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:

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MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

No, your view being blocked is not a good enough reason. No surprise here, something will be built there, it is inevitable, stop wasting people’s time.

Marc305
5 years ago

Agreed! The first thing I mention when talking to a new client whether in person or on the phone is that you should not purchase in Brickell, Midtown, or Downtown based on the view. Chances are that it will be blocked by another building at some point. The only exception is if the building is right on the bay. These law suits are frivolous and a complete waste of time.

Anonymous
5 years ago

This is so stupid, i own a unit at ivy and i don’t oppose this project at all….yes it will block the view but there was no amazing view at beginning. On the contrary, it will bring a quality project to the area and hopefully my unit price will go up because at the end we will have a river walk, nice urban landscape, more retail and life.

Jim
5 years ago

There will be no river walk because this project will not be built…poor design, asking price $1000 psf is crazy for a unit that has a view of the second tower and no view of the beautiful city.

Anonymous
5 years ago

the owner of the ivy that just commented sounds like a rational logical thinking property owner…..that project will help elevate the image of that parcel….will be a very nice addition….kinda wish it was built near where I live!!!

Anonymous
5 years ago

lawyer handling this case should be disbarred…..NO ONE who bought there should be yelling about the loss of view….any fool would have understood the view would eventually be compromised,,,,,fact is this project is really sharp and should counter sue for having to be built next to ivy and wind,,,,,,

Anonymous
5 years ago

The Cima proposal from 2004 is far better looking. It shows you don’t need a starchitect who ends up shitting out some bombastic 80s boxes anyway. First 432 Park Avenue, then 20 Fenchurch Street, and now this? Rafael Viñoly, I am disappoint.

I wonder if it’ll be like Icon Brickell, where the inner corner units have an excellent views of somebody else’s toilet?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Great shows the confidence in Brickell.
The prices are SPTEEEEEEEEPPPPP at over $850 a sft. Makes all the other jobs in Brickell look like a steal!!!
Unit floor plans need work!

Jim
5 years ago

Way to STTEEEEPPP – project will never lift off, Developer Shahab is a SCAM and only looking to make his pockets deeper. The city approved the blocking view suit because they want the luxury tax from residents. The REAL blocking view is one tower blocking the others view, you won’t see the scenery of the city or water – you’ll be looking at your neighbor only. RESEARCH THIS ONE before you make any decision.

Anonymous
5 years ago

However overall I am happy about the new project, my views are perfectly safe 🙂

monodocondo
5 years ago

Even though another tower was always approved for this river site under the original MUSP, its doubtful that the proposed design would have ever been approved. The notion that the other buildings now have a veto right is silly – no such rights were included in the Master Association or elsewhere. The nonsense that is Miami 21 clearly doesn’t govern; these MUSPs were rushed to approval in advance of Miami 21 clearly because of it’s inherent downzoning and backhanded entitlement tax. That being said, holding the developer’s feet to the fire for the parameters of the original approval is clearly appropriate, and the amendments are clearly arbitrary and harmful to the neighbors.. The residents should be hopping mad, and carry their objections to the commissioners.

Michael
5 years ago

I was one of the brokers invited to the private luncheon hosted by Shahab Karmely yesterday at Cipriani. At first, I was not a fan of the project because of its location. After seeing the details of the project so eloquently described by Mr. Karmely, I have to say, it looks to be an amazing condo tower. Not because I am in the business and all about the “sell, sell, sell” but because he wants to build something at such a high level of design with an amazing team around him, that it will truly be unlike anything else in Brickell. An 85′ waterfall? 14,000 square foot “SkyVillas” with 10,000 square feet of outdoor space and private pools? How un-“RELATED” of him. With pricing starting at $750 per square foot, making it the 2nd highest priced project in Brickell behind only Echo Brickell, may not make it the easiest to sell to investors, but I think end users will be very happy with the finished product.

Anonymous
5 years ago

The project on the other side of Brickell will never sell at that price. They will have a big market adjustment and begin understanding what Brickell projects are truly selling for

Anonymous
5 years ago

I actually like the 2004 idea better. Too many dual-towers on pedestals in Miami.

Jim
5 years ago

It should be a single tower only – that way no view is blocked

Anonymous
5 years ago

This project is perfect, on the Brickell side of the river and on that empty lot on the east side of the bridge.

Anonymous
5 years ago

This won’t get built.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Where is the sales center – there isn’t one because it’s another developer trying to rip people off. First they say construction will begin in 2016 now they say 2018, I highly doubt that they have sold the units that they mention. Developer is a CON

Anonymous
5 years ago

I was at this meeting as an owner at the ivy. It not as simple as views being blocked as this article suggests. Those who actually live here understand the dichotomy between the 3 current buildings and the concern over the look and architecture within the complex.