China City Residential Tower Is Challenged In Court

China City Construction recently got approval to build a residential tower in North Beach, but neighbors are asking for a court to overturn that approval.

Records show that attorney Kent Harrison Robbins filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari on May 20 in a Dade court. The petition is asking that approval of an Arquitectonica-designed condo tower at 6747 Collins Avenue be overturned.

Robbins filed on behalf of Armando and Maritza Guitierrez, who own a unit in The Sterling condo building next door. Armando is a lobbyist, while Maritza is an MDX board member, according to a Google search.

China City received approval in April for an 18-story condo tower with 42 residential units and 87 parking spaces. Two variances were granted, including a fence on the property’s north side (next to the Sterling) that is taller than code, as well as a driveway in the garage that is one foot narrower than required.

The developer paid $38.5 million for the property last year. The previous owner had approval to build a condo tower of the same height but with fewer units.