Mixed-Use Development for 72nd Street Approved

North Shore

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Mixed-Use Development for 72nd Street Approved:

One of first projects expected to be built in the new North Beach Town Center

The Miami Beach Design Review Board unanimously approved a new mixed-use development overlooking the North Shore Park on 72nd Street. The project, which includes 270 residential units over ground floor retail and restaurant space, is expected to be among the first to be built in the new North Beach Town Center.
Board members also approved a height waiver of 20 feet to allow a 21-story tower to be built on the northern side of the development site which encompasses almost an entire city block between 71st and 72nd Streets and Byron and Carlyle Avenues. Miami Beach’s Land Development Regulations allow properties greater than 50,000 square feet and located north of 71st Street in the Town Center district to exceed the maximum allowable height of 200 feet up to an additional 20 feet “based on the merit of the design.”
The project, known as Seventy Second Park, is designed by Arquitectonica and proposed by developers Matis Cohen and the Galbut family. It is 275,732 square feet (including outdoor amenities but not the parking facility). Approximately 12,500 square feet is ground floor commercial space. 
Seventy Second Park includes 121 co-living units (similar to traditional studios) along with 1, 2, and 3-bedroom floorplans. Co-living, which is taking hold in urban areas throughout the U.S. is new to Miami Beach. The concept allows for smaller living spaces and more shared amenity space, often appealing to younger and older audiences looking for smaller spaces at more affordable prices.  
The co-living units are located on the lower floors and act as a screen for the four-story parking deck on three sides. Unit sizes for the 270 rental units range from 450 square feet up to 1,400 square feet. The co-living units are 450 square feet with balconies that provide an additional 125 square feet. A 30,000 square foot open-air amenity deck, accessible to all residents, will include an outdoor garden and lap pool. There will also be a rooftop terrace with a shade trellis.
In his introduction to the Board, Miami Beach Chief of Urban Design James Murphy said, “It’s a really big deal for our city as it is the first ‘mega block’ development utilizing the recently adopted TC-Central Core zoning regulations... It’s the first realization of what we have for the proposed redevelopment of the North Beach area, specifically Town Center,” noting the City’s planning staff was “fully supportive” of the application.
Since the initial application this summer, the developers removed a request for an additional three-foot height variance and, as a result, eliminated one story.

Resident Joel Piortrkowski, whose office is on 71st Street, told the Board, “This project is the most exciting thing that’s happened on 71st Street for the 40 plus years I’ve been there. It’s gorgeous… This is the shot that 71st street needs to get it to go.”
John Bowes, a 32-year North Beach resident, said, “This, by far, is the most exciting thing we’ve seen come to life.”
One nearby resident, Javier Lopez, said while the design is “very beautiful,” he was concerned “It looks out of place. It’s too modern. It doesn’t go with the MiMo style… It’s a great project but the style just doesn’t match,” the neighborhood. Lopez also expressed concerns about the amount of parking available in the area but Murphy pointed out the project was required to have all of its parking contained on-site. According to the Staff report on the item, the project includes 258 parking spaces, well above the 86 spaces required by Code.
Daniel Ciraldo, who is the Executive Director of the Miami Design Preservation League but noted he was speaking on his own behalf, was one of the participants in the consensus agreement to establish the Town Center. He also expressed concern about the design saying the renderings don’t match the expectations as presented in the North Beach Master Plan. “The most telling rendering… when you see the tower from the street, it really could be downtown Miami. It’s a glass tower,” Ciraldo told Board members.
After the vote, Cohen said, the approval marked “a truly momentous day and the dawn of a renaissance for Town Center and for North Beach. Our project is more than just the building. This is the first true mixed-use project that will attract different socioeconomic and demographic markets to live under one roof, designed to embrace the rich natural surroundings and put the pedestrian first.”
Located on the site now are a Post Office branch, surface parking lot, child care center, office and residential space, and two-story multifamily buildings. For now, the Post Office which has a lease through 2021, will remain as is on 71st Street. Should the Post Office not renew its lease, the developers have reserved 22,000 square feet of FAR (Floor Area Ratio or density) and will come back to the Design Review Board for approval of what would be a small commercial building. 
In November 2017, voters approved an increase in density to allow for the development of the Town Center area to revitalize North Beach. Cohen, along with Ciraldo, was a principal in the compromise agreement with preservationists that led to voter approval.
According to Miami-Dade County property records, the parcels for Seventy Second Park were accumulated between October 2015 and February 2019 for a total of $17,083,000.
The full agenda item can be found here.

Renderings: Arquitectonica



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