Changes Proposed to Approved Plans for Torino Garage

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Changes Proposed to Approved Plans for Torino Garage:

Owners plan to add residential units, reduce building's size

Savoy Hotel Partners, owner of a surface parking lot in the 400 block of Collins Avenue, has approved plans to build a multi-story parking garage on the site but they’re asking the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board (HPB) to approve modifications that reduce the building’s size while including accommodations for alternative transportation and more residential units.
 
After the approval in 2016 of a main use parking garage, Miami Beach adopted Alternative Parking Incentives to encourage developers to make room for alternative transportation and reduce the size of facilities due to lesser demand for parking with the rise of ridesharing services. Carter McDowell, attorney for the owner, wrote in the application letter to the HPB, “This Project fully implements those Alternative Parking Incentives and is therefore able to reduce the size of the parking structure facing Collins Avenue by a full floor, dramatically improving its response to the street and the neighboring historic buildings.”
 
The proposal for an approximately 96,000 sq. ft. main use parking garage includes 4,200 sq. ft. of commercial uses uses and a 54-seat restaurant on the ground floor. Approximately 15 residential units will be incorporated on the top three floors (levels 5-7).
 
The garage will have 120 spaces, 45 long-term bicycle parking spaces and 30 short-term bicycle spaces, and designated carpool and scooter spaces. Rideshare drop-off and valet spaces for residents and retail/restaurant customers will be located along Collins Avenue next to the building.
 
A height variance of three feet is being requested to allow 78 feet where a height of 75 feet is permitted.
 
The previously approved project was for a 98,530 sq. ft., 7-story main use garage with 177 parking spaces, 7,166 sq. ft. of commercial space including a 199-seat restaurant, and four residential units.
 
Approved renderings with proposed changes based on the Alternative Parking Incentives are below.
 
Renderings: Brandon Haw Architecture
 
UPDATE: The HPB approved the modifications at its meeting on July 9, 2019.
 
 
Torino Garage as approved looking south down Collins Avenue

 
Torino Garage proposed looking south down Collins Avenue

 
Torino Garage approved, west down 4th Street perspective

 
Torino Garage proposed, west down 4th Street perspective

 
Torino Garage approved, north up Collins view

 
Torino Garage proposed, north up Collins view

 
Torino Garage approved, looking west down 4th

 
Torino Garage proposed, looking west down 4th

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