Crews Demolish 92-Year-Old Building At 2500 Biscayne To Make Way For Apartment Building

A 92-year-old building on Biscayne Boulevard has been partially demolished to make way for a rental building.

The demolished building was built in two phases. A 1923 building known as the Wolpert Apartments had a historic designation removed in 2004 after the property owners appealed. A 1927 commercial building fronting Biscayne Boulevard retains a historic designation.

New York Developer Greystone received approval last Fall to build a 20-story apartment building that integrates a portion of the historic building. The project will include 156 luxury rental units.

Behar Font & Partners of Coral Gables is the architect.

 

What the building used to look like:

Replacement, coming soon:

 

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Peter
6 years ago

Such a nice looking building. The token effort to integrate the corner of the old building looks hideous.

Martim
6 years ago

Interesting how one part of the building was deemed surplus and relieved of its historic designation, while the other was not and was forced to remain upright. How is this stuff determined? I am happy one portion of it was saved to New Yorkers, but odd that it was only a corner. Anyone have any ideas on how this works? Pity to see such an old building with a ton of history fall to the wayside…

That’s where Crome & Crook, the graffiti artists, lived when they got arrested a decade ago.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Would like to have seen a better integration of historic and new building. They looks like incongruous appendages of each other.

defamed
6 years ago

The original building is hideous and should have been torn down completely. It has absolutely no historical value, this is just stock faux Mediterranean and it should all be wiped out.

Hate Miami/Love Brickell
6 years ago

haha agreed

Martim
6 years ago

And yet you post here, as if you have any relevancy with anything related to real estate in South Florida..

Gables
6 years ago

When this building was designated historic, the owners pleaded with the reviewers not to include the apartment building (built in 1927). Thus, that section had the historic section removed and it was allowed to be torn down. Now that we have a historic review board, that would probably not happen anymore.

frank
6 years ago

Waahhh, the old building is gone and they’re putting a new one up instead! And I don’t like how the new building is new. We should just keep all the old buildings the same forever despite progress in engineering and architecture. A two story stucco box like that was important to the history of Miami and could never be replaced with anything better. Oh and Crome & Crook lived there like Martim said, they were such important people in art and society, not to mention how beautiful their work was to the aesthetic eye.

Hipsters suck!

Martim
6 years ago

Frank, I worked in RE PE for over 5 years and I’m a commodities trader for the 2nd largest trading house in the world…I probably make more than you and your wife or husband combined….

Please refrain from childish mud slinging. I made a simple comment regarding designation. And if anyone here is entitled to talk about RE, it’s someone who helped with the financing of $100M of property in the So. Fla area. Go take a nap…

Marc305
6 years ago

Frank has every right to express his opinion as much as Martim does. The area along the Biscayne corridor is simply to valuable to keep old boxes up simply because they are old. It was one thing to keep the Sears Tower up by the PAC, it is something completely different to try and preserve a building simply because it was built a long time ago and housed 2 hoodlums a decade ago. I wish these decision would be places on a ballot and let the majority of people in Miami who take the time to vote to decide, and not leave it up to people who want to preserve everything that has crossed the half century mark.

Martim
6 years ago

Marc, he wasn’t really expressing a solitary opinion, he was belittling and mocking others opinions. But well said on your part.