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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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Real Estate Mogul Robert Finvarb Cos. Plans Hotel In Wynwood

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On December 5, the Wynwood Design Review Committee will review designs for an 11,250-square-foot site located at 160 N.W. 28th St.

The parking lot was purchased in March for $6.7 million by Robert Finvarb‘s Miami-based company, 160 NW 28 St Associates LLC.

The hotel would have eight stories and total 45,770 square feet. It would have 116 rooms, a restaurant with 205 seats in 3,698 square feet on the mezzanine level, and a restaurant with 156 seats on the roof. Additionally, there would be 24 parking spots on the basement level, a gym on the second story, and a rooftop pool.

The sizes of the rooms would be 298 to 624 square feet.

Finvarb stated that the hotel will feature rooms that were full-sized, in contrast to the current Wynwood hotels that offer smaller rooms. For this project, he anticipates inking a branding agreement with a large hotel chain.

He hopes to break ground in Wynwood in the third or fourth quarter of 2024.

 

Source:  SFBJ

 

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Moon Thai Wants To Build 3-Story Restaurant In Wynwood

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The South Florida-based restaurant company Moon Thai & Japanese is entering the Wynwood development scene.

The firm that created the Asian idea, Moon Thai Group, filed plans to construct a three-story restaurant on a quarter-acre lot at 82 NW 28th Street. The property is across the street from the residential developments Wynwood 29 and Wynwood Green by Related Group and Lennar.

Plans call for 33 tables on the ground floor, 17 tables on the third and fourth floors, and 10 tables on the rooftop of the 350-seat restaurant. What would be kept on the second floor is not specified in the application.

Parking would not be available in the structure because it is not necessary for parcels smaller than 20,000 square feet. Every day of the week, the restaurant would be open till two in the morning.

Property records show that the Coral Gables-based chain paid $6 million in 2021 to purchase the lot. It had submitted a plan for a five-story restaurant back in September.

Twenty-three years ago, Moon Thai’s first branch in Coral Gables was launched by chef and founder Jack Punma, who is originally from Bangkok. With pad thai and tuna sushi rolls priced at $14 each, this informal restaurant has expanded to eight locations in South Florida and one in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The plan will be discussed by the Wynwood Design Review Committee on Tuesday.

 

Source:  Commercial Observer

 

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Total Demolition Permit Submitted For 2000 Wynwood

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A total demolition permit has been submitted for the 2000 Wynwood site, where an apartment building is planned.

The demolition permit was applied for on July 20, with the full plans filed August 9 and now under review.

The estimated cost listed on the permit is $13,000.

A new construction permit to build a multifamily rental building was submitted in December 2022 and is still in process.

In February, the developer signed a deal for water and sewer utilities for 310 apartments, 1,000 square feet of full service restaurant, and 8,300 square feet of retail.

In June, the project had hearings before the Wynwood Design Review Committee and the Urban Development Review Board.

Both boards voted to recommend approval with conditions.

The 12-story project is proposed to include:

  • 310 residential units
  • 9,416 square feet of retail
  • 308 parking spaces

 

Source:  The Next Miami

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W3 Proposed In Wynwood, Painted In Red

Plans for a new mixed-use project have been filed in Wynwood.

The project name is listed as W3 in the submittal.

The new development is proposed to rise 143 feet and include:

  • 34 residential units
  • 5,250 square feet of ground floor retail space
  • no onsite parking, six offsite spaces (reduced by payment into the Wynwood Parking Trust Fund)

Architectural materials will include red metal railings, red architectural frame, red painted stucco, red mullion, grey tinted glass (upper levels), and clear glass (ground floor).

A total of 2 zoning waivers are requested.

Arquitectonica is the architect.

A hearing before the Wynwood Design Review Committee is scheduled for July 18.

Wynwood 83 Owner LLC is the applicant. Kushner and and Block Capital are shown on the submittal package as the developers.

 

Source:  The Next Miami

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Construction Permits Filed At High-Tech Lynq Wynwood Office Campus

A construction permit application has been submitted to Miami’s Building Department for the Lynq Wynwood office complex (formerly knows as Wyn on 5th).

The developers have previously said the project would be the most high-tech office campus in Miami.

The project consists of a north and south building  across the street from each other, both at 8-stories. The two buildings will have a combined 36,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, and 331,000 square feet of office space. Each building will also have an enclosed parking garage, with 370 spaces in the south garage and 265 spaces in the north garage.

According to a May press release, the developers secured the necessary approvals to proceed with construction of the buildings. The project was reviewed by the Wynwood Design Review Committee and the Urban Design Review Board in February and March.

The full construction permits are in pre-screening with Miami’s Building Department since July 22, meaning that the plan sheets have yet to be filed. The developer is opting to use a private reviewer to expedite the process, the permit shows.

Juneau Construction Company is listed as the contractor.

DERM records show that permits were also filed in late July for drainage wells at both the north and south tower construction sites.

RAL Development and TriStar Capital are the developers. Arquitectonica is the architect.

 

Source:  The Next Miami

 

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Goldman Properties, JV Of Scott Robins And Philip Levine Propose Wynwood Projects

More office and multifamily projects may be coming to Wynwood, as developers propose new projects for the once-gritty warehouse district.

Pioneer Wynwood developer Goldman Properties wants to build an office building, and a joint venture between Scott Robins and Philip Levine tweaked a previous plan for a hotel with apartments – and now proposes rentals only.

The Wynwood Design Review Committee is expected to consider both projects at a meeting on Monday.

Robins and Levine propose a five-story building with 203 units and 15,104 square feet of ground-floor retail on almost an acre at 35-83 Northwest 27th Street, according to the developers’ filing to the review committee. The Arquitectonica-designed project would have a rooftop pool, 40-space garage and eight parking spaces on the street.

The developers are partnering with Miami-based executive Martin Franklin and Franklin’s son, Sam. Martin Franklin co-founded frozen food company Nomad Foods as well as consumer products firm Jarden, now called Newell Brands.

Shortly before the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Robins and Levine won approval from the city zoning administrator for a 120-key hotel with 72 apartments and 13,413 square feet of commercial space for the site, according to the developers’ submittal to the board.

“We didn’t think a hotel project was appropriate at this time in that area,” Robins said, although he didn’t entirely shut down a future hotel conversion.

Roughly 90 percent of the units would be studios, ranging from 500 square feet to 600 square feet, allowing for a smooth retrofit into hotel rooms if the market ripens for the use, Robins said. The remaining units will be one-bedroom apartments, ranging from 700 square feet to 800 square feet.

The rents will be market rate, but specific ranges have not been determined, he said.

Robins and former Miami Beach Mayor Levine previously partnered on the redevelopment of South Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood. They sold a seven-building retail portfolio to Asana Partners for $68.8 million in 2018.

In Wynwood, Goldman Properties, led by CEO Scott Srebnick, filed plans for an eight-story Core Wynwood with 99,357 square feet of Class A workspaces and 10,101 square feet of retail and restaurants, according to the filing. The 0.6-acre site, which now consists of a one-story warehouse and parking lots, is at 373, 375 and 391 Northwest 24th Street and at 376 and 390 Northwest 25th Street.

The Perkins & Will-designed project would have floor-to-ceiling windows in parts of the building, a glass-enclosed grand staircase visible from the street, a two-story garage with 119 spaces and an art-adorned paseo connecting 24th and 25th streets, according to Wynwood-based Goldman’s submittal to the board.

In a nod to Wynwood’s stamp as an arts district, artist Mona Caron’s botanical murals will run the height of the building and artist Sam Cox’s hand-drawn characters will adorn the staircase. Goldman Global Arts, a consultancy led by Goldman Properties co-Chair Jessica Goldman Srebnick, is curating the art at Core Wynwood.

Goldman Properties’ founder, the late Tony Goldman, was one of the first to spot Wynwood’s potential. It was his life’s work to see the unrealized growth of neighborhoods. Goldman Properties played a major role in creating Wynwood’s image as an arts district with projects such as Wynwood Walls and Wynwood Garage.

If the Wynwood Design Review Board approves the proposals, construction of both is expected to be completed in the second half of 2024.

Wynwood has undergone redevelopment in recent years with office and residential projects.

The 13-story Gateway at Wynwood office building at 2916 North Miami Avenue and the 10-story 545wyn were completed last year.

In 2019, Wynwood Annex at 215 Northwest 24th Street and Cube Wynwd at 222 Northwest 24th Street were completed.

On the residential side, more than 2,200 apartment and condo units are on tap, including a proposal by Ironstate Development and Brookfield Properties for a 289-unit apartment complex at 26 and 60 Northeast 27th Street, and 25 and 61 Northeast 26th Street.

 

Source:  The Real Deal

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Wynwood OKs Unique Public-Private Deal To Bring An Apartment Building Devoted To Affordable Rental Units

A unique public-private partnership has assembled and will bring an apartment building to Wynwood’s southeastern corner devoted entirely to affordable rental units, atop ground floor retail.

Wynwood Works is proposed by Wynwood Works LLC, an affiliate of Magellan Housing, the developer selected by the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to redevelop the property at 2035, 2037 and 2043 N Miami Ave.

The project was approved Monday by the Wynwood Design Review Committee with conditions on a 3-to-2 vote.
The site is in the Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization District (NRD-1), and within the CRA’s boundary.

Wynwood Works is designed as a 12-story multi-family residential attainable housing project, including 120 units ranging from studios to two bedrooms.

The development will total 179,105 square feet of floor space, and offer 5,698 square feet of ground floor commercial space on North Miami Avenue, with five levels of on-site enclosed parking for about 108 vehicles, and a mix of amenity spaces to support the residents.

Project attorney Steven J. Wernick said the project is participating in the Wynwood Attainable Mixed Income Program, recently established within the NRD-1, with 20% of the units to go to households at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI), including 10% to Extremely Low Income (ELI) households (at or below 30% AMI).

Mr. Wernick said the project has been submitted and reviewed by the City of Miami Planning Department and Office of Zoning.

Wynwood Works is a key project for the Omni CRA and Wynwood NRD, areas experiencing revitalization and in need of housing for those of modest income increasingly being priced out of Miami’s urban neighborhoods, Mr. Wernick wrote to the city.

The lot is irregular shaped with 25,628 square feet, with a single thoroughfare frontage on North Miami Avenue. With required right-of-way dedications, the net lot area is 17,946 square feet.

Mr. Wernick wrote, “The property has a unique lot configuration, shaped by its location in proximity to the FEC Rail Line, which forms the rear yard of the property running southwest towards the intersection of North Miami Avenue and NE 20th Street.”

He said Omni CRA acquired the property, former site of the Lowenstein galleries, in 2018 to redevelop it with the CRA’s objectives.

The property has two small warehouses, which have been unoccupied for several years, and an overgrown gated parking lot. To the north is a parking lot and FPL transformer lines. To the west is North Miami Avenue, and a part of Wynwood that has remained industrial and seen little redevelopment since the NRD-1 was adopted in 2015.

The 120-unit housing program includes 48 studios (445-plus square feet), 66 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments. The residential component starts on the sixth story, accompanied by a gym, business center and community room.

Mr. Wernick wrote, “The project will be one of the first affordable housing new developments in Wynwood in many years, at a critical time when housing costs have continued to rise, making it increasingly challenging for retaining Miami’s workforce, artists, and others essential for the continued revitalization and growth of areas like Wynwood, Omni and Edgewater.”

Jennifer McConney-Gayoso, principal at Studio MC+G Architecture, detailed for the committee the specifics of the proposed façades and the materials to be used. She also explained areas where artwork will be installed, including unique shadow art on the south side of the building, and a catwalk on the second floor.

The site at one end is limited to about 50 feet.

“It was a difficult site to develop. We squeezed the envelope on this project,” she told the committee.

Even with the tight site, the plan shows 14% open space, more than the 10% zoning code requires.

Several committee members commended the developer and design team for bringing much needed affordable housing into Wynwood.

“It’s surprising you can actually do that in Wynwood,” one member said.

Some were critical of the building’s cake layered look, saying the components need more articulation and the art needs to come down into the ground floor level.

Committee member Erik Rutter said, “We do have to think more about the art, not just as a mural in a box. I like the shadow wall … Magellan is a great developer. This will be a great addition to the neighborhood.”

The committee’s motion to approve includes conditions: improve articulation and integration of the pedestal to the rest of the tower or accentuate/contrast against the rest of the tower; increase art treatments at ground floor level and increase articulation; address the east façade with art intervention; and conceal rooftop equipment.

Mr. Wernick said the applicant is wholly owned by Magellan Housing, an affordable housing developer active in Texas and Florida.

Magellan is developing Wynwood Works in partnership with the Omni CRA. In addition to owning the land, the CRA is providing financial support towards development costs.

 

Source:  Miami Today

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The Collective Unveils Plans For ‘Co-Living’ Building In Wynwood

The Collective has unveiled plans for its first co-living project in South Florida within a mixed-use building in Miami’s Wynwood Art District.

The city’s Wynwood Design Review Committee will consider the project at 2825 N.W. Second Ave. during its April 14 meeting. The 41,750-square-foot lot is owned by Wynwood Gateway II LLC, an affiliate of the Collective, a co-living operator based in New York, London and Berlin. The project would replace an auto showroom currently on the site.

The Collective first announced its intention to develop the site in 2019, but it hadn’t put forth a specific description of the project until now.

The building would total 351,443 square feet, with 12 stories along 29th Street and eight stories on 28th Street. It would have 108 apartments, 70 hotel rooms, 9,508 square feet of commercial space, and 163 below-grade parking spaces. As for the units, the hotel rooms range from 330 to 1,049 square feet. The apartments would range from 1,083 square feet with four bedrooms to 2,395 square feet with six bedrooms.

 

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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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