Institute of Contemporary Art Going Through Approval Process In The Design District

The Institute of Contemporary Art has submitted a request to rezone the Design District property where they plan to build a new museum.

Miami’s Planning and Zoning Department is recommending a denial of the museum’s original request, and instead recommends that the property be rezoned to a different zoning designation.

Both zoning designations could ultimately allow result in the same building, but the approval process will be more difficult and time consuming. The zoning recommended by the Planning Department will trigger further review and public input on the project, including a review by Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board. Property owners within 500 feet will also be noticed of the plans.

In a letter, a lawyer representing the ICA said that they ‘agree with and welcome’ the department’s recommendation. He also wrote that the northern portion of the project, which abuts a residential neighborhood, will be used as a sculpture garden. Any future redevelopment of those parcels would be limited to buildings that cap out at a height of 23 feet, he pledged.

The museum is being built on land donated by Dacra with the express intent that a museum and sculpture garden be built on it.

The Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board will consider the zoning change at a meeting tomorrow. Miami’s Historic and Environmental Review Board will also review the plans this week, which calls for the demolition of several non-contributing structures.