First Look: Mixed-Used Development for Miami Beach’s 71st-72nd block

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

First Look: Mixed-Used Development for Miami Beach’s 71st-72nd block:

14-story building to include 232 residential units, parking, and commercial space

Several projects are in play to be the first to begin construction in Miami Beach’s New Town Center – 72 Park overlooking North Shore Park, a mixed-use development south of 71st that could include the Beach’s second Target store, and the mixed-used development proposed by Robert Finvarb on a block bounded by 71st and 72nd Streets on the south and north and Abbott and Bryon Avenues on the East and West.

The 71st Street development proposed by Pacific Star Capital and the Finvarb project are both on the agenda for the Design Review Board’s April meeting.

Finvarb’s attorney Ethan Wasserman, Greenberg Traurig, noted in the DRB application letter that the request is for a phased development as the existing gas station on the southern portion of the property has a lease that runs through October 31, 2021. The developer has reserved approximately 11,560 sq ft of floor area and will come back to the DRB for Phase II approval later, according to Wasserman. 

Phase I of the proposed development includes a 14-story mixed use building with ground floor commercial space, 232 upper level residential units, and amenity space at the podium and rooftop levels. There are 141 co-living units with studio and 1-bedroom floorplans. The remaining units are 1- and 2-bedroom residences with up to 843 square feet.

According to the application, there will be amenity and communal space on the fifth floor “which includes indoor and outdoor fitness space, spa services, outdoor kitchen and lounge areas.” Wasserman said the proposed project includes “an innovative dog run on the upper rooftop level.”

“The Abbott Avenue frontage contains continuous and uninterrupted commercial space for the entire 136’ 8” of frontage,” the application states.

“The parking podium for the Project is hidden with decorative screening and is internally located throughout the second, third and fourth levels,” according to Wasserman’s letter to the DRB. “Additionally, active residential units line each level of the 3-story parking podium along 72nd Street and Abbott Avenue so that the parking structure is concealed from streetscape views to better integrate the residential and pedestrian experience.”

This design contemplates waivers for operation and spacing of loading and driveway areas and variances for minimum depth of some commercial areas and utility equipment. 

In July, 2019 the City Commission approved the relocation of an alley on the property in order to accommodate one continuous building fronting 72nd Street. In exchange, Finvarb is constructing a twenty-foot bioswale to catch and purify water.

The full DRB application is here.

Renderings: Arquitectonica

North elevation

East elevation

South elevation

West elevation

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