Miami preservation board approves two residential projects
By Deserae del Campo
Miami's Historic Preservation Board has unanimously approved two major residential developments' certificates of appropriateness - required for work that may change the exterior appearance of an historic site.
It granted certificates last week for ground activity in construction of South Bayshore Tower, 1390 Brickell Bay Dr., and Miami River Condos, 555 NW South River Dr.
The board requires building and construction guidelines for areas of historical significance such as the Bayside, Morningside, Spring Garden and Buena Vista districts.
Certificates are also required for alterations, additions, new construction or demolition. The process is intended to insure that changes or repairs are compatible with a building's architectural character and that work does not harm a historic district.
"For the Bayshore Towers, we are in an historical site and we need to check to see that there is no historical element to the area," said Kenneth Baboun, president of developer BBB Group. "It's a regular formality when it comes to building in an historical district."
The 47-story South Bayshore Tower, due for January 2008 completion, is to have 364 residential units with 21,388 square feet of retail space and 501 parking spaces. Units range from $200,000 to $1 million.
Almost 90% of the units are reserved, said David Rubero, finance manager for BBB. "Only 20 are units are left to be sold. We've been selling the condos since 2004."
Shear Construction & Development recently announced sales for the 192-unit, 16-story waterfront Miami River Condos, renamed Nautica on the River. The development received a Class II special permit from the city in April.
The developer sought the certificate of appropriateness because the condos are next to the Miami River, said Jack Wolfe, media officer at Impact Miami, which represents the developer.
Units, priced from $200,000 to $800,000, are to include studios, lofts, one- and two-bedroom flats and three-bedroom, three-story condos.