wrote to the city saying the site plan was prepared by CFE Architects.

He said the property consists of 95,090 square feet or 2.182 acres. The existing structures at the property are to be demolished.

“The Property has a Principal Frontage on N Miami Avenue which bisects the Property. The Property fronts NE/NW 22 Street to the North comprising the Property’s Secondary Frontage, with NW Miami Court on the West being a Secondary Frontage as well,” wrote Mr. Dombrowski.

The site has the FEC Railway tracks to the east and commercial properties to the south.

He said the property is generally divided into two parcels, Parcel 1 to the west of North Miami Avenue and Parcel 2 to the east of North Miami Avenue.

The property is to be developed with a 12-story mixed-use structure consisting of retail, office, and residential uses.

The east parcel would be of retail space at the ground level, a 7-level parking garage lined on the east façade with residential units up to the 8th level, and office space up to the 12th level.

The west parcel would have retail at the ground level, residential units up to the 12th level and amenity spaces for the residents.

The developer is requesting waivers including:

  • To permit up to a 10% increase in the maximum floorplate length above the 8th story for residential uses. This waiver is requested in order to create an effective design.
  • To permit additional residential floorplate dimensions not to exceed 30,000 square feet.
  • To allow a decrease of required parking by up to 30% within the quarter-mile radius of a Transit Corridor. The waiver would reduce the required parking from 719 spaces to 504.

 

Source:  Miami Today

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Related Group Proposes Apartments, Retail, Office In Wynwood

The Related Group is requesting approval of a mixed-use project in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami.

The city’s Wynwood Design Review Committee will consider the plans by PRN N Miami LLC, an affiliate of Miami-based Related Group, for the 2.18-acre site at 2150 N. Miami Ave. and 38 N.W. 22nd St. The land is separated by North Miami Avenue, so the project would have two buildings.

The project would total 860,880 square feet with two buildings of 12 stories each. They would combine for 317 apartments, 22,700 square feet of retail, 60,400 square feet of offices and 534 parking spaces.

 

Source:  SFBJ

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