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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