International Inn Owner Seeks Development Rights

Normandy Isle

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

International Inn Owner Seeks Development Rights:

Asks for code amendments to not contest historic designation

While the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board’s process for historic designation of the International Inn on Normandy Isle moves toward a conclusion, the property owner has been in negotiations with the City and preservationists for certain development rights to not contest the designation.
 
There’s a bit of a timing issue. When the HPB initiated the designation last October, the clock started ticking for the Planning Department to prepare and present a designation report within one year. As the negotiations with the property owner have not yet concluded, the designation is moving ahead without the owner’s consent. 
 
In the meantime, Commissioner Ricky Arriola is seeking to refer a discussion of the potential development rights to the Commission’s Land Use and Development Committee. In the referral, we get a look at what the owner is seeking in order to not contest the designation.
 
Arriola notes in his memo regarding the Committee referral, “The request to designate is currently an involuntary designation, as the International Inn has placed the City on notice of its concerns with designation. The Inn’s counsel has reached out to propose a settlement so that the designation may move forward. The Inn’s counsel has indicated that his client would agree not to object to or contest (including through litigation) the historic designation of the International Inn under the following conditions:
 
1.     The City Code (and the Comp Plan, if applicable) would be amended to provide that individually designated historic sites in RM-1 zoning districts would have the following specific regulations applicable to them:
 
a.   Height limit 8 stories;
b.   Hotels allowed as permitted use, along with restaurants and bars as accessory uses;
c.   Distance separation requirement between alcohol establishments and schools and religious institutions would not apply;
d.   Reduced parking requirement; and
e.   Reduced unit sizes.
 
2.     The City Commission would not vote on the historic designation until the above amendments to the City Code (and Comp Plan, if applicable) are final and non-appealable.
 
Arriola added, “I am referring this matter to [the] Land Use and Development Committee for further discussion. In no way does my referral indicate, at this time, my support for this proposal. Rather, I think it is appropriate to move this along to the Committee for further discussion, as well as public comment.”

Image: City of Miami Beach Staff report with credit to “Beyond the Box, Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Miami and New York” Exhibition Catalog, 2002
 
Commissioners will vote on the referral at their meeting this week. Details.

 
 
 

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