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Panorama Developer Asks Court To Block 61-Story Yacht Club At Brickell

Panorama Developer Asks Court To Block 61-Story Yacht Club At Brickell

Panorama Tower’s developer has filed a court action seeking to block a competitor from building across the street.

Previously, an appeal had been filed directly with the city, but it was denied by Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board.

Now, TWJ 1101 LLC, controlled by Florida East Coast Realty, is taking the rare action of asking a court to overturn approval of the Yacht Club at Brickell, owned by NYSE-listed Aimco. TWJ filed a Petition of Writ of Certiorari.

Panorama Tower topped off earlier this year as the tallest building in Florida, but the proposed tower could block some of its views.

Miami planning officials approved the project earlier this year. It would include the redevelopment of an existing 32-story apartment building into hotel or apartments, and the construction of a new 61-story apartment building.

Aimco was granted four waivers allowing parking reductions, floor plate, and setback waivers, all of which are being challenged by TWJ.

 


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Anonymous
Anonymous

Wish I could block Panorama from my views. Thing is an eyesore.

Anonymous
Anonymous

?

Marc305
Marc305

Although I have expressed my support in the past for Tibor Hollo, I must say that I find this very disappointing. Suing someone simply because your views will be blocked has no merit at all, mainly because I’m sure that the many buildings he has built through out the years have also blocked other people’s views. I do hope he either reconsiders or is turned down once again, progress cannot be stopped nor should it be delayed.

Zoning codes act like a type of insurance
Zoning codes act like a type of insurance

Playing devils advocate here; It’s not about progress though. If you think about what allows for development to occur so well in the US and in particular, in areas with strict zoning codes, is that we hold people accountable. We are able to have projects built that cost hundreds of millions, and even billlions of dollars because people know that what happens next door to their property will also need to conform to strict zoning codes. I do like the design of the proposed tower, however, it is adding in my opinion, a little bit too much density. They are building very close to the surrounding buildings. I think it is fair for Tibor, another developer, or anyone for that matter to ask for waivers to be reconsidered, especially in regards to setback and floor plate. When developing a project it is common to model potential surrounding projects as well. This is to some extent a type of assurance of knowing such a large financial endeavor has the best possible chance to succeed. I believe that continually giving developers waivers especially in regards to setbacks is a bad precedent to be setting and takes away from one of the main… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ok so his do you explain Manhattan skyscrapers where The have some of the highest costs in the world.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I strongly disagree. There is merit to having someone’s views blocked. Our zoning codes offer a type of insurance and assurance, to buyers of built condos, pre-sale, developers buying land, etc. Zoning codes are necessary to spur development, and adhering to them is even more important. For a developer to buy a piece of land, and make a multi-year commitment, including hundreds of millions, or even billions requires assurances. The US, and cities that have strict zoning laws allow people the confidence to purchase a property knowing that the neighbors will have to adhere to these zoning laws as well. Our city lately has been approving a lot of waivers, especially in regards to setbacks, building heights, and floor plate sizes, this undermines the very essence of zoning codes and the assurances they provide for people to buy and develop property. I believe continuing on this path will actually hinder developers confidence in moving forward with projects.

Anonymous
Anonymous

And what about the views that he blocked when he built Panorama??!! He blocked the views of everyone in the 1060 Brickell Ave building. Now he is getting blocked and he sues after he losing his appeal to the City Planning board. Payback is most certainly a bitch and I hope they lose this case.

Marc305
Marc305

Thanks for the reply “Anonymous – I strongly disagree…”
For everyone else:
This is the mentality of bull headed buyers that my company has to deal with everyday. They don’t care about the views that the building in which they bought in blocked, but they sure as hell will throw a tantrum to make sure that no developer will do the same to them. Zoning allows a certain height for a specific area, you cannot build an 80 story building and then force the lot next door to have a shorter height. Such is the case for the 5 buildings where 1000 Museum is being built. If you do not want to have your view obstructed, buy in a building that is right on the bay and make sure that your unit is facing the water. If you chose not to, eventually you will lose your view and no amount of complaining will stop that from happening.

Anonymous
Anonymous

haha losers! Go to your corner and cry Tibor.

Ilovearchytectures
Ilovearchytectures

They should concentrated in securing the glass windows properly instead of frivolous law suits
And improving the quality of the buildings

Mondocondo
Mondocondo

Hollo is making an issue of how zoning waivers are granted only because in this case it’s working against him. The code permits these limited administrative waivers, and it’s not the City’s fault that he didn’t anticipate them. Panorama is on the second street from the bay and has no right to unimpeded views. These lawsuits are the tactics of a bully to create delay and cost and unlikely to succeed. They only serve to emphasize the lack of anticipation and the character of the developer. Hollo should instead focus on the quality of Panorama, which peppered the neighborhood with fallen glass and railing during Irma. Cheers

Anonymous
Anonymous

Even then, these waivers are so minor that the only end result they are hoping is to delay this project.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Free market competition REEEEE!

To be serious, I’d support Hollo if Stantec did a crappy job with as is often the case, but this looks fantastic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The paragraph stating that reducing the amount of parking makes this less pedestrian friendly was comedic gold.

Anonymous
Anonymous

i guess only the tallest gets to block views and everyone else has to bow down

Anonymous
Anonymous

You have the rights to build but the others not ??? …. hahaha

Anonymous
Anonymous

It is not about the right to build, it is about the right to adhere to zoning codes! A normal process before acquiring land, or planning a project is to model the potential highest and best use of surrounding parcels. Strict zoning laws and adhering to them give developers the confidence to make a huge time and monetary commitment to take on projects. By the city making so many waivers for projects they are actually undermining the very process of development, which appears is ultimately, what most people on this site are in favor of. Rather than get angry and rant, we should think of what this effect would have on our own projects, or each other’s projects in the future.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Also, the zoning codes give buyers the confidence to purchase these very expansive condos! We should not allow the city to undermine their own rules by offering so many waivers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Again, what about those who purchased and had their views blocked by Panorama Towers? He blocked views of so many people. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t build and block views and boast how tall your building is and then complain when someone is going in front of you. Panorama made the property values go down for the condos across the street from it so I’m sure no one it that building is sorry to see this happen to the Hollo family

Marc305
Marc305

It would be nice if you posted your name instead of hiding behind an Anonymous moniker.
Please educate yourself before making asinine comments. Paramount does not have “expensive condos” it is a tower with a hotel and full of apartments to RENT. What else do you have to say?

Anonymous
Anonymous

The zoning allows Yacht Club to be built this tall. The waivers have nothing to do with height. If it is not this design that blocks his views it will be another. Tibor is throwing a hissy fit in hopes he can delay the development to the next cycle…. Embarrassing, really.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, Hollo is being a sore loser. Lighten up Hollo!

Anonymous
Anonymous

So you build a behemoth of a building blocking several buildings views without a care in the world. Now you have a problem with another developer coming along blocking some of your views? Lol?

Anonymous
Anonymous

His complaint is Hollo.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ridiculous

Anonymous
Anonymous

lol, but setback waivers should not be being handed out.

aceraroja
aceraroja

Scumbags, cínicos, more than other developers. Only in Bizarro World does less parking mean more cars on the streets. Build it and they will drive. Don’t, and they won’t. I mean does ANYONE think thousands of people are circling the block in BRICKELL looking for street parking??? Lmao

This is about being able to charge high rents for direct bay views without having to actually purchase bayfront land. Choke on it.