Lawyer May Be Planning A Challenge To One Bayfront Plaza

One Bayfront Plaza’s recent approval could be the subject of an appeal.

Late last month, city planning staff signed off on approval to build the 92-story building.

This week though, the city released dozens of documents and emails about the project to attorney Paul Savage at his request. It isn’t clear who Savage is representing.

Savage was the attorney who represented Grand Central Lounge, delaying approval of the Miami Worldcenter project.

Approval of One Bayfront Plaza’s new design was granted by the Planning Department as a modification to an older Major Use Special Permit, approved before the Miami 21 zoning code was implemented. The new design does not comply with Miami 21, although architects for the project say it is a reduction in square footage from the previous MUSP and much closer to Miami 21 requirements.

Noncompliance with Miami 21 has at least one advantage, according to the developer. By using the grandfathered approval, they are able to offer larger office floor plates than competing office buildings coming to market.