Urbanica Hotel Gets Miami Beach Approvals

South of Fifth

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Urbanica Hotel Gets Miami Beach Approvals:

preservation and planning boards give thumbs up

Urbanica’s proposed new hotel won rave reviews – and unanimous approvals – from both the Miami Beach Historic Preservation and Planning Boards this week. The hotel will be Urbanica’s fifth hotel in the U.S., it’s third South of Fifth. Appropriately named The Fifth Hotel, it will be located at 803 5th Street on a lot that has been vacant for more than two decades.
 
At HPB, Attorney Matthew Amster called the owners “hands on operators” and said, “There will be a lot of synergy between the three projects here and we think that with this project, with this vacant corner lot, that we’ve finally solved the riddle... A lot of projects have attempted to come and all of them have failed to become a reality.” Urbanica’s The Meridian Hotel is located across the street at 413 Meridian Avenue. The company has been approved for The Sofi Hotel one block away at 426 Euclid Avenue.
 
The Fifth Hotel will feature a 56-seat restaurant, 32 hotel units, an outdoor dining terrace on the second level and an amenities deck with pool at roof level.
 
Amster noted the location is “one of the most heavily travelled commercial corridors on the Beach” and said the proposed project has a “high level of compatibility in terms of its overall scale and massing” with the neighborhood. The design, he said, has “successfully created an active street presence” for a long vacant lot.
 
Parking for the hotel will be fully contained within the structure by using a valet operated mechanical lift.
 
HPB Chair Stevan Pardo said, “Having lived in the City for many years, we’ve always grappled with how to activate Fifth Street in a meaningful way that’s appropriate for the entrance to the City from MacArthur Causeway. So when I see this project this, to me, is the continuation of what I see as a great opportunity to bring activity to Fifth Street.” Pardo commended the architects and owners on the project’s “sensitivity to the neighborhood and adjacent properties”.
 
Board Member Nancy Liebman told the applicants, “It shows it’s a new day and age here for how development in the area of South Beach … is changing. It feels fresh and new and I compliment you on your good work.”
 
The following day the Planning Board also approved the project unanimously.
 
Rendering: MCG Architecture and Planning

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