Crescent Heights Proposes 50-Story Tower At Entrance To South Beach (Again)

Developer Crescent Heights is once again proposing to build a tall, Arquitectonica-designed condo tower at 500 Alton Road.

It would replace an approved plan to build a much shorter apartment project, ranging in height from 5 to 7 stories. The maximum height limit for the area is 75 feet (or about 7 stories) under the city’s zoning code.

Three possible plans are to be presented at a meeting with neighbors scheduled for tonight, according to remiamibeach:

  • 36-story tower while retaining the old South Shore Hospital building, along with construction of new 4-story apartment building
  • 42-story tower while demolishing the old South Shore Hospital building, along with construction of new 4-story apartment building
  • 50-story tower while demolishing the old South Shore Hospital building

The South Shore Hospital building being used as leverage to obtain higher intensity for the site has been retained by the developer as a vacant eyesore for over a decade, directly at the main entrance to South Beach.

A meeting with neighbors is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Mondrian Hotel.

 

 

south shore hospital in 2014, now abandoned for over a decade. it has since been stripped of glass:

(photo: phillip pessar)

 

 

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Anonymous

Build something. Anything. …Or at least reopen the 7 Eleven. Let it serve a purpose…anything that removes the illegally paved and striped parking lot these guys Created under the cover of night a couple years ago.

Anonymous

Yeah, why is the lot still there?

But, please, do no rush and allow them to build anything. Anything other than the current maximum allowed would be a travesty and set a terrible precedent.

Magazine

I disagree. This is a billionaire developer who has shown he is willing to wait this project out. Nothing – absolutely nothing – can be worse than what the site currently is. A dead body has been dumped there, a zika breeding ground, swat team officers have chased armed suspects into the empty building. A compromise must be made, with high priority in getting something started ASAP.

Anonymous

He’s more than free to build by-right.

Anonymous

why – those of us who live here would rather have the old hospital ruins and open space than a high rise… let the billionaire wait it out… at least people’s views aren’t blocked at the moment

Anonymous

Why would you rather have that awful wasteland than a beautiful new park and beautiful new building? I don’t get people…. Nothing you could say could back up your statement besides “the developers are rich”

Anonymous

I can almost guarantee that the wheels have been greased in terms of campaign contributions for this to get approved very soon. What other reason would they propose it again knowing it had a horrific reputation in the previous round.

Anonymous

Yes, the current beach leadership is pro car-centric development. This project adds a new lane to Alton Road, it should be a shoe-in.

Anonymous

Hopefully.
Sad, but in order to combat morons, it takes a top down approach.
It is predictable…some lady likes that there is dead space for a decade because her cats are used to that. Some radical with an Intelligence Quotient of 81 has some personal hang-up with “cars”. And there is always a NIMBY that arrived in 2012 and hates the “over-development”.

Private property rights should be respected.

bitg

i prefer the 50 story building please and thank you

Anonymous

I agree. I live near by and I say out with the old and in with the new. A few months ago I watched a Miami Vice rerun and was shocked to see that this lot had always been empty, even going back to the 80’s!

Anonymous

this is decide everything about south beach in the years coming, this is the first property smack right in your face when you come over the water, is it a small building or a luxury tower? the rest of south beach will follow the trend of whatever is placed here

Anonymous

current beach leadership has no vision.

Anonymous

Incorrect sir (or madam).
The Beach Leadership has a terrific vision for a Utopian Paradise (as long as the Bureaucrats are recognized financially and ceremonially as the leaders of this Utopia).
If, for instance, they have a financial interest in a Sunset Harbour retail/Parking garage garage they have “vision”. That “vision” is to elevate the sidewalk to match their retail property, and not the neighbors retail property.
They will say that is necessary for Sea Level rise or something. Nice vision.

Anonymous

First things first, knock that nasty skeleton of a hospital down and in it’s place build a Metro or Metromover station, I don’t care which, either one will be fine. Then, build a 50 story building.

Anonymous

Are they still including the transit hub that was proposed in the previous design?

Anonymous

they have the baylink rail connecting south of here on a burger king lot

Anonymous

that’s dead.

Anonymous

Please NOT another Arquitectonica design! Let an up-and-coming, competent Architecture take on the task! I guarantee you’ll pay less in fees, and end up with some truly unique to add to the SoBe skyline. All too often we hear the same architects designing new projects, when in reality they are simply copy-paste of their old projects — nothing new or inventive! Crescent Heights is known to be visionaries! Let’s bring in something new to Miami and not the same glass boxes that ARQ always does… boring.

Anonymous

“Crescent Heights is known to be visionaries!”

Well their School Board site proposal across the bay is same old hideousness, so I beg to differ concerning Miami.

Anonymous

So you reference 1 site they own and that’s it? Weak argument IMO. But here’s their breathe of work, for your convenience I have copied a link here below — go ahead and educate yourself up on them. Then perhaps you can gain some vision of your own.

https://www.crescentheights.com/#what-we-do

Anonymous

Forget it, it ain’t happening.

Just concentrate on building the towers you’re proposing in mainland Miami Crescent Heights.

Anonymous

How about build within the confines of the zoning. The low-height buildings fit perfectly with the scale of Miami Beach.

Also, reading the linked article, they want to widen Alton Road? Sorry, but you can’t build your way out of congestion. We need alternatives to the automobile on the beach.

Anonymous

He has no right to build above 75 feet on this lot. A monstrous tower would create enormous congestion and increased density. No one in the surrounding neighborhoods would allow this abomination to happen

Anonymous

While the 50 story may sound terrible for traffic impact (about 100 condos) imagine what will bring the “as-of-right” 75’ high buildings going horizontal, no park donated and now 400 co do units instead of 100 condos. That’s 4x more the cars. Also the units would sell for far less than – lower end – than if it were only 100 ultra high end condos. Not only is it much less traffic impact but will help raise valued to the neighbors.
It’s a different way of looking at it

Anonymous

Arquitectonica designed something that isn’t a box with ugly cladding? Madness! If Crescent Heights can’t develop this tower here, recycle it for the School Board site across the bay.

Carlos ORTIZQUILES

this will be the beginning of the death of South Beach, Manhattanizing it will kill the character and charm of the coty, just lt is doing in NYC. Greed and megalomania.