Brickell Flatiron’s Approval Is Under Appeal, Developer Hopes To Resolve By Next Week (Updated)

The approval of Ugo Colombo’s Brickell Flatiron condo tower by Miami’s Planning Department is being appealed by a third party, but the developer says that it could be resolved soon.

A representative for the developer told TNM that they expect to reach a deal to have the appeal dropped by next week.

If the appeal is granted by a Miami board, developer Ugo Colombo could be forced to redesign the project or revert to an earlier, approved plan. Both options would be costly to the developer, who already has nearly 40% of units in contract.

A 70-story, Enrique Norten-designed tower was approved by a Major Use Special Permit in 2006, and remained in place when Colombo bought the property in 2013. City officials granted approval earlier this year to modify that MUSP in order to build a Luis Revuelta-designed tower, and it is that modification that is under appeal.

If the developer fails to reach a deal with the petitioner, Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board will consider the appeal at a meeting next week.

 

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BrickellB
6 years ago

Imagine that massive bulky garage directly across from Perricone’s, Mary Brickell, and Dolores/Lolita replacing those charming old trees. The nicest intersection in Brickell. What a shame.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Oh well, that’s progress! No one is going to spend $30 million on four acres of land for you to get your “rocks off” hugging a few trees.

BrickellB
6 years ago

Yeah, go to that street corner in 2 years and tell me it’s progress. No one is expecting a park to go there. I suggested a very good plan for Colombo below that would make him a lot of money. Obviously his plan is not going as expected.

Anonymous
6 years ago

“How does it benefit you to argue for this?”

I never argued for or agains’t this project. It just amuses me that someone who brokedown and spent millions of dollars and went through all the legal hurdles to achieve what he wants in this capitalistic system of the USA must now bow down to people like you who won’t take a fraction of time and effort it takes to do what Mr Colombo is trying to do because you think your idea for this man’s land is superior.

BrickellB
6 years ago

Well in the 14 months Flatiron has been attempting sales, the market has changed significantly. Retail is booming, condos are saturated, and construction has become more expensive. I was offering a constructive idea/suggestion vs people who merely come on here to shoot others down. I never mandated anything, I’m not the one making the appeal! lol I still find it amusing (and unlikely) that anyone unaffiliated with Flatiron would take this to be such a contentious issue.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Kill it!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Kill it?

Well I guess the Brickell area can count on your tax dollars if it’s “killed” to replace the hundreds of thousands of dollars that this project will provide every year.

SaveMiamiAvenue
6 years ago

South Miami Ave is developing into restaurant row similar to Las Olas or Lincoln Road. How did Miami 21 approve a garage of this scale directly on this avenue in the middle of where all these restaurants will be? Seems corrupt to me like someone was paid off. Too tacky.

Anonymous
6 years ago

“How did Miami 21 approve a garage of this scale directly on this avenue in the middle of where all these restaurants will be?”

Well, who is going to be there to support all of these new restaurants you’re talking about that are opening and has opened on South Miami Ave…you and your homies?

If people come and park in a garage that’s two blocks by two blocks wide and 200ft tall to flood all of restaurants daily, these restaurant owners could care less how big that garage is.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Uh, it’s becoming a completely walkable neighborhood with about 10,000 condos/apartments in the pipeline nearby. We don’t need people driving in to support business!

Anonymous
6 years ago

And those “10,000 condos/apartments in the pipeline” will be buildings with garages for people to park in, just like FlatIron.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Absolutely and that’s fine. The original point was that it’s not a right fit for that particular intersection. There should be some sort of design/setback requirement because we don’t want our neighborhood to develop into another aesthetically tacky neighborhood like most of Miami. You [obviously] don’t get it and aren’t familiar with the neighborhood.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Please, don’t assume that just because you finally own a residence in the area, it gives you final word on what someone who spent millions of dollars should and shouldn’t do with their property. And as far as “You [obviously] don’t get it and aren’t familiar with the neighborhood,” let me give you a hint of how old I am, I remember when I-95 was being built in Miami. So who do think is more familiar with that neighborhood, me or you?

SaveMiamiAvenue
6 years ago

Exactly. Millecento built their garage away from Miami Avenue with nicely designed retail affronting Miami Ave. SLS, Brickell Heights, and Bond are doing the same. Colombo doesn’t care about development of the city because he would have opened up the riverwalk along the Epic marina site years ago if he did. Now he will insult the center of our strip with an 18 story garage. Some old men are just grumpy and like to argue.

Danny
6 years ago

It’s a beautiful Monday morning. Ugo has finished his Monday morning huddle with his team on how to respond on any opposing views on his actions.

Anonymous
6 years ago

People said the same thing you’re saying about developers when they started building highrises right on the waterfront of Brickell, but you see what happened, people finally got tired of whining about it like spoiled little brats and learned to live with it. Because capitalism is about making, building, buying, and selling. No one can prevent you from selling your dwelling whenever you want to. No one promised you anything concerning what’s to be built in the Brickell area or how it’s to be built. SLS, Brickell Heights, and the Bond were built the way are to conform with building, design, and zoning codes, not to please you because you live in the Brickell area. Once you understand the complicated process of what, where, and how something goes from conception to the final product, maybe then you’ll appreciate what Colombo is trying to do just like the developer who built the building you now live in and then maybe you’ll finally leave the crying to babies.

My Vote!
6 years ago

Please be sure to be there to defeat this monstrosity! Hugo Colombo has taken us of a ride on this project. No foresight and absolutely no regard for the community he has benefited so much from. He has built some great projects but everyone is in agreement that the Flatiron Brickell has just taken us out of the realm of what is feasible and remarkable into what is… just simple greed on his part and his Russian partner. He would like to block everyone’s views without providing 90% of his own apts with one. He is taking the only piece of decent park land and erecting a mega high rise that does not fit there. Mr. Colombo… please build something else there; a high-design, low-rise parking structure with retail and offices. City officials, please convert this whole triangle into a park!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Just to clarify, this won’t be built on the triangle lot that currently houses the sales center. It is on the lot directly north, which is currently a surface parking lot.

Anonymous
6 years ago

LOL, you lost me at ” mega high rise”. What do you think the other towers in Brickell are?

Anonymous
6 years ago

Quaint village cottages, obviously…

Charles Culpepper
6 years ago

Very interesting all the comments as to how Mr. Columbo should spend his money and what he should build on the parcel of land he has purchased for a lot of money. Any tree hugger or park lover is free to purchase the property from Mr. Colombo and replace his project with grass and two park benches. If you are not able, or unwilling do this, remember the phrase: ” Lead, follow or get out of the way”.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Exactly Charles. Some people think that just because they brought a cheap condo somewhere in Brickell they now have the right to call the shots on other people’s property and everything else in the area.

For those who don’t like what Mr Colombo is doing with his property, come up with the millions of dollars it’ll take to buy it from him do what you suggest should be done with it.

BrickellB
6 years ago

I have the means to buy in Flatiron and I chose a much better option for the price. It seems a lot of other people have done the same. Terribly overpriced for what it offers.

Danny
6 years ago

Don’t need too. We have Zoning & Planning.

The problem is he is doing a bait and switch.

Danny
6 years ago

So your saying that nobody should have a say or even a peep in their local community or neighborhood for that matter?

SaveMiamiAvenue
6 years ago

No Danny, don’t you DARE speak out against Flatiron because an anonymous army of Colombo affiliates (people who have wasted 14 months trying to sell this project) will bombard you with sarcastic, snide comments and ‘unlike’ what you have to say!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Uh, it cost Mr Colombo Millions of Dollars to have his say in Brickell. Do you two actually think that this called (as you put it) “anonymous army of Colombo affiliates” should pay attention to you “Colombo Criticizers” because the constitution allows you FREE speech?

Get real.

Danny
6 years ago

Colombo isn’t losing millions, he is trying to make more millions by giving an inferior building. The people who lose are those who put a Deposit! Take a look at his website. It’s amazing how you come to his defense.

He did not have approvals for the second design but chose at his “risk” to begin sales without approvals because he was running thin on pre-development funds so he went out to the market.

I bet if you gave a deposit, you’d be singing a different tune.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Yada yada yada………money talks, bullsht walks!

Love how your heart “bleeds” for the people who put down deposits in this project. I guess they don’t share your opinion about this being an “inferior building afterall.

Danny
6 years ago

I am sure Ugo wants your working not blogging on his behalf.

Anonymous
6 years ago

So, if someone speaks out to counter you, they must be on the dole?

Sorry bub, but you think to highly of yourself, your whining about this project doesn’t require a journalist or someone on Colombo’s payroll to put it down, all it takes is the average Joe Blow like yourself with a computer, monitor, and a keyboard. No pay required.

BrickellB
6 years ago

I really think Colombo could make serious money designing unique retail spaces on the first and second floors. Brickell Heights just sold 30,000sq ft of retail space for a combined $23M and there is definitely more than 30,000sq ft available on the Flatiron lot. Add another 50 large, exclusive boutique condos above at an average of $1-2M/each you have well over $150Million in sales. Much less construction costs because its less to build. Flatiron could still go up at the 830 Brickell. It’s time to adjust to the changing market…retail is booming and Panorama will block even the rooftop pool where Flatiron is currently planned.

Ugo Colombo
6 years ago

BrickellB, thank you for your post. Admittedly, I never took the time to think of alternatives of how to develop this lot. In reality I just wanted to build the tallest tower on the block. In a time when developers throw financial analysis and market studies to the wayside, it is refreshing to hear such groundbreaking, unique ideas such as yours – and to think it’s all so simple! I am interested in learning more about your thought process, and how you can help me maximize the potential of this project. You definitely seem qualified. Please email my assistant to set up a lunch meeting.
Sincerely, Ugo

PS please don’t tell Jorge about our plans. I don’t want him catching on.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I love it! If only Colombo’s ego, greed, and tenacity cared ! He’ll build just to prove people wrong, even if he can’t sell those tiny overpriced units after two years of active sales lol

Anonymous
6 years ago

Yeah Mr Colombo, and after you finish listening to someone named BrickellB tell you what to do with that property you’ve already spent tens of millions of dollars buying, planning, and getting ready to build on, I would like to interest you in investing some tens of millions of dollars in developing some swamp land I’ve been having my eye on for quite a while. I mean, I see you do listen to any and everybody.

Lets meet for lunch sometime to discuss this, OK?

J Perez
6 years ago

Never mind me catching on to you Mr Colombo, I’m selling more units in just two weeks than you’ve sold in over a year.

Regards,
Jorge

J Berkowitz
6 years ago

Hey guys, either one of you want to help me get Skyrise off the ground? You’d get year round passes on on the Sky Plunge and I’ll through in EB 5 Visa as well.

Grato
6 years ago

I love the Revuelta design but cone on guys, Nortens design is 1000 % better, more appropo to the sight and befitting to the name

Anonymous
6 years ago

Granted it was projected many years ago… it’s no longer the same neigborhood. Too many projects came along since 2009 in the same general parcel. Its way too crowded already! Colombo should build Flatiron on the 830 Brickell lot, much better for Colombo and for the Brickell neighborhood.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Um, it’s called “FlatIron” because of the shape of parcel it is to built on and immitating the FlatIron building in Manhattan NY. Putting the building on the 830 lot in Brickell would make for a new design and a different name. And don’t assume YOU are all knowing for what’s best for the Brickell neighborhood.

BrickellB
6 years ago

Do you people who support this even live in Brickell? You clearly don’t because anyone who does knows this project is bad for that area. If it’s not your neighborhood it’s none of your business.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Tell us something. If you get what you want concerning this FlatIron project, will you never ever leave Brickell? Will you stay in the Brickell neighborhood for the rest of your life? And please don’t give us the “I can’t say what I’m going to do or where I’m to live for the rest of my life” crap.

BrickellB
6 years ago

lol There’s no other reason for you to be so interested in this building. What does it matter to you if it’s built or not? Those against it have already stated their valid reasons. Why are you so strongly for it? How does it benefit you to argue for this?

Dave
6 years ago

even if it gets approved, I’m still doubting this will get built. 40% under contract at a time when all the buzz is about Brickell being overbuilt. he should turn that lot into a 2-3 story retail center.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Yeah, that would really work, especially with Brickell City Centre very close by.

Very smart thinking there Dave.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Thank you anonymous!