Co-Work, Co-Living Concept for Washington Avenue Gets Miami Beach Planning Board Approval

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Co-Work, Co-Living Concept for Washington Avenue Gets Miami Beach Planning Board Approval:

Next step is Historic Preservation Board

The developer of a mixed-use project for the 1200 block of Washington Avenue received approval from the Miami Beach Planning Board after modifying his request for outdoor entertainment. In January, the Board told Rishi Kapoor to have further conversations with the neighboring community to try to reach consensus on his plans for live entertainment on the roof and ground floor of a proposed co-living and hotel space.

Kapoor agreed to increase the height of sound attenuating walls on the roof to seven feet and install a rolldown door in the breezeway between Washington and Drexel Avenues to mitigate noise from the ground level as well as reduce the hours for entertainment. In the end, however, with neighbors continuing to object to potential noise and concerns expressed by members of the Planning Board, Kapoor withdrew his request for live entertainment on the roof.

The development, known as Urbin (the “i” is for “inclusive”), will be a co-living, co-work hotel space on a half block of Washington Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets. Kapoor plans to restore a 1961 office building on the site and demolish an adjacent strip retail space to build a new six-story building. 

Under the Planning Board approval, only ambient entertainment will be allowed on the roof, Sunday through Wednesday until 9 pm and Thursday through Saturday until 11. No live entertainment or special events would be permitted. 

After 11 pm, the ground floor entertainment would become background level music, which means it does not interfere with normal conversation.

Kapoor told the Board, “We listened to our neighbors and I hope the Board sees our efforts to accomplish that.”

The concept was presented to the Historic Preservation Board in February but the developer needed to complete the Planning Board process first. It is expected to be back before the HPB in April for design approval.

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