BAP gains permit for Brickell View
By Catherine Lackner
Saying concerns about safety and noise have been addressed, the Miami City Commission gave a green light with 'caution' that BAP Development's Brickell View, slated to be one of the area's largest and most diversified projects, pay attention to historic-preservations concerns for neighboring South Side Elementary School.
BAP Development - owned by Willy Bermello, Luis Ajamil and Henry Pino - plans 600 residential units and 54,434 square feet of retail and office space on the 2.71-acre site at South Miami Avenue and Coral Way.
Commissioners have awarded a special use permit for the project, cautioning the developers to heed preservation concerns because the site is beside the elementary school, a 1914 structure that is one of Miami's oldest schoolhouses.
Despite the project's size, no variances were needed. Its floor area ratio is 6.2, "coming in well below the allowable FAR of 8," said attorney Adrienne Pardo, representing BAP. "In fact, we're building 211,000 square feet fewer than allowed."
Because the project met or exceeded requirements for parking and open spaces, complies with the Miami Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan "and is consistent with the orderly development goals of the City of Miami," the city's Planning & Zoning Department recommended approval, said Lourdes Slazyk, the department's assistant director.
Concerns of the Miami Roads Association, including safety and noise during construction, "have been addressed," said attorney Tucker Gibbs, representing the neighborhood association.
Of $1.8 million in impact fees BAP Development will pay, "$1 million is the school board's and that's our beef," Mr. Gibbs said. "The city should send a message that the school board has done an inadequate job" of reinvesting impact fees into schools within the city's borders, he said.
Mr. Bermello said his company would work with Miami-Dade schools to enhance Southside Elementary and its historic character.