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20-Story Residential Tower Planned On Historic Biscayne Boulevard Property

New York-based Greystone & Co. has submitted plans to partially demolish a historic building at 2500 Biscayne Boulevard that dates back to 1923. A 20-story residential tower is planned to be integrated with the remains of the structure.

Greystone bought the .87 acre property earlier this year for $10 million. A local developer is partnering with Greystone on the project.

The plan will be reviewed by Miami’s Historic Preservation Board later today. The city’s preservation office is recommending that the board vote to deny the plan.

Behar Font & Partners is the project architect.

 

(photo: zillow)

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ZachJ305
ZachJ305
1 year 10 months ago

I really like that they’re making an effort to preserve a part of the historic building, but could they not preserve more than just a bit of the facade? Why not preserve the entire shell of the old building and wrap the new structure around it from the north end and the rear? This is a block from my condo and I go past this building every single day…while in disrepair, it has a lot of really beautiful architectural details which this plan seems to lose.

Oscar
Oscar
1 year 10 months ago

The historic building can use a little love but it is by far more architecturally meaningful than the new one planned. Developers need to do a better job in integrating historic structures in their attempts to maximize the use of their property. Demolishing 3/4 of the building and simply “preserving” the façade while dwarfing it with an architecturally incongruent structure undermines the whole point of historic preservation. Seems like every developer of a historic sight tries to do the same thing.

global reach
global reach
1 year 10 months ago

Build it 😀

marc
marc
1 year 10 months ago

I agree Zach. It would be nice if developers were required to incorporate the facades of some of these beauties.

Manny
Manny
1 year 10 months ago

I lived in that building back in 1999, on that top corner, it was awesome and HUGE. always loved that dump. The inside had awesome molding and a nice fireplace. but it was not well kept. I loved that place.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year 10 months ago

a while back the hep board was convinced by the then owners of the building and the front portion of the building was the only part deemed to have historic significance and that is the only part that is being saved. If remember correctly because of the lot size had a lot and the condition of the rear portion of the building was considered and that was the compromise that was reach. I guess at least we still have the front portion which was indicative of the vision for the boulevard at the time.

Obviously
Obviously
1 year 10 months ago

“The city’s preservation office is recommending that the board vote to deny the plan.”

Why?

This is what happens when a useless entity like this has to do something to justify it’s existance. They have to wait for someone to spend their hard earned cash on a piece of foregone property and then give their two cents of an opinion on what the people should or shouldn’t be doing with it.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year 10 months ago

Nice effort to preserve some of the original building, but looks a bit like Frankenstein’s monster. Might be a better route to renovate the entire original building and then add a more cohesive tower either on top or adjoining

Why Not Now
Why Not Now
1 year 10 months ago

Tear it down. It’s a dump. It doesn’t really provide anything to the street. Have the developer build 3 floors on the boulevard side. Not everything needs preserved. As a matter of fact most things don’t need to be preserved.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year 10 months ago

Having lived next door to this building, the existing building is a dump and within 10-15 will need to be demolished so they board should rush to approve this before this building gets more unsightly.

Obviously
Obviously
1 year 10 months ago

I agree with you Why Not Now. Biscayne Boulevard has suffered for decades because a few people felted that those small decrepit roach infested motels was worth saving.

Biscayne Boulevard should be what Brickell Ave is now long before Brickell Ave.

Morty Abrams
Morty Abrams
1 year 10 months ago

It will probably just conveniently fall down during construction. Just like the Gap property did on Lincoln Rd. Make way for more souless crap in the schitty.

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