Kuwait’s AQARAT Planning To Build 45-Story Yotel And Residences In Downtown Miami

AQARAT, a Kuwait-based Real Estate Company, has submitted plans to build a 45-story Yotel hotel and condo project in downtown Miami – taller and bigger than they originally planned. Miami’s Aria Development Group is a partner on the project, with AQARAT owning a 51% stake.

The Yotel is planned for a small lot at 235 NE 2nd Street that is sized at just a third of an acre. It is next door to the Vizcayne and Loft condos. North facing views on the lower hotel levels will be obstructed by the Loft building, but the upper condo levels will be unobstructed.

Plans call for 180 condo units on the upper levels of the tower, with 262 hotel ‘cabins’ crammed into the lower levels (Yotel rooms are unusually small, and Yotel Miami will include rooms that are as small as 214 square feet.) An amenities and open air pool deck will be located an levels 11 and 12, with another amenities deck at the top of the tower on level 45.

The lower levels are devoted to a parking garage, and the developer is requesting permission to build 144 parking spaces, a 22% reduction from zoning requirements. On the ground floor, a water feature will be surrounded by separate hotel and residential lobbies, along with retail and restaurant space on the first and second floors.

ADD Inc is the architect. Miami’s UDRB will review the project next week, but city officials say that the error-filled submission was rushed, and will likely need to be revised.

The developers intend to complete the project and open the hotel by 2018.

 

 

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Anonymous
6 years ago

That’s called living in the city. If people want beaches or open air. Move out of downtown.

Danny
6 years ago

No need for your radical statement as we have zoning.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Radical? It’s the city your one of those people that want Miami to remain small, with low rise buildings. Get over it and move out west so you can have all the open air you want along with the alligators or maybe move out of Miami all together and move somewhere upstate like Tampa or Jacksonville.

Danny
6 years ago

Nothing in my statement actually is relative to your statement. I just said we have zoning rules. If zoning approves it, then zoning approves it and life is fantastic. If they need a variance then they will make a case and zoning will review. Thus, no need for radical statements or premature comments because we have a department that goes through this already.

We have rules and processes. But I guess you don’t like the process and rules, so maybe it is you that should move out in the middle of nowhere or better yet you could work for zoning with your brilliance. It’s easy just look at three renderings and jump to conclusions on the building approval.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Relax buddy

Anonymous
6 years ago

I love the design and yes downtown needs more of these infill type building which I believe we will be getting more of Downtown builds out nicely.

Jason
6 years ago

hey that’s my photo! how’d you get that

Anonymous
6 years ago

took it down

Anonymous
6 years ago

This is what the CBD needs more of, not those bulky towers taking up and entire city block.

Anonymous
6 years ago

And if so let it be. Not every building Downtown needs to be fancy, colorful, with weird shapes. That will look awful. Don’t you agree?

Anonymous
6 years ago

chinese or japanese style?

flymia
6 years ago

The location of the parking garage right next to floors 1-10 or so on Loft will certainly be an issue for the owners of loft.

Yes this is part of living in a city, buildings right next to you, but 8 story parking garage with exhaust fumes, noise and light 24/7 literally 5-10 feet from you window/door. That is not normal. Honestly having a view of a wall is not normal in most cities either. Unless its a courtyard building 99% of people whether in NYC or Hong Kong can at least get sunlight. A project like this on a lot like that is really pushing the limits.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Have u ever lived in Manhattan and I’m not talking about Brooklyn but in Manhattan I did for 10 years and you have to look for the sun Midtown. And again move to the suburbs or to a penthouse if you such a problem with the city life. Things are going to change drastically in Downtown Miami it won’t be a quaint sleepy town it once was there is gonna be traffic, fumes, pollution and a lot of people. It’s inevitable move to Broward.

Really???
6 years ago

What are you talking about. In Manhattan staring out a window into another building is the norm. Besides I don’t get why people are so worried about Loft when they clearly don’t live there or have never been there.

Again the units in Loft facing the south are at least 20 FEET from the lot line. There is a pool that is in-between the building and the lot line to the south. So even if the built exactly to the lot line they building would DOUBLE the high end of your “literally 5-10 feet from you window/Door” claim.

The corner line 07 faces primarily west so it’s not an issue. So you basically have line 8 and 9. You talking about 16 units that would 20+ feet from the garage. Those units will sell for less making them affordable to someone who will gladly take the reduced view for the opportunity to live there when they can’t afford else where.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Huh…what?

Really???
6 years ago

What’s not to understand. From the balcony of the Loft units to the lot line of the Loft property is about 20 ft. So even if the hotel builds a garage directly to the lot line it will be 20 ft away. And the balconies at Loft are recessed into the building.

The balconies on the southwest corner of Loft wrap around the corner with the balcony doors on the west side not facing the the south lot. Hence there won’t be an obstruction for those units. So all in all you’re talking about a very small number of units.

Danny
6 years ago

Most likely it will be a nice big concrete wall. I wouldn’t worry about fumes or lights. The noise will come from the metrorail.

It’s not the fault of the developer wanting to build on this land. It’s actually the fault of the previous developer behind to not envision a parking garage on the lower floors of the adjacent property when there are many buildings surround that building and in the area with a pg the first 6-10 floors.

Marc
6 years ago

I wish they would mention what will be done of the dozens of homeless people that sit around that site and across the street at the 7-Eleven. More and more homeless people lay on the streets around the loft building which is why we moved out. Wait till another giant building comes, can’t wait to see the faces of people that are staying at this “Yotel” LOL

Anonymous
6 years ago

I have the same question. I live at the Vizcayne and that street is terrible…

Anonymous
6 years ago

Again Marc, they don’t have to stay Downtown. Where do you live and where have you visited? Because last time I was in NYC AND LA there was plenty of homeless. You will always have homeless in the cities. If it is such a problem maybe they can go stay at your house or on a desert island. GET REAL.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Please tell me where in downtown/brickell you can currently live without ever seeing any homeless people. Right?

Anonymous
6 years ago

There is barely any homeless in Brickell, leave Brickell out of this.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I disagree take a walk around the Viceroy late at night and don’t be such a snob homeless are in every city. DEAL WITH IT.

Dave
6 years ago

Those lower floor, south facing units at the Loft are going to be staring at a blank wall literally a couple feet from their balconies. Makes you wonder why the loft built out to its lot line and put units facing where surely another tower would be in the future. This tower looks built out to the lot line as well so its parking garage podium will be nearly touching those lower level Loft units.

Really???
6 years ago

The loft isn’t built out to the lot line. The pool is on the ground floor and is between the units and the lot line to the south. The units facing east are already staring into a blank wall without the 20+ width of a pool on the ground floor.

This is the nature of downtown. Not every unit is going to have a waterfront or unobstructed view similar to the vast majority of most buildings in major metropolitan areas. As downtown fills in most views will be crap and people will pay for location with a few great units in buildings that get a premium for their views.

Anonymous
6 years ago

“Makes you wonder why the loft built out to its lot line,”

It depends on where the building is going, in some places buildings are required by Miami 21 to have their entrance come directly to the sidewalk.