Sunny Isles Approves 19-Story Hotel On West Side Of Collins Avenue

A controversial Residence Inn by Marriott was approved for the west side of Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach last month.

Despite protests by local residents who complained of traffic issues, commissioners approved the 19-story hotel at 17700 Collins Avenue. It will replace the Wings tourist shop on a narrow, 31,900-square-foot lot.

The 194-room hotel was approved as-of-right and without any variances, and the mayor noted that denying the application could subject the city to lawsuit.

Robert Finvarb is the developer, and Kobi Karp is the architect. The two have also paired on several other local hotels, including the Hyatt South Beach and AC Hotel by Marriott, both of which are currently under construction.

 

(photo of wings:google street view)

 

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Yet Another Anonymous
7 years ago

Two terms I made up that describe SIB, NBV, etc. are “accidentally urban” or “forced urbanity,” wherein they took a suburban concept so far (big buildings designed almost exclusively for vehicle access) and put it on steroids (40+ story buildings) that it inadvertently turned urban. The sidewalks of SIB are often overflowing with people, and it is a common “bad spot” of traffic, similar to US 1 through Aventura. One thing SIB has that even the downtown Miami area doesn’t have much of is families. This leads to a need for parks etc. Remember that time a kid on a bike or skateboard got hit in the valet loop of his condo? Even at one unit per floor a 50 story building that is considered more of an investment than a place to live is going to create some life (think higher operations, maintenance, and contractor personnel than a 50 unit two-story hotel).

Anonymous
7 years ago

WOW HOW DOES THE COUNTY NOT GET INVOLVED AT THIS POINT. SUNNY ISLES IS SO SATURATED SO OVER POPULATED THAT ITS AFFECTING THE REAL RESDIENTS. THE HOTEL DEVELOPERS ARE BUILDING A HUGE HOTEL ON A SMALL PLOT OF LAND IS THE CITY OUT OF THEIR MIND. SOMETHING IS SHADY AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING PAID OFF I FEEL BAD FOR THESE RESIDENTS

Anonymous
5 years ago

I dont think owners of residences at Mansions at Acqualina will be ecstatic about it.