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Video Of 3 Acre Park Coming To Alton Road After Commissioners Vote To Approve Deal

Video Of 3 Acre Park Coming To Alton Road After Commissioners Vote To Approve Deal

Developer Russell Galbut won approval yesterday from Miami Beach commissioners for a plan that will bring a new park and high-rise condo tower to Alton Road.

As part of the deal, the developer will pay for and oversee construction of a 3 acre park. It will be connected to the baywalk that runs through South Pointe Park by a pedestrian bridge, which itself will be paid for by taxpayers through a bond issuance approved last week.

The old South Shore hospital on the future park site must be demolished within six months after approval of the new project and appeal periods have expired. The park must then be completed eight years after a construction permit for the new tower is issued.

Galbut will be able to flip the property to another developer after obtaining the upzoning, as long as he or his family retains 10% ownership.

The tower height was approved yesterday by commissioners to increase to 519 feet, higher than the 484 feet previously approved by city boards.

A second reading is scheduled in December.

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

I am completely in favor of this project. We MUST think of sea level rise solutions being incorporated into each and every project!

I applaud Ray and Arquitectonica for this great work. Showing the rest of the City and the world that Miami will be resilient and continue to come up with solutions to thrive.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well, build some kind of rail link from mainland Miami to Miami Beach and all the way up to Sunny Isles Beach so that the rest of the city and county can start showing some kind of connectivity.

Anonymous
Anonymous

buses run every 10 minutes from downtown to miami beach

Anonymous
Anonymous

but are stuck in the same traffic as every other vehicle.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not sure how an additional road lane on two major roads is a solution for sea level rise. Maybe we should be looking at different transportation solutions?

Anonymous
Anonymous

How do you get anything about transportation from my comment about adding a large green space that can help with stormwater?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Bravo Mr Galbut! Some how you took people’s fear of traffic and managed to turn a lot with a 75′ height to a 500′, all while keeping the intensity (similar number of units) the same, and not precluding the possibility of a rental tower.

And there is still 8+ years for the park to be delivered?

peej
peej

very glad this was approved, but the Pedestrian Bridge that will serve as an entrance to South Beach looks to be as basic as possible. I’m hoping it’s a placeholder for an iconic, improved design.

& who approved the 8-year timeline for the 3-acre park? I assume the south end of it will be used to construction staging, but why not build it out in phases, starting from the North?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow best neighborhood park!

Anonymous
Anonymous

What happened to the train station the developer proposed for the project originally…

Anonymous
Anonymous

I am a big proponent of extending the Metromover from the Art and Space Museum at the Omni to this Park in South Beach. It would be amazing. Here is me crossing my fingers that this will actually happen.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yep double car it like the inner loop or triple car it due to the high demands and run it from the Museum to south beach. Then extend the metromover from school board station up north miami ave so connecting it to wynwood and midtown. Running it over the other causeway and connecting that to the line on south beach.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I live in front of a Metromover station and use it a few times a week. I would love to go to South Beach on it. I wish there was a petition we could sign. I know there have to be thousands of people who feel the same way.

Anonymous
Anonymous

A triple car Metromover wouldn’t satisfy the ridership Baylink would have. It has to be MetroRAIL, new light rail, or see Metromover upgraded into a proper train.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The developer did not “win approval” from the Commission for his project. The project had its 1st Public hearing at the Nov 14 Commission Meeting. There are many issues still to be resolved. A 2nd hearing ( December) and 3rd hearing (January) is required before the project receives approval from the City Commission. At the Nov 14 hearing the developer dropped the short term rental component of the project that he added just days earlier due to widespread neighborhood objection. The developer has a reputation for adding additional components to his developments when he thinks people are not paying attention. He also recently attempted to add a Hotel to the building that was originally proposed as a high-end condo luxury building. There is much opposition to any hotel component as it would increase traffic congestion and use. The City will change the agreement to require the park to be completed and deeded to the city in 8 years and not 4 years. They are also working to get parts of the park delivered earlier. This project is not approved until it goes through two more Commission Meetings. Keep a watchful eye on last-minute changes the developer will propose that will… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

lol franks pawn

Anonymous
Anonymous

amazing , love it..

J.M.
J.M.

The park is a nice start, I just wish they added a pedestrian connection across Alton, it’s one of the worst streets to cross. Also, you notice the tower was allowed to increase in height bc the developer is creating a public park space. It’s called a variance. – (Just so people don’t think the developers are adding a public park out of the goodness of their hearts, they’ll make more money off the extra tower floors.)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nice park, which Miami Beach must be sorely in need of I guess, but contrary to the video’s lead-in neither “intensity” or “density” has been changed. It’s just been stacked vertically into a 42 story tower. Cheers.

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Flamingo Park is literally a few blocks away.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Good Deal!

Anonymous
Anonymous

russell galbut is changing miami beach for the better. again and again. this guy is top notch

Anonymous
Anonymous

Tear down the flyover, and make the intersection of 5th and Alton more pedestrian friendly.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nice to have open space high building seems like a good solution… that lot would also be ideal for train station from Downtown Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The park will be in the shade all winter and most of fall and spring.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Keeping it much more bearable.

Anonymous
Anonymous

…in 80 degree weather

Magazine
Magazine

Which is highly preferred. If West Ave residents wanted to bask in the sun, they can do so in their own pools.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m sorry, but this stretch of Alton Road doesn’t need a park, it needs residents to liven it up! A dense, low-rise rental tower would have done that.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s great as we need more parks but concerned they won’t be able to maintain it as they have failed to do at Waverly park and Flamingo re: dog park areas…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Most South Beach parks are well maintained.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey, you humans have the beach, we have the parks.

signed –

Dogs

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh wow, a park.. can’t wait to go there so I gawk at the babes in string bikinis… oh wait…..

Anonymous
Anonymous

The height is ridiculous.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I agree. I love it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why? Continuum and Portofino Tower are about 500 feet. It’s within the scale of the neighborhood.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s all beautiful, Height/ Architecture/ Park/ Bridge. I’m all in.