Mixed-Use Project Proposed To Replace Surface Parking Lot In South Beach

The owner of the Washington Park Hotel in South Beach is proposing a 7-story mixed-use project on an adjacent municipal surface parking lot.

WPH Properties, LLC submitted the proposal for a 99-year lease of the city property.

The proposal include:

  • 135 structured parking spaces in three levels, including a single subterranean level
    utilizing mechanical lifts (triple the number of spaces in the existing lot)
  • ground level commercial space
  • three levels and thirty-three units of workforce housing units or office space (with the choice made by the city)
  • a top-level office/hotel use level
  • rooftop amenity area for hotel and building tenant use

In a letter, the developer wrote:

Our client has already invested over $52 million in the purchase and extensive renovations to
the Washington Park Hotel complex. We estimate the costs associated with the construction
of the new building at approximately $25 million.

This new project is not viewed by the Proposer as a profitable real estate development project
and the rate of return is not the primary motivation. Rather, because of the location of the
parking lot, the aim is to maximize and optimize the use of the combined properties as a single
unit.

Beilinson Gomez is the architect.

The city’s Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee is scheduled to discuss the proposal at a January 27 meeting.

 

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anonymous
13 days ago

nice infill and replacement of the parking lot. Hopefully city goes with the workforce housing option

Anonymous
13 days ago

Why not market rate?

bloats
12 days ago

because your grocery store clerks,starbucks baristas,gas station mechanics,emt drivers need places to live close to where they serve ya gubner…

Anonymous
11 days ago

Nothing is stopping them from living in market rate properties. If they can’t afford the place down the street, they can look a few blocks further away. Or they could *checks notes* get roommates.

Anon on the beach
13 days ago

Dear Miami Beach – please go with workforce housing. Much needed and helps to have permanent residents in that area; hopefully continues to mitigate the crime issue that increased during the pandemic.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I want workforce housing in Bal Harbor. And free Metromover to Bal Harbor. And a pony.

Anonymous
13 days ago

How about raise the salaries of teachers, cops, firefighters, etc and raise taxes instead then?

Good
13 days ago

They just voted to do this in Florida.

Anon
13 days ago

It might have been in Palm Beach County but PBC is usually a step ahead of Miami-Dade County.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Go move to New York City. They’re thousands of steps ahead of M-D County when it comes to taxing the shit out of residents. You’ll love it.

For the Record
12 days ago

No way, I didn’t suggest taxing Miami residents or wasting that money on pointless services and dumb policies, like NY.

I said tax tourism and out of state part time workers who use Miami services to pay for basic essential services and infrastructure. That can provide sustainable growth for full time resident and future revenue sources.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Tax tourists and out of state workers. Fund police, teachers and firefighters and park expansions.

Anon
13 days ago

Good idea – tourists and part-time workers will come regardless. There’s nowhere else in the country like Miami. What we need is to ensure that Miami doesn’t continue to be a “boom town” and create a middle class base with standard civil services.

Anonymous
12 days ago

—California thought that too with their own residents and businesses. “it’s too nice here for them to leave so we’ll just tax the shit outta ’em” and they’ll take it. Yeah they took it….to Texas and Florida and Nevada and Arizona, etc.

For the Record
12 days ago

The issue is that CA and NY taxed their own residents when it should be the reverse. Incentivize people to become residents. People will always visit someplace no matter the cost even when it’s exclusive, but they will stop coming if it’s not well maintained….

For the Record
12 days ago

Case and point. A 20$ drink on Miami Beach, nobody says I’m not coming to Miami Beach I had to pay a little more for this drink, they say, we’ll look where I am, its just a vacation I’ll splurge for a week or two.

Anonymous
12 days ago

How about NOT!!!

Anonymous
13 days ago

Fisher Island too! Low wage workers deserve to live EVERYWHERE rich people live. *sarcasm*

Anyonmoose
12 days ago

written while unironically not realizing fisher island has an entire building for staff living quarters

Abolish Parking Minimums
13 days ago

Nice. Lets replace *all* the parking lots

Anonymous
13 days ago

Great infill for tourists and part-time residents.

Anonymous
13 days ago

The nomadic workforce will love this.

Anonymous
13 days ago

No more parking lots!

Juan
13 days ago

That’s how you use space effectively. Wish the would add a bike garage too but baby steps.

Anonymous
13 days ago

It’s always a good thing when a parking lot turns into something else.

Informed Anonymous
13 days ago

Bring back Employees Only.

Long time ago
13 days ago

In NYC?

J.M.
13 days ago

When will the Washington Park Hotel reopen? It’s been closed since the covid lockdowns…

ANON
13 days ago

Great, there’s no reason any surface parking lot should exist in Miami Beach.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Too much parking, otherwise, nice looking proposal.