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Washington Squared Is Under Construction In South Beach, Will Add Hotel & Retail

Washington Squared Is Under Construction In South Beach, Will Add Hotel & Retail

Construction is underway on Washington Squared, one of the biggest redevelopment projects ever on Washington Avenue in South Beach.

The project will include:

  • 312 micro-hotel rooms
  • 46,849 square feet of retail
  • Restaurant
  • 258 car garage
  • Live performance space

The developer was granted a $90m construction loan from Bank of the Ozarks in February. A Notice of Commencement was filed a few days later, with G.T. McDonald listed as the contractor.

Morris Adjmi Architects is the design architect, with Miami’s NBWW architect of record.

 

 

 

construction on 3/7:

Angler’s Hotel expansion nearing completion across the street:

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Come on home Bezos
Come on home Bezos

Washington ave has fallen so far so fast but this development will add plenty of value – great area for micro units!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The micro units are hotel, so no true value for locals besides added jobs and taxes. Washington can be seedy in spots, but not everything in south beach can be 500 a night and all the retailers that service those customers. Miami Beach should embrace all types of visitors if they want to continue being the global tourist spot it is today because of places like Washington.

Come on home Bezos
Come on home Bezos

That’s exactly why I was saying Washington is perfect for micro units especially for those who don’t need the waterfront view and just need a place to crash in an affordable unit. The value multiplier effect of catering to cost sensitive clients will diversify and ultimately grow the revenue base from all tourists and Washington is the perfect street for these developments.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami Beach isn’t committed to protecting pedestrians and promoting non-automotive forms of transportation.

The whole sidewalk along the east side of washnington is blocked. This is unacceptable to be blocked for the duration of the project which will likely be year.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Forgot to mention that the parking lane is blocked as well. That can be used with scaffolding to form a safe walkway.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It is very dangerous walking around there now…

Yohan Perez
Yohan Perez

Let me understand this. Every room in ocean drive Hotels is a Micro unit. So why is this one calling itself a micro unit. Looks like ‘Micro Unit’ is the standard and norm in south beach.

Magazine
Magazine

I think the city missed a tremendous opportunity to truly improve the area by allowing micro hotel units to be developed as opposed to residential housing, similar to the Cosmopolitan at 110 Washington Avenue. Does anyone look at our city and say, “wow, you know what we need more of? Boutique hotel rooms” I believe there are two additional hotels going up within just a couple block radius, with the new Hotel Urbanico

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thank Britney!!! I walk by there all the time and that block was an eyesore.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Always good to see Miami Beach get something new. Washington project will be nice mix of hotel and hopefully higher end retail.

Anonymous
Anonymous

There are so many other options to stay in Miami and close to SoBe….. just take an uber and be there with no complications of cost and parking

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wrong scale!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nice architecture, but a bit long for its height. If it was taller, it would look great as a high-rise along the beach.

Come on home Bezos
Come on home Bezos

It’s ugly, but not as ugly as what was there before…

Educated Opinion
Educated Opinion

The front of each storefront is largely preserved and integrated into the “new” block. The hotel is set back from the street and won’t be seen from up close. This both continues to preserve what’s worth preserving and modernizes after a significant setback. It’s a good mix of preservation and encouraging modern development on a run-down section of prime SoBe real estate. This was a good call and a win for everyone.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I disagree. I find it repetitive and boring. Guess MB no longer encourages new development in the Art Deco district to at least mimic to some degree that architectural style that made the city famous.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Check the Faux Art Deco CVS Pharmacy on Biscayne and 79th St. and you will realize the pile of nonsense BS you always throw in your comments.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami Beach rightfully discourages new construction that “mimics” Art Deco. What they do is encourage new construction that represents the current era and respects the context of its environment and does not pretend to be what it is not. Leave the pastiche to Las Vegas.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What’s wrong with mimicking classic architecture if it’s genuine? What you’re talking about is the Venice Charter, which was written during the height of modernism in 1964, before the return to tradition like the likes of DPZ and RAMSA. Following the Venice Charter allows for hideous concrete box McMansions next to (and even on the site of) 1920s Mediterranean Revival estates, because architectural styles hundreds of thousands of years old are apparently “kitsch” and “tasteless” to hipster soy boys with beards and mom jeans.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami Beach built itself on “pastiche” and is proud of it. Here’s a link to the extent they want to preserve it in the Art Deco district where this building is going http://bit.ly/2FBz7zj Although it also includes room for today’s architects, no matter how much you defend this new building, it’s more reminiscent of something from Stalinist Russia or Nazi Germany with its boring repetition and cost-saving utilitarianism. In short, you won’t be finding it on a postcard to mail to your friends back home.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The windows, stepped vertical “ridges,” and bright white color are very evocative of SoBe Art Deco. However, a building so massive and squat wouldn’t have been built like that back in its respective era. It would be more the height of The Delano.

Still, it’s better than the Angler’s Hotel annex across the street, with its awful shifted grid windows and balconies, and stupid zig-zag feature on the corner. Absolutely everything wrong with architecture today, and an insult to the old hotel.