A developer who has been assembling several Biscayne Boulevard properties where a supertall tower is possible has requested Rapid Transit zoning designation, according to a county memo.
The properties being requested for inclusion include the 30-story New World Tower on Biscayne Boulevard, and the adjacent Yve Hotel.
The New World Tower dates to 1965, and was built by Jose Ferre, the father of Maurice Ferre. The Yve dates to 1926, but has been significantly altered.
Both properties are said to have been purchased by Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty this year.
In January, an RFR affiliate reportedly purchased the New World Tower for $84 million.
In April, an RFR affiliate reportedly purchased the Yve Hotel property for $25.7 million.
A 12-story building at 141 NE 3rd Ave purchased in April is also part of the request. A total of five adjacent parcels are being requested for inclusion.
The new owner is now requesting the properties be added to the Miami-Dade’s Rapid Transit Subzone. The move would allow for county oversight of development on the property, rather than city.
Miami-Dade commissioners are also scheduled to vote on a request by Citadel to add their Brickell properties to the RTZ zone.
However, the City of Miami, which would lose zoning oversight to the county, is said to be opposed to the move, according to Miami Herald reported Doug Hanks.
(photo: Marc Averette)