from cargo to casas?

Susan Askew
Susan Askew
Planning Board
Tuesday, February 28, 1:00 pm
City Hall, Commission Chambers, 3rd Floor
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Note: This is a public meeting and comments are permitted.
If you are unable to attend and would like to send an email with your comments, contact: Antoinette Stohl

The Related Group wants to build a 25-story residential tower on Terminal Island. The proposed 90-unit multifamily building would be approximately 300 feet tall and include a deep-water large-yacht marina. The City’s Planning Board will hear Related’s request next week for changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Development Regulations which would be needed for the project to proceed. The proposed amendments would allow for residential uses on Terminal Island, as well as increased height and proposed accessory uses including “limited restaurant use”.
While not being considered as part of this application, Related is proposing a partnership with the City to reconstruct and expand a City-owned vehicle maintenance facility, providing 395 parking spaces where Related says the City has a severe shortage of parking and inadequate facilities.
Related Group has owned the 3.71-acre parcel on the southeastern tip of Terminal Island since 2013. The site is approved for cargo terminal operations, which was its previous use. According to Related’s application, the current cargo terminal is obsolete. The previous operations moved over to the expanded PortMiami which has deeper water and newer cranes. Improving the facilities would require “a significant expansion of its facilities and operations” according to the application. Citing the higher level of traffic from a cargo operation, including heavy trucks placing greater stress on the roads, emergency evacuation routes, and the heavily traveled MacArthur Causeway, Related says a lighter residential use would be a better option for the City as a whole.
The City staff report expresses concerns, but ultimately recommends approval:
“While increasing the allowable height for residential structures makes sense given the waterfront location and the ability to mass a residential tower in a narrower fashion, the proposed increase from 40 feet to 300 feet will have a significant impact on the existing low scale context of Terminal Island. Additionally a future structure built at 300 feet will be visible from afar and will create a new visual beacon when Miami Beach is viewed from a distance. In order to mitigate the impact of such an increase in height for a future residential project, the role of the Design Review Board will be critical in ensuring that the overall bulk and mass of the structure does not create a negative impact on the established view corridors.”
“…while the compatibility of uses and proposed height increase in this application pose concerns, staff believes that with an appropriate design approach, the building height and land use compatibility issues can be mitigated. Further, the potential positive impacts on traffic circulation and congestion on the MacArthur Causeway would have a citywide benefit.”
In addition to the former cargo terminal and the City’s Fleet Management facility, Terminal Island houses a US Coast Guard Base, the Fisher Island ferry terminal and parking area, and an FPL substation.
The City says it will take into consideration any comments provided by the Coast Guard commanding officer on the proposed development. Related says it has met with and continues to communicate with the Coast Guard.
Details on the project here and here.

Image: Foster + Partners Architecture
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Sea Level Rise and Resiliency Review Criteria
City Commissioners have placed a high priority on resiliency efforts to combat sea level rise and they now want to ensure the City’s four land use boards, which review and approve development projects, follow consistent guidelines in their deliberations. The result is a proposed ordinance that establishes Sea Level Rise and Resiliency review criteria. Details here.

6881 Indian Creek Drive: Application to change from RM-1, Residential  Multifamily Low Intensity District to TC-3, North Beach Town Center Residential/Office
The properties immediately to the north of the property have a TC-3 designation and this would create an extension of that district. In recommending the change, City staff says, “The RM-1 and TC-3 designations allow for development of similar scales, so any future development would be compatible with the RM-1 districts to the east … The TC-3 classification is a low intensity district, that in addition to the currently permitted residential uses, allows for office uses and hotels, which may assist in improving the economic conditions of the neighborhood and provide services to the surrounding residents.”
A TC-3 designation would allow for neighborhood oriented retail and services and small cafes. Hotels may be permitted with Planning Board approval.

Currently there is no proposal for redevelopment on the site.

Details here and here.