First Look: New Ocean Terrace Plans Submitted to Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board

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Susan Askew
Susan Askew

First Look: New Ocean Terrace Plans Submitted to Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board:

Project includes residential, hotel, commercial uses

Ocean Terrace Holdings submitted new plans this week to the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board for its proposed mixed-use development on Ocean Terrace. The project, which will include hotel, residential, and commercial uses, encompasses almost an entire block between 74th and 75th Streets in North Beach.

Existing buildings on the site were constructed between 1948 and 1961 and include the Broadmoor and Ocean Surf hotels which will be restored and combined into one hotel under the Broadmoor name. Initial plans for Ocean Terrace were submitted two years ago. When finding a hotel flag to operate the Broadmoor proved challenging due to its small size, developers Sandor Scher and Alex Blavatnik reached an agreement with the City to build an addition to the hotel and, in exchange, deliver an oceanfront public streetscape to the City at a cost of $15 million. The hotel addition is part of the new submission. The streetscape will be covered in a future filing.

The proposed 20-story residential tower will rise to 235 feet and include 71 units. The minimum unit size proposed is 902 sq ft with an average unit size of 1,720 sq ft.

The hotel is proposed to be 125 feet in height and contain 120 units (54 existing and 66 new). 

Gross square footage total: 565,219 (63,773 existing sq ft to remain and 501,446 sq ft of new construction).

Architects are RJ Heisenbottle and Revuelta.

Note: The floor area within the Ocean Terrace project includes 20,000 sq ft that would be allowed under a recent Board of Adjustment (BOA) ruling overturning 48 years of City precedent in how it measures the amount of floor area (FAR) in a building. The ruling is being appealed by the City but, in the meantime, the Planning Board considered legislation this week referred to it by the City Commission that would reverse the BOA ruling and maintain the current measurement calculations. The Planning Board voted to favorably recommend the legislation which means there is now what is known as "zoning in progress." Under zoning in progress, the terms of the ordinance apply pending City Commission action. Plans for two projects were submitted for approval during the window between the BOA ruling and zoning in progress, both utilizing the calculations under the BOA ruling. In addition to the Ocean Terrace filing, the developers of 72 Park submitted revised plans using the additional FAR. The submissions and pending City response could set up a legal challenge on the additional FAR for those projects. 


Renderings: Revuelta



 
 
 
 
 
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