Roy France’s Atlantic Beach Hotel Could Be Completely Demolished, Rebuilt By Faena
Developers of Miami Beach’s Faena District are asking for approval to demolish the last remnants of the 75-year old Atlantic Beach Hotel, which was designed by architect Roy France.
In 2012, the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board approved a plan that called for a new underground parking garage that spans from 33rd to 35th street, including underneath the Atlantic Beach Hotel and the right-of way at 34th street. As a condition of approval, the developer was supposed to preserve the original lobby and exterior walls of the Atlantic Beach at 3400 Collins Avenue.
The developers added steel braces while digging the underground garage in an effort to maintain the exterior walls, but a report by international engineering firm DeSimone now states that the walls are badly deteriorated and compromised due to poor construction and years of neglect.
Faena is promising to replicate the exterior according to a laser survey taken prior to demolition work, while also reconstructing the original lobby. Members of Miami Beach’s Historic Preservation Board appear to be receptive to the plan and will take up the item at a meeting next month.