‘Under-Developed & Under Invested:’ Property Owner Near Culmer Station In Overtown Wants Rezoning For Residential

The owner of a property near the Culmer Metrorail station is requesting it be rezoned to allow for residential development.

If approved, up to 132 residential units could be built on the property, in a building rising up to 20 stories with a height boost.

Trendy Properties LLC of Coral Gables owns the properties.

In a letter, a representative of the developer said that “The highest densities and intensities should occur within walking distance of transit stops and on commercial corridors.” By doing so, it will allow compact, pedestrian-oriented and mixed-use neighborhoods that is the goal of the Miami 21 zoning code.

Miami’s Planning Department is recommending that the Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board deny the request, and instead grant a lower intensity zoning than is being requested.

The PZAB meeting is scheduled for September 21.

 

 

 

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Azarius
9 days ago

This is a No brainer, but let’s make sure they’re affordable or workforce housing because there’s enough “Luxury” development happening to the east of 7 Ave

Melo is sigma and Chad
9 days ago

Plenty of empty lots or derelict buildings on 7th ave, it also serviced by the 277 and 77 and has i95 running parallel to it. Perfect transit corridor that should be lined with affordable housing. That massive lot between the homeless shelter and the UM research center needs to be developed ASAP too.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Let’s let the market decide the prices.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Let’s make these apartment free. Heck no, let’s pay people to move in! Yes, let’s do that🙄

Zonked
9 days ago

It doesn’t even need to be affordable or workforce, just build something other than #MegaLuxury

Plato
8 days ago

Correct. Just build.
If a developer wants to build “mega luxury” that would be great! No one will pay mega luxury prices for an apartment on n 7th Avenue, so it would be amazing to have a 2 bedroom apartment across from a Metrorail station with glass balconies, floor to ceiling and wall to wall glass, Miele built ins, Sub-Zero refrigerators, super fast elevators, spas, steam rooms, and all the mega luxury finishes for the people!!!

Plato
8 days ago

Agreed on the first part….the no brainer.
The second part however has a practical problem. You can see it when you ride the Metrorail, step off the train and look around each station.
Once you put one or two ugly/cheap/low rent buildings directly across from a station, then you have “blocked” possibilities for development to the north, south, east, and west.

Just go test this thesis with your own eyes.

You will see that there are a couple low rent residential properties surrounded by empty lots or automotive/commercial uses at nearly every Metrorail station north of Civic Center

RnO
1 day ago

How about the City allowing to build a lot of apartments so that prices come down to “affordable” because of massive oversupply?

Anonymous
9 days ago

Next: extend the Metromover to Overtown!!

Anonymous
9 days ago

But first to the areas that are already developed, i.e., Edgewater/Midtown/Wynwood.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Sure but let’s not make it a competition. Let’s extend the Metromover everywhere in Miami and Miami Beach!

Anonymous
9 days ago

I don’t think you really meant extend the MetroMover *everywhere* in Miami, right? I think its place is the urban core and maybe Miami Beach, but anything beyond that should be the MetroRail.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Why Metromover to Miami Beach and not Metrorail? It’s a major population center and the capacity Metrorail provides is more equipped. An unused east-west platform at Government Center exists for this purpose, too.

Anonymous
9 days ago

“Why Metromover to Miami Beach and not Metrorail?”

I don’t understand why some people in Miami that think we need to walk before we crawl.

Anonymoose
8 days ago

I’ve heard an interesting inside scoop that certain neighborhoods were promised the next metrorail stop, if it was ever expanded. however those stops would be in terrible parts of town and not really a good cost/expense proposition for the county/city. So theyve sandbagged metrorail elsewhere, like getting rid of the dumbass bus throughway to Kendall, or running it to Miami Beach, because other commissioners are going to cry to holy hell if they dont get their piece of the pie first.

also explains why the county is considering a third option like a monorail to the beach. It’d be “different” than the metrorail and they’d side-step the problem

Antennae
8 days ago

Little Havana

Anonymous
9 days ago

extend metromover to overtown ? overtown has a metrorail station already

Anonymous
9 days ago

People on here literally want it along every street and block while complaining about walkability and lack of trees. You think streets will be pleasant to walk along with massive flyovers?

Anonymous
9 days ago

I’ve seen trees toppled and streets, sidewalks, and people’s yards littered with them after a hurricane, but not Metrorail or Metromover flyovers.

Anonymous
8 days ago

So the whole Overtown has 1 Metrorail station? Wow #smh

Anonymous
9 days ago

Absolutely needed! Overtone is strategically located in one of the best areas in Miami, it’s about time that it gets built up more. Overtone could be the next Wynwood and even better!

Anonymous
9 days ago

*Overtwon (damn autocorrect)

Carebear
9 days ago

Overtown

Anonymoose
8 days ago

Ovaltine

Anonymous
9 days ago

“Overtone?”

Anonymous
9 days ago

“Miami’s Planning Department is recommending that the Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board deny the request, and instead grant a lower intensity zoning than is being requested”

Um.. why? I mean, they are approving proposals for over 200 unit apartment buildings in places like Brickell all the time.

Anoonomus
9 days ago

Huge difference between approving a permit that’s already allowed under the current zoning and amending the zoning code just because a developer bought property in an area not zoned for what he/she wants to build.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Dang, I thought the request to amend parking requirements by a developer who brought a piece of property and plans to build a residential building on it to went to the zoning dept?

Oh well, I guess you’re smarter than these developers.

Anoonomus
9 days ago

If you think there isn’t a massive difference between applying to reduce parking spots and applying to permanently change the land use and density of land, then you don’t understand due diligence and property rights. A developer buying land downtown and wanting to reduce on-site parking is not the same as a developer buying land where his project isn’t allowed at all. The land is currently zoned for industrial. Who buys industrial land in the hopes of converting it to residential? Especially considering the vacant land abutting the property is zoned to allow what the developer wants. Should have bought the land next door instead.

Anonymous
9 days ago

I thought I read that Trendy Properties LLC of Coral Gables owns the properties and Miami’s Planning Department is recommending that the Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board deny what the developer is asking for and instead grant a lower intensity zoning than is being requested. Sounds like they planning on making it duel purpose zoning, and if so, whats the problem with at least 132 residential structures in a buildings that’s built up to twenty stories tall in an area that’s near the Culmer Metrorail station?

Plato
8 days ago

Q. “Who buys industrial land in the hopes of converting it to residential?”

A. Every apartment developer who bought in Wynwood pre-2016.
A. Every developer who bought cheap in Sunset Harbour.
A. Every developer who bought along the Miami River.
A. Every developer…etc. etc. etc.

Anoonomus
7 days ago

Wynwood was rezoned from industrial to T5 and T6 before 2016.

Plato
8 days ago

True. But why doesn’t the developer/owner get the property included in the Miami Dade County transit overlay or whatever it is called. This does seems like a perfect transit oriented development opportunity.

Melo is sigma and Chad
9 days ago

City/county needs to fast track this. 7th Ave could be lined with apartment buildings and the bus route 77 has a express version.

anonymous
9 days ago

Yes. But make it true TOD. Limit the amount of parking to no more than 0.5 spaces / unit.

Joe Carollo
9 days ago

Not on my watch!

RnO
1 day ago

Sad but true

Anonymous
9 days ago

It needs a Metromover and no parking

Anonymous
9 days ago

It needs no Metromover, no parking, and better streets to put one foot in front of the other.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Haha.. another “parking” hater.

To hell with you people that get visitors like family and friends…

Anonymous
9 days ago

You are assuming they have family and friends.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Do you?

Anonymous
8 days ago

Your mom likes me just fine.

Anonymous
8 days ago

^
Yeah, she’s like that… always bringing home stray animals.

Anonymous
9 days ago

NW 7th is primed to be transformed

real estate BS
8 days ago

up zone the whole area south of the dolphin, west of 7 ave, north of metrorail. Why? Culmer station TOD, easy access to hospital district and downtown. Minimal (not complete) disruption to single family homes
Oh yeah, heavy requirements for affordable housing

Anonymous
9 days ago

The real reason they’re recommending denial is because making the area nicer without financial benefits for local poverty pimps is muh gentrification.

Melo, a true Giga Chad
9 days ago

20 stories is too much and will make areas too spotty. Make it less than 10 stories so it’s more cohesive. Zoned for 20 stories will make the home owners asked for millions for their dump house.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Whats wrong with a twenty story building? Its not like it will overwhelm all of Miami in that spot.

Yet Another Anonymous
8 days ago

Look at that Big empty spot between Northwest Calle siete and NW Calle ocho where a something was supposed to go…

Pack it in
9 days ago

I rather see the urban core increase in density than changing the zoning in the last few remaining rural areas of the county. Build in and not outward.

WYN
9 days ago

On the map this is not close to the culmer station

WYN
9 days ago

Oh it’s right next to it

Anonymous
9 days ago

Area requesting rezoning to allow buildings rising up to 20 stories and 132 residential units with a height boost near a Metrorail stop?.. are they out their minds?

What area do they think this is… Brickell?

Anonymous
9 days ago

The city population grows and so does the city. Brickell wasn’t the Brickell we know just 10 years ago for instance.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Um, if read right, that’s a sarcastic comment.