International Inn Edges Closer to Historic Designation

Normandy Isle

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

International Inn Edges Closer to Historic Designation:

Agreement, code amendments being drafted to allow eight-story tower on site

A deal that would obtain historic designation of the International Inn on Normandy Isle without objection from the owner in exchange for the owner’s right to build a new eight-story tower on the site is now pending the drafting of final agreements and code amendments.
 
The process had been put on hold this summer while a legal battle was waged over control of the Miami Design Preservation League. MDPL Executive Director Daniel Ciraldo had been negotiating the preservation organization’s support when the group’s election was challenged leaving decisions such as this in limbo. Now that the issue is resolved, MDPL’s Advocacy Committee passed a resolution in support of the plan. Alex Tachmes, attorney for the owner of the International Inn, told the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board (HPB) this week that a formal agreement with MDPL is now being drafted.
 
At the same time, Chief Deputy Assistant City Attorney Eve Boutsis told the HPB a development agreement between the owner and the City is also being drafted along with the amendments to the City Code which will first be considered by the Commission’s Land Use Committee before going to the Planning Board and full Commission. In addition to the height of the tower, the Inn’s owner is asking for a restaurant use on the property.
 
Since the HPB began considering recommending designation in October 2017 there has been zoning in progress on the site meaning any demolition or modifications to the property would need to be approved by the HPB. At its meeting, the Board deferred making a final recommendation on the designation until March pending the outcome of the agreements and drafting of ordinances.
 
Correction: This article was corrected to reflect the resolution in support of the owner's wish to develop the site was passed by the MDPL Advocacy Committee, not its Board of Directors.
 

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