Proposed Tower and Big Box Retail Store for North Beach Back for Design Approval

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Proposed Tower and Big Box Retail Store for North Beach Back for Design Approval:

Project could be home to Miami Beach’s second Target location

UPDATE: Approved by the Design Review Board, October 6, 2020

The developer of a residential tower and big box retail store in North Beach will present revised drawings to the Miami Beach Design Review Board this week in hopes of getting final sign-off. Pacific Star Capital is proposing a 12-story mixed-use project which may be the site of the City’s second Target retail store. 

After extensive feedback from the Board in May which included comments about the “dominant blank featureless wall facing 71st Street” and “blank walls in general,” architects from CUBE 3 worked with City staff to further refine the plans over the summer. (Renderings below.)

The details: 

Location: 6948-6988 Abbott Avenue and 6957-6965 Byron Avenue

Gross square footage of the proposed development is 286,732 including outdoor amenities.

The retail space would be 30,010 sq ft facing Abbott Avenue and 71st Street. At the Planning Board meeting in February during which a Conditional Use Permit was approved, Pacific Star Capital Co-Founder and CEO Aria Mehrabi said he’s been working with Target for three years and has a negotiated lease though signatures were pending all land use board approvals.

Plans call for 170 residential units ranging from 550 to 912 sq ft mostly located in nine stories of the tower which sits on a three-story pedestal. The pedestal houses the ground floor retail space, two levels of parking with smaller residential units (550-650 sq ft) lining Byron Avenue, and a small café on the second level. The residential lobby faces Byron Avenue. The project also includes 175 parking spaces, along with outdoor spaces, a pool, and clubhouse area.

The proposed building height is 129’ 2” where a maximum of 125’ is permitted. According to the Staff report, the highest projection on the building would be 148’ 2”. Buildings in the Town Center Core District (TC-C), which this one is, can apply for height incentives up to 150 ft if they provide expedited construction or pay a public benefit fee. 

Mehrabi noted in his initial application that he intends to seek expedited construction in lieu of a public benefit fee. The expedited construction option is available to projects in excess of 100,000 sq ft that obtain a building permit within 21 months of the effective date of the Town Center ordinance (November 2018) and a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) or certificate of occupancy (CO) within 30 months of approval of the building permit. (There are “tolling” provisions that allow for suspending the time period which would include COVID delays.)

Design Review Board
Tuesday, October 6, 9:00 am
Zoom meeting

The application, latest presentation and Staff report are here.

Renderings: CUBE 3

View from Abbott Avenue

View from Byron Avenue

Aerial view from Byron Avenue

Earlier project rendering

Earlier project rendering

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