Miami Beach Planning Board Defers Vote On Big New Alton Road Whole Foods

Miami Beach’s Planning Board yesterday deferred a vote yesterday on a new Whole Foods Market due to traffic and design concerns.

Developer Crescent Heights wants to replace a Wells Fargo bank branch at 1901 Alton Road with a new 4-story building that would include the Whole Foods supermarket, a newly rebuilt Wells Fargo branch, and three levels of parking.

The existing Whole Foods on Alton Road will remain open, even if a new store is eventually approved.

The proposal called for 4,557 square feet of bank space, 39,623 square feet of supermarket, a 148 seat cafe, and 300 parking spaces. Board members expressed concern over the size and design of the structure and the traffic that it would generate.

The board will consider a revised plan  for a smaller store at a meeting next month.