The owner of Jungle Island has filed plans for a themed hotel.
The hotel is planned to rise 12 stories and include 300 rooms. A 7-story parking garage with 965 spaces will also be built.
An outdated parking garage will be demolished to make way for the new development.
The original Jungle Island ballroom and conference facilities will be modernized and integrated into the new facilities.
According to a letter from the developer, the hotel project is designed to be consistent with the botanical garden “themed” eco-park development at Jungle Island, which is being submitted separately. A jungle landscape palate with a wide variety of tropical plant species will be integrated at ground level and in garage facades. Water features are also being added in the plaza to better connect Jungle Island to its bayfront setting.
A connection to the to the Ichimura-Miami Japanese Gardens is also planned.
A hearing before the UDRB is planned on December 21.
The hotel design is said to have been revised to take into account comments from a previous hearing before the UDRB in 2020, when the overall development’s Special Area Plan was reviewed.