Miami’s One Brickell City Centre supertall tower was pushed back yesterday after city commissioner Joe Carollo moved to defer zoning approval, according to Miami Today.
Carollo’s motion to defer was unanimously approved by commissioners.
The zoning approval had already been approved by commissioners in July, but required a second reading.
Carollo said he wanted to talk to the fire chief and union to determine whether an agreement to build a new station is correct.
The commissioner added that it was his brother Frank Carollo who “wisely thought to the future that we needed another fire station” when he served in the same commission seat as his predecessor.
To meet the city demand, developer Swire Properties is planning a temporary fire station on the North Squared block, until a permanent one can be built at its Tobacco Road property.
Commissioner Ken Russell noted that developer Swire Properties has been waiting on a permit to build the temporary fire station for nearly two years.
Material needed for the station has been purchased and in storage during that time, while they await approval from the city’s Building Department, he said.
The developer has also agreed to front-load a $1 million payment to an affordable housing fund that was promised as part of a previous zoning amendment for the project. That payment will now be made as soon as a demolition permit for One Brickell City Centre is issued, Russell said.
The commission is scheduled to take up the matter again on September 22.