One River Point’s Neighbors Appeal Approval, But City Board Overrules (Updated)

Shahab Karmely’s One River Point was challenged by neighbors who are unhappy about the new towers, but their appeal has been denied by a Miami board.

River Front Master Association, Inc., which represents the condo associations of the neighboring Mint, Ivy and Wind condo towers, filed the appeal of the city’s decision to approve One River Point last month.

Karmely’s KAR Properties obtained approval from the city to modify The River Front East Major Use Special Permit that had been issued in 2004 and which remains active. The MUSP included two of the three towers whose residents are now challenging changes to the third tower (a second MUSP called River Front West included the fourth residential tower, as well as comercial space.)

A lawyer for the association wrote that the newly modified project fails to consider the existing ‘urban form’ and ‘physical context’ of the neighborhood. He also objects to waivers granted to the project, which he says would not have been permitted under Miami 21 (MUSP modifications are grandfathered in and are not subject to Miami 21 rules.)

At a meeting last week between the developer and neighbors, residents expressed concern over view being blocked, construction and traffic concerns, Miami Today reported.

Update: The appeal was denied by Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board last night in a 5-3 vote. The board ruled that the Planning Department was correct to approve the project.


2004 MUSP:

Cima condo tower, approved in 2004: