Negotiations to build an 80-story supertall tower on a parking lot behind Brickell’s First Miami Presbyterian Church are on hold after a member filed a complaint.
The church’s regional governing body known as the Synod of South Atlantic ordered a halt to negotiations in response to the complaint, according to the Herald.
In October, church members voted 68-42 in favor of moving forward with a deal.
However, a single member filed a complaint to the Synod following the vote.
After reviewing the complaint, the Synod decided that not enough notice was given to church members before the vote. In addition, the Zoom meeting where the decision was made overstepped boundaries.
The church now has 45 days to challenge the decision. If it doesn’t challenge, the Synod could take another year to decide what to do.
Developers 13th Floor and Key International have plans to replace the church’s surface parking lot and a school building with the 80-story tower, while preserving the historic church.
The Herald has aggressively campaigned against the plan with multiple articles, including one lamenting the potential loss of food trucks in the parking lot. The paper’s editorial board also wrote an op-ed in opposition to the plan.