Board Approves Variance For Twin-Tower 54 West Flagler

A Miami board has approved a variance needed to build a twin-tower residential project on Flagler Street.

The Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board voted on April 6 to allow for zero-foot setback above the eighth story of the project, due to a non-conforming lot size. Normally the Miami 21 zoning code would require a 30-foot setback on two sides.

In addition to the variance, the project is requesting five waivers that can be approved by city staff.

If built, the project would include two 43-story towers with 391 units. A “secret garden” would separate the two towers.

The owner of the property is a company controlled by Russell Galbut and Andrew Resnick, but Alliance Capital of Brooklyn has a contract to purchase it.

 

 


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Jesus
5 years ago

Excellent project. I would like to see even more projects pop up on Flagler Street. For me, New York City is defined by 5th Avenue, Wall Street, Avenue of the Americas, Park Avenue, and Madison Avenue. For me, Miami is Brickell Avenue, Biscayne Boulevard up before Edgewater ends, Flagler Street, South Miami Avenue, and Brickell Key Drive. Still not at the level of New York, but we are working towards that.

defamed
5 years ago

Miami is not, and will never be New York. Different climate, different people, different businesses, different scale. In a sense, Miami is a lot more like Singapore or Dubai, a city manufactured in the past hundred years from nothing and a crossroads between different regions.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Physically speaking Miami resembles Chicago more then any other city IMHO, with Brickell playing the role of the Magnificent Mile/Gold Coast and Museum Park and Bayfront Park resembling the style of Millenium and Grant. In addition both cities have elevated transport systems, of course Miami is unique in the sense that we have the beach and the entire community living there, giving us a somewhat Hong Kong (and Singapore) feel as well (in the sense that Miami is comprised of a variety of islands). I would much rather Miami resemble a mix between Hong Kong, Chicago and Singapore, then New York. Everyone obsesses over New York but there’s a plethora of other skylines that look much more well put together and elegant.

Rod
5 years ago

There’s a lot we could learn from New York, like investing in public transportation. But instead of trying to make Miami into another New York, we should just focus on making Miami better. Miami should have its own identity. Besides, if New York was so great, then why do we have so many New York transplants.

IloveMiami
5 years ago

Sometimes Miami reminds me of Hooterville, or Peticout Junction, or even Green Acres. If you did not grow up in the 60s you wont understand.

thiiiiink
5 years ago

very exciting that we would be mentioned in the same breath as places like dubai and singapore where they have slave labor and horrible social stratification. third world here we come!! hop on the flagler train. choo chooooo

suomynona
5 years ago

Point taken on the human rights atrocities, but nobody is advocating for that in Miami.

callitwhatitis
5 years ago

Don’t be a fool. Leave your uppitty attide in your Brickell condo, and visit some of our blighted neighborhoods. Ask the people who wash dishes in restaurants, or the guys who look for work every day at the Home Depots, or all the cleaning ladies walking through the Gables to work early mornings if we don’t have slave labor. Get off your high horse.

rowrowrowurboat
5 years ago

We are already third world. Drive through Little Havana, Little Haiti, Wynwood, Allapatah, Riverside, Hialeah and try to have a conversation in English with anyone you find walking around.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Miami lacks the cultural significance of New York City and always will. Miami rose out of the mangroves a century ago. NYC has in some form, been around for 600 years. Aside from her glittering condos for the 1%, Miami is for the most part a third world city struggling to get past its drug fueled past and its present party scene identity. No other city in the United States has such a divide between the haves and have nots. Miami needs to fix that to be great. While Miami is beautiful in many ways, it is not even in the same ball park as a cultural mecca like NYC. NYC is the symbolic heart of the United States of America and is the capital city of the free world. A city is not defined by its skyline but by the institutions that make it great. NYC’s greatness exists because 800 languages are spoken there and because of powerful and meaningful institutions like Columbia University, the Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney, The Moma, and a 1000 other places. Even if Miami surpassed NYC in skyscrapers, it still would not be NYC.

IloveMiami
5 years ago

I could’nt agree with you more. Excellent observation. I’ve tried to convey this message many times, only to get the “thumbs down” everytime. I really do love this city, but it is no where near major league. We lack all the institutions you described, and unfortunately, lack the heart and vision to get us there. Our elected officials have a lot to do with that. Feeble, small-minded and self serving. One building by Zaha Hadid or Frank Ghery wont put us on the cultural map. We need to come together as a community and demand the best, always. We need vision and more importantly, we need people who really want to call this place home. Miami has no soul. We are not one city, but a series of fractured neighborhoods inhabited by people who come from somewhere else. Their roots and their hearts are somewhere else. You can’t build a great city if a large portion of the population is just passing through. I’m not talking about our diverse cultures. That’s a nice thing here…but unlike New York, people here Cuban, Haitian, Colombian, Puerto Rican, but not Miamians. In New York, they are New Yorkers first. And proud of it. We have to work on our soul. Without it, our skyline is meaningless.

Miami2
5 years ago

It would be great if anyone in Miami government understood what urban planning is all about! This city has great potential, but right now it is not a real city in terms of culture, business, etc. Doesn’t anyone else find it strange that all these new residential projects keep going up in downtown/Brickell, but there are barely any places for a resident to get their dry cleaning, pick up a slice of pizza, go to a deli, etc.? Where are all the cafes that should be lining streets like Brickell and Flagler? It looks like a city, but it definitely doesn’t feel that way. And don’t get me started on the Design District….it’s the definition of one developer’s vision having nothing to do with reality….I love Miami too, but it’s got a long way to go…

aceraroja
5 years ago

Um, Flagler and all of downtown is full of little no-name cafes. Have you even walked its length in recent years? Maybe they’re not to your taste but they definitely exist and serve a varied demographic. Brickell has more of an issue because of the rents, but hopefully more — and critically, SMALLER — retail space will help.

aceraroja
5 years ago

NY is mostly people just passing through. It is a collection of fractured and VERY segregated neighborhoods. It is mostly driven toward being a piggy bank for the world’s 1% while the poor starve to death a few feet away. In short, Miami really is just a smaller New York, it will just take a while for the architecture to catch up.

Anonymous
5 years ago

what are they going to do with the hanging planters when the first heavy wind or hurricane hit the building??? in the design they are between the towers but they still hanging and there is a wind corridor always between to structures!!!

Dave
5 years ago

Would be interesting to see how it fits with the Liquid Lofts proposal next door (on the SW 1st Ave side of the building). I think that one got a zero foot setback on the sides as well so the towers would basically be touching.

Dave
5 years ago

Which by the way I think would create a nice NY-style street wall effect not usually seen in Miami.

suomynona
5 years ago

Yes. This gives me much hope for the lofts project. I was afraid it would be denied over the setback issue, but hopefully this shows that it will not.

And I agree. The downtown/business district already has these older buildings touching side to side. It would be nice to see some new and taller buildings doing the same as well. At least where the lots are smaller like this. Allow developers more flexibility.

Procalc
5 years ago

this is a condo or rental project?

thiiiiink
5 years ago

what do ya know…. another russell galbut project that gets approved with multiple variances on first reading. mob!!