Five-Story Mixed-Use Building Approved for Sunset Harbour

Sunset Harbour

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Five-Story Mixed-Use Building Approved for Sunset Harbour:

Proposal for 1700 block of Bay Road and Purdy Avenue includes 12 residential unit, retail, restaurants

The Miami Beach Design Review Board (DRB) this month approved a new five-story mixed-use building in Sunset Harbour. The 67,500 square foot development known as Sunset Park is being proposed by Deco Capital Group. The development site in the 1700 block between Bay Road and Purdy Avenue includes six vacant lots and two buildings to be demolished 
The project will have 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space at street level, parking on the second level with twelve residential units on levels 3, 4, and 5. An amenity pool deck will be located on the roof with two private roof terraces for units below.
Four restaurants are proposed, two cafes under 3,500 square feet and under 99 seats and two restaurants with 108 seats and 124 seats each. The development also includes a breezeway for pedestrian and resident vehicle access. 
Robert Moehring of DOMO Architecture + Design said the building is designed to have “minimal impacts to neighboring properties to be respectful of the neighborhood context.” He described an “elegant low façade” facing the public waterfront and a design that has the “sleek technical lines of a motor yacht” and mimics “the way the sea naturally recedes in relation to the shoreline.” He called it “minimal, yet engaging.”
“We have rejected maximizing the ground floor FAR in an honest effort to elevate the urbanism of the neighborhood,” Moehring said referring to Floor Area Ratio. Instead, the breezeway with the restaurants and cafés positioned in the four corners, was introduced to break up the block in a manner similar to the breezeway between Purdy and Bay Avenues anchored by Panther Coffee, Icebox Café, La Moderna and Naiyara. The “quieter uses” – retail – will be on the “edge of the property,” he said. As it will occasionally be used for resident vehicle traffic, the breezeway will include retractable bollards for pedestrian safety.
City Planning staff member James Murphy said the proposal has “sleek, exciting features… that staff from the onset has been really supportive of.”
The lots included in the development site are 1724, 1730, 1738 and 1752 Bay Road and 1733, 1743, 1747, and 1759 Purdy Avenue. The two buildings to be demolished are the old Giant Motors at 1752 Bay Road, now vacant, and the Bay Road Animal Clinic at 1730 Bay Road.
The Planning Board also gave its approval to the project this month, however, due to litigation and a potential appeal of the DRB design by neighbor Beach Towing, it’s not a done deal yet. 
Plans here

Renderings: DOMO Architecture + Design

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