Legion Special Area Plan Being Reviewed By City

A large, multi-phase Special Area Plan called Legion, is being planned in Miami’s Upper Eastside.

The Legion apartment complex being reviewed by the UDRB this month is the first phase of the SAP.

Under the Miami 21 zoning code, it is rare to attain Special Area Plan status due to a 9-acre minimum requirement. Developer Global City Development is hoping to be granted this status by combining land that they own with the city owned Legion Park.

A letter from the developer’s lawyer states that the project would include two phases:

Phase 1 of the Project incorporates the redevelopment of the 3.58 acre property, including the main structure and surrounding areas, that have been used by the American Legion to provide support services to U.S. veterans. Specifically, Phase 1 proposed the development of a 5-story building consisting of approximately 237 residential units and 435 parking spaces, along with the creation of a significant civic space type. As part of Phase 1, the existing American Legion use will remain at the property and will include new facilities that will allow the American Legion to continue to perform these important Civic functions.

Phase 2 of the Project seeks to redevelop the vacant land and existing apartment building that were originally constructed between 1940 and 1976 to the west of Phase 1 with a new mixed—use building consisting of three residential towers ranging between 115 feet to 176 feet in height with 476 residential units, 30,300 SF of ground floor commercial, uses, covered plazas and other civic-space types. The Project will also ultimately integrate the abutting Legion Park and the proposed ground floor plazas, restaurants and retail uses through the creation of a new Thoroughfare (NE 65th Street) and the optimization of the NE 7th Avenue and NE 64th Street Thoroughfares to activate the pedestrian environment, promote walkability and connectivity to the Waterfront, and improve vehicular circulation throughout the area. The inclusion of the abutting Legion Park will also permit the Applicant to further enhance the public open spaces and green areas for the residents of the neighborhood.

The development group includes a former Terra Group executive and the son of Midtown Miami’s developer. Stantec is the architect.

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Developer purchased the land knowing the Miami 21 restriction. This building is not wanted in Upper east side, not only the height of the building along the park of the Phase 2 building but the additional density the 400+ units would bring to an area already choking on traffic. Again they purchased the land knowing the rules, they now need to follow those rules.

No to spot zoning
5 years ago

The height limit for most of the site is 5 stories as most of the site is zoned T-5 and in fact any frontage facing Biscayne Blvd is subject to a 35′ height limit. The City should say No. Hell No. 713 units were none exist now? Corruption much?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Just say no.and leave the park alone.s.a.p allows too much and the park is beautiful and tranquil as is.developers just trying to build midtown all over again in a residential area no thanks.we like our quiet neighborhood and bayfront parks

Anonymous
5 years ago

Wow. What a slight of hand. Just like a magician. The developer does not own 9 acres for special status , so they count the park next door as if you and I don’t own that park, but they do. Black Magic. Turn it down commissioners.

William
5 years ago

Disagree. The ability to combine the project with the city as a partner allows for the project to implement very cool features that usually are quite noteworthy. Public private partnerships are an important part of the modern city landscapes. Several miami projects already in the pipeline include this p/p land combination – like the Chetrit’s groups Miami River Walk condo with Jose Marti Park.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Pile of bull s..t! Developers and Commissioners need to stop taking parks from the city residents! Vote NO to this crap!

Mitchell Berkman
4 years ago

Good points. But it is of a scope and height out of touch with this neighborhood.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Completely out of scale with the neighborhood and does not strengthen the Biscayne Boulevard urban fabric. Creates a very strong new urban fabric on 64th Street where it doesnt belong.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It is about time we realize this is the year 2016 and not 1953. Decades of arbitrary restrictions and “historic” Morning Side residents killing every single possible development in the area have produced nothing but low population density, a hole bunch of empty lots, more unjustified traffic, and businesses struggling to afford the rent prices the Biscayne Blvd corridor. Miami Upper East Side must to become young again, we need more mix use projects, life-work lofts, and more considerable micro apartments have to be built in the area.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What is the proper scale?
Pro-Stagnation “Retired Privileged Activists” will do whatever is their power to keep the Upper East Side Segregated to prevent their property taxes to keep growing accordingly.
The gates and walls that keep their neighborhoods segregates are the ones that are out of scale in our City.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Have you seen the traffic on biscayne between 3pm and 8pm on any given weekday in this area?? And now you want to add 500+units with cars to that mix..no way

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe a more reliable public transportation system is the solution to the problem. There are more cars and SUVs in Morningside alone than anywhere else in the Upper East side. Help alleviate the traffic by Removing the walls and walk more.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Grossly out of scale and does nothing to strengthen the urban fabric of Biscayne but instead extends new fabric along a new street to the east where it doesn’t belong.

Residents matter
5 years ago

Residents hate this project. Paid reps for the developer love it. Zoning allows a mx height of 5 stories.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The difference in this project with regards to the neighborhood and similar projects done in wynwood/midtown/lower edgewater is the precondition of the area being developed.this area is residential,low rise and occupied.midyown and wynwood were wearhouses and an cement plant area before they re-zoned and re-done.residents here dont like the scale and traffic this will bring to our neighborhood.save your speculative real estate for brickell and midtown

Anonymous
5 years ago

horrible. Don’t touch Legions park. Developers always getting rid of the little green space we have in this city.

713 units
5 years ago

713 units? 1,356 parking spaces? Dumped on low rise neighborhoods? Vote No.

GyroMeat
4 years ago

This is a 2002-Crap design

Mitchell Berkman
4 years ago

My neighborhood is very green and eco-conscious. This development is not for the betterment of MiMo. It is too big for a small area and seems to use parkland for comercial interests. I like the benefit for the Legioners, but not by selling the soul of a neighborhood to excessive development.

respect for homes...
4 years ago

Bad idea.

No to up zoning
4 years ago

Great cities have great parks. It seems like too many people in power in Miami far prefer concrete to green space? Note to Miami – sometimes grass is more valuable than concrete.

Anonymous
4 years ago

No no no and no..

Anonymous
5 years ago

Legions part is very historic.. as a kid living in Morningside, I remember playing there, and it would be nice to have it restored along with this project.. I’m in favor.

Residents vote
5 years ago

There is no scheme to “restore” Legion Park. Residents like it just the way it is.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I’m liking second phase, but the first one fronting the bay has cluttered facades with strange window sizes and placement. If it was all equal and level, it would be timeless Streamline Moderne Art Deco South Beach revival.

Edin
5 years ago

Just build it!