Preservation Board Approves Plan To Build Residential Tower Above Historic Biscayne Boulevard Church

Fifteen Group won approval to build a 350-unit residential building above the historic Christian Science church on Biscayne Boulevard, but it will be an expensive proposition for the developer.

Andres Viglucci reports that Miami’s historic preservation board voted in favor of the plan at a meeting yesterday, after deferring it last month. Architect ADD Inc. modified plans for a parking garage that would hover over the church, making it slimmer and taller while creating more separation from the historic structure.

The revisions could make it even more costly to build than the original proposal. The developers have said that placing a floating garage above the church was the only way to add the parking required to make the project economically viable.

Revised plans and photos of the magnificent interior of the church below: