Condo Above Biscayne Boulevard Church Approved, May Be Built In Phases

An attorney for developer Fifteen Group said yesterday that a retail and condo project above a historic church at 1836 Biscayne Blvd may be built in phases.

The developer won approval for both the project and historic designation of the property. Thanks to the historic designation, Fifteen Group can now sell Transferable Development Rights that could be worth nearly $20 million, even if they never build anything there.

Fifteen Group paid $14.25 million for the property last year.

The newly approved design was reduced in height from 47 stories to 38 stories. It still includes 352 units, about the same number as before, along with a retail or grocer in the former church.

 

new design:

 

previous design, now scrapped:

 

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Anonymous
6 years ago

wow…what a crappy solution. Old beautiful building and the architects ADD Inc comes up with that. Looks like developers rule the day all the time and City of Miami bends over because they want the tax dollars at any cost. In this case the cost is at the expense of perservation of one of the very few older structures in Miami. That solution is like an artist placing a comic book next to a stately portrait and saying that it belongs along with the portrait because it too is ART.

Another Anonymous
6 years ago

The architects are ADD Inc. They are originally a Boston based firm that was known for safe and permittable projects. They create very boxy and trendy solutions. They are not considered a stellar design firm and have recently been aquired by a large Engineering/Architecture conglomerate called Stantec. They are doing work in the design district and midtown and the solotions seem all the same. They also are doing the most bland design of the Miami World project. ADD Inc were the architects that had designed the controversial and very unimaginative Media Tower for the Omni in 2010 for developer Mark Siffin. They are a developers architects that keep their fees in line.

Anonymous
6 years ago

There is all that open land across the street and yet they have to force a huge tower in a small space over an existing building. Poor planning.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Shame to our city and the building permit process!!!

marc
6 years ago

Old design looked better.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I hate this project!!!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Yeah cause you prefer the homeless that loiter and sleep on the steps of the church every day currently (yes this happens – go by the place if you actually do live in the area). This project has the potential to at-least improve living in the area and for that I approve.

Anonymous
6 years ago

With your logic, a jail would be an improvement. It’s not the building’s fault vagrancy is an issue. The owner is failing to maintain it (maybe on purpose), and settling for minimal effort evident from proposed tower is not the answer.

Danny
6 years ago

Meh, weird

Anonymous
6 years ago

nice!