Deco Beach hotels to undergo rehab, marriage
Art Deco hotels across from the Miami Beach Convention Center will
be renovated and remarketed as a single complex called Collins Park
Hotel, developer Shane Rowlls said.
said the Collins Park, Adams, Tyler, Gamshire, Lord Charles, Sunking
No. 1 and Sunking No. 2 hotels all on the block between 20th
and 21st streets and Park and Washington avenues will be renovated
by Arthur Marcus of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects and joined by
a central courtyard. They'll operate as a single hotel using the Collins
Park's address, 2000 Park Ave.
hotels lie within the city's Museum Local Historic District, adjacent
to the rising Miami Beach Cultural Campus that will house the homes
of the Bass Museum, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony and Miami
Beach Regional Library.
of the project is estimated at $30 million.
the permitting is approved," Mr. Rowlls said. "Construction
financing should be in place by December. We will start construction
after the first of the year."
late 2001 opening is anticipated.
Rowlls said he's also putting up a 300-vehicle parking garage with
10,000 square feet of retail space a block away at 21st Street and
Liberty Avenue in a joint venture with New York retail developers
Paul Anton and Mike Groothious. It will be managed by Mickey Meyers
of Amstel Parking. Marcus Frankel is project architect.
$30 million Collins Park project, he said, will house 204 guest rooms
or suites, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa, a restaurant
and a bar. Developers say it will target the mid-price market, both
corporate and tourist, as well as conventioneers.
heart of the hotel is the courtyard," Mr. Rowlls said. "It
will have the South Beach cachet and panache. We're spending a lot
on exterior and interior landscaping and lighting features.
rooms will be designed by Patrick Kennedy, who did the Astor Hotel
interiors, along the same lines."
Marcus a former chairman of the city's joint Design Review
& Historic Preservation Board who has restored other historic properties
in the same area said the seven hotels were designed by some
of the most famous Art Deco architects of the period, including Henry
Hohauser, Albert Anis and L. Murray Dixon.
said the buildings range from the classic streamline modern designs
of the 1930s recalling the era's fascination with electric
flash, radio waves and electric power to early 1950s structures
with modernist, post-war detailing.
challenge posed by this collection of historically notable buildings,"
Mr. Marcus said, "was to recognize and retain the historic features
associated with each while proposing an overall master plan which
collectively unites them as a single hotel entity."
of the vast scale of the project, Mr. Marcus said, the city granted
permission to tear down a third of Sunking No. 2.
are thrilled to see someone come in and redevelop nearly a block,"
Rowlls, a newcomer to the area, said his most recent development was
a $50 million multi-family high rise in downtown Chicago.
said he's looking at a couple of deals in Miami Beach and the Brickell
area. start construction after the first of the year.